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By Debra Gaskill Special Correspondent

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XENIA — Montgomery County children needing a place for supervised visitation will have a place to go in the event that county’s facility is unavailable, according to information presented at today’s Greene County Commission meeting.

Greene County’s Family and Children First council has agreed to provide a place for supervised visitation in the event that Erma’s House, located at 1046 Brown St., Dayton, is unable to do so, such as in the case of an extended “interruption of services,” for 14 or more days, according to Renee Lammers, director of the Family and Children First.

Examples of a service interruption would be a lack of water, electricity in the building, fire or natural disaster, according to the agreememt.

Erma’s House is operated by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley.

The agreement, which will not cost the county any money, will allow Erma’s House staff to operate three days per week at the Greene County Visitation Center, from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 12-5 p.m. Saturdays.

These are days when the Greene County Visitation Center is normally closed, Lammer told commissioners.

According to the agreement, Erma’s House would be responsible for providing necessary security and staff at those times.

The agreement came about when Catholic Social Services approached Families and Children First as it was revising its own policies and procedures.

In other business, the Department of Jobs and Family Services will once again provide summer employment for youth.

Yes! For Youth will administer the program, according to Amy McKinney, of the Job and Family Services Department.

According to the program description, children from ages 16 through 24 are 200 percent below federal poverty guidelines.

Youth ages 16-17 will work an average of 24 hours a week for the 10 week period, which begins June 9 and ends Aug. 15. Older youth will work 30 hours a week for 14 weeks, until Sept. 5 or when program funds ar expended, according to the agreement.

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