Wednesday evening, May 15, Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) class of 2013 held graduation ceremonies at the Catawba Island Club. The mission of Leadership Ottawa County is “to develop, strengthen and enrich leaders for Ottawa County through an excellent leadership program”.
Each year the LOC class completes a community services project. The 2013 class completed two projects, both of which will benefit Ottawa County well into the future.
The first project is being implemented this week. There are two forums being led by Judge Bruce Winters, one at Genoa Library and the second at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, addressing the need for transitional housing for men recovering from dependency issues. 80 % of the court cases that come before Winters involve drugs, often prescription drugs, and 80% of those are repeat offenders. Typically after 6-8 months in prison and another six months in rehabilitation treatment, the individual still has a need for at least another six months to recover from drug dependency. The objective of the LOC project is to establish a voluntary, holistic, sober program with halfway house, nutrition and wellness classes, GED programs and mentors, that will be operational within 12 months.
The second project, The Welcome Doors of Ottawa County, has been in place since the first of May and now features a website with an interactive map and brochures that are being distributed at various sites throughout the county. The Welcome Doors, based on the fairy doors of Ann Arbor, MI, are now in place at 47 businesses throughout the County and encourage travel and exploration throughout the county. For more information, www.welcomedoors.com or on facebook.