WSOS Community Action Commission will now be known as Great Lakes Community Action Partnership. The name change was effective Nov. 2 in conjunction with the grand opening of the agency’s new headquarters at 127 S. Front St. in Fremont.
Founded in 1965, WSOS initially provided services to Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca County residents. While these remain the organization’s core counties, the new name of Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) reflects the organization’s expansion of its service area to other counties, states and even nations over the course of its 50-plus year history. GLCAP will continue to offer early childhood education, home repair and weatherization, senior support, community development, homeless assistance, job training and a multitude of other services as it has in the past.
“The new name better communicates the scope of our work in the Great Lakes region, as well as our view that the success of our work comes from collaborative partnerships among our staff, our communities, and our clients,” GLCAP President/CEO Ruthann House said.
The name change also includes an updated logo — a combined water drop and brush stroke — as well as a new website, www.glcap.org.
The new headquarters brings together 85 employees that had previously worked in three separate locations including two downtown Fremont buildings and a Green Springs facility. Consolidating staff will allow better workflow and communication between departments.
“We emphasize that although we are undergoing significant change, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s staff will continue to offer the same level of service that we have in the past as WSOS,” House added.