June 7

Soaring to Success Becomes First Employee Resource Network® (ERN) In Southern Ohio; Graceworks Lutheran Services Is Proud Participant

Kathleen Rome

Centerville, Ohio (June 5, 2019) – Graceworks Lutheran Services, a non-profit organization based in Centerville, Ohio is pleased to announce the creation of a new Employee Resource Network ® (ERN) and Success Coach. The ERN, which is a partnership of three local employers plus Graceworks, is the first of its kind in southwest Ohio.

Called Soaring to Success, it is just the fourth ERN in all of Ohio.

Kathleen Rome will serve as the Success Coach for this new ERN. She is employed by the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership. Ms. Rome will split her time amongst all four employers. Her work with employees is completely confidential.

Graceworks employees may reach out to the Success Coach for a variety of issues, including seeking help securing childcare, homelessness prevention, legal matters and more. Rome is skilled at navigating agencies and community services.

While Kathleen Rome does not formally begin her position as Success Coach until June 10, she has already helped several Graceworks employees impacted by the recent tornado outbreak in Dayton. This assistance includes rehoming, sourcing companies for property cleanup and locating food sources and donations.

“I am happy to welcome Kathleen Rome to Graceworks as our Success Coach,” says Jennifer Wurzelbacher, Human Resources Manager. “Having Ms. Rome available to help employees during a time of crisis or transition helps us to live our organizational value of Faithful Caring.”

Graceworks and the other three employers spent about a year researching and building the Soaring to Success ERN. The goal of the ERN is to increase work/life balance among employees and to reduce turnover.