Brighton Center, Inc. (Newport, KY)


  • Name:Jennifer Hansert
  • Title:Grants & Quality Improvement Administrator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Brighton Center, Inc.
  • Address:741 Central Avenue
    Newport, KY 41071
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:859-491-8303
  • Main fax:859-491-8702

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Brighton Center, Inc., is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment and leadership. To us, self-sufficiency is taking responsibility to provide for yourself and your family using available resources. We achieve this mission by creating an environment which rewards excellence and innovation, encourages mutual respect, and maximizes resources. Our vision is to be an innovative leader that strengthens the vitality of the community and engages people as they work and live to achieve their hopes and dreams. Brighton Center believes strongly in the community's ability to set its own agenda and to work with us as partners to achieve results. We believe families know their situations best and are capable of making decisions that impact their lives.

  • Overview:
  • Brighton Center provides a unique comprehensive range of programs and services including family and work supports; financial and homeownership services; workforce development services including education, employment and training programs; substance abuse recovery services for women; early childhood education; and neighborhood based programs including community organizing and housing development. The majority of services are offered on an ongoing basis, and bundled to meet the specific needs of the individuals. During fiscal year 2013-14, we served 84,394 individuals through 39 programs in all 8 counties of Northern Kentucky ranging from infants to seniors.
    • Family Center programs assist families to reach financial self-sufficiency through supportive intensive case management, training, and education. An emergency assistance program offers help with food through our Choice Food Pantry and USDA Commodities programs; clothing and other basic needs through financial assistance. In addition to our Clothing Closet, Family Center services are responsible for the oversight of approximately 3,000 volunteers each year who assist our programs. Also, Brighton Center has over 455 volunteers serving at local non-profits through our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). We also educate seniors on the issue of Medicare fraud.
    • Early Childhood Education programs serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children and their families through a child development center and family day care satellite programs. Brighton Center also operates the United Way Coordinated Day Care Intake Program in Northern Kentucky that subsidizes day care for hundreds of children each year. Every Child Succeeds provides home visitation for first time moms. Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-school Youngsters (HIPPY) provides home visitation to families with children ages 3 to 5.
    • Community & Youth Services provides our neighborhood based services. A Community Organizer collaborates with other agencies and community groups to promote community action on local problems. Youth Leadership Development works with youth to build leadership and conduct community service projects. In addition we serve troubled adolescents and their families through the Homeward Bound Shelter for runaway and homeless youth (Northern Kentucky’s only shelter specifically for youth), and Independent Living Program for youth at risk of becoming homeless. Our outreach programs include Project Safe Place, a crisis intervention program in which over 250 local businesses participate.
    • Financial Services works on improving credit, budgeting, getting banked, savings, making good financial decisions, assisting with asset building, and preparing individuals and families for homeownership. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites are offered to assist with tax preparation in Campbell, Boone and Grant counties.
    • Our Workforce Development serves trainees of the eight counties. Career Connections provides core, intensive, and training services for Workforce Investment Act participants through the Kentucky Career Connections. For over 38 years, we have conducted job training programs for adults and youth. Since April 1997, we have offered comprehensive and holistic training through the Center for Employment Training (CET). Step Up serves young parents and youth who have dropped out of school with GED preparation, life skills, and parenting training as well as placement in employment and/or post-secondary education.
    • The Brighton Recovery Center is a 100 bed facility that provides substance abuse recovery services for women. This facility began operations on May 14, 2008.
    • Brighton Center also has a wholly owned subsidiary known as Brighton Properties, Inc. Brighton Properties acquires real estate for the purpose of renting or leasing to Brighton Center or other non-profit charitable organizations. Brighton Properties also manages assets such as Two Rivers, Austinburg, and Saratoga Place Apartments for seniors, as well as oversees affordable housing development. Programs for the elderly include the Newport East Senior Center (a cooperative program with Northern Kentucky Area Development District) and social services for residents of HUD Section 202 elderly/handicapped housing. Other projects include Newport Commons (12 disabled rental units) and Williams Place Apartments (29 multi-family rental units).

  • History:
  • The Brighton Street Center was founded in 1966 in Newport, KY in response to the needs of a large Appalachian population that migrated north, settling in Newport in search of work and a better life in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati riverfront economy. By 1985, the center's name was changed to Brighton Center, Inc., and services expanded in relation to community needs. In the spring of 1994, Brighton Center's programs were reconfigured to reflect a Family Resource Center model of service delivery. The model helped low income and at-risk families become economically self-sufficient through improved accessibility and delivery of services, as it enhanced opportunity to channel people into the Brighton continuum of services and other community resources. The model was preventive and proactive, holistic and developmental, and encouraged individuals to assume maximum responsibility for their own lives. The model was predicated on the idea that people represent a resource to be cultivated not a problem to be solved. Brighton Center's work with low-income communities in Northern Kentucky, most prominently in Newport and Covington, now spans close to 50 years (84,394 served in FY2014). Multiple generations of Appalachian urban residents in Northern Kentucky and new generations of the urban working poor, disabled, retired, and other disadvantaged individuals now seek our services because we offer individualized options and respect for diverse values and the right of individuals to make their own choices.

    Brighton Center has offered Family Support services to assist families with low to moderate incomes since 1968. We are the most comprehensive non-profit agency in Northern Kentucky. We have been serving our neighbors for nearly 50 years, and have developed trust and credibility with them. This positions us to draw individuals and families in need of emergency services into a full continuum of supports to effect positive, social change that is derived from individual financial opportunity. Our Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) model of service provides structure for bundling services for our customers from three core service areas; Employment Services, Financial Counseling, and Income Supports. The combination of services working in tandem empowers our customers through increased earnings, reduce expenses, and the knowledge to make appropriate financial decisions that lead to asset building. Our income supports (work supports) are the most comprehensive in the country with programs serving families prenatally to the end-of-life. In fact, we were invited to be one of ten organizations to present at The White House as a part of the Social Innovation Fund’s What Works Showcase for our FOC work.

  • Year established:1966
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:32
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:155

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Anne Busse, Chair, Thomas More College
    Jeremy A. Hayden, Vice Chair, Frost Brown Todd LLC
    Emily M. Shewmaker, Treasurer, Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc.
    Jeff Rensing, Secretary, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Melba S. Bjornson, Ex-Officio
    Connie J. Davis, The Christ Hospital
    Mark Exterkamp, The Bank of Kentucky
    David Fleischer, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America
    Kevin E. Gessner, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Robert L. Hengge, Zwicker & Associates
    Sarah E. Hughes, No. Central Area Health Ed. Ctr.
    Eric A. Johnson, Grant Thornton LLP
    Jay Krebs, The Procter and Gamble Company
    Jay Kruz, Rewind 94.9 Radio
    Polly Lusk Page, Northern Kentucky Education Council
    Tiffany S. Mayse, Northern Kentucky University
    Susan McDonald, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
    Michael D. Napier, Horan Associates
    Van Needham, Duke Energy
    Brooks A. Parker, Messer Construction Co.
    Leyla Pena, Northern Kentucky University
    Mary Peterman
    Laura Pleiman, Boone County Fiscal Court
    Alandes Powell, Citi
    Keith Skiddle, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
    Tom Stoll, Fifth Third Bank
    Alan Thomas, Retired
    Brian Todd, CPA, Clark Schaefer Hackett
    Rachel Votruba, Retired, Northern Kentucky University
    Katie Walters, Q102/WKRQ FM Radio
    Molly B. Wesley, Newport Independent Schools
    Jason A. Wessel, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Tammy Weidinger, President & CEO


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:61-0673884