Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) are
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
by continuing the fight against poverty and injustice in Greater Dayton.
CHANGING LIVES FOR 50 YEARS
For 50 years, legal aid has been the only provider of comprehensive free legal services to low-income individuals and families living in the Greater Dayton Area. Founded as the Legal Aid Society of Dayton in 1967, legal aid has evolved into the nonprofit law firms of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO). They partner with the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (GDVLP).
Legal aid addresses some of the basic needs of life for individuals and families of this community, to stabilize their households and help them overcome poverty.
ABLE and LAWO attorneys work with individuals and families in times of crisis, including those facing loss of housing and financial security, and experiencing threats to their safety.
- Domestic violence survivors
- Low-income seniors
- Those with a disability
- Families on public assistance
In 2016, we assisted 3,202 individuals in Dayton (Montgomery County) and secured more than $2.13 million in benefits and awards in the areas of child support, spousal support, unemployment compensation, supplemental security income, debt writeoff, disability assistance, food stamps, and damages.
THE VALUE OF ABLE AND LAWO
Without legal aid, most people who can’t afford to pay for an attorney go without any legal representation at all.
In 2016, 5,200 Dayton residents requested legal assistance. About 40% of them were turned away due to a lack of resources that stems from financial cuts to legal aid during the economic downturn of 2007.
HELP ABLE AND LAWO SERVE MORE PEOPLE IN NEED
With your donation, you can help ABLE and LAWO to continue the fight against poverty and injustice.
ABLE – Legal Aid 50th Campaign
130 West Second St., Ste. 700
Dayton, OH 45402