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Allen County Job and Family Services (ACJFS) administers state, federal and local programs designed to help those in need and help families work toward self-sufficiency. Today, the approximately 100 employees that work for the agency serve thousands of Allen County residents.

The department provides public assistance and workforce development programs to the community.  Among the department’s many duties include: adult protection, child care, workforce development, cash assistance, food assistance, social services, fraud/investigations and medical assistance.  Since 2018, ACJFS has been led by Agency Director Joe Patton. ACJFS is the second largest department within Allen County government and reports to the Board of Allen County Commissioners.

Our Mission

Allen County Job and Family Services, with support of regional employers, economic development and community partners, is committed to building a stronger community by promoting self-sufficiency. We are dedicated to assisting Allen County families and individuals achieve their highest level of stability and independence through career development and supportive services.

Our Vision

Like the pieces of a puzzle, every part of Allen County Job and Family Services plays a crucial role in the success of our mission and to ultimately assist in filling the workforce gap of Allen County and assist our clients to self sufficiency. No matter the division, unit or individual position, every employee is committed to the highest level of customer service to positively impact the communities we serve and ensure individuals and families find the resources needed to improve lives.



Joe Patton
Josh Parker
Assistant Director
Jacob Larger
Human Resources Administrator
Jessie Doyle
Job Center Administrator
Deana Basinger
Income Maintenance Administrator
Katie Metzger
Administrative Assistant

In the News

If you are a member of the media and would like to request an interview or need more information, please contact Katie Metzger at or 419.999.0234.

Where we've been featured

4.19.22 OMJ Allen Spring Career Fair - Hometown Stations
4.8.22 ALL Group Learns More About OhioMeansJobs Allen County - Hometown Stations
3.15.22 Cracking Down on Welfare Fraud with Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
3.8.22 The State of Ohio is warning that they are cracking down on welfare fraud - Hometown Stations
3.3.22 Job Fair at UNOH draws hundreds to talk with 70 companies - Hometown Stations
2.15.22 Career Fair at UNOH on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
1.18.22 OMJ Job Coaches on Area College Campuses on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
1.4.22 OhioMeansJobs Allen County is promoting "New Year - New Career" - Hometown Stations
12.21.21 OMJ Promotes Employer Videos on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
11.16.21 Hire a Vet Month on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
11.15.21 Allen County Job and Family Services and OMJ Allen County get visit from State Director - Hometown Stations
10.19.21 Business Service Dollars Available on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
9.30.21 OMJ Allen and Hancock County Present Check to Grob - Hometown Stations
9.21.21 OMJ Allen County High School Job Coaches in High Schools - Hometown Stations
8.26.2021 OMJ at the Fair on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
8.17.2021 OMJ Allen County Bonus Stipend Program on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
7.31.2021 Allen County's model to end the benefit cliff expanding in Ohio - The Lima News
7.20.2021 OMJ Healthcare Grants on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
7.8.2021 OhioMeansJobs offering training opportunity for rural healthcare employers - Hometown Stations
6.15.2021 The Need for Child Care in Allen County on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
6.11.2021 Allen County recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day - The Lima News
6.10.2021 Wear Purple on June 15th to show your sign of unity to stop elder abuse - Hometown Stations
5.18.2021 Now is the Time to Apply on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
5.17.2021 OhioMeansJobs Allen County presents scholarships to local high school senior - Hometown Stations
4.20.2021 Joe Patton Discuss the Number of Jobs within 10-mile Radius of Lima on Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
4.8.2021 OhioMeansJobs Allen County reports record number of job opportunities available in the area - Hometown Stations
3.16.2021 OhioMeansJobs Allen County and Superior Team up for Financial Literacy Videos - Hometown Stations
3.11.2021 Lima Allen County Chamber and OMJ working together to assist regional businesses - Hometown Stations
3.9.2021 Lima Refinery to hire process operator training class with help of OhioMeansJobs - Hometown Stations
2.16.2021 Employment Incentives Program with OMJ Allen County - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
1.19.2021 OhioMeansJobs Outlook for 2021 - Hometown Stations
1.12.2021 Apollo Recognizes OhioMeansJobs - The Lima News
1.12.2021 OhioMeansJobs honored at Apollo Career Center - Hometown Stations
12.15.2020 UNOH & OMJ Partnership - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
12.9.2020 OhioMeansJobs moves onto UNOH Campus - The Lima News
12.8.2020 UNOH & OhioMeansJobs team up to help students find employment in chosen career field - Hometown Stations
11.17.2020 High School Job Coaches - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
10.20.2020 Disney's Approach to Business Excellence - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
9.15.2020 Job Openings in the Healthcare Field - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
9.8.2020 OMJ & GLR partner to help fill healthcare openings - Hometown Stations
9.1.2020 Going Above and Beyond - Hometown Stations
8.18.2020 1900+ job openings within a 10 mile radius of Lima on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
8.15.2020 Unemployment numbers are down and job opportunities are up - Hometown Stations
8.13.2020 Allen County Commissioner Greg Sneary Recognizes Agency - Hometown Stations
8.5.2020 Congressman Jim Jordan visits OhioMeansJobs - Hometown Stations
7.16.2020 Child Care/Day Care Needs with OMJ - Hometown Stations
6.19.2020 OMJ/ACDJFS awards scholarship to one lucky Perry High School graduate - Hometown Stations
6.16.2020 OhioMeansJobs Allen County - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
5.28.2020 First ever virtual hiring event at Allen County Job and Family Services - Hometown Stations
5.19.2020 OhioMeansJobs Allen County - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
5.18.2020 OhioMeansJobs Allen County now meeting one-on-one by appointment only - Hometown Stations
5.14.2020 May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
4.23.2020 OhioMeansJObs Allen County looking at additional ways to assist the public during pandemic - Hometown Stations
4.13.2020 New unemployment claims reach nearly 700,000 during COVID-19 in Ohio - Hometown Stations
4.9.2020 Additional relief money funded by Superior Federal Credit Union - Hometown Stations
3.23.2020 PRC Response Assistance Program from OhioMeansJobs Allen County - Hometown Stations
3.20.2020 OhioMeansJobs Allen County ready to help people with resumes and job applications - Hometown Stations
3.17.2020 Joe Patton with OhioMeansJobs - Noon Edition with Hometown Stations
2.18.2020 OhioMeansJobs Allen County & Nutrien - Hometown Stations
2.4.2020 Nutrien of Lima making investment in local workforce - Hometown Stations
1.20.2020 Employers excelling with OhioMeansJobs Incumbent Worker Training - Hometown Stations
1.7.2020 New space open for OhioMeansJobs, more on way - The Lima News
12.23.2019 First day at new location for Allen County Job and Family Services - Hometown Stations
12.17.2019 Lima man excels through OhioMeansJobs program to self-sufficiency without public assistance - Hometown Stations
12.12.2019 Allen County Job and Family Services making the move to new location - Hometown Stations
11.19.2019 OhioMeansJobs - Bob Evans Farms - Hometown Stations
11.6.2019 OhioMeansJobs give training grant to GROB Systems - Hometown Stations
10.19.2019 Makerfest wraps up job fair at the Allen County Fairgrounds - Hometown Stations
10.19.2019 Record crowd for Makerfest Job Fair - The Lima News
10.15.2019 Makerfest 2019 Job Fair Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
10.12.2019 OMJ's Job Coaches try to lure youth to remain in Allen County - The Lima News
9.24.2019 Renovations to begin for Job and Family Services' new location - Hometown Stations
9.2.2019 Allen County looking to make unemployment numbers event lower - Hometown Stations
9.2.2019 Local women uses new job to help others find careers - Hometown Stations
8.25.2019 Bridging the 'benefits cliff': Allen County program could help people leave public assistance - The Lima News
8.20.2019 Jobs Forecast with Owen - Hometown Stations
7.22.2019 Patton: OhioMeansJobs' mission evolving - The Lima News
7.16.2019 Need for childcare providers on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
7.15.2019 JFS: More childcare providers needed - The Lima News
7.15.2019 Allen County Job and Family Services looking to fill childcare provider positions - Hometown Stations
7.3.2019 JFS accepts workforce center contract - The Lima News
7.2.2019 Conference addition planned at new Job and Family Services facility - Hometown Stations
6.17.2019 Looking out for our Seniors - Letter to the Editor, The Lima News
6.15.2019 Record low unemployment, but not full employment - The Lima News
6.15.2019 Elder Abuse Largely Under-reported - The Lima News
5.21.2019 Elder Abuse Prevention Month (June) on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
5.9.2019 Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month (May) on Noon Edition - Hometown Stations
4.9.2019 Pre-Apprenticeship Program Developed for Water/Wastewater Workforce - Hometown Stations
4.9.2019 Area Businesses Receive Safety Awards - Hometown Stations
4.4.2019 Partnerships Continues to help Kinship Families - Hometown Stations
3.25.2019 Finalists Announced for 17th Annual Chamber Gala Awards - Hometown Stations
3.19.2019 OhioMeansJobs Allen County Job Openings - Hometown Stations
3.13.2019 OhioMeansJobs speaks at LCC - Hometown Stations
1.29.2019 Employees Dress Down to Donate to American Cancer Society - Hometown Stations
1.26.2019 County PRC Update - The Lima News
1.16.2019 Local Agencies Feel Strain of Shutdown - The Lima News
1.16.2019 February Food Stamps Issued Early - Hometown Stations
1.15.2019 Helping Veteran's Find Jobs After Service - Hometown Stations
11.20.2018 New Location approved for Allen County Job & Family Services - Hometown Stations
10.30.2018 Budget Training at Allen County Job & Family Services - Hometown Stations
09.15.2018 OhioMeansJobs job coaches hope to retain Lima-area youth - The Lima News
08.30.2018 OhioMeansJobs Bringing Job Coaches to Local Schools - Hometown Stations
05.04.2018 Welfare Reform Pilot Program – The Lima News