First Step

Take meaningful steps to begin to live the life you want to live.

Ready for Adventure?

First Step is a program that was developed in partnership with the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services to provide assistance to needy families who are transitioning from government assistance to gainful employment. Topic areas include physical, mental, and emotional health, parenting skills, coping with stress, relationships, substance abuse and physical abuse.

Participants are men and women who are currently seeking employment and are clients of the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services.

If you are a client at the Lorain County Job and Family Services Department and are interested in participating, please contact your Jobs Worker or Advocate.

What people are saying:

“All I dreamed about was having a good, full time job, to be able to drive myself to work and not be dependent on others to drive me around or pay for things I needed. All of this has come true.”


Common Ground is located in Oberlin, Ohio. Head to our directions page and find out about other things to do and places to stay in the area, or you can learn more about our organization, which has always proudly been not-for-profit.