Syntero Partners to Promote Firearm Safety and Prevent Suicide

Susan Ortega, MSW, LISW-S, Syntero’s director of strategic partnerships and initiatives for Franklin County, poses with Dublin Police Chief Justin Paez (left) and Deputy Chief Greg Lattanzi at the recent Life Side Ohio campaign launch from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. The purpose of the campaign is to prevent suicide through the safe storage of firearms and education. Ortega is a member of the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition and a long-time champion of suicide prevention. Click here to read more about the campaign and watch the press conference.

Syntero also has a limited number of lock boxes available at all four locations. Lock boxes can be used to safely store firearms and medication. Syntero partners with Columbus Public Health to provide lock boxes for Franklin County residents age 24 or younger with history of or current safety risks. There are no age restrictions for Delaware or Morrow County residents. Click here to learn more about safe-proofing your home.

Photo Source: City of Dublin

Syntero Re-Launches Melanin Moms Group


Syntero’s Melanin Moms group is a safe space for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) mothers to connect with one another and find support through common experiences. Syntero will relaunch the group April 7, 2022. The new group will be facilitated by Syntero Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Courtney Dobson, MSW, LISW-S. For more information or to register, please contact Courtney.

Report Reveals Syntero’s Positive Work Culture and Staff Support

Syntero recently participated in a survey and focus group from Mental Health America of Ohio in an effort to identify organization strengths and weaknesses and increase employee retention and overall job satisfaction. Syntero employees reported the following motivational factors presented by the agency:

  • Positive workplace culture
  • Supportive supervisors and leadership staff
  • Supportive colleagues
  • Autonomy and trust
  • Opportunities to grow professionally
  • Being a part of an organization that values ideas
  • Feeling cared for throughout the pandemic

Syntero Provides Education and Engagement for Older Adults Through Forever Dublin Virtual Workshops

In an effort to reduce isolation and increase support for older adults, Syntero adjusted the structure of the workshops provided for older adults through the Forever Dublin program to a virtual platform.

Workshops focus on information and resources to help adults 55+ age in place and make Dublin their forever home. Workshops have been scheduled through the end of 2021.

Syntero Expands Reach Through Partnership with Ohio Virtual Academy

This spring, Syntero began a collaborative partnership with Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) to provide virtual workshops for OHVA parents and caregivers that focus on fostering resiliency and developing coping and self-regulation strategies for students. OHVA is a full-time online public school for K–12 students that serves more than 22,000 students annually. The partnership significantly increases Syntero’s reach and impact on the lives of youth and families throughout the State of Ohio, as Syntero will provide virtual workshops throughout the 2021-22 school year. In addition to the OHVA workshops, Syntero’s Masters level, licensed school-based clinicians provide workshops for parents and caregivers of students in 111 schools in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow Counties.

Syntero Recognized as a Top Workplace in Central Ohio

Syntero has been named a Top Workplace in the Central Ohio region by Columbus CEO! Syntero was the top ranked nonprofit organization and third highest ranked mid-size organization to receive the honor. The prestigious recognition is bestowed upon workplaces based on the results of a survey from Columbus CEO and Energage, an employee engagement platform. The survey focuses on employee satisfaction levels and work culture. Syntero also received a special “Management” acknowledgement for “standout scores for employee responses to specific survey statements” regarding the agency’s leadership.

In addition to this award, Syntero was named a regional Top Workplace by Columbus CEO in 2020 and 2018 and was also recognized as a Top Workplace in the nation out of more than 1,100 employers in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam earlier this year.