Thu., 4:15pm: SCOPE closer to merger

WARREN — The deal’s not done yet, but SCOPE Executive Director Ralph Smith said the agency is combing through the details to make sure joining with a Ravenna-based agency is feasible.

“We have to determine if things like leases and contract agreements can be transferred,” he said Thursday.

Family and Community Services provides oversight and centralized services to numerous social agencies in Northeast Ohio, including local Valley Counseling and Someplace Safe. They have been involved in talks recently with possibly purchasing SCOPE’s assets to provide them with the same oversight.

“We talked with all the major funders and it looks good,” Smith said.

Complete coverage will appear in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle print edition.