Awards and Commendations

  • 2014 Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Impact Award
  • 2013 Ohio Department or Rehabilitation and Corrections Impact Award
  • 2013 White House Fatherhood Hero Award – Recognized by the DOJ and White House as a Hero for Fatherhood and Families
  • 2012 Youth Rites of Passage (ROP) Program Highlighted in a congressional Report on Best Practices
  • 2012 Program Highlighted at OFA Grantee Conference
  • 2012 Tijerinas invited to the White House – Champion of Change Event
  • 2011 Family strengthening program identified as a best practice by US Dept of HHS
  • 2010 Ron and Catherine receive National Impact Award from Smart Marriage
  • 2010 Program Creativity Award from NAEF, Washington DC
  • 2009-2010 The RIDGE Project Keeping FAITH Program selected by US Dept of HHS to be highlight in a video project of promising practices and selected for inclusion in two HHS publications:
  • 2010 How to Implement Promising Practices
  • 2009 Calvin Edwards and Co. Best Practices Report
  • 2009 Ron & Catherine Tijerina served as expert presenters at the Office of Family Assistance (US Dept of HHS) National Conference
  • 2009 A Review of Select Grantee Profiles and Promising Results
  • 2008-2009 Ron and Catherine Tijerina served as expert presenters for US Dept of Health and Human Services National Webinars

Ron & Catherine Tijerina

Founders of The RIDGE Project

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