Quick takes – August 22nd

Helping hands

Many people lend a hand in their local community. Local builder Michael Greven and his family have gone a step further, devoting several years of their lives to helping build a much-needed cancer and chronic care health center in Eldoret, Kenya.

In Eldoret, the risk for cancer is greater than the risk for malaria. Many patients in this region of Kenya have to travel 10 hours or more to receive treatment in other cities or countries.

Michael Greven, his wife, Liz Nolan-Greven, and their son, Liam, moved to Eldoret in 2012 to lead the construction of a chronic disease treatment center, Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Care Center.

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Now that the family has returned to Columbus, kudos to them for providing much-needed assistance to residents thousands of miles away.

Use caution

A recent scam involving a fake Indiana State Police phone number highlights the caution residents should exercise when callers begin asking for personal information.

The published public phone number of 317-232-8248 for the Indiana State Police General Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis was “spoofed.” Caller ID spoofing is a service that allows a caller to masquerade as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the recipient’s caller ID display.

People reporting the spoof calls have stated their caller ID displayed the phone number of 317-232-8248 and the person calling identified themselves as being with the Indiana State Police. The caller usually has what is described as “a thick Indian accent,” but not necessarily all the time, and begins asking for personal identification information or makes threats alleging the person being called will be arrested if they fail to comply with requests.

If someone calls you and starts asking for personal information, it’s best to err on the side of caution and write down the phone number and call police to check whether someone is trying to scam you.

Dominant player

Columbus-based Elwood Staffing continues to grow, now ranking among the leading staffing-services companies in the nation with another purchase. Elwood acquired Louisville-based York Companies, adding an anticipated $18 million in annual revenue and about 1,100 employees in markets in Kentucky and Tennessee.

It marked Elwood’s third major acquisition in two years. The company now has 189 offices in more than 30 states. At the end of 2014, the company had brought in about $889 million.

Elwood Staffing was launched as a consulting company in 1980 by David L. Elwood, chairman of the board. Now, his sons run the company. Mark S. Elwood is chief executive officer, John A. Elwood is company president, and Michael D. Elwood is president of Elwood Professional.

To see a local company such as Elwood Staffing grow and thrive is a benefit to the Columbus community.