Gratitude Gatherings Honor our Supporters

In 2014, CityLink was fueled by 505 volunteers, 202 donors and 21 churches!

Last week we hosted a series of Gratitude Gatherings to share our appreciation with the hundreds of volunteers, donors, churches who make the work of CityLink and our dedicated Partners possible for our clients. This group of special folks were invited to be the first to hear highlights of our 2014 Annual Report, Hope Takes Root and hear from courageous clients like Katrina, Angelika, Beverly, Aaron, Jerry and more.

We are incredibly thankful to live in a community made up of caring, big-hearted individuals who love their city and their neighbors with passion, commitment and action.

Thank you Cincinnati, our Gratitude overflows.



Now Accepting Applications!


CityLink Center is seeking  AmeriCorps*VISTA members beginning  June 23, 2015 to make a year-long full time commitment to impact lives in Cincinnati.

CityLink Center is a city-wide initiative leveraging the strengths of various social service agencies in Cincinnati.  One place, one team made up of many of the city’s best services and have staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps*VISTAs supporting local programs.  Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) build capacity working with CityLink staff and partners to assist in eradicating poverty in our local community.

Use your knowledge and skills while gaining professional development experience and money towards college.

We are currently hiring for five positions. You can learn more and apply by clicking the links below:

Join the Movement!  Applications due by May 1, 2015.


Nehemiah Manufacturing Specializes in Second Chances

A newly published book recognizes what we at CityLink Center already know:

Nehemiah Manufacturing is a unique blessing to our city.

Nehemiah employees and their CEO Dan Meyer have been highlighted in a new book called ‘Make it Matter’, by author and speaker Scott Mautz. The author hosted his National Book Launch for Make it Matter at Nehemiah this week and commented that “These employees love coming to work every day, because their CEO has created a company firmly rooted in caring.”


Nehemiah Manufacturing is a self-proclaimed “purpose driven company focused on building a profitable business that will bring employment, investment and hope to inner-city Cincinnati”. Now, that may sound like a non-profit mission statement but it’s Nehemiah’s business philosophy and it’s literally changing lives. Nehemiah provides second-chance employment for people who have employment barriers such as past criminal records or gaps in their work history.

While most employers (nationwide) are reluctant and even resistant to hiring applicants with criminal records, (Today, over 80% of employers do criminal background checks as a precursor to employment) Nehemiah leans in to support people who are ready, willing and capable of being outstanding team members, regardless of their records.

Employers like Nehemiah place value on developing people and relationships by teaming up with a number of local social service agencies including CityLink and our partner agency Cincinnati Works, St. Vincent DePaul, Jobs Plus and City Gospel Mission to identify and develop team members. In fact, Nehemiah has trained and hired over 20 people through Cincinnati Works since 2013, giving each of these folks an opportunity to earn a living and build a solid work history.

A lack of  reentry employment opportunities for people in our city is one of the major things that keeps us up at night, and it should. Nehemiah is an example of the strategic role businesses can play in changing the face of poverty in Cincinnati while still developing talent and a driving positive business results. Cincinnati needs a whole lot more “Nehemiah minded” employers, and that’s what we continue to pray for.  If your company is willing to work with CityLink to identify committed candidates that happen to be “hard to hire”, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and work with you.

And in case you were wondering ‘why the business is called Nehemiah’, here’s what they say:

Nehemiah was a prophet in the Old Testament who was called by God to bring safety, commerce and community back to the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah was a great leader who cared for his people and rallied the inhabitants of Jerusalem to rebuild the walls to protect their city. Like Nehemiah, we feel called to rebuild the city by giving people jobs and a renewed hope for the future.

Thank you, Nehemiah.

Help CityLink clients smile (and see)

We are very excited to be moving forward with the Cincinnati Health Department to open the vision and dental center at CityLink thanks to the generous support of our community.  Luxoticca’s One Sight organization and P&G’s Professional Oral Care Group have helped us get the pieces in place for a fully functioning clinic on-site at the center and now it is time to hire the professional staff to bring smiles and sight to our clients.

The Health Department is hiring professional staff: Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant, Optometrist, Optician, and Opt Tech to help serve the clients at CityLink 2 days a week.  You can find the job descriptions here.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity to serve clients in a holistic environment, please contact

Dental Vision


The Better Question

Welcome to 2015. How are those New Year’s resolutions coming?

Annually, you may establish some vague ideas or solidified action points of how you can do this year differently. However, the gyms are thinning out, some folks have already checked the “accomplished” box, or there some who never jumped on the resolution bandwagon. But along the way you review internally if you should be chasing after an improved or better version of “me”.

Even if done annually though, you find that there’s still something lacking. So that begs the better question – if it’s not all about “me“, how I can focus on a better version of “we”?

When you look around your neighborhood, family, economy, community… what ONE thing captures or breaks your heart? Perhaps, our hearts are broken by human need – At CityLink Center we move towards mending those and growing stronger when coming together as ONE team addressing the issue of poverty in our city ONE individual at a time.

You might have an excuse –

  • Nothing is going to change
  • I’m too old or too young
  • I don’t have any skills to be useful
  • God should send someone to take care of that!

This is where “we” gets buried or forgotten. BUT you are a part of the solution! Think about the people that inspire or that you admire – they didn’t set out to take on the whole problem by themselves. They instead came alongside others; their “me” was included in a “we” and they took it one step at a time.

Here’s the rebuttal to those excuses:

  • Change is already happening
  • As long as you’re 18 years or older, join the movement
  • We have over 25 Volunteer Roles serving Monday-Friday
  • God should send someone to take care of that – He did… look in the mirror

Join us in the grand adventure; the movement of reducing poverty in our city; changing lives one Volunteer shift at a time.


15.02.11 Gwendolyn Franklin Bell Ringing

Bell-Ringing celebration for a Client who accepted a job offer!


Be a part of CityLink’s “we” by joining us at our New Volunteer Orientation February 17th  at 6-8pm.  Learn about what it looks like to go beyond “me”.


Right now we are in special need  on these Volunteer Teams:

  • Hospitality
  • Employment Services
  • Service Coordinator Support
  • Education

Learn about these specific roles here

WE” would flourish with you joining us!  If you can’t make the February 17th date, sign up for the following orientation on April 1 at 10am-12pm (NO JOKE!).

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

  • Edmond Burke

Hello Governor

Today Governor Kasich and his head of the Office of Human Service Innovation, Douglas Lumpkin, visited Cincinnati to discuss their new plan to simplify the path of those receiving government assistance through service integration.  Governor Kasich shared his thoughts and vision for serving those in need, while these changes will not affect CityLink as a privately funded entity, many of his remarks strike a strong chord with our mission at the center:

  • We need to move from a culture of referral to a culture of solution.
  • This is a call to simplify the process because the people of Ohio are depending on us.
  • Either we take the folks who need help and start to treat them as a person created in the image of God or you allow them to wander and have issues worsen and deal with them as a society at that point.
  • The current system is too difficult to navigate
  • We need to treat people holistically to break down the silos – because we know it works
  • We have to combine economic opportunity with personal responsibility


Governor’s Kasich vision and remarks, which he pointed our are rooted in Matthew 25, reflect the inspiration for our CityLink Center .   We believe that CityLink can be a part of the solution as an entity fueled by our community’s churches, corporations, foundations, service agencies, and individuals to create a better path for individuals to advance their lives.

Can you catch a fast pitch?

Social Venture Partners has a great event this week (Weds 6-9pm) featuring organizations who are bringing social innovation to tackle tough issues in our community.  The event gives 3-minutes to eight different organizations to ‘pitch’ their solution.  You can then vote to help distribute $30,000 in awards to the best ideas.

We happen to think that one of those ideas, Changing Gears is worth your support and your vote.  Our transportation partner sold 20 cars to CityLink clients last year, helping them overcome barriers to advancing their lives with private transportation.  Buy your ticket here to attend the event at Memorial Hall.



Free Tax Prep

Dreading tax season?
Need help filing out the forms and filing or understanding the Earned Income Tax credit?
Tired of paying high preparation fees?
Earn less than $53,000?



While CityLink will not be a tax prep site this year, the United Way offers a FREE tax preparation service for low-to-moderate income families throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. Qualifying individuals or households receive assistance filing out their tax returns from an IRS certified volunteer.


Interested?  Find out if you qualify, what to bring, and a list of free tax preparation sites at or call United Way at 2-1-1.

Save the Date for the 9th Annual Party for a Purpose!


Apply Now! Per Scholas Fueling Careers at CityLink

Per Scholas Joins CityLink Center as Newest Collaborative PartnerPer Scholas Student

Read the Business Courier’s exclusive coverage of this exciting news!

CityLink Center and the local chapter of Per Scholas have joined forces to support our shared missions of helping Greater Cincinnatians to break the cycle of poverty. Per Scholas is now a resident partner  that  will provide free professional technology training and job placement services for unemployed adults seeking a career in IT.

Beginning  inMarch, Per Scholas will begin offering an 8-week intensive technical training course designed to equip individuals who are committed to beginning a career in IT support with CompTIA A+ and other certifications. In addition to extensive hands-on training, programming also includes career and personal development as well as ongoing individualized support for job placement.

Applications are NOW OPEN for classes beginning in March and 20 students will be admitted into the program with another 60 students being accepted throughout the rest of the year for future class sessions beginning in June, August and December.

Apply here

Applicant Expectations

“We are extremely excited about the synergies our partnership with Per Scholas presents our clients and how it will further our respective missions. Together we are able to surround these students with supports and services from our other on-site partners to maximize the impact of their time and training.” 

Johnmark Oudersluys, CityLink Executive Director