Christmas in July: Shop for CityLink

Before you hit the internet for your online summer shopping, check out how your purchases can make a difference in our city.


The AmazonSmile Foundation offers you, their customer, the opportunity to give back while you’re getting goods.  For every eligible product that you buy, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase directly to CityLink!

Simply sign in to, select  CityLinkas your charitable organization, and start shopping.  Be sure to look for “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail page for qualifying purchases.

Shop and change our city.  It is as simple as that.



July 15 Open House at CityLink Center

Bring a friend. Make new friends.

Taking that first step can be really hard, especially alone.  We love being a part of this place.  We think that when you hear about us you will too.  So why not bring a friend and come on down?

CityLink clients will be here to share their story about running after the goals that they have set for themselves.  This day is designed for anyone who could benefit from support in finding a job, managing personal finances, getting prepared for the GED or going on to college!  What better way than experiencing it first hand?



WHAT:  CityLink Open House – Bring a Friend!

WHEN:  July 15 from 10 am – 2 pm

WHERE:  CityLink Center – 800 Bank Street Cincinnati Ohio 45214 (West End)



Working Together.  Reducing Poverty.  Changing Lives.

Freedom to Serve: One Man’s Words

“We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom–symbolizing an end as well as a beginning–signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forbears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans–born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage–and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know,  that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge–and more……

……My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

Excerpts from John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address January 20, 1961

Today as we celebrate Independence Day, let us ponder on this scripture:

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.
But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”
Galatians 5:13

A Worthwhile Read

US-unemployment data March 2013“It’s a challenge navigating the complex day for a single mother, or anyone in poverty.”

                                                 Vanessa Freytag, executive director of The Women’s Fund


Matthew Woolley’s featured article graces the page of Soapbox this week. Woolley examines

some of the systemic barriers facing individuals in poverty, along with some of the fallacies

associated with the topic. Below is a quick synopsis of the article and ways that CityLink has

responded to this issue in Cincinnati.


The cycle of poverty is only perpetuated by misconceptions. An adequately informed public

will transform communities across Cincinnati, breaking down socio-economic barriers and

crossing relational divides. CityLink Center fosters open and honest dialogue through one-on-one

relationships in an inclusive, productive environment.


Just as individuals are unique and complex, so are the stories they carry with them. Through

comprehensive and integrated programming, CityLink connects a wide range of resources and

support systems to meet the needs of individuals who are working their way out of poverty.


CityLink not only believes that everyone experiences some sort of poverty (be-it financial,

emotional, spiritual, etc.) but that everyone has value. It is our shared and collective experiences

that help us relate to one another and work effectively together.

To learn more about The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, follow THIS link.

To take a look at the Soapbox article in its entirety click HERE.

For more information on CityLink, visit us at

Get Connected

“Style [is] a tool to help create the image you want to put out in the world that tells others how you want to be treated.  It can also help you foster self-esteem you didn’t know you could have.”

Stacy London The Truth About Style

Clothing can be a powerful thing.  Beyond its ability to impress and entice, more importantly, it enables an individual to express externally what they possess internally, be-it confidence, preparedness, uniqueness, etc.  The visual impact that an outfit can have is a commanding tool, one that we want to equip our clients with.

In partnership with  St. Vincent DePaul, CityLink Center offers clients a personalized shopping experience known as Clothing Connection.  Here clients are paired with passionate and fashionable volunteers who customize outfits not only for their initial interview, but also for the entire workweek once they obtain a job.

To date, over  one hundred clients have received professional clothing through Clothing Connection!

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It is because of your generous donations that clients are provided with high quality, in-style, and professional attire (meaning: no one is walking out of here in an 80’s suit jacket.)  What clients are walking away with is a sense of empowerment for both their professional careers and personal well-being.

Want to get involved?

Clothing Connection is always looking for new volunteers to join the team.

Follow THIS link to sign up for a volunteer training.

Visit HERE to donate items.

Working Together.  Reducing Poverty.  Changing Lives.  


CityLink + Giveunity = Awesome


The potential for positive impact may be sitting in your pant pocket.  For iPhone and Android users, CityLink has a new “app”ortunity, if you will, to get involved.

Giveunity (Giving + Community = Giveunity) matches your generosity with the convenience of a free and downloadable app, so that supporting CityLink is just a swipe and a finger tap away.

  Click HERE to sign up and start giving.

You can search for CityLink Center under our GiveTag:


For more information check out Soapbox for their featured article on Giveunity, or visit

6/4 Volunteer Orientation: Join the Movement

Our Next Volunteer Orientation is this Coming Wednesday June 4th!


11. Nov- Garden to Table

CityLink Center believes in optimizing the skills of talented volunteers (you know, like yourself) to make a substantial impact in the lives of individuals who are working their way out of poverty.  We do this through integrated, holistic programming all supported by a team of committed and capable volunteers.  Oh, and we kind of like to have fun while we’re at it!

CityLink offers many rich opportunities for community members to engage at the center.  With nearly 30  roles, volunteers can serve as mentors, mechanics, financial advisors, job search assistants, teachers, tutors, childcare support, and in many other capacities. 

We need your skills and talents to make a real and tangible difference in our city! Join us for our next volunteer orientation to learn more about CityLink and if there is a volunteer role that’s just right for you!

Follow THIS link to sign up for June’s Volunteer Training:
Wednesday June 4th from 6-8 p.m.
CityLink Center
800 Bank Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Working Together.  Reducing Poverty.  Changing Lives. 

SmartMoney Transitions Programming to CityLink

SmartMoney logoSmartMoney Community Services is now part of CityLink Center!

As of June 2014, SmartMoney Community Services is officially a program of
CityLink Center. Although SmartMoney has experienced challenges in financial sustainability over the past few years and despite their best efforts to improve, SmartMoney’s parent organization LifeSpan, determined it was necessary to discontinue their formal operations. However, CityLink and SmartMoney realize that Financial Education is a crucial skill set for the working poor and unemployed to succeed, therefore CityLink has brought the SmartMoney brand and its core programming under its umbrella to continue administering financial workshops, individual counseling and helping clients prepare for auto-purchase through CityLink resident partner ChangingGears. CityLink will not continue offering tax prep, IDA or HUD programs and will look for ways in the future to support clients interested in home ownership and entrepreneurship. SmartMoney clients not currently engaged with CityLink are invited to attend an Info Session to determine if CityLink’s integrated service model will meet their needs and whether or not they meet eligibility requirements.

CityLink is also excited to welcome Michelle Abernathy as its newest staff member to continue offering SmartMoney’s best-in-class financial education services to CityLink clients. Michelle worked with SmartMoney for over a decade and brings with her over 15 years of experience as a certified financial and credit counselor.

If you have questions about this transition, please contact

Thank you GO Cincinnati!

A HUGE Thanks to the more than 50 volunteers who came out and helped us spruce up the center on GO Cincinnati.  Teams worked on beautifying the outdoor space and preparing some murals for installation (stay tuned for those).  Check out the photos of the impact this day made on the center.

Thank you GO Cincinnati!


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Mom, We’re here for you

CityLink Client, Michera, and her three little cutiesCityLink Client, Michera, and her three little cuties

Today, as we celebrate Mother’s Day we are reminded of the thousands of single Moms in Cincinnati and across the country that are struggling each day to provide the best they can for their children. According to a recent report issued by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), children of mother-headed families are more likely to live in poverty, and for children under the age of 8, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of young children in single-mother families falling in the poor or low-income range. Locally, in the West End community where CityLink is located, nearly 50% of residents are living below the federal poverty line, and that number jumps to 89% when looking at single-mother heads of households. For the City of Cincinnati as a whole the numbers are not much better as the US Census Bureau estimates that 64% of single-mothers in our city are living below the poverty line.

But despite these dismal statistics, Moms all over our city remain deeply committed to their families and believe in their ability to provide a strong home life and future for their children regardless of the obstacles. At CityLink we have the privilege of working with some of these courageous Moms every day. We  believe that we cannot merely focus on moving women-headed families above the poverty line. Rather we are providing integrated support to help them transform their lives from just surviving to actually thriving! Imagine an increase in the number of women holding quality jobs; more low-income families with bank accounts, savings and increased financial knowledge; and ultimately, significantly fewer single-mother families living at or below 200 percent of the poverty line!!

Let’s honor Cincinnati’s mothers with fresh thinking, and an innovative model that will actually change the trajectory of their lives and those of their children!

If you are a Mom or you know a Mom that deserves to thrive…not just survive…and just needs to know where to start, CityLink has a place for her here right now, today and everyday. Visit this page, on our site to get started.

 And Thanks Mom, we’ll be here for you for as long as you need us.