CityLink Partner Church Featured in the Wall Street Journal

People's CHURCH

An inspiring story was featured this week in the Wall Street Journal about Peoples Church here in Cincinnati. Peoples Church is striving to be a “church like heaven”. In heaven there will be no racial, socio-economic or other divides, so it seems only logical to model this here on earth and certainly in our churches. This compelling story explores the still segregated nature of Sunday mornings across the nation and the steps Peoples Church and others are taking to permanently blur the lines.

“To be one church family pleases the heart of the Lord.”
Pastor Chris Beard

Watch the online video story here and please share it:

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Now accepting applications!


CityLink Center is seeking AmeriCorps*VISTA members to join our team beginning  November 2014 to make a year-long/full-time commitment to impact lives in Cincinnati.

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

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 with staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps*VISTAs supporting local programs.  Volunteers IService TAmerica (VISTA) build capacity working with CityLink staff and partners to assist in eradicating poverty in our local community.

CityLink is currently seeking applications NOW through SEPTEMBER 22, 2014. 

JOIN THE MOVEMENT by clicking here.

Look for “Join AmeriCorps!” on the right side of the home page.

Select OHIO under the “Choose Where to Serve” drop down.

 Search for CityLink Center.

Follow this link to hear from AmeriCorps members currently serving at CityLink.

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ChangingGears Donor Has a Message for You

IMG_1104We had a chance to catch up with one of ChangingGears’ recent car donors and
here’s what Dick Reesey had to say:

“I learned about ChangingGears from my son Craig who heard about it at church. And we’ve donated cars in the past to other agencies, but my son said “Dad, maybe you ought to donate to ChangingGears. They refurbish them and sell it to a person to help them get out of poverty.”  I didn’t even know about it, so my message is we have to get the word out so more people know about this! There are a lot of places to donate your car, but there’s nothing like ChangingGears. When we’ve donated other cars they are sold at auction and that’s it. You lose their identity and you have no idea what’s going on.  So this is better and it’s such a thrill to get to meet the new owner. I mean we loved this little car, but it needed some work when we donated it and I didn’t want to sink anymore money into it but the folks here fix it and to know she’ll be back on the road helping a good person feels great. It’s been a thrill to see the whole process and you feel pretty humbled. Me and my wife will be back to celebrate the car payoff in about year!”

ChangingGears provides access to affordable, private transportation by using a model to sell vehicles that is similar to the model used by Habitat for Humanity to sell houses. Vehicles are sold to qualified clients at fair market value with a no interest loan. Rather than experiencing the entitlement that comes when resources are given and not earned, ChangingGears’ clients are empowered on their journey to self-sufficiency through earned ownership by purchasing their vehicles.

Learn More about donating your vehicle here. 

Catholic Charities Transitions to Resident Partner

catholic charities logoAs part of CityLink’s holistic care approach, Catholic Charities provides our clients with professional clinical counseling.  CityLink constantly evaluates its programming and makes adjustments based on client needs. Most our clients can benefit from talking with a professional counselor at some point.  We have all struggled with emotional difficulties related to stress, family relationships, parenting, behavioral problems, self-esteem, addiction, or grief and loss. Catholic Charities creates a safe, welcoming and confidential environment to express these feelings and begin the journey towards healing.

Due to an increased demand for counseling services, Catholic Charities has moved from being a Visiting Partner seeing clients 1 day a week to a full time Resident Partner seeing clients four (4) days a week. CityLink is extremely grateful for Catholic Charities partnership, their investment in this mission, and for the impact they are having in our clients’ lives.

Catholic Charities employs highly trained and licensed counselors who help our clients manage life issues and strives to help clients achieve improved mental health and family relationships.  Providing highly individualized care, they strive to strengthen our community one individual and family at a time.

MashUp tickets On Sale Now…

..and everyone’s invited so GET EXCITED!

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CityLink’s biggest fundraising event is returning Friday October 3rd and you and all your peeps should definitely be here.

MashUp brings together a variety of performances in beautiful combinations to highlight the challenge of poverty and vision of CityLink: Working together. Reducing Poverty. Changing Lives. Guests will enjoy dinner by the bite, drinks, and live performances.

The specs:

What? From culinary masters, craft brewers and wine makers to performing artists and live musicians, MashUp will bring together Cincinnati’s finest Creatives all under one roof to do what they do best while helping us Celebrate Life Change in Our City! (Think Nada, Tano Bistro, The Chart House, Mad Tree, Tremonte & Sons Wine, Paint ball, Jazz, Spoken word, piano prodigies and more…come on, we can’t give it all away!)

When? Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6-10 pm

Where? Right here at CityLink, 800 Bank St. Cincinnati, OH 45214

Tickets On Sale Now:
Click HERE to purchase your tickets today (last year’s event sold out…so don’t wait to get your tickets at the door!)


Next Volunteer Orientation: August 20th

volunteer orientationVolunteers are at the heart of CityLink’s mission. Without our army of incredible givers of time and talent, CityLink would not have the capacity to serve the many individuals across our great city that need our support to move their lives in a positive direction.

We’re hosting a Volunteer Orientation coming up on August 20th  from 6-8 pm and you can stop in to learn more about what it looks like to love on our city’s needy through service at CityLink. We believe that not only are we called to serve, but that our city will only reach its full potential when every individual has an opportunity to reach their full potential. Join us on August 20th to learn about the more than 25 different roles you can support at CityLink.

SIGN UP FOR THE ORIENTATION BY CLICKING HERE  (rsvp required, pretty please)

Right now we are in special need of  the following volunteer roles:

Service Coordinator Support
Employment Services
Education, and

Learn about these specific roles here

If you are interested in serving in these areas or others,  we’d love to have you join the team! And don’t worry, if you can’t make the August 20th date, sign up for the following orientation on September 25th (our last orientation of 2014…can you even believe the year has gone by so fast?)

Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.

- Mother Teresa


A Great Week

The last week of July was nothing short of amazing here at the Center. We were encouraged by so many of our clients reaching milestones, setting goals and truly making strides towards transformative life-change!

Here are a few highlights from last week:

Ernest and Eva  paid off both their cars and received their titles on Friday! They purchased not one, but two vehicles from ChangingGears last November when they were sharing one small car between the two of them and their three children (a Geo prism!). With only one small unreliable car, getting to and from work, school, kid’s activities, church or even the grocery proved challenging. Thanks to Changing Gears car purchasing program, they were able to afford 2 cars that would meet the needs of their growing family. They paid off both cars EARLY…just in time for the newest member of their family to arrive! Congrats to the Kimble Family!


We had a record number of clients (19) graduate from Cincinnati Works’ Job Readiness Workshop! They will be here again all this week to begin wrap-around services and get started on their intensive job search. Congrats to all these courageous clients who are committing themselves to moving ahead!


Onjel has been working with Cincinnati Works over the past few months and we were excited to welcome her in last week to “Ring the Bell”! She was hired on  at Tri-Health as a food service provider. Way to go Onjel! We are praying for your continued success!


We also celebrated our July Garden to Table Harvest and fed over 70 clients, staff, volunteers and visitors with delectable delights from our Learning Garden. Thanks to Beth, all the recipes (like Tabuleh, minted watermelon and lemon-stuffed baked chicken…mmmm!) are available for our clients to take home and put into practice for their own families. Join us the last Wednesday of every month for food and fellowship!

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Shop Amazon Smiles 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