Fall Feast 2014: A Thanksgiving Day Celebration

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The CityLink team will be feastin’ it up at this year’s Fall Feast!  Come out and share a meal, share a story, or just a smiling face.  If you can’t make it to the festivities, you can still play a part in spreading the word to your friends, family members, and neighbors down the street.   

For event details please visit fallfeast.org

The Apostle Paul says it best in his reflection on thanksgiving in 2 Corinthians 9:11-12:

“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.”            

                                                                                                                                                                    

Thanks for Mashin’ It Up Cincinnati

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WOW. Cincinnati is an incredible place. Our staff and volunteers were in awe of the energy and excitement of the many folks who came out to help CityLink celebrate and motivate the hard work our clients and partner agencies are taking on each day.

600+ people, 30 generous sponsors and performers  mashed up with one life-changing mission to shine a light on the potential our city has to thrive and grow from community and perseverance. From the cooperative weather,  the Paintball Art, great food and inspiring performances, you helped bring together  and showcase the best of what Cincinnati has to offer. So thanks Cincinnati, we had a blast and raised funds and awareness all at the same time.

If you came to MashUp and didn’t get a chance to fill out the survey about your experience, we’d love to hear from you so we can continue to improve. It’ll only take a couple of minutes and really helps us grow.

A Picture is worth a thousand words….So check out all the pics from the event on our Facebook page and be sure to like us while you’re there so you can stay up to date on news, events and client successes. If you couldn’t join us this year, don’t worry we’ll be back for more fun in  October 2015…or if you don’t want to wait that long, come down and see us next week at our last Volunteer Information event of the year on Tuesday October 28th at 6pm. 

Together we are a community locked arm in arm and it takes volunteers, hard work and resources to do the heavy lifting and we want you to JOIN THE MOVEMENT. If you’d like to support CityLink’s privately funded mission to take back our city from the grips of poverty one life at a time, we truly need your help. No gift is too small or too great to support real people wanting to make an investment in their own lives to change.

Make a donation by clicking here, learn about volunteering and pray like the future of our city is on the line…because it is.

Well done, Cincinnati, well done.

Thanks again to these folks for making MashUp 2014 possible:

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CityLink Celebrates Janet Keith!

“Janet is a gem who invests her entire self in her service, not simply to fill her time or to collect praises, but because she truly believes that her life is inextricably tied to the lives of others.”

 - Jessica Ohmer, CityLink Operations Support Coordinator 

Each year The Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism grants organizations the opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals through the ServeOhio Award.  Candidates model volunteerism and service in exceptional ways by making substantial impacts within the organization and the community as a whole. CityLink was proud to nominate Janet Keith for the 2014 ServeOhio Award.  Although we were not selected as a recipient, we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to reflect on our gratitude for Janet and celebrate the love that she shares with clients, volunteers, and staff members each day at the center. She is a constant presence at the Welcome Center and also supports clients through Study Tables. Janet has made measurable impacts here at CityLink, serving 165 days in just one year’s time.  That’s over 530 hours of service!  Even more, with her time and talent comes a woman of wisdom and deep compassion, invaluable qualities that we have all been blessed to receive and learn from.

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CityLink Icon     Want to meet Janet?  Click here to Join the Volunteer Movement. We’ve got our last Volunteer Orientation of the year coming up on October 28th at 6pm…come join us!

Jerome Celebrates One Year on the Job!

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Jerome got the nickname “The Mayor” of CityLink some time ago due to his constant presence and encouraging nature. He was one of our earlier clients and was always around sharing his enthusiasm, spirit and sense of humor while also working on some of his goals. When Jerome first came to CityLink in early 2013 he was looking to learn more about getting his GED but also began working with Cincinnati Works because he needed a steady job.  He went through the Job Readiness workshop and took several computer literacy classes as he worked with his Job Coach to find employment. Well Jerome stopped in today to celebrate an important milestone…one year on the job at Club Chef where Cincinnati Works helped him get hired! CityLink and Cincinnati Works hosted a Job Readiness Workshop this week and the students who are just getting started on their journey were able to hear and hopefully be encouraged by “The Mayor’s” words. Here’s some of what he had to say:

“These people are good people. You can feel the spirit. It’s in this room, here there’s nothing you can’t accomplish. When I came in here I was feeling bad. down, jobless, homeless even. When I got here I got here by guidance, not by someone else, but by the Lord almighty. Searching for jobs to doors that would not open and that’s when God directed me here. This place here is God given, Take advantage of it because you can learn a lot more here at this Center than you can imagine. And I don’t know if any of you have acknowledged it, or experienced it for yourself, but there is something about this place. The spirit is just warm and welcoming. I couldn’t stop coming back.

Take advantage of the computer classes, I learned so much about computers it’s not even funny! I wouldn’t say I was completely computer illiterate, but I learned how to operate a lot better by being here than I was before…I ‘d still be punching those one or two keys! It really helped me with my job search, all that is on the computer now.

And the staff, you can’t help but love them, because they show you love. You know, other job search places, I’ve gotten a lot of attitude, but you won’t find that here. And you just never know what you can do, here I am today. I feel like I can start towards my next goal and that’s getting my GED.I started off coming down here wanting to get my GED but getting and an income was more important, but I’m ready to take it on. I like working with my hands and already have a maintenance certificate and I’d like to start working in plumbing but I need my GED to get started. So you’ll be seeing me a lot more again soon because I know I can do it.”

We love when our clients come to share their triumphs and trials with us. Jerome’s story is still being written and we are thankful to be a part of his journey. Congrats to Jerome and Cincinnati Works for providing the tools and encouragement to “take on mountains” as Jerome would say.

CityLink Partner Church Featured in the Wall Street Journal

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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:
http://www.wsj.com/video/multiracial-churches-united-under-god/5831B502-528E-4F5B-9D6C-E2813DFDE555.html

Read the online story here:
http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-church-of-many-colors-the-most-segregated-hour-in-america-gets-less-so-1413253801

 

 

Now accepting applications!

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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

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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.

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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:

Hospitality
Childcare
Service Coordinator Support
Employment Services
Education, and
Automotive

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