Our Country & Our Choices

This past week has been heartbreaking as we have seen the continued senseless loss of life play-out across national airwaves.

In times of tragedy we can respond with anger or apathy, we can feel overwhelmed or emboldened, we can move towards a common understanding or retrench towards ideological positions.

On Friday morning, a meeting with leaders of two neighborhood social service agencies turned to the topic of the shootings which had touched each of our hearts.

As a father of two sons, I was utterly saddened to hear from my respected peer how she has had to address each of her sons and identify the ways that they may be misinterpreted in an encounter with law enforcement.  Her concerns of them not coming home at night aren’t from a traffic accident but from a traffic stop, simply because her sons are a different color than mine.   It is a reality in her and other families’ lives across our country, it is a reality that I can never fully appreciate as a white man, but it is an opportunity.

As people of faith, we can all recognize the inherent worth of every life created by God.  As people of faith, we can all recognize that there are incredible men and women who enlist to serve and protect us as public officers.   As people of faith, we can all recognize that a continued pattern of lost black men’s lives in encounters with law enforcement does not reflect the standard of justice and equality we aspire to.  As people of faith, we can all recognize that responding to injustice with violence will only further division and lead to more senseless waste of life.

So what can we do?

I was once told that we can dig a well while we pray for rain.  We can take on personal accountability, while advocating for larger change and importantly asking God to intercede on behalf of our nation.

At CityLink, we have a beautiful cross-section of our community coming together across socio-economic and racial divides.  These relationships can start to bridge chasms of misunderstanding and lack of awareness about the situations of neighbors who live only minutes from us but whose life experiences are miles apart.  Through relationship we can learn how to act as a community, love our neighbors, and act from love.

The first commandment is to love God. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Join us in praying for our nation, our city, and our neighbors.


Eat Well – Do Good

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CityLink & Partners are offering another way to do good and feel great in the process…..all throughout the month of July, you can help our city Take A Bite Out of Poverty.  Dive into some of the city’s best eats and a portion of the proceeds will support the collaboration at CityLink Center.  Learn about where and when to dive in by clicking here.

Job Training Works. So Why Not Do More?

A lot of really good people trying to figure out how to solve some really challenging problems in our community, like that of economic mobility.  How do we provide the tools and approaches for individuals to obtain living wage jobs and have a trajectory of hope for their families?

At CityLink, we are proud to have a national training program, PerScholas, providing IT Training to clients who emerge with a valuable certificate that can begin a meaningful career in technology.  PerScholas was featured in this article by the NewYork Times.  Read more. Be Encouraged. Join the Movement.

Lisa Edwards commutes from Barclays Bank to Per Scholas, a nonprofit offering low-income workers training in I.T. CreditAlex Wroblewski/The New York Times

Cincinnati Works Advance You Program

Untitled designToday (June 11, 2016) Cincinnati Works, in partnership with CityLink, kicked off Saturday programming. I was overwhelmed with excitement as I watched 17 WORKING individuals invest in themselves as participants of the newly enhanced Advance You program.  I found myself filled with joy and pride as we enter our 20th year and continue to pursue innovative ways to assist individuals in their goals for greater stability and professional excellence. The launch also included structured job search coordinated by Amanda with volunteer support.

Here are a few photos from today’s activities.


Glenna Parks,  Program Director
Cincinnati Works

CityLink will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month all summer long. Stop in for an Info Session (at 10 a.m.) or if you’re an existing client, reach out to your Service Coordinator to get scheduled for Saturday Services. Read more about our Saturday offerings here. 


Collaboration in action 6 days a week!

Saturday Doors Open

Today marks the first day that CityLink and partners are offering services on a Saturday.  We have over 40 clients enlisted to start or continue their journey with exciting partner programming:

  • CincinnatiWorks launches AdvanceYou on Saturdays to help members with jobs understand and develop to take that next career step
  • SmartMoney offers workshops and counseling for individuals to take control of their finances
  • ChangingGears classes prepare clients for vehicle ownership while the garage is hard at work repairing and preparing vehicles

In July, PerScholas will launch Network+ for those graduates or individuals who already have their A+ Certification.

If you are interested in starting your journey, give us a call at 513-357-2000 and get enlisted into an info session which takes place at 10am.

And all this progress is supported by volunteers, so if you are interested in engaging to volunteer, sign-up for a training here.

Are you a part of the 46%

46% of Americans

Wages are finally rising. Unemployment is the lowest it’s been since 2007.

But 31% of American adults, or 76 million people, say they are struggling to get by or just barely making it, according to the Federal Reserve Bank’s latest survey on Americans’ economic well-being, which looked at 2015.

46% of Americans would have to borrow or sell something to afford a $400 emergency expense, which can subject people to expensive loans, risk of defaulting on payments, damaging credit, and a whole host of potential negative ramifications.

At CityLink, SmartMoney Community Services provides financial education to help individuals build a budget, balance a budget, establish savings, and build assets…..if you want to learn more, call us at 513-357-2000 or learn more here.

Read more from this CNN Article.

Message from Redeemer

It’s awesome to hear a passionate call from a visionary leader.  Timothy Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian talks about the importance of cities and our call to the city, check it out here


Thought about joining CityLink?


We spend 30% of our lives at work….why not work somewhere you love helping to transform lives and our community?

Currently CityLink has openings ranging from AmeriCorps VISTAs to seasonal Childcare Assistant to an Operations Coordinator position, if this feels like the right step for you, please follow the application process.

You can also check out links for two of our partners, Changing Gears and Catholic Charities who are currently seeking team members to fuel their work.

You should run the EXTREME Point .1K

Extreme .1K Logo with Date


Kick off your summer at CityLink’s first ever Extreme Point .1K!

YES…you read that right…a POINT .1K!
Here’s your chance to take on the grueling task of running, walking, skipping or even dancing 329 feet along Bank Street to reach the finish line.

Why a Point .1K? 
Because ‘a little distance can make a big difference’ for folks in Cincinnati working hard towards reaching their full potential. (And because we think everyone should get to slap a magnet on their car proving how awesome they are for being a “distance” runner).

This family friendly event will feature Food Trucks (like Sweets and Meats BBQ!), live entertainment, MadTree Beer booth, and children’s activities like a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting and more!

Plus you or your team could win coveted prize in categories like: Best Costume, Fastest Time, Most Creative Team Name, Best Family Costume and MORE!

  • Individual Registration: $25 
  • Youth Registration (12 and under): $10 
  • Groups of 5 or more: $20 per participant 

Gather up a team and start your training regime today!!! 

CityLink Piloting Saturday Hours Beginning June 11th

CityLink has been designed to suppSaturday Programming Adort both the unemployed and those in our community who are already working but are seeking to increase their economic stability. This happens through a variety of partner organizations who deliver services on site.  However, the majority of these services happen during the hours of a regular workday, making it very difficult for the targeted working population to engage.  Services that are offered during evening hours are still a struggle for clients to attend due to family conflicts, fatigue after working a full day, and other barriers such as transportation; making it difficult to get to CityLink in time to attend classes or appointments.

CityLink is committed to finding a solution that will allow our working population to access services that will continue to advance their lives.  Therefore, we have worked with our partner organizations to determine appropriate programming that will support our clients in reaching their goals and we will be piloting Saturday hours beginning June 11th.

This also means, we will have Additional Volunteer Opportunities during these Saturdays! We’ll be hosting a special Weekend Volunteer Orientation on Saturday June 4th from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. here at the Center. To sign up for this orientation, please click here. If you are a current volunteer, no need to attend another orientation! Shifts will be available for signup online soon.


  • CityLink will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of June, July and August.
    • June 11th  & June 25th
    • July 9th & July 23rd
    • August 13th & 27th
  • Summer Saturday Programming to include:
    • New Client Information Session 10:00-12:00 noon
    • Onsite Childcare
    • Cincinnati Works AdvanceYou Career Development Program
    • Per Scholas Network+ Program (must have CompTIA A+ certification)
    • Various SmartMoney Workshops and 1:1 Financial Counseling Appointments
    • ChangingGears Information Sessions, Classes and Sweat Equity
    • Clothing Connection Appointments