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 Angie.Hartman@citylinkcenter.org

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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.

 

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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”.

SIGN UP FOR THE ORIENTATION BY CLICKING HERE  (RSVP requested, pretty please)

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

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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?

 

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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 makeworkpay.com or call United Way at 2-1-1.

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

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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

GED required, Ivy League need not apply

For a while, I have been joking with the staff at CityLink that we should conduct an experiment and take the new GED, knowing that I would likely not pass the more rigorous test which calls on knowledge across fields of Social Studies, Math & Science, and Language Arts (I never learned how to stop a run-on sentence).  Our Development and Communication Director  advised me against this little experiment as sharing a failure of the GED may not inspire confidence in the organization as a whole, further persuasion was that the test can take up to 7 or 8 hours to complete.

Author Matt Collette beat us to the punch by taking the test himself and recording his experience about the futile attempt as an Ivy League grad to pass the new GED, read this great article about his experience here.

 

 

 

Why is this important?

The GED is used as an entry point for employment, a regional jobs outlook report completed in 2013 showed that 98% of jobs that could support a family with a living wage, require a GED.  Our clients at CityLink Center work very hard under the incredible guidance of CPS’ ABLE program to prepare for this test.  If you are interested in supporting their efforts, sign-up for a volunteer training session and help tutor individuals studying for this test.

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The Dream

MLK led our country’s civil rights movement, breaking through the critical steps for voting rights, the right for representation in a jury of your peers, and to proclaim that separate but equal cannot be equal.  This dream needs to be continually nurtured and pushed forward but King had a further dream, for economic opportunity of all people within our country.  These two dreams are the hope and aspiration for CityLink and our partners to pursue 365 days a year.

Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know now, that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t have enough money to buy a hamburger? What does it profit a man to be able to eat at the swankest integrated restaurant when he doesn’t even earn enough money to take his wife out to dine? What does it profit one to have access to the hotels of our cities, and the hotels of our highways, when we don’t earn enough money to take our family on a vacation? What does it profit one to be able to attend an integrated school, when he doesn’t earn enough money to buy his children school clothes? – Martin Luther King; Memphis, Tennessee, March 1968

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Join us on this March for genuine equality by helping people in our community gain their education, obtain employment, learn to manage their finances and breakdown other barriers for true holistic prosperity:

 

Thank You MLK

Today our facility is closed in order to recognize and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

His work and words continues to inspire us today:

“All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

  • Martin Luther King Jr. December 18th 1963, Kalamazoo Michigan