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Today’s hero: Kirk Lake, mentoring volunteer

By Robin Wagner Director of Volunteer Services, City Gospel Mission During this national Volunteer Appreciation Week, we give our sincere thanks for each of you – over 2,500 strong – who give your time and effort to build into the lives of so many people who need uplifted. You are the bedrock of our organization,…

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Makayla: A life changing career

When I was laid off at my job of two years in October 2015, I was terrified. I was making do with my savings, but I was going through that quickly. I didn’t know what to do. I got the job at Cincinnati Christian University right out of college there without interviewing, so I didn’t…

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Steve: A second chance

I had lived life for 40 years addicted to drugs. I started smoking marijuana at 12 years old. In 2016, I had been on the verge of suicide. I remember standing on the Main St. bridge in Hamilton, ready to jump. It was January 31st. I was high that day. A cop approached me. I…

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Gurney: God has opened doors

Gurney has battled alcoholism for many years, and he has been homeless on numerous occasions. Over the past several years, Gurney has gone back and forth from jail to Hope House Mission to the Genesis Recovery Center in Hamilton. After many arrests, Gurney tried to get sober one more time. This time, something has clicked.…

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Leon: A Changed Life

A few years ago, Leon was diagnosed with chronic heart failure, and he had spent time in the City Gospel Mission homeless shelter. “It was challenging being homeless and being sick at the same time and trying to keep a job,” says the 48-year-old. Then he went to JobsPlus, the employment network of City Gospel…

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Blessings on top of blessings

Larry went from homeless to getting his own apartment to getting a job in just a few months. “I’m so blessed it really overwhelms me,” Larry says. It has been a whirlwind 2015 for Larry. He came to stay at the City Gospel Mission shelter because he says he “needed structure.” After just a month…

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Tony’s Story

“If I could have 10 of him…” For Saturday Knight Ltd., a local bathroom accessory distributor, good works were rewarded with some great work. When the company began looking to fill an open position in its shipping department, they turned to JobsPlus. Their faith was rewarded with one of the best employees they have had.…

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Eddie’s Story

“It seemed like everybody was leaving my side. But Sam stuck in there with me.” In and out of jail since he was 15, mostly for theft, Eddie was able to begin getting his life in order thanks to the steady support of JobsPlus’ inmate mentoring program. Eddie’s mentor, Sam, visited him in seven jails,…

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