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Standing together, fighting together

By Roger Howell, President, City Gospel Mission
Over the past 25 years serving the poor and disadvantaged, I have grown in my understanding of systemic racism. So, seeing the heartache of the black members of my staff and community, I have been saddened and angered, especially over the past month.

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David: A place where he is safe

David is blind, so being homeless was hard and dangerous. At City Gospel Mission, he found the safety and help he needs. “It’s good to have shelter, especially at a place where you know you don’t have to fear anything, where you know you’re safe. And you don’t have to worry about where your next…

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Adam: Having shelter is life-saving

“You’re not supposed to be sleeping on benches, on the ground or concrete. You wake up every day hurting. Having shelter and three meals a day is life-saving. Truly, thank you for everything you’ve done. I don’t know where I would be right now without City Gospel Mission and your help.” After being homeless for…

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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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Gayle & Madison

Over the past 5 years, Maddie’s mentor Gayle has seen her at her lowest. Dyslexia. Depression. Doubt. Fear. So sitting on a bench at the University of Cincinnati during the senior’s first college visit, reflecting on how far Maddie has come, Gayle was overcome with emotion. “There have been a lot of ups and downs,…

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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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Ricky: Back on his feet

After losing his apartment following prostate cancer surgery, Ricky came to the shelter looking for help getting back on his feet. After four months at the shelter, the army veteran was able to move back into an apartment in March. QUESTION: What was it like when you first walked in the doors here? RICKY: 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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