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Princesses Ballet / Stories of Hope / Youth /

Lilly & Katie: A dance can mean so much

When sisters Lilly and Katie joined our Princesses Ballet program, they were painfully shy. Lilly didn’t even have the nerve to try to dance. She sat and watched. The girls, who have health challenges, gradually became more comfortable under the guidance of site leader Grace Shivers, a former Cincinnati Ballet dancer. Despite cerebral palsy, low…

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Recovery / Stories of Hope /

Evan: Restored, Piece by Piece

Since joining our recovery program over a year ago, Evan has progressed gradually. He recently moved into the independent living phase of the program, is back in his son’s life and has a job. All he had to do was look inward and upward. I have a history of drug and alcohol use. However, that…

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Food & Shelter / Stories of Hope /

Hope starts with a meal

  David 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…

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Stories of Hope / Whiz Kids /

Tyler’s Story

The changes in Tyler’s life, socially and academically, show what can happen through a positive mentoring relationship between a caring adult and an at-risk youth. Tyler used to be a shy boy with poor grades. When Jackie became his Whiz Kids tutor and mentor, that all changed. Before he joined Whiz Kids, Tyler says, “I…

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Recovery / Step Forward / Stories of Hope /

More Hope Than Ever

When Zach crossed the finish line of the Flying Pig half-marathon, the accomplishment was more than a mile marker of physical fitness. It put an exclamation point on a year of sobriety after struggling with an addiction to heroin since high school. Zach had been to several other recovery programs without success before coming to…

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Food & Shelter / Jobs / Stories of Hope /

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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Food & Shelter / Stories of Hope /

Don’s Story

Don has done so well since coming to stay at the shelter that he was presented the Jimmy Render Award at the annual Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition banquet. The award is given to a homeless or formerly homeless person who has shown great perseverance and has given back to the community. Says Don, “I’m humbled and thankful…

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Christmas Store / Stories of Hope /

Deborah: Heartache and Hope

This Christmas will be 4-year-old Carlos’ first without his father, who died in a car accident in March. But his grandmother, Deborah, is making sure his Christmas will be filled with joy and love. Deborah is looking forward to Christmas, especially shopping at our Christmas Store for Carlos, because it’s going to provide a needed dose of happiness in a…

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Recovery / Stories of Hope /

Jessica: A mother and family restored

Thanks to our new transitional housing program, which your support makes possible, recovery graduate Jessica and her four kids have the space and time to become a family again. When Jessica entered our residential recovery program in March 2015, she had to give up her four kids. In February, she officially regained custody of her…

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