The Jobs Van operates four days per week, picking up 10 individuals each day and transporting them to a job site for a day’s work.
Pick-ups are made at random locations in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants engage in community beautification efforts and are provided a free lunch. At the end of their shift, participants are paid $9/hour in cash for their labor.
Giving someone the opportunity to work for a day instead of panhandling gives them more than just an honest day’s wages. It gives them dignity.
And helping restore someone’s dignity is one of our primary goals at City Gospel Mission.
One woman who went on a Jobs Van outing was so moved by the experience that she left a voicemail for a staff member who drives the van. She said, “It was not about the money. It made me feel like a real person again. Sometimes people look at me as less than a person.”
The Jobs Van also provides a perfect gateway to help someone break the cycle of poverty and despair in their lives. It allows us to get to know the men and women on street. Establish trust. And, ultimately, connect them with the resources at our organization – and with others – that can truly help them.
The Jobs Van is part of a larger initiative called GeneroCity 513 – a partnership between Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, Strategies to End Homelessness, Downtown Cincinnati Inc., 3CDC, and the City of Cincinnati.
For additional information regarding the Jobs Van program, please contact Jim Cira at (513) 345-1065.