social services

Reunion Picnic
1:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Stepping Stones 50th Anniversary

Stepping Stones, the local agency that provides children and adults with disabilities a range of educational and recreational services, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As Mark Perzel learns from Executive Director Chris Adams, one part of the celebration is a reunion picnic on Saturday, May 18 for anyone whose life has been touched by the agency, including staff, volunteers, board members, supporters and, of course, clients.

8th Anniversary
1:31 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Elementz Hip-Hop Youth Center

It’s hard to believe, but Elementz, Cincinnati’s hip hop youth services organization, is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year. They moved into a new, larger space last year and continue to expand programs designed to keep our city’s young people safe, off the streets, and moving towards an educated, positive life. Brother Abdullah Powell, the creative director of Elementz, is in the studio with Mark Perzel to talk about the past eight years and what he sees for the organization in the coming years.

Professional Women's Network
12:31 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Dress for Success Cincinnati

Dress for Success Cincinnati has launched its Professional Women’s Network, a support system for clients who have landed a job and need help transitioning into the work world. The group, which meets on Saturdays, will discuss the corporate environment, advancement, communications and other skills required to build a successful career. Dress for Success Executive Director Julie Smith-Morrow joins Mark Perzel to talk about this new effort to support women as they move from unemployment to employment.


Neighborhood issues
4:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

CityLink Center ready to open in West End

CityLink Center on Bank Street in the West End.
Credit Jay Hanselman

After years of planning, legal challenges and construction, the new CityLink Center officially opens Tuesday in the West End.  It will have a different mission than when it was first proposed nearly a decade ago.

The initial plans for CityLink called for a facility to help the homeless with health services, overnight shelter, food, temporary housing and child care.  

CityLink Executive Director Johnmark Oudersluys said that changed in the spring of 2010, when leaders decided instead to focus on the working poor.

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