Real Stories

The dedicated individuals at our member organizations work tirelessly to improve our community. Below are a few examples of the positive results these efforts produced. These are the stories of some local people whose lives have been changed through contact with our member organizations. We rotate these stories regularly, so please visit this page again soon.

Excerpt from "First Step Home Saved My Life," a graduation speech.

"I would like to first and foremost say Thank You to each and everyone that supported me...

How did my stay at the First Step Home assist me in my road to recovery? Well, by working with the counselors and attending classes I was able to learn more about myself. I was given the tools to learn how to deal with my emotions that in the past would have caused me to use drugs... FSH showed me there is a different life than being an addict. They taught me to be a mother, a friend, a reliable employee... ... since leaving First Step... I have held a job for seven months... I take care of my son (with a lot of help from Julie and Kenny). Before FSH I could have never stood here today and talked but with the support and the confidence of what I have learned at FSH I am able to do this and stay sober."

(First Step Home)

 
Pamela, an individual struggling with addiction issues, became a Drop Inn Center client, and, with the help of her advocate, was able to make a fresh start. Pamela began computer classes at the Cincinnati Art and Technology Center and received support in developing life skills such as housekeeping, personal hygiene, money management, and interviewing techniques. After only two months Pamela was able to move into transitional housing.

(Drop Inn Center)

 
One of ECO's primary goals is to hold polluters and the government accountable for their actions regarding environmental issues. This frequently takes staff and volunteers into the field to discuss concerns with community members. During one such excursion in Camp Washington, it was brought to ECO's attention that a nearby factory was pouring particulates onto residents' property, forcing one local family to keep their children indoors. ECO took this issue to City Hall resulting in the City of Cincinnati issuing a citation to the factory.

(ECO: Environmental Community Organization )