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)

 
Faces without Place funds Project Connect a Cincinnati Public Schools program that keeps children experiencing homelessness connected to their education through advocacy, enrollment and transportation assistance, tutoring, enrichment and support with school supplies and uniforms. . .

Amber, a senior in high school, struggled with mental illness and family issues for many years before she was kicked out of her parent's house. She began moving from place to place, "couch surfing." Project Connect's resources and moral support provided Amber with the opportunity to stay in school. She now attends college and serves in the military reserves.

(FACES without PLACES (formerly Project Connect Children's Fund))

 
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)