A few weeks ago, in an attempt to get to know our OTR neighbors better, the People’s Liberty team took afield trip to the CityLink Center. At it’s core, CityLink is serving the 78,000 Cincinnatians who are working, but still below the poverty line. They’ve got a bunch of great programs running, but a few stuck out to us as exceptional. Check it:
Changing Gears – A great example of enabling through ownership. CityLink fixes up donated cars and sells them at 50% of retail, with no interest loans, but only after clients have successfully finished financial planning and car maintenance courses. The goal here is to get people into cars—so they have access to more, better paying jobs—and keep them there. So far, 22 cars have been bought since the program’s launch last year, all of which are up to date on payments.
Clothing Connection – CityLink partnered with Saint Vincent de Paul to get clients into professional attire before they head out for interviews. After clients complete the Job Readiness Workshop offered through Cincinnati Works, clients choose interview outfits; after they’ve nabbed a position, they’re welcomed back to decide on up to 4 outfits to mix and match.
Health Services – In the Spring of 2015, CityLink is opening its health center, complete with full service dental and optical stations. After a successful pilot program, the Health Center will be staffed with volunteer dentists and will treat both adults and their children. CityLink is has partnered with OneSight to administer the center’s optical exams and prescriptions lense outfitting.
Think this stuff is as great as we do? Join CityLink at their #MashUp fundraiser event this Friday, October 3rd. The night will feature “mash-ups” of live performances, interactive art projects, and delectable bites from local restaurants. Tickets available here.