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About GeneroCity 513
GeneroCity 513 is an initiative aimed at helping individuals who have been driven to panhandling, including those facing unfortunate circumstances like homelessness, addiction and mental illness. Utilizing a multi-faceted approach, GeneroCity 513 has been designed to offer a positive alternative to panhandling, help connect panhandlers to social service agencies, and provide strategic case management to the most visible homeless persons in downtown Cincinnati. The initiative’s programs include a Jobs Van, Outreach Workers and Donation Stations.
GeneroCity 513 is a partnership between the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC), Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI), the City of Cincinnati, City Gospel Mission (CGM), Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBHS), and Strategies to End Homelessness.
The initiative's name is a nod to the generous spirit of those that call Cincinnati (or 'the 513') home. GeneroCity 513 has the power to make change at an exponential level - individual donations will support the outreach work that will lead to changing lives, all of which will create a ripple effect that will have a lasting impact on our city.
OPERATED BY CITY GOSPEL MISSION
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. The Jobs Van program offers a positive alternative to panhandling, and helps connect panhandlers to social service agencies that provide opportunities for shelter, employment, and mental health and substance abuse services. Pick-ups are made at random locations in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Participants engage in community beautification efforts and are provided a free lunch during their shift. At the conclusion of their shift, participants are paid $9/hour in cash for their labor, and are dropped off downtown between 3 and 4 PM.
For additional information regarding the Jobs Van program, please contact Jim Cira at (513) 345-1065.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Tues-Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
DAYS IN OPERATION - 50
MILES CLEANED - 255
BAGS OF TRASH COLLECTED - 1,906
JOBS VAN RIDERS - 487
RIDERS REFERRED TO OTHER RESOURCES - 71
*Program stats are updated monthly.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GCBHS
In partnership with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBHS), the GeneroCity 513 program employs two Outreach Workers who have the ability to provide assistance to individuals on the street, regardless of their location, mental state, sobriety or housing situation. The GeneroCity 513 Outreach Workers supplement the outreach work being done by GCBHS' PATH Team and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI)'s Social Services Outreach Coordinators.
The GeneroCity 513 Outreach Team helps connect our neighbors in need with other social service agencies that can help improve their quality of life, focusing on areas such as substance abuse and addiction services, mental health services, permanent employment, housing and more.
OUTREACH TEAM HOURS:
The GeneroCity 513 Outreach Team operates Sunday through Thursday in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Their hours are as follows, but are subject to change based on large events.
TUESDAY - 9a-9p
WEDNESDAY - 9a-9p
*Please note, DCI also employs two full-time Social Services Outreach Coordinators who are available on Fridays and Saturdays.
For additional information on outreach services, please contact:
Sunday through Thursday
Nik Niesel - (513) 978-6630
Jalon Allen - (513) 846-8813
Fridays - Chico Lockhart - (513) 266-7135
Saturdays - Derek Chance - (513) 260-9888
As part of the GeneroCity 513 program, five re-purposed parking meters have been placed in various locations in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Rather than collecting payment for parking, the meters serve the sole purpose of collecting donations to help our neighbors in need. Funds donated at the meters go to the GeneroCity 513 program, helping to support the Jobs Van and provide outreach services to those experiencing unfortunate circumstances like homelessness, addiction and poverty. Additionally, the meters ensure that a donor's money is being used in a positive way.
donation station LOCATIONS
12th & Vine
6th & Walnut
Like what we're doing and want to help connect someone with life-changing resources? Use the link below to make a donation to the GeneroCity 513 program.
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