Josh Spring, Executive Director
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Josh graduated from the College of Social Work at Xavier University. Josh is a Licensed Social Worker. Previously, Josh was the Social Worker for Tenants of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing’s 250 units of affordable housing. Josh noticed that repeatedly Tenants or those that wanted to be Tenants were experiencing the same repeated issues. This built a desire to organize systematic efforts to take on the root causes of homelessness, leading Josh to the Coalition.
Josh began learning about homelessness from those who were homeless; while working in the transitional housing building of Tender Mercies, an agency providing affordable housing for people who have been homeless with mental illness.
Monica Pepple is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work with a Bachelors of Science in Social Work . Monica has had a passion and drive for addressing issues of social justice in our community revolving around homelessness and affordable housing since she was in high school.
As Director of Education and Outreach, Monica administers the educational component of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless’ mission to educate the public about homelessness and poverty and combat harmful stereotypes and myths about homelessness. Her position includes creating and implementing educational programs and initiatives. Monica oversees the Voice of the Homeless Speaker’s Bureau, connecting formerly homeless individuals with churches, companies, secondary schools and universities. Through the Cincinnati Urban Experience program, Monica also coordinates alternative break trips and mission trips with middle school and high school and college aged students across the country and Co-coordinates the City Wide Shantytown program.
Anna Worpenberg, Streetvibes Distributor Program Manager
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Anna Worpenberg is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Social Work and a minor in Sociology. Her leadership experiences include acting as the Vice President of the Student Social Work Organization. Anna is passionate about working with individuals experiencing homelessness; she has volunteered at the Interfaith Hospitality network since 2009 as well as completed an internship at Bethany House Services.
Anna manages the Streetvibes Distribution program with an average of 45 formerly and currently homeless individuals per month distributing the alternative street paper, Streetvibes. Additionally, Anna coordinates the annual production of the Day by Day calendar distributed by Streetvibes Distributors and consisting entirely of photographs and writing by homeless and formerly homeless individuals in Cincinnati.
Justin Jeffre, Streetvibes Editor
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After studying at the University of Cincinnati, Justin Jeffre became a member of the multi-platinum recording group 98 Degrees. In addition to his passion for music, Justin has been active in Cincinnati’s political scene, including running for city office and leading campaigns for numerous causes. He became a co-publisher of the Cincinnati Beacon in 2006, a position he held until July of 2012. In 2008, Justin worked as a ballot access coordinator for the Nader for President campaign. He currently serves on the board of Common Cause Ohio and the Friends of the School for Creative and Performing Arts. In July of 2012, Justin became the Editor of Streetvibes.
Leslie Moorhead, Director of Development
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Leslie Moorhead has a BA from The University of Cincinnati, and is currently working on a dual Masters degree from Xavier University. Prior to coming to the Homeless Coalition, Leslie was a Program Director at a local transitional home for women and children. She also spent several years teaching Special Education to at risk youth, as well as several years spent as a Case Manager for abused and neglected children. Leslie has a passion for helping others and really strives to create change in the lives of those who are in need.
At the Coalition, Leslie is responsible for the development work of the organization. She oversees the grant writing, fundraising and donation efforts that are needed to sustain the work that is done here to help reach our mission of ending homelessness in Cincinnati.
Clarence has worked at several long-term treatment facilities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Upon his graduation from Cincinnati State, he began working at the Drop Inn Center as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor working with a large homeless population. He then went to work at the Joseph House working with alcohol and chemically dependent Veterans. Additionally Clarence participated in a ten year treatment outcome study during his internship at Cincinnati State.
As a recovering alcohol addict himself, Clarence explains that his life experiences has led him to a greater understanding of the many issues that impact the homeless population.
Chris has been a receptionist at the Coalition for almost two years. She has seen hard times, and enjoys helping others. She is spiritual and hopes to stay at the Coalition for as long as she can.
Steve is a former AFSCME member and officer as well as an organizer. Steve has worked for the Coalition since August of 2013. He enjoys working with people and trying to help wherever he can.
Mr. Roper thanks God for the opportunity to encourage people at the Coalition.