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. Among other projects, the Coalition, with others recently established a new model of Winter Emergency Shelter for Cincinnati open every night through the cold season, recently created the regions first Homeless Congress- a body made of people who are or have been homeless to speak up, design solutions and make positive change. The Coalition continues to work in schools, businesses and community settings to spread education about the truths of homelessness and get others involved and to provide a venue for service organizations to work together with focus. The Coalition has assisted in work to get laws passed to protect people experiencing homelessness from Hate Crimes as well as laws or changes to laws to end the criminalization of homelessness and poverty by governments and police departments. Recently in collaboration with the Metropole Tenant Association, Legal Aide, lawyers Jennifer Kinsley and Terry Brennan, history was made in Cincinnati’s first financial settlement in favor of Tenants with low incomes displaced by gentrification. After its recent release of Family Homelessness and Housing Stability: A Study with Policy Recommendations, the Coalition is focused on solutions to family homelessness. 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, Director of Education and Outreach
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Monica Pepple is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work with a Bachelors of Science in Social Work . Monica has been extremely interested in addressing issues of social justice in our community revolving around homelessness and affordable housing since she was in high school. She has brought her passion to many internship opportunities including Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, New Voices, Faces without Places, and the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.
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 Worpendberg, Streetvibes Distributor Program Manager
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Anna Worpenberg is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Science in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. Her leadership experience includes acting as the Vice President of the Student Social Work Organization, and serving as resident adviser at UC. Anna is passionate about working with individuals experiencing homelessness; she has volunteered at the Interfaith Hospitality Network since 2009 and just completed a yearlong 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. She has been working with non-profit organizations in Cincinnati for 9 years. She enjoys doing development work for the Homeless Coalition because of its satisfying nature, challenge and knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of her fellow Cincinnatians.
Jeff Kelley, Civil Rights Outreach Coordinator
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Rubye Goode, Receptionist
Karen Chatman, Receptionist
Chris Fowler, Receptionist
Pete Roper, Maintenance