WE LIVE IN A CULTURE WHERE THE TERM “HOMELESS” HAS A NEGATIVE PERCEPTION AND STEREOTYPES AND MYTHS FEED INTO A CULTURE OF FEAR AND HATE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THE COALITION’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO BREAKDOWN THESE STEREOTYPES AND ERADICATE THIS MISINFORMATION. OUR EDUCATION AND SERVICE PROGRAMS PORTRAY A MORE ACCURATE AND HOLISTIC PICTURE OF HOMELESSNESS IN CINCINNATI. WE BELIEVE AN EDUCATED PUBLIC IS A COMPASSIONATE PUBLIC WILLING TO DEDICATE TIME AND EFFORT TOWARDS CREATING SOLUTIONS TO HOMELESSNESS.
Voice of the Homeless Speaker’s Bureau
The Voice of the Homeless Speaker’s Bureau is the most successful of our education programs. Made up of individuals currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness who share their stories, the program is designed to put a face on homelessness and raise awareness about those struggling in our community. The One of our staff also attends speaking engagements providing factual information to the public about homelessness locally and nationally. In 2010-2011 the public education programs reached approximately 4,619 students and adults through 146 educational engagements. We are the second largest speaker’s bureau in the country, second to the National Coalition for the Homeless. For more information about the Speaker’s Bureau or to make a payment for a speaking engagement with a credit card See Voice of the Homeless Speaker’s Bureau page.
The Cincinnati Urban Experience (CUE)
CUE is designed to provide participants with a combined experience of meaningful service and social justice education that will motivate them to become active in the fight to end poverty and homelessness.
CUE is part of growing movement of alternative break programs around the country. We offer a way for high school and college students to get involved and delve into serious issues such as gentrificaton, economic disparity and the importance of political advocacy.
GCCH arranges for service opportunities at many of its 50 member agencies. Mornings during CUE are spent volunteering at local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other agencies that provide services for Cincinnatian’s experiencing homelessness. In the afternoon GCCH provides educational activities so participants can learn about the root causes of homelessness and poverty. All participants will have the opportunity to hear from speakers, participate in teambuilding activities, and reflect on how they can get involved in dispelling myths and creating empathy rather than apathy.
Groups live in Over the Rhine or the West End while here and stay from 1-7 days. Since the program first began in 2008, GCCH has hosted 43 groups totaling 578 students from around the country.