I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself – I am the new Director of Education at the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition. If you haven’t booked your trips for March, we are currently offering a 10% discount for our amazing program. Last year, students and faculty expressed that our program is the best one they have ever been on, but these programs rotate locations and only one will be returning again this year. We do year-round service-learning trips and will happily accommodate orientation students as well, so please keep us in mind, and share this opportunity with your student leaders.
Our program is a mix of education and service to compliment student interests and community engagement. The education side includes meeting and hearing from individuals who are experiencing homelessness as well as community members who are working in various capacities to improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable. We do an education pieces on the death penalty and worker’s rights (wage theft) with our member organizations. Several organizations allow students to see how the operations work and discuss their history and long-term goals. This includes an organization that helps people with no work skills get into the workforce.
In terms of service, we work at local soup kitchens, preparing and serving food, tutoring community children, and working with local teens on different projects. We also include participants in a tech project that connects people in need with resources throughout our community. We run a local newspaper, Streetvibes, and there are many opportunities through the work we do and our 65+ member organizations.
We are currently accepting groups for this March, and year-round. In addition to providing programming packed days, we will provide housing with a commercial kitchen and all transportation when you get to Cincinnati. We are located in Over-the-Rhine, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood and this is a great opportunity to see the process of gentrification in action and how it is connected to deeper issues of disinvestment and displacement.
“What impacted me most was the community. Learning from those who shared their experience in Over-the-Rhine and what they want to see happen. I am taking away how I can make community a priority in my life – really respecting people.”-2016 Student Participant