Love Kindness is a volunteer-driven program to distribute $10 vouchers to Roots Café and Market at Reeb Avenue Center and a 24-hour COTA bus pass (a Love Kindness kit), benefitting more than 1,000 individuals and families in need, including those experiencing homelessness in Columbus.

The Love Kindness initiative originated with Jane Grote Abell and Tanny Crane, co-founders of Reeb Avenue Center, and Megan and Mark Kvamme who helped bring the project to life by generously providing initial funding. Together, these community leaders are committed to offering a helping hand to those who need it most.

What are the goals of Love Kindness?

  • To educate our community about the array of resources available at Reeb Avenue Center that support our most vulnerable neighbors;
  • To provide a COTA day pass and a hot, nutritious meal at Roots Café and Market to our neighbors experiencing homelessness;
  • To connect our most vulnerable neighbors to support services that address their basic needs—from housing and health care to job training and education; after-school programs and early childhood education to food assistance and city services.


Love Kindness kits will be distributed to neighbors most in need, with emphasis on individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

  • Ambassadors from the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID) and volunteers from Harmony Project, a local experiential arts, education and community service organization, will fan out across the community to distribute 1,500 Love Kindness kits.
  • Love Kindness will focus on parts of town where our vulnerable neighbors are likely to traverse during the day before returning to an overnight shelter, including the south side of Columbus, downtown, the Short North, Franklinton, as well as the Arena and University districts.
  • In addition, an anonymous donor has stepped forward to purchase 200 South Side Roots Café and Market gift cards as Valentine’s Day gifts for the general public. These cards will be distributed in the downtown High Street corridor during morning rush hour.

Why Love Kindness?

  • Reeb Avenue Center is the south side “Hub of Hope.”
  • Reeb Avenue Center now houses 14 different  community-based service providers that can address the comprehensive needs of individuals impacted by housing instability or homelessness; economic and food insecurity; unemployment or underemployment; a lack of quality child care and after-school enrichment opportunities; a lack of access to physical and behavioral health care services; and more.
  • By accessing wrap-around support services under one roof at the Reeb Avenue Center, individuals and families can begin their path to self-sufficiency.

A COTA bus pass and voucher for a hot meal at South Side Roots Café at Reeb Avenue Center will serve as a point-of-entry to the Reeb Avenue Center.

Spread Love Kindness.

To help support the Love Kindness program, please donate to the Reeb Avenue Center or visit us at South Side Roots for a wholesome, delicious lunch – and pay it forward to help someone in need!