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April 29, 2019

A Message from the Executive Director

Dear South Side Champions,

The Reeb Avenue Center is a thriving hub of hope for our South Side neighbors in need of a hand up––not a handout. Over the past year and a half, it has been an honor to serve as the Executive Director of one of the nation’s leading models for nonprofit collaboration and shared success. Our resource partners are as diverse and experienced as our South Side community and together we can have an even greater impact than if we stayed working alone.

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April 28, 2019

Series of Hope: “Sentenced to Hope”

Deej White was a young man troubled by obstacles put in his path since birth. It was when he first began volunteering at the Reeb Avenue Center, while incarcerated as a juvenile, that he began to find hope for his future. While on the job, Deej met Executive Director Ally Zahler had the opportunity to serve Reeb Avenue Center Board leaders Jane Grote Abell and Tanny Crane, who were impressed by his professionalism and personability––not believing he was incarcerated at the time.

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April 28, 2019

Letter from the Field

Dear South Side Champions,

One of our highest priorities as the Reeb Avenue Center team is to ensure that our neighbors and friends are being served in a genuine, relational way. We believe hope starts with connection and building strong relationships is key to building a strong community. To do that, we have been throwing parties, hosting meals, and enjoying holidays together as a South Side family! On Halloween, we hosted a “Trunk-or-Treat,” a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating that where more than 500 kids walked between decorated car trunks to receive candy.

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April 28, 2019

Steven: A Workforce Development Success Story

Steven R. arrived at the Alvis HIRE (Help In Reentry Education) program without much hope that this program would be any better than the others he’d attended. He had already been disappointed several times by job readiness programs that promised to assist him with “successful reentry” but did not deliver when it came to job placement. Steven was willing to work hard and had marketable skills, but he was beginning to wonder if there was any hope for him in overcoming the barriers to reenter the workforce that were the result of spending 10 years in prison.

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March 6, 2019

WinterFest ’19 Featured on Good Day Columbus

This December, the Reeb Avenue Center was featured on Fox 28’s Good Day Columbus, highlighting the annual WinterFest holiday celebration. Reporter Joe Sam interviewed the Center’s administrative team.

Watch the coverage and read the article on Fox 28

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