The Need

The Reeb Avenue Center seeks to build self sufficiency through opportunities and transform lives through education, job training, and local job growth including entrepreneurship.

From Welfare to Work

Parents need childcare in order to work. South Side Learning & Development Center (SSLDC) and Boys & Girls Club operate early learning (birth to age 6) and school-aged programs (6 to 18) to nurture young minds while supporting parents and employers.

Many good jobs are not 9-5, so SSLDC and Boys & Girls Club offer extended hours.

Godman Guild provides GED classes, a “Pathways to Work” program and other adult education.  Digital Works offers specialized job training in computer skills.  These programs help adults move up the economic ladder.

Food & Community Building

Mid-Ohio Foodbank operates a pay-as-you-can Cafe and Fresh Food Market, South Side Roots Cafe & Market, which is becoming a “third place” for neighbors to gather.

Strengthening Families

Whole families provide stability in their homes and neighborhoods. The Family-to-Family program of St. Stephen’s Community House keeps families together through support.  Through the “Stable Families” program, Lutheran Social Services assists families at risk of imminent homelessness.

The Children are trying harder, look for more to do and now the center will give them somewhere else to go, to have something to do. I just see a better outcome.

Johnny Green; Mother, St. Stephen’s Client



School Readiness

Children who matriculate through SSLDC’s program begin Kindergarten 84+ months developmentally in many domains of learning, while they are only 60-66 months of age.

Summer programming combats summer learning loss which is the key driver of the achievement gap between low- and middle-income youth – and Boys & Girls Clubs leads the way.

Eastway Behavioral Healthcare is on-site with licensed therapists and counselors to serve the behavioral health needs of school-aged youth, helping all students achieve their best selves.

Self-sufficiency & Job Creation

Residents can find solutions and access services via the South Side Neighborhood Pride Center.


I have everything I need now. All these doors have opened up for me.
Dustin H, Godman Guild Graduate