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.
Why Love Kindness?
- Reeb Avenue Center is the south side “Hub of Hope.”
- Reeb Avenue Center now houses 14 independent 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.