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Welcome to The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., where you can find support and services for all of your housing needs.

The HOC is a private, non-profit partnership of businesses, residents, and government serving homeowners and prospective homeowners since 1973. Currently we serve a total of 20 counties in Ohio and Indiana and are a Charter Member of the NeighborWorks® Network Learn more.

Through several programs we promote and maintain homeownership, and contribute to efforts enhancing our community.

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January 23rd, 2015

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Beech Acres Parenting Center is a non-profit organization that has partnered with Greater Cincinnati families for more than 160 years. Our mission is to provide programs and services that inspire and equip parents and caregivers to raise caring, capable, and contributing children.

At Beech Acres, we believe that the most effective way to raise a community of great kids is to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to be successful. That’s why we connect parents to expert resources and sup­port so they can enhance their parenting skills and capabilities. We strive to give parents what they need to identify, nurture, and guide the best in themselves and their children.

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January 23rd, 2015

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Zion Baptist Church Welcomes you. We look forward to providing spiritual guidance and teaching tools for families and individuals seeking a closer walk with God. We are a member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. As a member of the PNBC, we urge you to join in its efforts toward strengthening the spiritual, moral, and socioeconomic conditions of our communities.

God bless you. We look forward to sharing the love of the Lord with you.

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January 23rd, 2015

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Welcome to the Hands on Banking® program! Want to take charge of your own finances and reach your goals? Just pick your age group and get started! Whether you want to build your credit, your investments, or your own small business; invest in the market, a home, or higher education; shop for a loan, buy a car, or open your first bank accounts, the Hands on Banking program offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need.

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January 23rd, 2015

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Earl J. Blanks of Symmes Township is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Shelton-Reid, Inc. that works with children and families in Avondale.

My sympathy is with Michael Brown and his family, as no young man or woman, black or white should have to face a police bullet at the tender age of 18.

However, I am concerned that the important lessons from this event are going to be missed as the news media and politicians pounce on it to promote their “race” agendas.

As an African-American male who grew up and was educated in the South during the 1960s and faced the most overt racisim, and the father of three grown sons and one daugher raised and educated during the 1990s and 2000s, I am concerned about the attitude of entitlement that Michael Brown demonstrated, based on the videotape of his behavior in the store, from the very beginning of this event. Why hadn’t someone in his life – his parents, neighbors or church members – taught him better at the age of 18?

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January 23rd, 2015

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HC&S Logo - 2014Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Zion Baptist Church

“In my right hand is my son’s Birth Certificate. In my left hand is his Death Certificate. Just twenty short years. This should not have happened to my son.”

We agree with this mother, who lost her son to community gun violence. It was never God’s plan that a young man should die of a gunshot wound at 20 years of age. John 10:10b says: … “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” We are helping young men, women, and families find this abundant life… of hope and peace.

We Need Your Support to continue realizing our Mission: “Transforming lives through Christian Ideals, by working collaboratively with Home, Church, and Schools at the local community level.

Please give generously to help keep our program initiatives FREE to participants.

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January 23rd, 2015

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The Zion Summer Enrichment Program (ZSEP) provides intensive certified tutoring in math and reading, career awareness and Biblical truths for students in the 4th-7th grades. This program has become a very sought after prize for kids entering the 4th-7th grades because of it’s success. Students report after attending this summer program improved grades upon returning to school in the fall. This is a six-week program that starts in early June.

For more information or to sign up for this year’s session of the The Zion Summer Enrichment Program (ZSEP) contact director Robin Whittle at whittery@gmail.com or visit www.zioncincinnati.org for more details.

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January 23rd, 2015

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After School Bible Study is a completely voluntary after school program, which introduces South Avondale elementary school children and their parents to God’s plans for living. Founded in 2005 by Pastors Hal and Deb McIntosh of Mosaic Vineyard Church of Avondale. They meet each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. with about 85 people currently in attendance. A free hot meal is provided at the conclusion of the study.

For more information or to get involved with the After School Bible Study program contact Earl Blanks, Executive Director of Shelton-Reid, Inc. at 513-221-2555 or email sheltonreid@zoomtown.com.

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January 23rd, 2015

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The Community Breakfast Program offers a free, hot breakfast every Sunday morning at Zion Baptist Church in the Avondale community for the poor and working class people in the community. The breakfast starts at 8:00 A.M. Afterwards attendees are invited to stay for Sunday school helping to involve them and their families in creating a new life based on Christian ideals.

For more information or to get involved with the Community Breakfast program contact Earl Blanks, Executive Director of Shelton-Reid, Inc. at 513-221-2555 or email sheltonreid@zoomtown.com.

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January 23rd, 2015

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As parents, we don’t always have all the answers. After all, kids don’t come with instruction manuals and raising children in these challenging times is difficult. That’s why Shelton-Reid, Inc. is helping to partner parents in Avondale and throughout all Cincinnati communities with parenting partners, resources, classes and programs. We want to help you become a better parent, through every challenge that you’ll face with your children.

For more information or to get involved with the Effective Parenting Seminars contact Earl Blanks, Executive Director of Shelton-Reid, Inc. at 513-221-2555 or email sheltonreid@zoomtown.com.

You can also visit www.beechacres.org for more details.

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