We’re so excited to announce that we have a name for our new building. After a long search process that involved input from many parties, we’re naming our new supportive housing after local civil rights leader Virginia Coffey. Virginia was a girl scout leader, teacher, activist for integration of public spaces, mentor to many young women, and the founding head of the Human Relations Commission. We hope her legacy will be honored as our building provides a permanent home to young moms who seek stability for their families. Please join us on March 17 at 4pm as we pray blessings
Workers have been busy 7 days a week and we remain on schedule to open in the spring of 2019! The latest updates include adding drywall to the walls of our new building and installing HVAC systems. Exterior detail work and finishes are going up soon. Thank you so much to our faithful volunteers especially Dan Aerni, Dennis Bishop and Dane Miller (aka the triple D’s). We look forward to offering affordable apartments to our guest families, keeping them in community with Lydia’s House in a supportive, asset rich neighborhood! We’re so pleased to announce our first commercial tenant: Azalea Montessori.
In early August, a group of 19 Lydia’s House guests, staff and family members journeyed north to London, OH to attend Procter Center’s family camp for the second summer in a row. Procter Camp is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and offers a place for kids and families to grow in faith, learn, and play together. For many, it was a first “camping” experience and offered a chance to try new things, escape the city and enjoy peaceful farmland scenery. We started each day with music and a daily story led by the Chaplain and
March Worship: A Lenten Reflection On the first Sunday in March, we gathered for our monthly in-house worship service. We listened as Mary Ellen shared a reflection on Lent, the special season before Easter. The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we move from the darkness of winter to the new light of spring. In particular, she reflected on Jesus being led into the desert by the Spirit, the humanity of Jesus in experiencing and confronting Satan’s temptation, and the role of Angels in this story. What was the purpose of this desert experience? Why were angels sent to
Lydia’s House guests, staff and associate volunteers took a trip to The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati to check out The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, one of the largest private collections of African American art, artifacts and documents- spanning 400 years of history, on display through March 3, 2018. Amassed during more than four decades of the Kinseys’ marriage, the collection features work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Mayhew alongside archival material related to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston and Malcolm X. The collection has been cited for three national awards, one