Community Stories

The Power of Expression

Art has the power to make us feel and see things that we wouldn’t otherwise experience.  It creates a space to be honest and to open ourselves up to the world. When someone is the creator of such an experience, it is empowering and invigorating, as it makes room for connection,
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Collaborating for a Community in Need

By: Scott Priestle, Community Matters Board Chair Carson held a new Cincinnati Reds backpack and flashed a smile I have not often seen from him. “My backpack just ripped,” he said. “They tried to fix it, but it was still loose.” He didn’t say who “they” are, and I was afraid to ask. I
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Office Space at Community Matters

Looking for an office/studio space? We have amazing new spaces available for rent on our campus in Lower Price Hill. Great rent rates, newly renovated, new HVAC systems, onsite parking, access to the (amazing) Sanctuary, and all part of a vibrant campus. It is the perfect place for fo
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Help LPH “Wash Well”

This winter we are opening the Washing Well, a community laundry facility offering affordable, local, and safe laundry in our community.  The Washing Well is a much needed resource in LPH, as most residents do not have access to laundry machines.  Many have to take their laundry on th
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Making New Memories in a Familiar Space

by: Scott Priestle, Community Matters Board President I have vivid memories of childhood visits to St. Michael’s Church. Sitting in a pew during mass, laughing with – and sometimes at – Mike Kezak, a delightfully wacky and profane parishioner from the neighborhood. Gathering with the
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‘It’s either all of us or none of us’ – Enquirer Story on Troop 49632

THE GIRL SCOUTS OF LOWER PRICE HILL NEED TO SELL 1,500 BOXES OF COOKIES TO GO TO CAMP. BUT THEY CAN’T TALK ABOUT CAMP. NOT YET. THEY DON’T NEED FALSE HOPE.  Sharon Coolidge and Liz Dufour, ldufour@enquirer.com Cincinnati Enquirer, February 8, 2015 As the after-school progr
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Join Us at Bend Fest!

Our first annual Bend in the River Art & Music Festival will take place at The Sanctuary in Lower Price Hill on Oct. 4th & 5th. We are excited to invite everyone to join us for a celebration of art and music at our historic campus in LPH. Bring your friends and family! Saturda
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The Washing Well Wins $109,000 from Impact 100

The Washing Well project was selected as a 2014 Impact 100 Grant Winner!  The Washing Well will create safe, affordable, and local laundry for all residents of Lower Price Hill.  The goal of the project is two fold: 1) to create a place for residents to access laundry and 2) to contri
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Food and Community

Nothing brings people together like a delicious meal.  It is the age old tactic in community organizing: if you feed them, they will come.  We have used this idea for years through our community picnics.  Each spring and fall we stop all of our work and take a moment to share a meal w
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