CINCINNATI — With many job openings right now, you’d think people would jump at these opportunities. But it has been a challenge for those who don’t have the resources or means to get the job they want.
That’s why a new organization in southwestern Ohio is stepping up to help.
Helping people is what Te’Airea Powell loves to do. She fulfills this passion at the Hope Center of the Third Presbyterian Church in the East Westwood community of Cincinnati. Financial literacy, career coaching, and even basic computer training courses are just a few of the free services they offer.
“Most people think these are basic technologies or things that everyone has access to, but a lot of people don’t think so, that’s why we have the different disadvantages that we have in the city,” said she declared.
Powell said these services are essential for this community. According to the City of Cincinnati’s 2021 Climate Equity Indicators Report, $15,000 to $34,999 is the average income for people living there, and 42% of residents live in poverty.
“Depending on what postcode you live in, you might not have the same lifestyle as someone in another part of town just because you don’t have WiFi, because you don’t don’t have a computer, because you don’t know how to write a resume, so it’s harder for you to apply for jobs of a different caliber,” she said.
Rodney Christian has worked with Powell to ensure their neighbors get the resources they need to succeed. Christian is the chairman of the East Westwood board who helped get the Hope Center off the ground. And as someone who grew up in East Westwood, he said he knows the importance of helping those in need.
“I was lucky enough to meet a few people who gave me hope and I always felt like that was a big spark in my life,” he said.
Through the services offered here at the Hope Center, Powell and Christian hope to not only build equity, but also provide a place where people can get the resources they need without having to travel across town. And ultimately, they hope to set an example for other communities to follow their lead.
“Let other communities know that we don’t have to wait for other people to help us,” she said. “We can help each other within our own communities and we actually need lots of resource centers in a whole bunch of different communities for residents to have access to.”
The Center Espoir is currently in need of volunteers. For more information, click here.