Strategic involvement as demonstrated by engaging people who are not experiencing wholeness in life and community and engaging leaders who want to see their communities become whole.
Inclusive diversity as demonstrated by initially connecting with people who are different than we are.
Compassionate generosity as demonstrated by the giving of our time, talent and treasures.
Intergenerational relationships as demonstrated by connecting generations through community.
Ohio City is one of the recognized neighborhoods within the city of Cleveland and is home to more than 9,200 residents. The 2010 Census data lists the Ohio City neighborhood as one of Cleveland’s most diverse, with 50% of the area being White, 34% African American, 23% Hispanic, 1.5% Asian or Pacific Islander, <1% American Indian, and 14% noted as “other.” Ohio City contains 1,200 units of public housing, with 37% of its total population living below the poverty line.
While the city of Cleveland on the whole has been experiencing a loss in population in the past several decades, Ohio City is one of only three Cleveland neighborhoods that gained population in the past ten years. Ohio City also indicated a 16% growth among ages 18–34 and 42% growth in ages 60–64. (reprinted from www.ohiocity.org/demographics)
With the growth of Ohio City, the communities are changing and reforming. This is an opportunity to invite the business community, organizations, schools, etc. to experience wholeness.
Engage people by showing up, serving them and sharing their story and ours.
Develop leaders by appropriate assessment, training and coaching.
Community partners will serve community needs, (eventually monthly) Gatherings will be evangelistic and community focused, and (quarterly) Central Gatherings will celebrate transformation.
Empower movement by clarity, alignment, and focus