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Local non-profits launched pilot program Saturday to help those experiencing homelessness

Posted at 6:19 AM, Jan 26, 2019

CINCINNATI — Three Tri-State organizations launched a pilot program Saturday morning to help address the needs of those experiencing homelessness.

The program, named Kenny's Initiative in honor of Ken Martin, was started as a partnership between Maslow's Army, Gabriel's Place and New Prospect Baptist Church. These organizations are working together to provide food and other services, like resume building, job search strategies and recovery options, to people who stay at the Winter Shelter in Queensgate.

New Prospect Baptist Church will use its two vans to drive people from the shelter to Gabriel's Place in the morning, and the vans will take the people back to the shelter in the evening.

Gabriel's Place will provide people in the program with food, and Maslow's Army will provide peer mentor specialists and navigation specialists to help people take advantage of the program's various services. The end goal of the program is to help people in their journey to become healthy productive members of the community.

"We are looking forward to doing this many more times and continuing our partnership with Gabriel's Place and New Prospect Church," Samuel Landis, the president and co-founder of Maslow’s Army, said. "It is our hope that this will be the beginning of many collaboration efforts in the future."