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New 'Winter Day Center' opens on Christmas Day

Posted at 5:03 AM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 16:45:21-05

CINCINNATI — A new day center for those experiencing homelessness is officially opening its doors on Christmas Day.

Maslow's Army's Todd B. Portune Memorial Winter Day Center, located at the old Queensgate Correctional Facility at 516 Linn St., is open and ready to help those who want help.

The center has 20,000 square feet of space, so there's plenty of space for people to escape the cold. There is also a computer lab to help people build or update their resumes and to acquire new skills to help find a job, among other things.

"We have to help the people," Samuel Landis, executive director and co-founder of Maslow's Army, said in October. "Give them the proper tools that's needed to become healthy and productive members of society... Of course they need their basic needs, their food, clothing, water, shelter. They need that security and that sense of belonging."

The center is named after Todd Portune, who died in January. Portune was an avid supporter of Maslow’s Army and the organization’s work. Portune’s daughter, Ellyse Portune, said her father would be pleased with the honor.

"I know that he’s so proud of this cause and everything that Maslow’s Army has done," she said.