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Hand-washing station installed in OTR for people experiencing homelessness

Posted at 3:11 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 15:11:53-04

CINCINNATI — A nonprofit teamed up with Greater Cincinnati Water Works to install a hand-washing station at an Over-the-Rhine church.

Estelle McNair, director of Tamar’s Center, said it’s vital that people experiencing homelessness have access to soap and clean water.

“They come in contact with a lot of people … it’s very hard to maintain a degree of cleanliness,” McNair said. “If we don’t help them, it will really harm us all. We have to all be in this together.”

Tamar’s Center, a branch of Fransican Ministries, has a day program for women experiencing homelessness, but the organization has been serving everyone in the community through the pandemic, McNair said.

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McNair said she and her team reached out to Greater Cincinnati Water Works after hearing about the hand-washing station at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen & Social Center.

The hand-washing station is located in the courtyard of Philippus United Church of Christ at 106 W. McMicken Ave. and is available for use from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Tamar’s Center is also distributing hand sanitizer and wipes to people experiencing homelessness.