I write today to reflect on the rewarding and fun Fall season we have had at Central Community House, and thank you for contributing to our success.

The season started with our Back-to-School Bash and after school programming; followed by dozens of events, including Central’s Columbus Children’s Parade, an ACE Graduation, CCH Senior Leadership Summit, a Community Game Night, Free Veterinary Vaccination Clinics, a voter registration drive, Zumba, too many workshops to list, a Village Central Open House, TRANSIT ART performances, Open Mics, an amazing Costumes & Candy Event, Central Senior Thanksgiving celebrations, and Community Meals. It has been an exhausting, but rewarding few months where Central staff have “hit it out of the park” over and over again. While the activities are engaging, they also connect families to resources, increase knowledge, and are fun! The resulting impact is what it’s all about. 

After school Students, Kylik and Kialynm made the Dean’s List/Honor Roll for this last grade period!

Central Seniors participated in a CCH Senior Group Citywide Tour, sponsored by PACT and OSU East Hospital.They talked about where they grew up, how things have changed; and as they learned about local development efforts, they reflected on what they thought, what they would like to see; and have been empowered to focus on a few projects, for which we are excited to collaborate on.

Eight entrepreneurs graduated from the Academy for Community Entrepreneurs at Central (ACE), and Franklin County Auditor, Michael Stinziano came out to congratulate the group. Support these local entrepreneurs and businesses, who now have matched their passion and skills with a vetted business plan! — Destini Benjamin – Sum Sweet, LLC; Raveena Brown, Raveena’s Elegance Dines, LLC; John & Linda Burton, 614 Notary, LLC; Nicole Hopkins, Fierce Fortunes; Lakesha Karikari, K&P Nail Salon, LLC; Donna Kyles & Crawford Wall, God’s Gift Angels;
Edmund McClurge, Motor Coach, LLC; Tiffany Wilson, Tiffany Stacey Photography & Video.

TRANSIT ARTS put on a powerful performance at the GCAC Community Arts Partnership Award, including art tributes to Aminah Robinson. Talented, empowered youth inspired the crowd, resulting in contagious smiles and dancing.

Families attended Resource Management workshops where they learned how to navigate the human service ecosystem in Columbus.

Central Seniors learned how to use new voting machines prior to the November Elections, ensuring their votes were counted!

We have exciting holiday programming coming up, and are seeking volunteers and donations to support Central families during the holidays. The following are upcoming events, you can reach us at info@cchouse.org or 614.252.3157 for additional information.

TRANSIT ARTS will also be hosting an Open House & Arts Market on December 5 from 5 – 730 pm at 1251 Bryden Road. We hope you can join us!

As we work to increase our partnerships and connections in the community, we have put together a stakeholder survey that takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Would you fill it out? The information you provide will help us get to know you better, and ultimately be more responsive to our community. Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CentralCH2019

Finally, it’s our 83rd Birthday! Help us celebrate our journey and success, and honor those who set the foundation for the amazing work we do — https://www.mightycause.com/story/Centralturns83.

Thanks, again. None of this would be possible without you!

Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and visit us if you have time.  

Warm regards,

Tammy Forrest, Executive Director

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