OTRCH celebrates inclusive community, provides residents with support and opportunity for growth


Nearly 300 individuals will gather together Oct. 20 to honor friends, residents, and supporters of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing (OTRCH) at its annual fundraiser “Celebrating Our Beloved Community.”
 
OTRCH, which provides safe, affordable, and supportive housing for residents, will use proceeds from the event “to deepen its impact,” according to Katherine Cunningham, fund development manager for the nonprofit.
 
The nonprofit’s reach is already significant.
 
“We are proud to have given 797 residents access to affordable housing, this year,” Cunningham said. “We believe that housing is a basic right and should be available to all.”
 
In addition to expanding and developing housing opportunities for all, OTRCH plans to ramp up its youth development programs, while advocating for low-income residents.
 
Whether someone is new to the neighborhood or has lived there for years, it’s important to OTRCH that its residents feel welcome.
 
“One of our organization’s values is that all relationships must be shaped by justice, community, and inclusion,” said Cunningham, who is excited for “Celebrating Our Beloved Community” because it gives the public a chance to gain a sense of the organization’s value within OTR.
 
Take Angie Merritt, for example — an OTRCH resident who lived on the streets of OTR for nine years prior to accessing the nonprofit’s affordable housing options in addition to its addiction recovery programs and other valuable resources. She’s now a coordinator of the OTRCH women’s support group and a valued community member who feels like she belongs.
 
“Angie has become an advocate for the vulnerable residents of Over-the-Rhine carrying forward our commitment to community and care,” Cunningham said. “‘Celebrating Our Beloved Community’ is an opportunity to continue connecting and building relationships with people in our community.”

Do Good: 

•    Support OTRCH by purchasing tickets to attend "Celebrating Our Beloved Community." 

•    Curious about the future of OTRCH? Check out its vision for future developments.

•    Connect with OTRCH on Facebook.
 

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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