CityHeart

CityHeart Mission Statement:
CityHeart is a ministry of presence in the heart of downtown Dayton to the needy, transient, and homeless population of the city and surrounding communities. We strive to improve their lives by listening with compassion and care, responding appropriately to immediate and emergency needs and connecting people with other community resources for long term solutions.

Founded as a program of Christ Episcopal Church in 2006, CityHeart continues to build on the reputation of this church as a leader in responding to needs of our community in the heart of the city. To invite greater participation from grantors and donors, we began operation as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization in 2016. Our partnership with the parish is an ongoing relationship. To honor our history and ensure longevity in this relationship, we maintain at least two members of the church on the 12 member CityHeart Board of Directors.

CityHeart operates Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church building. We offer hospitality, information, referral services, emergency assistance and hope to our neighbors. Currently there are two paid staff, a contract bookkeeper, office volunteers, and special skills volunteers. Our volunteer Intake Specialists greet visitors, answer phones and provide hospitality. Trained Resource Specialists interact with clients for more in-depth emergency assistance. Specials skills include IT consultation, Grant Writing, Research, etc. Annual statistics for 2018: served 4651 people, providing 1505 hospitality services, and 5202 emergency services.

In 2018 CityHeart experienced a year of growth with many highlights. Party with a Purpose hosted a fundraiser for CityHeart in June bringing young professionals to the Dayton Beer Company where we shared about our ministry to area homeless. Strategic Planning sessions were led by Stephen and Jalyn Roe who helped us to develop a three year plan with new goals for 2019-2021. To build capacity for greater demand in services, we have added a fourth office and renovated our front office and common areas to give the space a warm, inviting and professional appearance. We are pleased to report that Christ Church parishioner Anthony Ehresmann has transitioned from volunteering at CityHeart to joining our staff in the part time position of Program Services Assistant!

Interested in volunteering or learning more? With our expansion complete, we now have immediate openings for office volunteers. And as a result of strategic planning, we are also forming teams for marketing, development, and operations. We invite your participation! Please contact Kris Sexton, to discuss how you can join us in sharing your skills and talents in our mission to provide hospitality and hope with our neighbors in need.

We are thankful for the generous support of this congregation, for all our donors, and for the dedication of our volunteers who give their time, talent and treasure to the benefit of those we serve each and every day! Learn more.