Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Supporter Spotlight: Debbie Reinhart

This month, we are spotlighting Debbie Reinhart, a co-founder of Faces without Places.  Debbie's importance to Faces without Places and impact on local children experiencing homelessness cannot be overstated.

Debbie has always had an incredible passion for and commitment to assisting children in need.  She has worked with children in various capacities for decades, and it is not an exaggeration to say that without Debbie, there would be no Faces without Places.  Over 15 years ago, Debbie co-founded FwP with our current Program and Outreach Manager, Shelley Werner, to ensure vital educational programming and services to children experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati.  Debbie has been instrumental to Faces without Places since that time in too many ways to list here and has been one of the main reasons that FwP has been able to touch the lives of over 35,000 children. 

Debbie remains one of our very best supporters to this day.  In addition to being very generous and consistent donors, Debbie and her husband Ray take an active role in certain fundraisers (most notably, the annual March Madness brackets fundraiser with their close friend, Bob Dann) and continue to connect us with contacts throughout the community.  On behalf of the whole organization, I want to personally thank Debbie for all she has done for FwP and the children we serve. 

Debbie (far right) along with (left to right) Tamara Ellis (former board President) and staff members Megan Rahill, Shelley Werner, and Beth Griffith-Niemann.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Supporter Spotlight: Bob Dann

Each spring for the past ten years, Bob Dann gears up to host the Faces without Places (FwP) NCAA Fundraiser, in which hundreds of FwP supporters have chosen their favorite team to make it all the way through the bracket challenge.

Bob came up with the idea to help out his good friend, Debbie, co-founder of Faces without Places.  Bob explains, “We had bracket contests at work with a pretty big purse.  I figured that we could donate a large amount of the pot to FwP and still give out a nice prize.  So I got my workmates, friends and family involved.”

Bob has held the NCAA Fundraiser now for ten years because he loves doing it!  Couple this with fact that Bob could do something to help someone else at the same time, why not do it every year?

Basketball season brings back fond memories for Bob of watching the Bearcats in the tournament with his dad and sister when he was a kid, from the Oscar Robertson days, followed by the two NCAA championship teams.  It also brings back great memories—shoveling snow off the driveway with his friends so they could play basketball, and as an adult, watching his daughter play basketball in high school and college.

Bob is motivated to support FwP because he believes FwP is a great help to many kids who have no control over their place in life.  If they can be helped even a little bit, this may help them reach their way out of poverty through the kindness and guidance of the program in supporting education.

Bob explains his favorite FwP experience:
A few years ago, my wife and I were invited to a lunch at Washburn School with the kids. The kids ‘hosted’ us, showed us what they were doing in their summer program, and the older kids were ambassadors for the program.  I sat with a delightful 6th grade girl.  We had some great conversations about sports, music, and her family and friends in the course of our lunch.  I could see that the extra enrichment and coaching this young lady was getting through the program was doing well in preparing her for her future.

Bob is a great example that with a little creativity, almost any passion or skill can be used to support children experiencing homelessness.  Thanks for your dedication to children experiencing homelessness, Bob!—And to another ten years of NCAA Fundraisers!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Supporter Spotlight:Bill Hutchinson

When you meet Bill Hutchinson, Faces without Places is one of the first topics he is going to want to discuss.   Bill has been affiliated with Faces without Places nearly as long as the organization has been around and has been an instrumental player from the minute he walked through our doors.   Bill is continually working to foster new relationships and connections between the community and Faces without Places and is a true advocate for children experiencing homelessness. 

In 2001, Bill served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for FwP and created the Change 4 Change program, which sends speakers into classrooms to discuss issues of childhood homelessness with school-age children.  In addition, Bill worked to have the city of Cincinnati name a day in honor of children experiencing homelessness.  After Bill’s time as a VISTA, he served eight years on the FwP board and continued to make connections and foster relationships within the community.  In 2010, Bill was awarded the John E. Pepper Award for Outstanding Volunteer in Public Education for Cincinnati Public Schools for his work with Faces without Places.

Bill believes the most powerful thing that FwP does is provide the tools and transportation that children experiencing homelessness need to attend and succeed in school.   Bill is convinced that education is essential for all children to succeed and that an educated population of children would solve many of our nation’s issues.

Bill’s favorite part of volunteering with Faces without Places is working with a dedicated staff that works hard to meet the needs of children experiencing homelessness.  Bill explains that it is the impact the staff makes on the lives of children experiencing homelessness that motivates him to do more for the organization.

We truly appreciate Bill’s dedication to children experiencing homelessness and are eternally grateful for all of his efforts to improve FwP and the impact we can have on the children we serve. 
Bill speaking to supporters at the Krohn Conservatory

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Join the Global Art Collaborative!

Faces without Places is participating in the 2014 Global Art Project.  You can show your support for a more peaceful world by creating and submitting an original miniature work of art.
The mission of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. The Project celebrates diversity and multiculturalism while expressing the idea: We Are All One.  The artwork that you help to create will be sent as a gift of global friendship and exhibited in a receiving community.  On April 23, 2014, thousands of people will be sending messages of Peace around the world—visions of unity will simultaneously encircle the Earth.

Faces without Places is joining these efforts by collaborating with schools, shelters and other community organizations to explore the concept: Home, What It Means To Me.  We are asking that you join us by creating an original piece of artwork, which visually represents a place you call home. Ultimately, our goal is to get community members thinking about their feelings regarding housing and what it would be like to be without what we consider a universal human right. 

We Invite You to Add Your Voice and Help Us to
Create a Beautiful Piece of Artwork!

Create:  A 5”x7” original piece of artwork that depicts “What Home Means to Me” 

For installation purposes, the image should be created on cardstock, depicted vertically and please leave 1” of your piece blank at the top. Three-dimensional pieces will not be accepted.
On the back of the artwork, please share your thoughts regarding the idea that housing is a universal human right.

Submit:  All artwork should be mailed by March 17, 2014 and include your contact information. (Please note, submissions constitute permission for Faces without Places to use your artwork and artwork will not be returned.)

Add your masterpiece to these creations by children in the My Little Library Program
Mail your completed piece to: Faces without Places
                                                   P.O. Box 23300
                                                   Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

In order to follow our Global Art progress and to find out where our collaborative final piece will be displayed, please like us on our Faces without Places Facebook page.