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Dayton Daily News Omega CDC 1.20.2020

 

 

SNEAK PEEK into OMEGA SENIOR LOFTS CONSTRUCTION SITE

The Omega Senior Lofts is under construction and is expected to open in Summer 2020. I was able to take a special hard-hat tour of the construction site, see the progress, and get a sneak peek for our followers and supporters.

In Spring of 2018, the Omega CDC and MVAH Partners received funding from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to construct an 81-unit Omega Senior Lofts rental community on a 2.0-acre site on the property where the Hope Center will be constructed. The Omega Senior Lofts will consist of 62 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom garden-style units with energy-efficient features, full-time on-site management, a fitness center, business center and community room. The Omega Senior Lofts will target lower-income senior households (age 55 and older) earning up to 30%, 50% and 60% of Area Median Household Income (AMHI). Omega CDC anticipates the Hope Center and the Omega Senior Lofts projects will provide momentum for additional development in the surrounding low-income community.


BREAKING GROUND ON SENIOR LOFTS!

The groundbreaking event of the Omega Senior Lofts was held on March 4th of 2019.

“We are grateful to see this investment coming to the Northwest region of our city,” Vanessa Oliver Ward, president of the Omega Community Development Corporation, said in a statement Omega posted on Facebook about the ground breaking. “In 2005 the Omega Baptist Church purchased this 32-acre campus (formerly United Theological Seminary) and envisioned building a community center that housed needed services, a senior living facility, outdoor recreation, and a worship center to serve as an anchor of hope and revitalization to empower children and their families.”

Read more:https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/construction-kicks-off-for-new-dayton-apartments/dBeQczVTUmaGkXRP4hXk4J/

 

 

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After losing Good Sam, Northwest Dayton Lands $13M Senior Housing Project

A more than $13 million senior housing project seeks to bring new investment to a part of northwest Dayton still reeling from the closure of Good Samaritan Hospital.

Omega Community Development Corp. and MVHA Partners are teaming up to construct a new, four-story apartment building offering 81 units for people 55 and older.

The new building will go up just south of Roberts Hall on the former United Theological Seminary campus, which is home to the Omega CDC and is expected to welcome a new Hope Center for Families!

Read the full article

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KeyBank Makes a Donation to Hope Center for Families

KeyBank Foundation donated $100,000 to the Omega Community Development Corporation for its Hope Center for Families facility.

This grant now puts the center less than a $1 million away from hitting its fundraising goal of $4 million, according to Omega Community Development Corproation.

Read the full article
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Hope Center Announcements

On September 21st the Omega CDC unveiled a sign to mark the location of the future Hope Center for Families facility. At the same time, we received a $100,000 donation through KeyBank Foundation towards the Hope Center capital campaign.

Additionally, in late August the Fred and Alice Wallace Charitable Memorial Foundation made a $50,000 commitment towards the construction of the project.

We have raised $3.2 million so far.We kindly invite you to help us reach the $4 million fundraising goal. Visit the Hope Center for Families webpage to donate online or download a pledge form. Thank You in advance!

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Case Manager, Mrs. Sherri Nelson, can be reached via 937-723-8254

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THANK YOU DP&L

The Omega CDC received a $50,000 grant through the DP&L Foundation for the Hope Center for Families project. The Omega CDC organization would like to thank the DP&L Foundation for their support of our initiative to reinforce early learning, drive population health, and build the workforce.

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After School Program Presentation to the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education

On July 17th, 2019, Mrs. Dormetria Thompson, Program Director of Out of School Programs: Scholars of H.O.P.E. After School Program and Freedom School Summer Program, had the opportunity to give a presentation to the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education. Mrs. Thompson shared information on the program including results and outcomes of the program, accomplishments of our scholars, and various literacy and enrichment activities the program offers.

Click on the photo to watch the video (presentation starts 3:22 minutes-presentation ends 25:16 minutes)

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Omega Senior Lofts- Affordable Housing for Seniors

Omega Senior Lofts, a future 81-unit apartment community at 1810 Harvard Blvd., was recently approved for $1.2 million in housing tax credits by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, according to OHFA documents.

The apartment community would provide affordable housing to seniors, with a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with energy-efficient features, full-time on-site management, a fitness center, business center and community room.

The project is being developed by MVAH Partners (formerly known as Miller-Valentine Group’s affordable housing division), and is part of a partnership with Omega Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit established by the Omega Baptist Church to assist individuals and families living in poverty in west Dayton.

Read the full article by Cecilia Salomone (Staff Reporter, Dayton Business Journal) at
https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/06/27/affordable-housing-project-in-dayton-gains-1-2m-in.html
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THANK YOU ROTARY CLUB OF DAYTON

We just received a $3,000 check from the Dayton Rotary Foundation. Because of you we can continue to take our Scholars of H.O.P.E. After School Program kids to 4 Paws for Ability not once but TWICE A MONTH. Our students will have the opportunity to read to the puppies and learn about service dogs and the needs of persons with disabilities. Research studies indicate that participating in a reading to dogs program can increase reading and oral skills, reading at home, reading more difficult books, as well as help with emotional and social skills which include boosting confidence levels, communication skills, sense of accomplishment, and learning kindness and empathy. That’s our goal, to provide the best opportunities for our kids so they can be THE BEST.

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THANK YOU Reading Buddies!

The Omega CDC Scholars of H.O.P.E. After School Program would like to thank our Reading Buddies for volunteering their time, energy, and talent. Your support and encouragement helps our scholars improve their reading skills! If you have not yet signed up to be a Reading Buddy, please do so by calling Ms. Rollins or Mrs. Thompson  937-723-8254!

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You Did It. Congrats Ready to Work Fall 2019 Program Graduates!

The journey of life brings both challenges and opportunities. You all proved that you have the spirit to snatch the opportunities and beat the challenges. The confidence you gained and numerous things you learned including financial management, completing resumes, and application and hiring process through the program will help you reach the highest of your hopes. The Omega CDC wishes that brighter opportunities come your way and you achieve success in all of them.

 

 

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After School Program Closing Ceremony
The Omega CDC Scholars of H.O.P.E. (Healthy, Optimistic, Prepared, Educated) After School Program held their First Annual Closing Ceremony on May 18th at the Fairview Elementary. Throughout this first year, our scholars have demonstrated tremendous academic and social growth. We thank our talented staff, partners, volunteers and community members/leaders for their efforts and dedication. The program included harambee, class presentations, enrichment presentations (music, violin, martial arts, and single gender mentor sessions), and an award ceremony to recognize the most improved scholar and scholar of the year.

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Congratulations Graduates
We had our Restorative Justice Program graduation ceremony yesterday (May 17th) at the Dayton Boys Prep. It was a great success. We recognized and celebrated 70 young men along with their mentors and families. Hats off to our program staff Marlon Shackelford, Sean L. Walton Sr., Anthony Roebuck, Miracle Reason and all our community partners and mentors.

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Scholars of Hope Students were Recognized at the Superintendent’s Scholars Recognition Program 

We are PROUD of our Scholars of Hope After School Program students. We are glad that we are accomplishing our program goals such as increasing reading and math skills, improving test scores, improving homework completion and class participation, and exposing students to different modes of learning successfully. Expressing her joy, the Program Manager Mrs. Dormetria Thompson, said “I’m proud to say that early dismissals were prevalent and attendance today for Scholars of H.O.P.E. was lower than usual. This is because so many of our scholars in our program were recognized for STRAIGHT A’s or All A’s and B’s for all three quarters this school year!!! KUDOS TO YOU, SCHOLARS. I’m confident these scholars are college bound with academic scholarships and just as importantly, they will grow up with great character traits.”
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Ready to Work Program Career Fair and Completion Ceremony 

The Omega CDC Ready to Work program celebrated the graduation of 10 participants on April 11th! The Graduation ceremony was held at the Fairview PreK-6 School. The purpose of the Ready to Work program is to prepare individuals with the soft skills necessary to become and remain employed. This includes life skills, work skills and values/ character based skills needed to success.
If you are unemployed or underemployed or know someone who is unemployed or underemployed our 2018 summer session begins on May 8th at 2:30 pm at the Omega CDC. For more information, please call Rev. Sherri Nelson or Rev. Elizabeth Ball at 937-723-8254.

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The Hope Center for Families Project Win State Funds

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a two-year capital budget plan on March 30th. The $2.6 billion budget included money for major local projects including the downtown Arcade, Dayton Art Institute, Boonshoft Museum and the new Funk Museum. The Hope Center for Families project is also budgeted to receive $725,000. 

Read the full article at https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-govt–politics/art-institute-arcade-funk-museum-boonshoft-projects-win-state-funds/jtLtfmkWAtwhqlyFdGSpIK/

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We Learned Table Manners

Thanks to Michelle Henderson, the founder of Know Your Worth, and Ari Smith, the Scholars of Hope young ladies were able to learn proper table manners in the month of March. To culminate their learning experience, Michelle and Ari prepared a special dining experience for the girls on Friday. This included making personalize place-mats, learning how to set a table, proper posture at the table, etc.

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18th Annual Brother Raymond Fitz Award 2018

Congratulations, Rev. Vanessa Ward!!! This is a recognition that is well deserved for your dedication to the Northwest Dayton Community….

Recipients
Reverend Vanessa Oliver Ward – Omega Baptist Church and
Reverend Sherry Gale – Grace United Methodist Church

This award is presented to someone who exemplifies Brother Ray’s dedication to the cause of nurturing and protecting children and families by his/her day-in and day-out efforts in the Montgomery County community.

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Another Field Trip to 4 Paws for Ability 
On March 7th, 2019 our scholars did a great job reading to the puppies preparing to be service dogs!!! They learned what service dogs do, the different breeds at the facility, and the different disabilities that many in our world live with.

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A Session on Oral Hygiene
THANK YOU Michelle Henderson and Ari Smith for educating our young scholars on oral hygiene.

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After School Program Scholars are Learning to Play the Violin

The Omega CDC Scholars of H.O.P.E. After School Program is extremely honored and happy to announce a new enrichment. Our 3rd grade scholars will be learning to play the violin with Mrs. Lois Ramey, Stivers School for the Arts Instrumental Chair! Each of them will learn by using a borrowed instrument. Our goal is to eventually bless them with a violin that they can take home. Our scholars need and deserve quality after school programming!

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Dayton Nonprofit Seeks Funding for $9M Poverty Reduction Center 
by John Bush, Staff Reporter, Dayton Business Journal

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Scholars of H.O.P.E. Holiday Celebration

On December 15th, 2018, The Scholars of Hope program scholars celebrated the completion of their very first semester of programming!!! The program brings exciting added learning activities, arts, sports or recreation, and youth development activities for students attending Fairview PreK-6 grade @ Fairview Commons. Enjoy some of the special moments of the first semester of the program.

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Huntington Bank Gift Presentation!

On December 4th, 2018 Huntington Bank presented a $5,000 check to the Omega CDC in support of its Ready to Work program. This program equips clients to address barriers which have traditionally impeded their access to secure and maintain living wage jobs. Thank you Huntington Bank for your support!

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Ready to Work Program Participants Met Motivating Employers and Employees

On November 21st, 2018, Ready to Work Program participants at Omega CDC and Rosa Park Early Learning Center locations met at the Omega CDC Chapel. The participants met motivating employers and employees who shared their knowledge and experiences, and answered many questions the participants had.

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Click
https://youtu.be/yd6zDNsgiSM
to watch 
A Discussion on Community Economic Development

Black Leadership Program- Organized by Parity Inc.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Northwest Library

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Thank You

The Harvest of Hope Festival was a great success. We thank all our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and Omega Baptist Church members for your contribution of goods, money, time, and energy.

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AT& T Foundation Presented a $15K Check

AT& T Foundation presented a $15K check to the OCDC on October 2, 2017 in support of “Ready to Work” program. This program focuses on equipping clients to address barriers which have traditionally impeded their access to secure and maintain living wage jobs. The objective is to deepen the impact by increasing the number of potential workers who are job ready with the transferable skills that will enable them to secure living wage employment and achieve economic sustainability.