August 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 7 Never the Less, Inc. is a word based and Paving the Way spirit-led organization; edifying, empowering, FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA and directing women of all ages. LET’S MOVE! Never The Less Inc’s (NTL) mission is toprovide services that promote character, confidence, self-sufficiency and sustainability. NTL believes helping women tap into their Creative and god- given talents will result in the return to one’s authentic self, enabling them to thrive in His purpose. Special Thanks FIRST ANNIVERSARY COOKOUT Dear Friends, on June 1st NTL celebrated its 1st Anniversary and there was no better way of expressing our joy of this milestone then sharing it with each of you. Over this past year you have done whatever we have asked, and given so much of yourselves by making personal sacrifices to buildthis organization. We considered it an honor to giveback this small token of our appreciation. The day of the cookout the weather was perfect, the food was delicious thanks to everyone who lent a hand. The Thirty years ago, most people led lives that keptfish never stopped coming and laughter loomed the them at a healthy weight. Kids walked to and from air like a sweet aromatic fragrance. Next year will school every day, ran around at recess, participated include other things like dancing , entertainment in gym class, and played for hours after school and and games for the children. Now that we have one before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with year under our belt, slowing down isnt an option. reasonable portion sizes and there was always aWe still have so much work to do. Its like making a vegetable on the plate. Eating fast food was rare and dress, we have the pattern laid out, now its time to snacking between meals was an occasional treat. lay down the fabric . In other words “the hardwork is just beginning". Thank you for supporting Today, children experience a very different lifestyle. us through this first year. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and after-school sports Doris Thomas, President have been cut; afternoons are now spent with TV, NEVER THE LESS, INC video games, and the internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals. P.O. BOX 12674 Snacking between meals is now commonplace. CINCINNATI, OH 45212 The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier NEVERTHELESSINC@GMAIL.COM lives–and we already have the tools we need to do it. 513.258.9676 We just need the will.
August 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 7 Director’s Corner Member Spotlights City Gospel Mission 1419 Elm Street, Cinti, Oh 45202 Founded in 1924 the City Gospel Mission opened as a means to serve the homeless by providingfood, shelter, and chapel services. They went on to found several key programs that are still part of their many programs & services. Some of their programs include C.U.R.E. (Christians United Reaching Everyone) a youth program, The Exodus Program (men recovering from drugs & alcohol addictions, & Step Forward, a team of women that participate in the Flying Pig Carole Daniels and her husband Calvin had the Marathon. honor of meeting President Obama at DHL arriving for his visit on July 16th. How about that The City Gospel Mission helps mend lives and for “rubbing elbows”. create a bridge between people of faith andpeople who have lost hope. Each year they provide Huge, huge, huge congratulations to nearly 116,000 hot meals and 28, 000 nights of Sheena Godfrey for passing the Registered shelter. Men and Women recovery programs are Nurse board exam. What an accomplishment! readily available including transitional housing, Congrats on all the hard work. enrichment courses, and other various resources and services. They reach more than 8000 at risk Karen Ellington was recently involved in the youth in over 40 Greater Cincinnati neighbor annual Covedale Arts Fair where she displayed hoods, providing 7 youth programs. her jewelry collection. Exploits in motion! I chose the City Gospel Mission as my favorite Brianna Dixon, SCPA student was accepted into non-profit organization because it is one of the 8th grade Honors program for the service. I used to volunteer some years back at 2012-13 school year. Great Job Brianna! Tender Mercies soup kitchen. The program that they offer almost guarantee a fresh-start for Sylvia Waldon’s self published novel anyone who is going through and willing to do “A Starnader Fool” is now available on Kindle.what it takes to make changes in their life. Once Look for it on Amazon.comyou are in that type of environment and willing to do what is asked of you, it is a very rewarding feeling. If anyone would like to make plans to volunteeryou can do so by doing an application online or by “Forget about the fast lane. If you contacting Kevin Rosebrook at 513-345-1071 or really want to fly, just harnessemail him at email@example.com. your power to your passion.” Crystal R. Williams ~ Oprah
August 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 7 In the Community Never the Less, Inc CREED Nurture myself, family and my NTL sisters Esteem others higher than myself Validate myself by the words I speak Educate myself, allowing God to use me for his purpose Resolve to respond with positivity, kindness, & honesty Trust the vision that God has given me Hope for a better tomorrow, as I am part of it Encourage, inspire & instill hope of a genuine spirit Africa’s death was a tremendous tragedy and a scourge on our community. She was an Listen with an ear of understanding innocent bystander. Somehow we all have “dropped the ball” on our kids!! We as a Enterprising, setting and fulfilling attainable community need to take our streets back, we goals need to teach our children and our neighbors about how our ancestors have struggled and Sharing of myself and my love for others fought for our freedom. So why do we continue to do things that keep us bound? We as Seeking God in all things, as He is the creator of all mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers have to take a stand and not turn our heads on our young ladies. Africa’s death is not in vain, we will continue to stand up for her memory and others that may lose their way. All they need is love and guidance. If you can reach one, you can save one. In Memory of Africa D. Hope May 12, 1997 – June 18, 2012
August 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 7 Classifieds Volunteers Needed - Obama For America, Contact Carole Daniels 513-531-1207 Accepting Applications - CMHA will begin accepting applications for the Senior Community Baldwin Grove in Springdale located at 11111 Springfield Pike. Applicants must be 55 & older. Please apply in person or call 513-977-5070. Donations Needed - Seven Hills Neighborhood House, 1809 Freeman Avenue, call 513-632-7107 or email Franco.firstname.lastname@example.orgParticipants Wanted - Let’s Move Cincinnati brought to you by P.G. Sittenfeld, the initiative to get healthy started by First Lady Michelle Obama. Saturday August 25, 8:30am-12:00pm. Register at: LetsMoveCincy.Eventbrite.com or call 513-352-5270 with questions Tutors wanted - Late afternoon or Weekend tutor with reasonable rates for Math, Biology, & History. Please respond to NeverTheLess@gmail.com Volunteers Needed- City Gospel Mission-Mentors, Administrative Support, Breakfast Servers, Case Managers, Counselors, and Art Class Leader. All inquiries 513-345-1071. Calendar August 21st - Director’s Meeting, 7PM August 23rd - Obama for America office opening, 7PM August 28th - Director’s Meeting, 7PM September 3rd - Labor Day – No work September 8th - Saturday Breakfast 9am (Bob Evans) September 11th - Director’s Meeting (Fundraising) 7pm September 27th - Monthly Members Meeting 7pm NeverTheLessInc@gmail.com