TriVersity Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of New City Gospel Mission Facility
Contact: Natalie Hastings
CINCINNATI (July 23, 2015)—TriVersity Construction celebrated with City Gospel Mission Thursday at the ribbon cutting for the Mission’s new facility at 1211 York Street, which was built by TriVersity Construction, in contracting partnership with Jostin Construction.
The new building, opening in August, will house City Gospel Mission’s job readiness and placement program, men’s recovery program and administrative offices. It also will house The Lord’s Gym and its Street Outreach Ministry (formerly The Lord’s Pantry). The number of men’s recovery beds will triple to 36.
“From the very beginning of this project many years ago, TriVersity has shared our vision and heart to create something special to help the city’s homeless and poor,” said Roger Howell, president of City Gospel Mission. “And they have built a place that will be a safe refuge for decades to come and that allows programs necessary for those in need to create a better life.”
The facility is part of a new campus at Dalton and York Streets in Queensgate, which includes the renovation of another building that opened in April, also built by TriVersity. The renovated building houses expanded programs for the homeless, including new day programming, featuring on-site health care and goal-oriented case management. Together, both buildings represent more than 64,500 square feet of space. Funds were provided through a combination of 3CDC commitments and private contributions.
“The relocation and expansion of City Gospel Mission is integral to the City of Cincinnati Homeless to Homes initiative,” stated Mel Gravely, “TriVersity was pleased to work with City Gospel Mission and 3CDC on this project because of our ongoing commitment to community service and economic inclusion.”
City Gospel Mission’s new building not only provides new facilities for the homeless but also created new jobs: As part of TriVersity’s agreement with City Gospel Mission, they hired two untrained, unemployed workers from the nearby community through their partnering contractor Jostin Construction. These workers were identified by TriVersity/Jostin, trained on several productive tasks and were so successful that they were hired on as full-time, permanent employees.
“At TriVersity we strive to create vibrant communities, and the City Gospel Mission project enabled us to do so in an innovative and mission-focused way,” added Gravely. “We are celebrating with them today.”