Four New Individuals Further The Children’s Home Mission Through Trusteeship The Children’s Home of Cincinnati recently appointed Karen Bankston, PhD, Anthony W. Hobson, Terence L. Horan, and Susan L. McElroy,
Cincinnati, OH — Rockin’ Ribs lights up the night at Riverfest! On Sunday, September 6th, 600 guests gathered at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse for The Children’s Home of Cincinnati’s Rockin’
John Banchy Named to Leadership Role after National Search Cincinnati, OH — The Children’s Home of Cincinnati has named John Banchy to lead the organization as its new President and
Improving Self-sufficiency Skills Can Lead to Improved Mental Health Mark Kroner LISW-S Having worked for over 32 years with youth and young adults in the child welfare, juvenile justice and
Summertime is challenging for all children. Many are left at home unsupervised and all lose more than two months of reading and learning. Lucky for Tyler his Mom discovered Camp-I-Can at The Children’s Home. Here, he gets to be a kid, be safe and continue learning.
I’ve been coming to this summer camp since 2012. First I was kind of shy and didn’t know if I would make any friends. I made a friend. His name is Chris. I made another friend. His name is Quincy. He was kind of lonely but then I got to know him and we’re really good friends.
Here at the summer camp, we would go swimming, we’d play dodge ball sometimes. We also went on field trips like to the Fun Factory and to the museum. Being at camp you learn things like discipline, like it’s not okay to hit anybody, or argue. We all need to get along with everybody. Even if you don’t like them, you still have to respect them. It (camp) teaches that you can do things, like don’t ever doubt yourself. You can do anything as long as you put your mind to it.
There’s really no camp like Camp-I-Can. If it wasn’t for Camp-I-Can, I would just be sitting at home doing nothing. I’m really looking forward to it (camp this year).
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Bullying. Scorn. Dakotah faced both every school day due to his autism. With no friends and a school system that couldn’t accommodate, Dakotah’s family enrolled him at The Children’s Home. Here, he’s not only thrived, but also made friends and earned a diploma.
If I’d stayed at a public school, I would probably have dropped out because of bullies. At my other school, the staff didn’t have the capability of dealing with people with autism. And the students didn’t really understand kids with autism.
Here at The Children’s Home, you have friends. Everybody is your friend here. The staff is great. They’re nice. They’ll help you with the work. History classes, science classes, cooking classes – all of those wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t come here. Like I’m reading the book Eragon right now. I mean I’m having problems with it (the book), I’m getting help here with it, but I’m reading it. I’m graduating. That’s a big thumbs-up.
I got what I needed here and it’s great to be here.
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Abuse at a young age left Reginae withdrawn and untrusting. As she grew up, these traits fueled behavioral issues at school. Referred to The Children’s Home, Reginae learned to trust and set goals. Today, she’s pursuing a college degree in education.
Before The Children’s Home, life was pretty rough for me. I experienced a lot of abuse when I was younger. At the time, I really didn’t feel like talking about it so it got swept under the rug. I felt like I was at the bottom of the dog pile and there was no one to do anything to help me because at first, honestly, I really didn’t want any help. I felt like I didn’t deserve any help.
Ms. Erica (TCH counselor):
Reginae would not, and I mean would not, talk to me. I asked her, are you going to call me if something happens and she, very politely, said, “No.”
I felt like things started to turn for me one day when I was here at The Children’s Home and I was sitting with Ms. Erica and I was completely shut down. And she was like, “You need to talk. If you would just talk to me, I could help you.” And that was the first person that I felt like really listened to me and was really trying to figure out what I needed.
For me, The Children’s Home has been life changing. Right now, I am in school at Cincinnati State studying to be a teacher. My major is early childhood education. Maybe one day I’ll be working at The Children’s Home and be able to help the kids. I’d like to be able to pay it forward.
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