Your time, talents and contributions have changed the lives of Chala Lewis’ family. Your support of Habitat’s outreach ministry has provided them a pathway to an affordable mortgage and a brighter future in a new, well-built home. Chala, who works at Cincinnati’s City Gospel Mission, shares her point of view:

 “I want to show my children that through hard work, dedication and the grace of God, all things are possible. I want this home to give them a sense of ownership and something that they will appreciate and cherish.”

~ Heartfelt thanks from the Lewis family

We look forward to your continued support and contributions in working with the Eastside Coalition in 2011 as we construct three more homes on Fairfield Avenue in Evanston. For more information, please go online at:




A dedication ceremony was held November 20th for three new Habitat for Humanity homes build by the Eastside Coalition of churches, which includes Good Shepherd. The Eastside Coalition has been working in partnership with Cincinnati Habitat since its founding in 1986 when they helped build Cincinnati Habitat’s first home, making them Cincinnati Habitat’s oldest building group. Over the years, they have helped build over 35 homes in Cincinnati.

Good Shepherd member Alan Griffith, lead site coordinator for the Eastside Coalition, was named Habitat for Humanity of Ohio Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding commitment and leadership. Eight new churches have recently been added to the Eastside Coalition, so they will be able to build another house next year.

To qualify for their Habitat homes, the families had to meet a variety of criteria and work beside volunteers from Ohio National Financial Services and the Eastside Coalition, investing 500 hours of sweat equity into the construction of their homes. Cincinnati Habitat will sell the home to the families with a 0%, 20-year, interest-free mortgage payable to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.