Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Some Good News

Keep up with the Joneses

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It is hard, keeping up with the Rev. Joneses.

        One, the Rev. James W. Jones, is a principal figure in the boycott through his organization, Coalition for a Just Cincinnati.

        He is adamant about pushing the boycott until something is done about racial injustice in Cincinnati.

        Another is the Rev. Raymond Jones (not related). We remember him from the Cincinnati Concerned Citizens Association, which ran an adopt-a-family program last December. The group arranged for several businesses to adopt families to give Christmas gifts, plus arranged for unemployed members of the family to get jobs.

        This Jones is against the boycott. He is co-coordinating another group, called Vision Is Now. Others in the group are: Linda Berger, Colerain Township; Herb Brandenburg, Oakley; Kathy Casper, Loveland, Mamie Brantley, Avondale; Kathleen Joiner, Bond Hill; and David Dennis, Sycamore Township.

        Vision Is Now, a Christian-based, nonprofit organization, had planned a meeting for Thursday to discuss what impact the boycott is having on Cincinnati. Instead, members have been invited to the meeting today called by Mayor Charlie Luken and Vice Mayor Alicia Reece to discuss the boycott.

        “We are just trying to come up with a way to solve this issue,” said the Rev. Raymond Jones, executive director of Vision Is Now. “The overall majority does not support the boycott.”

        The other Jones, the Rev. James W., said he has been invited, but will not attend. “They are talking about discussing and setting dialogue. We don't need discussion. We need to negotiate,” he said.


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        The Family Resource Center, 736 E McMillan St., Walnut Hills, is a combination of organizations that have come together to offer programs at the center.

        Students from Walnut Hills High School, St. Ursula Academy and the LifeSkills Center help to tutor students in daily homework, extra literacy reading time, computer time and creative arts.


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        Two service organizations serving seniors have received grants to assist seniors in transportation.

        The Ohio Valley Foundation, with Fifth Third Bank serving as trustee, awarded $25,000 to Community Services West to buy two cars to help get older adults to meals, outreach services and recreational opportunities.

        The House of Refuge received $24,000 to purchase a truck to be used to pick up and deliver food and items from stores throughout Greater Cincinnati.

        Both agencies help older adults lead more productive lives by reducing the risk of potential abuse, neglect and exploitation.

       Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are committing acts of kindness that are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.


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