Service in our community is an equally important part of who we are and the values we support
Common Ground Playground is an all-inclusive playground designed to encourage children and adults of all levels and abilities to interact with each other. The playground's educational and interactive environment is unlike any other in the region, going beyond the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act to promote complete social inclusion and cooperative play.
A personal note from Rick:
Ellie and I lost our oldest daughter, Mary, in 2018. As you can imagine, this has been devastating. Mary was known for making people feel loved. One of her friends shared that she was having a difficult time in her life when Mary saw her across the hallway, ran over to her and gave her a big hug with a big smile. Mary’s friend shared how this not only changed her day, but her life. Since her passing, we have felt her presence in our life in powerful ways.
We decided to do our best, by the grace of God, to bring about some good. We were introduced to a very special all-abilities inclusive playground in Mason (on 42 N of Crossroads) that was in the last leg of fund raising. Through your generosity, $250,000 was raised. It is hard to express how much this means to our family.
Mason offered to have a statue of Mary placed at the front of the park to honor her legacy of love and inspiration. For us, it is not only about honoring Mary, but all the parents & friends that take the time to open their hearts to those with disabilities. Mary taught me, that while her Special Needs were more obvious than most of ours, they were far less severe. The dignity of a person far transcends their intelligence, wealth, or looks - it is a matter of the heart - of love.
John visits with his big sister.
Mary welcomes everyone to Makino Park as they enter.
A mural features butterflies inscribed with names of those remembered.
BLOC exists to cultivate an atmosphere for growth, acceptance, love and opportunity among it's community members. Caring for and challenging every young person, student, family and adult who is willing to take a step forward to better themselves and change their lives. BLOC aspires to open pathways for everyone’s future in a world where no one else will.
We are proud to support the Horses on the Hill (HOTH) project – an innovative new program serving at-risk urban children, teens, and adults living in the heart of urban Cincinnati. First-of-its-kind in Ohio, the program utilizes horses and equine-assisted therapy to grow life skills, build stronger character, and help some of our area’s most wounded and at-risk individuals to overcome obstacles and heal.
After years of prayer and planning BLOC Ministries broke ground for Horses on the Hill on Nov 12, 2021.
Phase one of this project will include a six-stall horse barn and indoor riding arena that will allow BLOC to serve students, women and men through equine therapy and a unique work to ride program right in the heart of Price Hill!
Remembering Their Service
Honor Flight TriState (and the HF network across the US) accepts the mission of flying every veteran to D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. No matter the level or tenure of service, overseas or stateside, every veteran has the opportunity for a free flight. The local hub has flown over 15,000 servicemen and servicewomen, along with their "guardian" to D.C.
This fundraiser featured the premier of "A Soldier's Story" a docudrama told in the first person narrative of a WWII soldier.
Remembering our veterans is an important part of our values - to make an impact in our community and help those who make it a better place.
BLOC ministries is a non-profit close to our hearts. SFG is a sponsor of the 2021 BLOC Party, supporting and celebrating the ministry's work in Price Hill.
At the heart of BLOC Ministries is encouraging broken people. They work one-to-one with urban students, adults and families to break negative cycles in their lives – poverty, addiction, crime, violence, homelessness, trafficking, abuse, joblessness, insufficient life skills and/or hopelessness. BLOC stands for 'Believing (and) Living One Christ" - we are hope-builders and change-bringers through Christ.
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Fighting the Good Fight - Throwing a Punch Against Poverty.
CityLink Center hosted a unique multi-sensory experience in Sept 2021 featuring interactive art & musical performances, along with inspiring stories that really packed a punch! The city's best venues provided wonderful food and drink options all night. SFG participated as a sponsor of the event.
In April of 2021 we welcomed pianist, composer, and inspirational speaker Eric Genuis to perform uplifting original content for people served by Ken Anderson Alliance.
There is much Reason to Hope for a cure. We were so honored to sponsor a table at the 2020 event with our good friends, Jennifer Loveless and John Loveless in support of an important cause that touches so many.
We were also honored to sponsor a table for the One City For Recovery. I am amazed by the work being done everyday by so many selfless souls. Thank you Greg Cocca for the opportunity. Tim Senff you did a great job as always!
Scheeler Financial showed their support to the Dave Lapham & Ken Anderson Charitable Golf Outing by sponsoring both the flights and dinner. Rick was a founding board member of Ken Anderson Alliance which is a non-profit creating live, work, play opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.