Community Wise

Kathy Merchant

The sum of many efforts

By Kathy Merchant
President/CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Transformation of Covington's neighborhoods is advancing at a rapid pace! Just 15 years ago, only a few community organizations toiled in the trenches to slow neighborhood decline – even as the riverfront was being successfully developed in Covington and Newport. Last month we took some GCF donors to see Covington's revitalization, starting at the Center for Great Neighborhoods where community developers... More[+]

From homeless to homeowner


Homeless Indy mom builds bright future

Five years ago, Brenda Wolf was homeless and struggling to meet her family's most basic needs. What she found when she signed up for a LISC Financial Opportunity Center program in Indianapolis changed her life. "Sometimes, bad things happen to good people, and you get in a position where you need help," she tearfully recounts in a new United Way video. "When I came here, all my doors opened." Today, Wolf owns a home, works at a prestigious law firm and sees her children thriving. Nationwide, LISC supports more than 70 FOC programs like the one operated by Southeast Community Center in Indianapolis, where Wolf got the help she needed. More[+]...

All aboard for the Green Line

Little Mekong

When a city develops new public transit stops, communities along the line are all too often displaced and dismissed. But, not in the Twin Cities, where LISC is working with community groups and city leaders to ensure that the benefits of the new Green Line are shared by all. Built on a decade of strong planning, the redevelopment effort is bringing in new affordable housing, businesses and jobs while preserving the diversity and culture of nearby neighborhoods. More[+]...

It's now a little easier to make it in Peoria

Peoria FOC opening

LISC CEO Michael Rubinger joined Michele Sullivan, the president of the Caterpillar Foundation, to celebrate the opening of Peoria's first Financial Opportunity Center (FOC). In Peoria and at more than 70 other sites nationwide, LISC's network of FOCs use proven tools to help low-income families manage their finances, find better jobs, build credit and improve their net worth. More[+]...