BLOC Ministries lives and works in under-served communities to offer positive choices, build relationships, and strengthen students, families and communities in consistent, stable, personal and long-term ways.
We see ourselves as the hands and feet of Christ, existing to serve the needs of our neighbors. We do this in many ways:
- Providing a safe haven away from the risks of the streets, encouraging constructive choices for urban youth and encouragement and resources for their parent(s) or caregivers at our five ‘BLOC House’ centers.
- Supporting teens whose families are in transition through the Rosina Ryan House.
- Reaching out to provide basic needs for prostitutes who are homeless through our Weightless Anchor Day Shelter.
- Offering affordable, quality housing to Hispanic families through Mi Casa.
- Welcoming and sharing a free warm meal with hundreds at our BLOC Café in East Price Hill and our Cleves Community Dinners.
- Training unemployed men and women, giving a job, new skills and a positive direction through the EARN program.
- Offering creative experiences and training in the arts for all skill and age levels through St. Michael Arts Sanctuary workshops, apprenticeships, programs and performances.
- Renovating neglected or vacant buildings on the blocks where we serve to repurpose for programs or for staff housing. BLOC is unique in that nearly all staff live as neighbors alongside those we serve, modeling healthy relationships and offering support and resources during difficult times.