The Saint Anthony Center, a space that provides a variety of services to those in need in Cincinnati, is opening in Over-the-Rhine in December 2017.
The center, located at 1629 Republic St., houses multiple organizations and creates a single space in which each can be accessed.
Some of these services include a medical rehabilitation and care facility, free haircuts and diapers, and a place to shower, charge phones and receive messages and mail.
“The center is the place where all these partner organizations have come together to provide service at one central location,” said Chris Schuermann, St. Francis Seraph Ministries' executive director. “It’s acting as a hub of service.”
Saint Anthony includes the following organizations:
• Saint Francis Seraph Ministries
• The Sarah Center
• The Center for Respite Care
• Haircuts from the Heart
• Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank
• Tri-Health Outreach Ministries
• Mary Magdalen House
“When the building became available to St. Francis Seraph Ministries, that’s when we reached out to other non-profits and said, ‘Do you want to collaborate to create the Saint Anthony Center?” Schuermann said. “That’s how it was really started.”
Mary Magdalen House, the first organization to move in, offers personal care and hygiene services: a place to shower, brush teeth, and for first-time visitors a fresh set of clothes.
“If you’re new to Mary Magdalen House and you’re living on the street, we’ll do a set of clothing for you,” said Cary Powell, Mary Magdalen House’s executive director. “When you come back, that clothing will be sitting here with your name on it waiting for you.”
Mary Magdalen House is open every day but Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:15-3:45 p.m.
“If someone is wondering what we do, just stop in,” Powell said. “We strive to be a place of peace, welcome and refreshment for folks that come in here.”
The first meal in the new Saint Anthony Center dining room will be held December 20, from 4:30-6 p.m. All are welcome.
“It will be the opening of all our progress here,” Schuermann said.
MARY MAGDALEN: 513-721-4811