West Side Connections

With RISE headquarters now in Price Hill, we thought it would be a good idea to connect with our neighbors! Whether you are looking to further your education, career, or just want to make friends in the community, here are three great local programs. Some folks who have used their services shared their experiences.

Coffee Hour with Santa Maria:

Baked goods, fresh coffee and kind smiles greet those who visit the Santa Maria Coffee Hour. The atmosphere is relaxed. People craft, learn new skills and make friends in the community. Santa Maria Community Center aims to help individuals achieve their financial, educational and health goals.

“I came to Santa Maria because I could not read; I could not fill out my own paperwork. I was nervous because I didn’t know or trust anyone and have a language barrier. A hospital worker recommended I ask them for help — now I have a new community that helps with a lot more than my paperwork.”

“I came to Santa Maria because I had family who already utilized their services, so it felt like a natural entry for me. They provide countless services, from diapers, to finances, to educational classes, healthcare and employment.”

Santa Maria GED/Workforce Staff:

At Santa Maria’s Literacy Center West, staff members explain their services. Santa Maria’s Ohio GED Preparation Program assists students in taking the GED test. In addition, Santa Maria has educational services for the Hamilton County Adult Probation Department and Camp Washington Neighborhood Center. 

“We want people to know that we have so much to offer and that our doors are open. On Mondays 9-noon and Wednesdays 2-5 p.m. there is literally someone waiting to talk with you. Also know that everything is confidential, we’re a judgement-free place, and we have been for over 100 years.”

“One of our biggest goals is to give people the opportunity for a career and not a temporary job. Corporations reach out to us looking to us for their workforce. People are not lost in the crowd here; every two weeks there is an employment workshop with training and you’re placed with an employment coach. Plus you make new friends in the process.”

“People don’t realize we offer 1-on-1 tutoring, exam preparation, job coaching, healthcare and financial training. When people are honest with us, we can help them more and extend them more resources — from a computer lab, to transportation and housing opportunities. Start the process by simply walking in!”

Education Matters in Price Hill:

Education Matters provides students with English classes, GED preparation and a college preparatory program. The students are motivated, honest and humble, and each has experienced challenges in life and decided on their own to begin their education journey. The program is like family for many, and the staff is determined to stick with each student until they accomplish their goal.

“I honestly lived close to the facility and one day I finally decided to walk in. My younger brother had recently passed and we both wanted to finish our education – it felt like my time to take ownership over my education and my future.”
-Angela Mangham (Student)

“When I walked in, the people here were friendly, open and kind. I never felt like I was intruding, and they have the mentality that you are already going to graduate — it is just a matter of when. The people here work with you 1-on-1 and they can see the potential in you before you can sometimes feel it in yourself.”
-Erica Hardee (Student, Artist)

“When you are here, the help does not end after you complete your GED. There are direct opportunities to test into Cincinnati State, as well as college bridge programs to assist you through the transition. Then you can make the most of your time at university and not waste your money.“
-Bob Myer

“I love the fact that we study independently with private tutors! That means if you have a job, kids, or other responsibilities, you can fit the studying into your schedule. There are people willing to break it down for you, and they won’t quit on you. It feels good to accomplish something for yourself, big or small.”