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Center for Respite Care Provides Caring and Hope for the Holidays

by | Dec 1, 2022 | The Center’s Words

With the holiday season upon us and the cold temperatures underway — life is even more difficult for people experiencing homelessness. The Center for Respite Care (located in the Saint Anthony Center in Over-the-Rhine) provides a place for adults to heal who have been released from the hospital with nowhere else to go. The Center, which turns 20 in 2023, is the only facility of its type in the region.

 “We are honored to have served our community for 20 years. During that time, we have helped thousands of adults heal, gain more stable housing, and return to their lives after time at the Center,” Laurel Nelson (CEO) said.

The Center’s annual campaign commenced this month and while — in the past has been represented by a celebrity spokesperson — former UC President Santa Ono, former Cincinnati 9Bengal Dre Kirkpatrick, and several FC Cincinnati players — have named their clients as the face of this year’s campaign. The campaign runs through the end of March with public service announcements (PSAs) to air on Channel 12.

At the same time, the Center is proud to announce that on December 19 at 7:00 pm at the Sycamore Church ( famed area classical musician Michael Chertock and his family members and friends will perform with this year’s lineup including son Joshua Chertock along with Kara Shay Thomson and several others. While this event is free to the public — attendees are encouraged to make contributions. All proceeds are donated to The Center for Respite Care.

 “This annual event has become a must-see. Even during the pandemic, a virtual event was offered. We are thankful to the Chertock family for offering such amazing music,” Ed Slater, Center Chief Advancement Officer, said.

 Please consider participating in the Center’s annual campaign ( and attendance at the concert. We thank the public for being part of the Center family.

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The Center for Respite Care is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. View our 2022 IRS Form 990 – Public Disclosure.








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1615 Republic Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45250

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