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Whole Again International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: Whole Again partners with both private and public organizations to provide meals, educational and recreational enrichment programming for at-risk youth to assist them in developing a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Programs: Summer meals: we provided meals and enrichment programs for children daily in hamilton county. Most children received both breakfast and lunch, monday - friday (at most sites) for up to 11 weeks.

Summer enrichment: children participated in academic, nutrition, physical fitness, drug awareness, crime prevention, cultural and character building enrichment for up to 11 weeks. Funded by donations and other public grants.

Weekend meals: children at most sites received weekend meal packs for up to 11 weeks. Funded by donations and other public grants.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Whole Again for several years.The organization provides healthy meals, constructive activity and education for at risk children of Cincinnat,oh. The staff is well trained and inform, and enjoy interacting with the children. I look forward to volunteering each and every year. G. Johnson

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Whole Again for several years.The organization provides healthy meals, constructive activity and education for at risk children of Cincinnat,oh. The staff is well trained and inform, and enjoy interacting with the children. I look forward to volunteering each and every year. G. Johnson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Whole Again for many years. The children are very happy to receive the meals each day. The volunteer staff works well with the children. I think that Whole Again is a great organization and they do good work in Cincinnati. I wish that others would support them so that they could do even more.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Whole Again is reaching children in the community that are in most need of their services. They are making a difference in their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our church runs an 8-week Summer Youth Program for low-income children, including breakfast and lunch. Whole Again makes it possible to provide nutritious food for the children by covering our costs for purchasing and preparing the meals. Thank you, Whole Again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without Whole Again, we at Washington United Church of Christ in Cincinnati would not be able to provide breakfast and lunch for 50-plus children from low-income families who attend our 8-week, Monday-Thursday Summer Youth Program. In addition to reimbursing our food and related costs, Whole Again provides opportunities for programming and special events for children.

1 SElaine J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wholesome and worthwhile. Promotes Christian values, faith, health and family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To whom it may Concern:

Good day, my name is Christopher Lee and I serve as the Senior Pastor of the Christ Memorial Baptist Church in the city of Cincinnati, nestled in the community of Bond Hill. During the summer of 2019, our church along with the Whole Again organization had the opportunity to Prather together to feed children that without this program would go without eating a well balanced meal the minimum of three times a day.

It was late when we were able to start and it was our hope to implement a camp that would serve as a safe place for the youth of our community. Upon doing research, we concluded that one of the barriers in our community was that many of the parents received vouchers for summer camp and daycare opportunities. Although our Community R.O.C.K.S. program was very affordable, we were unable to secure the amount of youth needed to continue to program. As such, we will gather our collective minds together and gleam from those programs that have sustained their partnership and program with Whole Again and attempt to do it again next year. Whole Again comes with very good resources, well maintained and trained professionals to assist with all the needs to implement a successful program and help to cultivate the young people in the city of Cincinnati. Whole Again is truly a organization that is built to nurture healthy and strong minds, bodies and souls.

It is our pleasure to partner with Whole Again and we look forward to building better relationships with the community, schools and social service organizations to further reach our youth. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (513) 242-1721 or by email at christmemorial2015@fuse.net
In His Service,

+Christopher R. Lee

1 Erwin G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

WholeAgain is an amazing ministry that positively impacts over a 1000 children each year, and resources some two dozen summer enrichment programs. I am fortunate to see the staff and volunteeers daily who make this possible, as they provide loving, highly effective, and dedicated leadership. Whole again is a proven five-star organization because it is run by a five-star team.

1 Writer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served with Whole Again for several years. It has been my privilege to be apart of the work Whole Again does. Whole Again fills a need for the Cincinnati area children living in Hamilton and Butler counties by feeding them nutritional meals and providing academic enrichment! Keep up the EXCELLENT work... You are making a difference!!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Whole Again is a premier organization that serves the Hamilton County area. They serve breakfast, lunch and weekend meals to Cincinnati's most vulnerable population--it's children!! Since 2005, Whole Again continues to perform these services using a permanent skeletal staff, seasonal summer staff and many volunteers to feed over 1,000 children annually at a number of site partner locations.

Although,Whole Again does a lot, they could impact thousands more with additional funding!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My audit of groups helping to alleviate childhood hunger in the Cincinnati area led me to Whole Again. After working with Whole Again staff, visiting several Whole Again sites plus participating in Whole Again field trips (Kids Expo and Fun To Be Fit,) it’s clear – - Whole Again is doing a great job of helping kids be fed physically, academically and relationally.

This is an organization that is so necessary in the Cincinnati area, with opportunities to stretch learnings to other geographies in 2020 and beyond. It’s my intention to help with this in the future both financially and with my time. One personal goal will be to encourage others to do the same! :-)

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Donor

Rating: 5

Whole Again provides an invaluable service for children in our city. I am an ongoing donor for this very worthy cause.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Whole Again has a great Fun to Be Fit Day event that engages children in an exciting and energetic way . The meals that are served during the summer meet an important need for the at risk youth children in our community. Well done!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Whole Again was amazing. A month prior to the summer my income was cut into half. Being a single mother with an active 8 year old i needed something for him to do in the summer. I needed some where he would be safe, active and feed. I couldn't afford some of the other summer camps in my area and/or they didn't meet our needs. Knowing my current struggle a friend directed me to Whole Again. I spoke with some of the staff and they directed me to a great site that meet all my needs. My son attended a site that was geared towards the art of dance. My son loved it. He was able to dance, learn new dance techniques, go on field trips and make new friends. It was good to know that he was having fun and most importantly he was safe and well feed. My son received a healthy breakfast and lunch everyday. Even on the weekends, he received a take home bag full of healthy foods and drinks. With having a lower income those weekend meals were a life saver. The staff is very caring and supporting of the children and their families. With all the negativity in the world and life struggles, I found peace knowing that my son was safe, well feed and having fun. I will definitely tell people I know about Whole again because it was truly a blessing for me especially in my hard financial times. My son is already looking forward to going next summer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first year sending my 2 children to a Whole Again site. It was VERY affordable and was a full day program 5 days a week. The kids received 2 nutritious meals and even dinner to take home some days. They had 2 field trips a week and received educational services. We appreciate Whole Again and look forward to next summer!!

1 highachieversaimhigh

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whole Again is a wonderful organization. They provided our campers FREE breakfast and lunch throughout our summer program, in addition to field trips for all of the kids they service. They make sure hundreds of kids are fed throughout the summer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Whole Again for several yrs now ,they took the time to train me on how to handle foods and serve to children . Whole Again has been a God send for the children in the community . Thanks to this program children received at least two healthy meals per day . The staff at Whole Again was helpful , flexible ,Knowledgeable, and never to busy to take a call when I had questions. I would like to say from the children , the New Prospect church famiy and myself a BIG THANK YOU , looking forward to a long and healthy relationship for years to come .
Debbie Simpson

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Whole Again has been a powerful partner in our quest to ensure that the youth of Lockland and its surrounding neighborhoods receive the nourishment, educational support and love necessary to rebuild our communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whole again ha provide excellent communication and details to help my organization become a site to feed hungry children in my area.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a site of Whole Again International Summer Food program since 2015! The Villages at Roll Hill Community Center is located in the tenth poorest zip code of Ohio, with 703 families. Through "Whole Again" in 2015 we served 2,042 children meals, 2016: 2,205 children meals, 2017: 2,893 children meals and since June 11, 2018 - to the present we have served 745 children meals thus far! This is a BIG BLESSING!!
Thank you "Whole Again International" for making a difference in our children lives!!
Mrs. Lisa
Community Relations Coordinator
&
Ms. Laura
Supervisor of Summer Food Program

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at Whole Again International are great! When you're coordinating something as worthy and beneficial as providing services (summer camps &after school programs) to families in need, the last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to feed the children. The meals are always on time and if there was ever an issue, they were there to fix it right away. They are family to us and we're happy to be part of their family as well.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whole Again provides food and enrichment for Cincinnati urban youth during the summer months when the schools are closed. They are a wonderful group who use best practices while administering services to all who participate in their program. It's no wonder that the numbers of site partners is constantly increasing every year!

1 Kelly A.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whole Again has supported the Su Casa Hispanic Center for 13 years and our summer enrichment program for young children since 2008.

Su Casa's Vacaciones Útiles serves about 60 children from pre-k to the second grade each summer. Whole Again provides breakfast and lunch for all of our kids every day of the summer camp. Additionally, Whole Again provides food for families to bring home on the weekends. These meals are very important during the summer for low-income families and children that are not getting nutritious food at school.

The parents appreciated the weekend meals greatly-- we gave out extra food at the end of each day and week, and we never had any left over! I know this is a valuable resource that helped to feed kids and their families in the area.