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The Lord's Gym Lends Helping Hands

Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 09:36 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Whats going on inside one Vine Street building is changing a neighborhood one person at a time.

Not long ago, 1818 Vine Street was not a good place to be.  A barber shop nearby was raided this summer for guns and drugs.  Crime spiked all around the area and at one point, the door to the building was padlocked.

But things are different now.

It's more than music and food that draws a crowd twice a day to the new Lord's Gym on Vine.  Moving in after a drug house was forced out.

Several business help the Lord's Gym feed the body and the spirit.  Some who come here are addicts.  Most are homeless, hopeless and hungry.

"We let them know hope is available, to get up and live again.  Go do what you need to do; go put in resumes, knock on doors, do whatever it takes to transition back to life again."

One man named Michael stopped doing drugs when he started volunteering at Lords Gym.  There are 20 volunteers.

"It makes me feel like I have a purpose in life.  Haven't had purpose since I was a little."

Jeff Callon is a former homeless crack addict, "I got a purpose now, in six months Ill be fifty years old.  Now I know I'm going to make it to fifty."

For some reason while inside the Lord's Gym everyone feels like singing with volunteer Shontel.  

"When one person changes a whole family can change. And when a family changes then a street changes, then a whole community can change.  Its about change right here in Over-the-Rhine, right here in this community."
Here in this neighborhood part of the change is a new sense of community.

Other businesses that support the Lord's Gym are Chipoltle, Little Caesar's Pizza, Masterprovi sions, and a ministry in Florence Kentucky. The Phoenix Restaurant also drops off food.

Another Lord's Gym is now open in Covington. The Lord's Gym Lends Helping Hands

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