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Faith-based nonprofit close to opening homeless shelter in Xenia

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Bridges of Hope homeless shelter soon to open in Xenia

The first beds have been put in the gymnasium at the former Simon Kenton Elementary School, where homeless people will be able to go to get out of the weather and eventually get assistance in job searches, education and more.

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The building on West Second Street in Xenia is getting new life as the local nonprofit Bridges of Hope works to get supplies, volunteers and the funds needed to eventually open the doors as a shelter this winter.

The support from the community has been strong, said Dan Jordan, pastor at Xenia Grace Chapel and president of Bridges of Hope. 

(Richard Wilson)

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After replacing beds at the jail, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office donated about 100 mattresses, and Kettering Health Network has donated 800 blankets, Jordan said.

(Richard Wilson)


“The more people hear about this, they want to become involved,” Jordan said. “We’ve had some great people coming in and donating their time. Helping by doing some labor. Skilled people giving of themselves in electrical, plumbing, heating. It’s been a good response from our community here.” 

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The need for a shelter, particularly to accommodate single men and women, is needed in the area, Jordan said. According to Bridges of Hope, the poverty rate in Greene County is 15 percent and on any given night, nearly 100 people need shelter, 40 percent of those being children.

(Richard Wilson)

Work is underway to get the school’s old boiler to start working. Plumbing work is ongoing in the kitchen, where pipes have sprung leaks after years of not being used. 

The old carpeting that served as the flooring throughout the school building has been ripped up. Various items, such as old desks and tables, that were being stored in the building have been cleared out.

The goal is to eventually provide programming to help people get back on their feet, said Tami Cernetic, Bridges of Hope administrative assistant. 

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“We want to open the temporary shelter this winter, but really our vision is to expand services,” Cernetic said. “Having a full-time shelter and then having different offices where we can actually help people so that … we’re moving them along on the road to freedom.” 

This week being national Hunger and Homelessness Week, Bridges of Hope is using this week to ramp up fundraising efforts. The goal is raise $50,000 by the end of the week and donations of clothing, kitchen equipment and supplies are among the items that are currently needed.

There’s also a need for volunteers, said Tracy Chizever, a former teacher in Beavercreek schools who will work as the shelter manager. 

“Once the doors open, we need volunteers,” Chizever said. “We need volunteers to help us make food. We need volunteers who would be willing to spend the night … I’m hoping people will adopt a day, like maybe once a month … We need you!” 

To find out how you can help, visit the Bridges of Hope website or call (937) 867-4073.

1 stabbed during fight in Dayton, police say

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:09 PM

UPDATE @ 11:31 p.m.:

One person was stabbed and the suspected stabber remains on the loose following a fight on Briarwood Avenue Friday night, according to police.

The man who was stabbed was taken to a local hospital, but is expected to be OK, police said.

Officers did take a juvenile into custody on the scene who may have been involved in the incident, police said.


Dayton police have responded to a possible stabbing on Briarwood Avenue this evening.

Initial reports indicated that multiple people were fighting and that at least one person was possibly stabbed.

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The incident was reported around 11 p.m. in the 400 block of Briarwood.

A caller to our news room said he saw a large response from police.

We’re working to learn more.

6 children shot, 1 killed in Cleveland neighborhood

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:27 PM

FROM THE SCENE: 6 children shot, 1 killed in Cleveland (courtesy of CBS affiliate WOIO).

Six children ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old were shot in a Cleveland neighborhood and one has died, according to CBS affiliate WOIO.

The shooting was reported Friday night in the 11000 Buckeye Road, WOIO reported.

According to WOIO, Cleveland police had blocked off East 116th Street and Buckeye Road following the shooting.

WOIO reported an unknown number of suspects dressed in black hooded sweatshirts remained on the loose Friday night.

The shooting was reported as a gunfight in the street.

Medical helicopter called to motorcycle crash

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:50 PM

A medical helicopter has been called to a motorcycle crash on Jasper Road this evening.

Emergency crews responded to the 2800 block of Jasper around 10:40 p.m.

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Initial reports indicated at least one person was injured.

We’re working to learn more.

Clouds increase tonight, cool temperatures return this weekend

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:41 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

A cooler day is expected Saturday, but warmer temperatures return next week in the Dayton area.

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  • Increasing clouds late tonight
  • Isolated sprinkle early Saturday
  • Cooler and dry to finish the weekend

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight. It’ll be a mild and breezy night with temperatures dropping into the lower 40s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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SATURDAY: Lots of clouds around for the morning and with a chance for a passing sprinkle or light shower, but most will likely remain dry. Temperatures will climb from the 40s to near 50 degrees by midday, then fall after the cold front moves through. It will become breezy at times, delivering a wind chill in the upper 30s to low 40s through most of the day. Some clearing is expected into Saturday night with temperatures turning colder. Overnight lows drop into the upper 20s by morning, but feel colder with a light breeze still around.

SUNDAY: High pressure returns to the Miami Valley, bringing sunshine and a few clouds. A seasonal afternoon expected with highs in the upper 40s. Still a very light breeze in place will result in wind chills around five to 10 degrees cooler at times.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and milder for Monday with highs in the lower 50s.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy, breezy and milder for Tuesday. Temperatures will climb to nearly 10 degrees above normal into the middle 50s.

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WEDNESDAY: Morning sun gives way to clouds throughout the day. Another mild day with highs in the lower 50s. There’s a slight chance for showers into the evening or night.