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Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone




Overview: The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone is a group of residents and faith-based organization operating in partnership with other non-profit entities, educational institutions and the city and county government to revitalize and improve the lives of the residents of the Greater Hilltop area of Columbus, Ohio.rnrnMission: The Mission of the Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone CDC is to provide economic, cultural, religious and social activities that enhance the quality of life in Central Ohio and the City of Columbus, and in particular the Greater Hilltop Area. These activities may include, but not limited to initiatives and partnerships regarding employment, material assistance, community improvements, micro-enterprise ventures, and personal and spiritual support for individuals and groups of all ages.rnrnProgramming history: Founded in 2011, The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone is a member of the International Communities of Shalom, a movement of like-minded people of faith and conscience invested in the spiritual, economic, and communal well-being of our neighborhoods. Since our conception, we have been able to impact the lives of many local residents. 85 young men and women from 6th-8th grade have found a safe place to learn conflict management and cooking skills, eat nutritious meals, play, and be in relationship at our Hilltop Teen Club Drop-in Center off Hauntz Park. 150 children up to 8th grade and their parents participated in Freedom Schools this summer, bridging the summer learning gap, engaging in social and civic engagement, and learning to love to read so that the Cradle to Prison Pipeline plaguing our community might be redirected into a pipeline to college and a better future. A brand-new Virtual High School (aka Virtual Credit Advancement Program) now reaches residents who have no access to traditional high school, providing full diplomas through the Columbus City Schools initiative. Our Peer Mediation and Peacemaking Center will train youth and adults to mediate conflict in the community through in-depth training and support beginning this winter. The need for access to affordable, healthy food means that our partnerships with Local Matters Veggie Van and the Mid-Ohio Food bank will begin to build a network of sustainable food opportunities to our neighborhoods so that hunger will no longer be a barrier to local families' health and well-being.rn