Newly Renovated Price Hill Community Center Helps At-Risk Youth and Adults Find Comfort

CINCINNATI (WXIX) — There’s a newly renovated place for at-risk people of all ages in Price Hill — Lord’s Gym Ministries.

The building is over 100 years old and has gone from a bowling alley to a club and now a community center, but it was a labor of love, physically and emotionally, to get here.

From fighting addiction or drug abuse to sex trafficking, everyone is welcome to Lord’s Gymnasium Ministries.

Inside Lord’s Gym Ministries in Price Hill, you’ll find people coming together to share a meal, a cup of coffee, or just a conversation.

The facility was recently renovated and reopened thanks to many donations and the hard work of people like Scott Bowers.

“The focus behind Lord’s Gym Ministries is to engage those in need across all tri-states,” says Bowers, executive director of Lord’s Gym Ministries. “You call them risky, to build relationships with our friends. To create a safe place where they can come in and know that no one is going to hurt them. And we strive to achieve this. And then try to meet their personal needs in any way possible.

Some of the money raised to renovate this facility came from Bowers’ bike ride across America last year when he was 64.

FOX19 NOW spoke to him along the way as he took one of Transamerica’s toughest roads to raise money and awareness for Lord’s Gym Ministries.

Bowers says it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience on a personal level.

“The people I met were so kind, so hospitable, so engaging,” Bowers recalled. “I’m sure I’ve met people from all political backgrounds and stuff. People were worried about me and my trip.

Bowers raised $40,000 from the ride, benefiting “friends,” as he calls them, inside the family activity center.

Lord’s Gym Ministries has been in existence since 1993 to serve at-risk youth and adults in the Tri-States. It is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides services and assistance to people in need.

The renovation took six years. This labor of love is similar to that of people who decide to change their lives.

“This restoration that we’ve seen this building go through over these six years is a great metaphor for what it takes to see a life transformed,” says Bowers, “at least with the people we work with. Typically, our friends have to go through a detox process, sober living, and re-equipment in order to find jobs, get new housing, etc. It doesn’t happen overnight.

To learn more about the events taking place at Lord’s Gym Ministries Family Activity Center, you can follow this link.

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Jill E. Washington