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Newly renovated Price Hill Community Center helps at-risk youth, adults find comfort

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Price Hill – Lord’s Gym Ministries has a newly renovated place for at-risk people of all ages to go.

The building is more than 100 years old and went from a bowling alley to a club and now a community center, but it was a labor of love physically and emotionally to get to this point.

From struggling to fight drug addiction or abuse to sex trafficking, everyone is welcome at Lord’s Gym Ministries.

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

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

“The emphasis behind Lord’s Gym Ministries is to engage people throughout the Tri-State who are in need,” explains Bowers, Executive Director of Lord’s Gym Ministries. “To build relationships with our friends you call at-risk. To create a safe place for them to know that no one is going to hurt them. And we go to great lengths to ensure that. And then we try to meet their individual needs in any way we can.”

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

FOX19 Now spoke with him as he took one of the toughest transamerica routes to raise money and awareness for Lord’s Jim Ministries.

On a personal level it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, says Bowers.

“The people I met were so kind, so hospitable, so involved,” Bowers recalls. “I’m sure I met people from every political landscape and everything. People cared about me and my trip.

Bowers raised $40,000 from that ride, as the “friends” inside the family activity center call it.

Lord’s Jim Ministries has been around since 1993 to serve at-risk youth and adults in the Tri-State. It is a faith-based non-profit that provides services and fellowship to those in need.

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

“This restoration that we’ve seen in this building over these six years is a good metaphor for what it takes to see a life transformed,” Bowers explains, “at least with the people we work with. Typically, our friends have to go through a detox process, get sober living and work, get new housing, and so on. . . it won’t happen overnight.”

To find out more about the happenings at Lord’s Gym Ministries Family Activity Center, you can follow this link.

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