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The Price Hill woman is taking steps to beautify the neighborhood while helping children

Cincinnati (WXIX) – Ten years ago, Price Hill resident Patty Hogan spotted a problem in her neighborhood. He took action instead of letting the problem go on.

Hogan is now a board member of the program he launched a decade ago, the Price Hill Safety Community Action Team (CAT).

The community program works to beautify Price Hill and keep children out of trouble.

Every Saturday in the summer, the sounds of meadows ring in the neighborhood. Neighborhood kids who are part of Saftey CAT are creating music you listen to. They come together to cut and clean the lawns of vacant homes.

Hogan helps teach children how to work on a lawn mower and landscape, and how to make dollars when they bring home $ 45 each week. As Hogan explains, the lesson is more than money.

“We keep them busy and then they get back to their neighbors by tackling some disease, and in the process, we feel like we’re teaching them values ​​and character lessons as we go,” Hogan explains.

She thinks she teaches her neighbors the same way they do.

Hogan has lived in Price Hill throughout her life and led the Safety Cat to address a significant problem she sees in the community.

“We had a terrible problem with young kids standing on the street wrestling with drugs,” Hogan said.

In addition to drugs, the streets are filled with abandoned homes and overgrown grass, Hogan says.

Not wanting to shy away, she thought about what she could do; Attack the scab on the head.

Although retired systems analysts have no background in teaching or lawn care, they are highly qualified in other ways.

“My background is that I don’t mind sweating,” Hogan said. “My background. I love this neighborhood.”

That love is attached to the other kids on the show.

Philip Miller, who graduated from a 10-week summer program two years ago, is now back to help mentor other children.

“This program, it helps you work as a team and work on your own personal growth,” Miller explains.

Hogan says her proudest moments are seeing her graduates, such as Miller, thrive and now work full-time.

“The streets can be tough,” Miller said. “While we were working, a woman stopped us and asked what we were doing. She has a young son and does not want to lose her child to the street. That’s what we’re trying to do. Keep these kids from getting lost and let them know that education is very valuable. Role is important. ”

After all their hard work, the children are treated to a meal where they can talk about whatever they are experiencing and enjoy.

Hogan says he still has free space for anyone interested in getting their child involved and that they are always looking for volunteers.

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