Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Faces of Over-the-Rhine

Sarah Center director
Sister Jeanette Buehler

        There’s a trace of resignation in Sister Jeanette Buehler’s voice when she talks about Over-the-Rhine since the riots:

        ‘‘I wish I could say there has been change, but in many ways, I don’t think a whole lot has changed,’’ she says.

        Sister Jeanette, 61, director of the Sarah Center, detects only subtle differences since the riots. Women who come to her storefront office, at 1600 Vine St., talk openly about race and economic inequities.

        ‘‘Sometimes I feel more upbeat because people are at least talking about it. I think there’s a sense of hope,’’ she says.

        For 13 years, she has worked with Over-the-Rhine poor. The Sarah Center program, part of the St. Francis Seraph outreach services, teaches women how to make jewelry and quilts and helps them sell the items. The center also provides tuition aid for neighborhood residents taking computer lessons at the Liberty Learning Center down the street. It’s a philosophy of cooperation and inclusion that she wishes city bureaucrats would adopt.

        ‘‘I still feel that decisions are being made FOR people, and not WITH people,’’ says Sister Jeanette.

— John Kiesewetter

Faces of Over-the-Rhine
Restaurant owner Paul Sebring
Taft senior Darrel Shields
Social worker Angela Coleman
- Sarah Center director Sister Jeanette Buehler
Jordanian grocer Taraq T.A. Adwani
Filmmaker Steve Gebhardt
Gallery owner Suzanna Terril
Beauty shop supplier Chong Kim
Teacher's aide Kemberley Alexander
Waitress Karla Davis
Teacher Sharon Brooks
Dock worker Leo Sneed
Police officer Michael Ammann
Soup kitchen manager Denise McPherson
Artist Joseph M. Winterhalter
Janitor Latrell Walker
Fund-raiser Torren "T.J." Partridge
School social worker Joe Wilmers
Rehabber Greg Badger
Medical student John Eckman
Treatment counselor Calvin W. Wooten
Photographer Jimmy Heath

The Police
Violence up, arrests down
- Changes made since April 2001
Q&A with Police Chief Streicher
Q&A with former F.O.P. president Keith Fangman

Neighbor to Neighbor
Community meetings produce results
Going beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
What's happening in 145 communities
A sampling of communities:
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Related Links
Neighbor to Neighbor home page
Matters of Race: Bridging the divide in Greater Cincinnati
On the Same Page Cincinnati
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Cincinnati 2001: Year of unrest
Unrest in the city: Archive of riot coverage
Unrest photo timeline
Jim Borgman on race

One Year Later
What were they thinking?
Too early to assess impact
Micheal Basnight's resolve
Violence part of life in OTR
CAN co-chair has no doubt
ACLU adds its Y-E-S to deal

Restaurant owner
Taft senior
Social worker
Sarah Center director
Jordanian grocer
Gallery owner
Beauty shop supplier
Teacher's aide
Dock worker
Police officer
Soup kitchen manager
School social worker
Medical student
Treatment counselor

Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race