Torren "T.J." Partridge
The streetcorner at Central and Liberty isn't a hangout for T.J.
Partridge, originally from Columbus.
It's a pulpit and a conduit for saving the neighborhood.
A 5-inch handout from the Cincinnati Restoration Church on
Harrison Avenue, like the those he's distributing, saved him from
drugs and booze.
"AA didn't help. Nothing did. Then somebody handed me a piece of
paper and told me my life could really be changed. So I took it and
said to myself, "Let's see what this life is all about.' And now I'm
trying to help others," he says, flashing the M&M peanut packets he
sells to support the church and "spreading the word" to idling
motorists from a traffic island.
Though he says the inner-city outreach group that helps men and
women with alcohol and drug abuse problems "doesn't get involved in
social issues," he sees the answers to our city's problems in Jesus
"Just pumping thousands of dollars into the neighborhoods won't
do any good. You still have the same issues.
"The problem is not just with drugs or drunks. It's with
non-relationship to Christ. People have to turn to God.
"We need to pray as a nation, pray as a city to find Jesus and a
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Fund-raiser Torren "T.J." Partridge
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