Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Faces of Over-the-Rhine

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 Christ.

        "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 solution."

-Joy Kraft

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