Transformations/Transformacion CDC began as an outreach ministry of Church of Our Saviour | La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador in the Mt. Auburn neighborhood of Cincinnati. Formed to help their asylum seeking neighbors, primarily in Price Hill, Transformacion provides a myriad of direct service to undocumented immigrants and US children of immigrants including food, educational resources, emergency assistance and legal support. Their mission is to build bridges to recovery, restoration, and self-reliance for persons who have struggled to survive and find their way out of oppressive poverty.
As director Nancy Sullivan observed, so often they do a lot of painful work addressing community issues including assaults on immigrants, drunk-driving, domestic violence, and Covid-19 related issues. However, an important aspect of the Transformacion mission is building community and nurturing children through out-of-school enrichment activities. She was delighted to share a joyful story full of fun this February as the world was transformed into a winter wonderland:
We had our first field trip last weekend. Six adults, including three members of St. James Westwood and two members of Our Saviour/Nuestro Salvador, took twelve kids, both immigrant and first generation Americans, to go maple sugaring at the Cincinnati Nature Center.
None of the students had boots, so we rounded up enough for them, (although a few fashionistas chose to go without), as well as gloves. For all of them, it was literally their first chance really playing in the snow (for lack of boots before), although they also enjoyed learning about maple sugaring. On the way home they were already planning their next trip.
Some of the students already knew about the idea of maple sugaring, but had never had the experience before, so this was a wonderful way for them to match book learning with in-the-field experience. The older kids were happy to make snow forts and chase each other around in the snow, the younger ones were busy creating snow people and also making “snow angels” by lying in the snow.
Thanks to all the donors who helped make this genuinely joyful experience possible!
Nancy Sullivan, Transformacion CDC Director
To learn more about the extraordinary work done by the Transformations Program, check out their Facebook page: