Building Community Connections


Hearing real stories from others can give each of us inspiration and hope as we work to build a better life and overcome obstacles that some days, may seem insurmountable. To help, we're gathering and sharing an ever-growing collection of stories about people in our community to show the wide range of things that are possible. Below you'll find stories of people across a wide spectrum of personal talents and challenges doing all kinds of things – from the simple day-to-day victories to the incredible. People with disabilities, no matter how complex, are sharing their lives with their friends, families, coworkers, and neighbors. No one has to do this alone.

If you’re looking to make friends, get involved with your neighbors and community, or do good things for others, you don’t have to wait! Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Join or ask to join things – there are so many social clubs, events, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Can’t join something? Start a club or an event.
  • Find a way to give to others, whether it’s a small thank you card, coffee, or a warm hello – it’s a great way to start talking to someone new.
  • Feel like you need help? Call Ann Myres at (513) 559-6876 or email her at


If you or someone you know has a story that can inspire others, send it to us and we might share it here. Your story can be video, audio, or written. Reach out to Ryan at for more info.

Brandon, on the right, breaking a board that Master Strickland is holding at karate class.
Apr 12, 2018
Hamilton County DD Services used community integration funds for a short time to assist Brandon with getting started at the karate school. He is now sustaining this on his own without the assistance of HCDDS.
Mason on a riding lawn mower cutting grass
Jan 4, 2018
Mason tells his story about finding an employer who would carve out a job for him. He now has a job he loves cutting grass at Madison Tree Care and Landscaping.
On the left is Keya Curtis and on the right is Holly Watson.  They are sitting close together at a table smiling.
Nov 8, 2017
Keya Curtis is a Project CARE self-advocate who uses her personal experience overcoming trauma to support other women with disabilities and teach empowerment skills.
Carl Schreiber, Rob Willer and Patrick Havlin, from the St. Joseph's Home's day program, are volunteering with Lisa Gilpin and Mary Jean Waldbillig to package sweatshirts at Matthew 25 Ministries.
Aug 22, 2017
Patrick, Rob and Carl are part of a regular group from the St. Joseph Home day program who volunteer at Matthew 25 Ministries.
A woman sitting in a chair with a caption that says Meet Ms. Roberta
Apr 15, 2016
Ms. Roberta shares about what she likes to do for fun, being a survivor and volunteering at church.
A woman with disabilities in a wheelchair with a caption that says Brittany living life.
Mar 28, 2016
In this video, Brittany talks about belonging to her church and some of her interests.
A picture of kermit the frog that says one of his many talents is puppeterring. This is Jonah performing at his school talent show.
Jan 25, 2016
In a short video, Jonah show's off one of his many talents, puppeteering.
A young man holding a sign that says home is where your story begins
Jan 20, 2016
Matthew absolutely loves movies. In this video he shares his favorite and least favorite films and reveals which actor he'd most like to meet.