A Note from Our Executive Director

Dear Friends:

Many of the people and families we serve struggle throughout the year just to provide their basic needs and have few resources to enjoy the spirit of the holidays. Our annual project  HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS assures people with disabilities and their families that no matter how challenging things may be, there are people who care. 

We need your help to bring HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS to as many of our families as possible this holiday season. Through the generous support of our donors and sponsors, our dedicated staff will be able to deliver household items and holiday gifts to families that may not otherwise have a holiday. Over the last five years this project has reached a total of 78 households with 187 children!

You can have a direct impact on the quality of life of our consumers by supporting this project in one of the following ways this year: provide a Household Basket or purchase gifts from a family's Wish List; you can also make a cash donation and our "elves" will take care of the shopping! Whether you choose to support this project  by yourself, or recruit family, friends and co-workers and work as a team, your support will make a difference!

To start supporting this project click here.

I invite you to contact me with comments, questions or suggestions by email or by phone at 513-241-2600 Ext. 211. My best wishes to you and your families for a joyous and meaningful Thanksgiving.


Rob Festenstein
P.S. Be the first person to email me indicating you have read my message and you will receive a $10 Starbuck's gift card.
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Congratulations to:
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Stephanie Reardon, Housing Coordinator celebrating 2 years
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Shopping for your holiday needs at Amazon can benefit CILO!  Every time you make a qualifying purchase at  www.smile.amazon.com 0.5% comes back to CILO! Just sign in with your regular Amazon credentials and select Independent Living Options (Cincinnati) as your charity and begin shopping and supporting.

Kroger Community Rewards

Looking for a super easy way to support CILO while stocking up on your Thanksgiving goodies? Learn how shopping at Kroger for your back to school needs can benefit our programs and services throughout the year. Read more here!

Do you have a question about how you can support CILO?
Contact Debbie Moorehous, Director of Advancement by email 
or phone 513.241.2600 ext. 123 

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