Friday, May 24 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:03:25 GMT
As survivors of Monday's tornado that killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma, prepare to spend part of Memorial Day Weekend honoring the dead, the survivors must worry about health dangers stemming from allFull Story >
As survivors of Monday's tornado that killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma, prepare to spend part of Memorial Day Weekend honoring the dead, the survivors must worry about health dangers stemming from all the infrastructure that's been destroyed.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
SOUTH FAIRMOUNT, OH (FOX19) -
A business is growing in Cincinnati, but its success is about more than just the bottom line. It's about helping people whose lives have hit rock bottom due to addiction.
Keifer Moreland's story could easily have ended at the age of 12.
"I was a heroin addict, and my lifestyle was out of control," said Moreland.
In November of 2010, with the help of the City Gospel Mission, he got clean.
And then, he got hired at Green Recycling Works, a business that works in cooperation with the Mission. It picks up recyclables, sorts them, and sells them. It's been up and running for 3 months now, and already lives are being changed.
For Moreland, now a 20-year-old, it's not just a job. The company's director, former Citibank executive Matthew Long, now hires former addicts and teaches them how to hold down a job, be accountable, and rejoin society.
"It's absolutely insane. I go back and think about when I met some of these guys, and where they were coming into the Mission at that point in time, and now, I can have a business expense and reach into my pocket and hand them cash and know that it isn't going to get used for drugs," said Long.
Moreland graduated from the Mission's Exodus program, and says although he still has a long way to go, he's worked hard and had tremendous help becoming a new man.
"I'm rebuilding my relationships and I'm rebuilding my life really," he said.
Long goes above and beyond to help his employees succeed, making himself personally available to them 24/7, something he says makes a difference in keeping people on track. The company also prides itself on removing some of the common stumbling blocks to people re-entering society. They provide employees bus tokens until their first paycheck, uniforms down to the steel toe boots needed, and moral support to help them learn the ins and outs of being part of a workforce.
"I look at Keifer and really from 12 to 19 he was a user. He was stoned," said Long. "There's no other way to describe it. And now I look at Keifer and he's 20 years old. I think back to when I was 20, what was still ahead of me in my life? And if we can keep him off of drugs and alcohol, what's ahead for him? It's tremendous."
But ultimately the job Moreland is doing is only temporary. It is his time with Green Recycling Works, his clean drug tests, his on-time attendance and trustworthiness that will hopefully earn him a full time job and possibly lead him to a career.
To those who may be concerned about hiring someone with a criminal record, Long says he personally stands behind his men. After 25 years with Citibank and several more as a church pastor, Long says he knows what people want in a new hire, and the company has strict standards for its workers.
This year, Keifer Moreland and his entire family had Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in Moreland's life. Now, as Christmas approaches, he wants only one thing.
"Just being with my family," he said. "The materialistic things are there but really the relationship with my family and that they accept me back is the biggest Christmas gift that I could receive."
Green Recycling Works needs customers in order to be successful, and ultimately employ more people recovering from addiction. It offers great rates, and a way to give back to others at the same time. If your organization needs a recycling service, you can reach them at 513-800-8855 or Email: email@example.com
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:32:20 GMT
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill. On May 14, officers responded to the 500 block of Elberon Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Upon arrival, police located ScottFull Story >
A suspect was arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a man in East Price Hill.Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:47:43 GMT
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases. The suspension marks the second time the high court has suspendedFull Story >
The Kentucky Supreme Court has suspended northern Kentucky attorney Eric C. Deters for 60 days because of misconduct in two civil cases.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
(RNN) - A bridge in Washington has collapsed and at least two cars are in the water, according to KING 5 TV out of Seattle. The bridge is part of Interstate 5. There is no word on injuries. Copyright 2013Full Story >
A photo from the scene showed a man sitting on top of his car, which was partially submerged.Full Story >
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