During the cold winter of 1984 with temperatures at 24 degrees below zero The Sarah Center was created: a female-centered outreach ministry and safe gathering place for impoverished women in Over the Rhine. The need for more than fellowship and a cup of coffee metamorphosed into a creative center of energy for poor women. Today the Sarah Center specializes in encouraging women, from all walks of life, to be self-reliant, embrace their potential and learn new skills in order to grow – creatively, economically, socially and independently.
The Sarah Center provides empowerment through authentic relationship building, life skills and peer support. It serves those challenged by economic or personal issues who want to make positive changes in their lives. Our approach is unique: we foster members’ creativity through our arts curriculum. What starts as a hobby turns into a passion. With passion, dreams are awakened and lives are reclaimed.
Our arts curriculum in jewelry, sewing, quilting and painting is supplemented by classes in empowerment, health and wellness, and Tai Chi. As skills develop, members are encouraged to sell products through the Sarah Center and its retail partners. Some members have even begun their own craft businesses.
The Sarah Center was selected as a 2016 Cincy Pop Shop located in the downtown Cincinnati Carew Tower.
Sarah Center classes are currently being held at New Prospect Baptist Church – Summit Center, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237. Classes are located on the second floor. Jewelry classes are held in Room 209. Sewing classes are held in Room 211.