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City of Mansfield Ocie Hill Community Center

"Where Families Matter"

Dedicated in the memory of Ocie Hill. The first African American to be elected to the Mansfield City Council. Mr. Hill serves a record fifteen consecutive terms. This was just one of the many “firsts” for Mr. Hill, as he was a true pioneer in the African American community.

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Events At The Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center

The Ocie Hill Neighborhood Youth Center provides facilities for neighborhood and community events. These events create opportunities for celebration and provide services to residents of the area. Events are held in the Center's Edna Alexander Community Room, the Police Athletic League (PALS) gym and the cafeteria.



The following events have been held at the neighborhood center:

  • Family Affair - an annual family-oriented carnival
  • Minority Health Fair
  • Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Department of Health Immunization Clinics
  • OSU Extension Family Nutrition Outreach Training



Edna Alexander Community Room

The Edna Alexander Community Room was dedicated to long time community activist Edna Alexander. Mrs. Alexander served on various community boards and was active in her church. She is especially remembered as a friend, mother and grandmother.



Police Athletic League Gym

The Police Athletic League Gym was dedicated to Mansfield’s first African American Police Chief and former Patrol Officer, Lawrence Harper. Chief Harper had served the City of Mansfield’s police force for 53 years.



Councilman George Swarn

In dedication for his service to the Mansfield community and the Mansfield City Council, Councilman George Swarn’s memory was etched into the grounds of the neighborhood center by the planting of a maple tree on the front lawn. During the building’s bleakest hours (previously known as the MOIC building and the old Creveling School), Councilman George Swan was the keeper of the keys and his friendly resolute dedication to the dream of a neighborhood center was integral to turning the corner and bringing vitality back to the corner of Harker and Bowman Street.



Ocie Hill Fitness Center

A fitness room with all the amenities that is open to the public Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Help Me Grow

Richland County Help Me Grow is a coordinated, community-based infrastructure that promotes trans-disciplinary, family-centered services for expectant parents, newborns, infants, toddlers and their families. The vision of Help Me Grow is to assure that newborns, infants and toddlers have the best possible start in life. Help Me Grow is available to all expectant parents and children birth to age three. Help Me Grow is a home visiting program which promotes the well being of children and families and provides educational ideas and activities, developmental screening and access to important community resources. Using the Parents as Teachers curriculum, this home visiting program is designed to be preventative, provide parenting education to improve access to and coordination of services.



Kinship Navigator Project

"A brighter future for today’s children." Through the Richland County Connecting Point-Caregiver Center, the City of Mansfield and Richland County Children Services works collaboratively in the best interest of children. Kinship Care Navigator provides services to non-parental caregiver families with children who are at risk of being placed in the custody of Richland County Children Services by providing for the basic medical, educational and psychological needs of the children.



Success Center After School Program

The City of Mansfield DRCA and Mansfield City Schools partner in providing the Success Center After School Program. The Success Center provides homework assistance, recreation activities, art enrichment, mental health services, and a healthy meal for K-12 youth. Participants attend the program at the Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center, Hedges Intermediate School or Newman Elementary School. The program is conducted throughout the school year and is open Monday—Friday. Parent involvement activities are structured to help students and parents integrate educational learning opportunities.



Summer Enrichment Program

The Summer Enrichment Program is an extension of the Success Center Program. Enrolled youth K-12 attend the program Monday—Friday during the months of June, July, and August. Participants attending the program are involved in math and reading enrichment programs, art activities recreation activities and field trips that encompass fun and educational excursions. A nutritious breakfast and lunch are provided. The Program Manager, staff coordinators, and certified teachers work closely with each student to enrich their needs and prepare them for the up-coming school year.



Mansfield City School Attendance Services

The Attendance Officer services for the Mansfield City Schools have been provided by the Regional Community Advancement. The Attendance Officers follows up on referrals from school principals of students habitually absent from school and follows procedures jointly established by the schools, social services agencies and the courts for addressing related issues. Linking the children and families to the services available through Regional Community Advancement and the Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center is the primary strategy.



Neighborhood Center Tenants

Program Activities provided by tenants leasing space at the Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center enhance the overall vitality of the Center. These programs are not operated by the City of Mansfield, although they link closely with the Regional Community Advancement in serving the citizens of the community.




Mansfield City Schools

Mansfield Elective Academy

The Mansfield Elective Academy is a K-8 conversion school that focuses on non-traditional families. For example, students living with foster parents or extended family members such as grandparents. It provides students living in a non-traditional family setting a holistic educational program that meets the academic, psychosocial, and emotional needs of the students, and offers support to their caregivers. It is a philosophy that focuses specifically on the individual needs of children.



Mansfield Enhancement Academy / STAR
Interactive Media and Construction / IMAC

The STAR and IMAC program’s objective is to address the needs of students who have failed to successfully complete the requirements necessary of a high school diploma. STAR and IMAC offers one-on-one social and emotional support, a computer based curriculum delivery system, flexible operational hours to accommodate the student’s obstacles to success, allows for individualized, self-posed instruction and the opportunity for students to leave with a quality education, a high school diploma and career technical skills necessary to find gainful employment.



Community Health Access Project (CHAP)

Based on a model developed in Alaska and Baltimore, the Community Health Access Project (CHAP) has employed and trained individuals within the neighborhood to assist families when linking with health and social services. College credit is earned during employment with the CHAP Program as Community Health Aides. Reporting directly to licensed practical nurses and a nurse supervisor allows the Community Health Aides to assist families in reducing the risk factors related to pregnancy and early childhood. The home visiting strategy of CHAP allows culturally connected individuals to assist families within the neighborhood in improving health and social outcomes.



Lawrence Harper Police Athletic League (PAL)

The renovated school gym is the largest and most used gym in Richland County. Open to the public on the north side of Mansfield. Providing recreational opportunities for children who participate in the Neighborhood Center’s programs, the PAL gym hosts Friendly House basketball leagues from fall to spring. The gym is also used for the Minority Health Fair, Family Affair and other neighborhood events.



Richland County Youth and Family Council

Recognized throughout the State of Ohio for their leadership in development of collaborative initiatives, the administrative offices of the Council are housed in the Neighborhood Center. The Richland County Youth and Family Council is a state-mandated collaborative bringing together the chief executive officers of the county’s largest child and family-servicing agencies and family representatives. The Council members have been especially instrumental in locating programs and services to the Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center.



The Cosby Heritage Center

The Cosby Education Heritage Center offers the community a glimpse of the past while pushing us forward into the future. The Cosby Educational Heritage Center contains numerous artifacts, documents, and books depicting African American History. Tour the center and take a step back in time.



Culliver Reading Center

The Culliver Reading Center fosters the love of reading and enhances and improves the reading, writing and study skills of their students. Students in grades K-8 receive tutoring to improve reading skills and obtain extra help with homework assignments. The Culliver Reading Center operates a satellite center from this site.



Partner Agencies

  • Richland County Youth & Family Council
  • Richland County Children Services
  • Richland County Juvenile Court
  • Richland County Job and Family Services
  • Richland County Board of MH/RS
  • Mansfield City Schools
  • Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department
  • The Fran and Warren Rupp Foundation
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • Mansfield Art Center
  • Family Life Counseling
  • The Culliver Reading Center
  • Child Care Choices
  • Richland County Juvenile Court
  • Police Athletic League
  • Mansfield UMADOP
  • City of Mansfield Recreational Department
  • Mansfield Art Center


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