About Us

Who We Are

The Omega CDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the Omega Baptist Church in 1997.

Omega CDC is breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty by catalyzing change in Northwest Dayton by focusing on education, economic stability, heath and well-being, and community

Omega CDC has collaborated with public, philanthropic, and private funders to serve thousands of children and families over the last two decades. Omega CDC has expanded programs for children to include wrap-around services that address the needs of the whole family because we are serious about moving children and families from poverty to self-sufficiency!

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Our Purpose

Inspire Hope

Our Mission

Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty by catalyzing change in Northwest Dayton.

Our Vision

Forging the path to healthy, prosperous, and racially equitable communities.


We are


We are trailblazers and risk-takers with a commitment to rise against all odds
We model


We value high standards with measurable expectations catalyzing growth and transformation within our community.
We act in


We embrace "heart work" through shared stories and experiences. Our "Heart Work" is welcoming, inviting, empathetic, equitable, and radical.
We stand in


We are deeply rooted in a rich culture of faith and servant leadership which encourages honest and transparent relationships.
We rise


We know that we can only build a stronger community by lifting each other; through partnership, collaboration, and engagement we will “arrive together”. UBUNTU = I am because you are.


We are intentional in our approach to dismantling systems of oppression by breaking down barriers, removing obstacles, and building collective and transformative power.


Our History

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TV Ministry and City-Wide Resurrection begin and the Omega CDC is formed.
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Hope VI initiate launched and OSE started.
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Rev. Vanessa Ward appointed as Co-Pastor of Omega Baptist Church.
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Purchased Harvard Campus (Previous campus of United Theological Seminary in the Dayton View Triangle), designed by the Olmsted Brothers who designed Central Park.
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Vision for Omega CDC.
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Brainstorming for Master Plan of the Harvard Campus with Omega Baptist Church members and community stakeholders.
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The City of Dayton re-zoned to Single Family Residential in preparation for Omega Senior Loft. Worked with Pinnacle, Neighborhood Groups, and City Commissioners.
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A core group of five stakeholders began meeting every Friday morning for discussions and networking to work on the master plan.
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Demolition & Strategic Plan: David Ramey, along with a group of 30 people from Omega Baptist Church, Omega CDC, and the Northwest Dayton Community worked on a strategic plan for the Harvard Campus Master Plan. The first step was raising $100,000 to demolish two buildings to prepare the site for construction. Minority contractors were hired to do the demolition.
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$11.7 million dollar fund raising campaign kicked off. Funds were raised through community members, foundations, businesses, and new market tax credits.
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Closing documents on the funding for The Hope Center for Families were completed and construction broke ground on July 17, 2020. Minority contractors were used for the construction.
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November 9, 2021 ribbon cutting for The Hope Center for Families.
    Our Team

    The Executive Team
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    Vanessa Ward

    Image of Rachel Ward

    Rachel Ward

    Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives
    Image of Jonathan Williams

    Jonathan Williams

    Director of Finance & Administration
    The Administrative Team
    Image of Allyson Johns

    Allyson Johns

    Executive Assistant
    Image of Asara Martin

    Asara Martin

    Administrative Specialist
    Image of Colleen Bowman

    Colleen Bowman

    Lead Administrator
    Image of Laura Blake

    Laura Blake

    Job Position
    Image of Mary Ellen Berens

    Mary Ellen Berens

    Financial Analyst
    Image of Sean Freeman

    Sean Freeman

    Hope Zone Project Manager
    Image of Zyon Zachery-Buycks

    Zyon Zachery-Buycks

    Family Services Team
    Image of Tiffani Perkins

    Tiffani Perkins

    Family Coach
    Image of Roe Wallace

    Roe Wallace

    Lead Family Coach
    Image of Malloree Ellis

    Malloree Ellis

    Intake Coordinator
    Image of Elise Herzing

    Elise Herzing

    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Image of DeShae Jackson

    DeShae Jackson

    Maternal Family Coach
    Workforce Development
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    Eleanor Newman-Bumpus

    Workforce Lead Trainer & Job Trainer
    Senior Resources
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    Sonya Tyler

    Senior Sustainability Program Coordinator
    Out Of School Time Programming
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    Tanae Waites

    Lead Family Resource Coordinator
    Image of Shamea Knight

    Shamea Knight

    Lead Prevention Specialist
    Image of Omotayo Obayanju

    Omotayo Obayanju

    Family Resource Coordinator
    Image of Dormetria Thompson

    Dormetria Thompson

    Director of Program Compliance
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    Dajza Demmings

    Site Coordinator
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    Courtney Dortch-Wright

    Director of Program Operations
    Board Of Trustees

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    Rev. Vanessa Ward
    Omega CDC

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    Rev. Joshua Ward
    Omega Baptist Church

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    Yvette Kelly-Fields
    Miami University

    Trustee Development Committee Chair
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    Shirley Akbar
    Community Volunteer

    Omega Senior Lofts Rep
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    Richard (Rick) C. Stover
    Community Volunteer

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    Darius Beckham
    City of Dayton

    Vice Chair
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    Nancy Arden McHugh
    University of Dayton

    Governance Committee Chair
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    Rev. Daryl Ward
    Retired, Omega Baptist Church

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    Paul Humble
    Community Volunteer

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    Dr. Julius Beckham
    Huber Heights City Schools

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    Shanda McKinney

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    Bro. Ray Fitz
    University of Dayton

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    Cheryl Jones Garrett
    Community Volunteer

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    Dr. Kevin Watt
    Eye Physicians & Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC

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    Dr. Alonzo Patterson
    PriMed Physicians

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    Belinda Mathews Stenson
    Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

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    Maleka James
    Dayton Children's Hospital

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    Ritika Kurup

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    Sabrina Pritchett
    Community Volunteer