My first year of managing interns for Over-the-Rhine Community Housing was a whirlwind experience. I was a recent graduate myself and keenly aware of what our interns should be capable of technology-wise. My expectations were surpassed by many of our interns that summer, especially University of Cincinnati Electronic Media student Jarrod Welling-Cann.
In addition to being a talented film maker, Jarrod demonstrated a growing passion for the resident-centered, community building work that OTRCH engaged in. Many in Cincinnati know of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing as a leader in providing safe, quality affordable housing because the 93 buildings we manage in Over-the-Rhine are the evidence. Less well known is the perseverance it takes to build and sustain the affordable housing, the commitment and passion of staff, and the programs and services OTRCH provides that truly make the organization "more than a roof."
After Jarrod's summer internship wrapped up, he remained a dedicated volunteer to OTRCH and the people of Over-the-Rhine, volunteering at our Children's Creative Corner and lending his film talents to the organization by filming this documentary and other short films. It was such an awesome and encouraging experience for me as Jarrod's former supervisor to see him stay involved after the internship, and it was an honor to be included in this documentary. I am interviewed at about 1 minute 30 seconds in and later in the video around 6 minutes.
Young professional Urban Planner, drawing inspiration from all people, places and experiences I encounter!