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Our Story

CityHeart began as a ministry of Hospitality offering a cup of hot coffee, a cold drink of water or respite from the elements to walk-in visitors at the parish office of Christ Episcopal Church in the heart of downtown Dayton, Ohio.

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History Timeline


CityHeart is founded

The frequency of daily visitors increases and their simple needs become more complex. Staff and resources are designated to the Program we name CityHeart.


Continual Growth

Demand for services continues to grow exponentially, CityHeart outgrows the parish office and moves to office space in the lower level of church. An Advisory Committee is appointed to guide our growth.


Tax Exempt Status Granted

CityHeart is incorporated in the State of Ohio and granted tax exempt status by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Nonprofit Board of Directors established as a “working” board.


Beginning of Nonprofit Operations

Kris Sexton, Co-founder and Executive Director, launches nonprofit operations with a small group of dedicated volunteers to respond with compassion to the needs of our community.


Expansion and Growth

As growth continues, CityHeart expands capacity in space and resources, adding two part time staff members in Program Services and Accounting.


Overcomes Obstacles

of Pandemic

CityHeart quickly pivoted operations to accommodate public restrictions of COVID-19 and maintained critical services for the most vulnerable in our community throughout the pandemic. 


Community Credibility

CityHeart is accredited by the Better Business Bureau – Wise Giving Alliance, meeting 20 standards of nonprofit accountability.

CityHeart also becomes a member of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

In 2023, CityHeart earned Candid’s Gold Seal of Transparency.

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