Our History

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 wanderers at the parish office of Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Dayton.

In 2006 as the frequency of daily visitors increased and their simple needs became more complex, an additional staff person and resources were designated to the program we named CityHeart. The demand for services has grown exponentially since its beginnings. In 2011 CityHeart outgrew the parish office and leased office space in the lower level of the building. In 2015 CityHeart was incorporated in the State of Ohio and was granted tax exempt status by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. In 2016, Co-founder and Executive Director Kris Sexton, began nonprofit operations with a small group of dedicated volunteers. In 2016 and 2018, we expanded capacity in space and resources. And in 2019-2020, CityHeart added two part time staff members in Program Service and Accounting.

CityHeart continues to offer hospitality and hope as an independent, non-denominational center of welcome and hospitality providing compassionate responses to urgent needs and enabling long term solutions.
Monday through Friday, CityHeart staff and volunteers tap into their extensive knowledge of local services to connect clients to the best resources for help, serving hundreds of people each month with emergency response to temporary crisis situations. CityHeart often collaborates with representatives from other organizations; these include utility assistance programs, affordable housing options, healthcare providers, emergency shelters, and food resources.
Our board of directors, a diverse group representative of the community, guides the strategic growth of CityHeart. Our funding comes from the generosity of individual donors, grants from family and local foundations in the community, as well as grants from Christ Episcopal Church and other church partners. As a nonprofit charitable organization, CityHeart continues to invite greater participation as we fulfill our mission to meet the ever-growing needs of Dayton and Montgomery County.

CityHeart makes a difference!