DCP photographer Jessica Valle captures the essence of Miami Valley’s charitable organizations
By Jessica Valle
The holiday season is easily one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Shopping, wrapping, eating, drinking … parties, office parties, hosted dinners … the list is long and endless. We at the Dayton City Paper wish to take our readers beyond all the typical holiday hysteria this year and focus on one more thing to remember around the holidays — giving.
There are countless Miami Valley organizations that get flooded during the holiday season and need help to provide for the people they serve on a daily basis. They not only need help now, but all year round. We thought what better way to showcase all of the good they do and services they provide in the Miami Valley than through photographs.
We enlisted the help of Dayton’s most talented young professional photographer, Jessica Valle. Although we could not include every charitable organization, the following organizations clearly demonstrate how Dayton is a wonderfully giving city.
Throughout this photo essay, we will present photos from Dayton’s House of Bread, the Dayton Foodbank, Dayton’s Good Neighbor House, Miami Valley’s Ronald McDonald House and St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen in Troy. Happy holidays Miami Valley, and remember the spirit of giving this season. You never know the lives you can change with a simple gift.
— Nicole Wroten
All photos courtesy of Jessica Valle.
The Dayton Foodbank
The Dayton Foodbank nourishes the hunger relief efforts by providing nutritious meals to all individuals they serve throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.
427 Washington St. Dayton, Ohio 45402
St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen
St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen serves over 24,000 meals a year to anyone who is hungry, located in a house next to the St Patrick Church in Troy.
419 East Main St. Troy, OH 45373
The Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodations for families that have a sick child at Children’s Medical Center where they can sleep, eat home-cooked meals, take a shower and do laundry.
555 Valley St. Dayton, OH 45404
Good Neighbor House
Good Neighbor House provides clinical and human services to the underserved in the greater Dayton community including food pantry services, clothing and household items.
844 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH 45402
House of Bread
House of Bread is a non-profit community kitchen which serves a hot, nutritious lunchtime meal to anyone in need, seven days a week.
9 Orth Ave. Dayton, OH 45406
Reach DCP contributing photographer Jessica Valle at JessicaValle@DaytonCityPaper.com. Jessica Valle owns Jessica Valle Photography in Dayton. She has won The Knot Best of Photography two years in a row. Visit her website at www.jessica-valle.com and read her blog at www.jessicavalle.blogspot.com.