Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – May 17, 2018 – David Ball – TJ’s Place of Hope

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Nelly’s – a Taste of Bolivia in Centerville”. Thank you to the team at Nelly’s and Rafael Santillan – Owner of Nelly’s and Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member.


A 50/50 drawing was won by Greg Crabtree (founder of TJ’s Place of Hope and also Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member.

We had 31 members and 7 guests in attendance.


Photos from the Meeting Are Here

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced David Ball, a board member from T.J.’s Place of Hope (Hope Beyond Addiction), in Centerville. On November 17th, 2005, at the age of 18, T.J. Whitehead took his own life after battling drug and alcohol addiction for the majority of his adolescent life.

Cheryl Crabtree, his mother, and Greg Crabtree, his step father, started T.J.’s Place of Hope in 2006. After struggling to get the help their family needed with T.J., they started this foundation. They serve teens and young adults ages 12-25 (plus their families).

T.J.’s Place of Hope is an organization of compassionate people to help those with addictions in a safe, confidential, peer-reinforced environment Besides addictions like drug and alcohol, they are one of the few places helping with self-injury (such as cutting), eating disorders and other destructive disorders. They work directly with Centerville High School.

T.J.’s Place of Hope is open Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids to get together and talk. Meetings are at 85 East Franklin Street Centerville, OH 45459.

There are many volunteer opportunities detailed on their website. They are also looking for additional board members. Current board members have direct personal family experience with issues they help with and they would like to expand on this. One priority is to find volunteers to help with financial aspects of the organization. They are also trying to organize formal committees for various areas so they need committee chairs and members.

They are funded through donations.

“Get Help: Drug/alcohol abuse or addiction, Self-injury, Eating disorders, Social anxiety issue, Depression, & Suicidal Thoughts” – From their website, tjsplaceofhope.org

You can call 937-436-HOPE for assistance; there are confidential meetings each week.

You can also reach them on Facebook.

Tonight’s Guests

Dave Ball
Denise Christie
Greg Crabtree
Cheryl Dowd
Gary McDowell
Jill Parret
David Watkins


Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday June 21,  2018 – Ollie’s Place – Centerville – 5:30PM – Mike Schwartz – Founder of Ollie’s Place, Guest Speaker

Thursday July 19, 2018 – Poelking Lanes Dayton Mall – 5:30PM – Joe Poelking, Owner of Poelking Lanes, Guest speaker