The Ohlmann Group, a Dayton marketing firm, has donated its former offices at 1605 N. Main St. to Omega Community Development Corp., Ohlmann said Tuesday.
“We care deeply about the Northwest Dayton neighborhood, which Ohlmann Group has called home for 56 years,” Linda Kahn, Ohlmann’s chief executive, said in a statement. “As our agency has evolved to a hybrid working environment, we’re thrilled to maintain our commitment to our community by turning over the well-maintained building to a non-profit partner.”
Added Kahn: “We know that Omega CDC will use this space to its fullest potential and continue transforming the neighborhood for decades to come.”
Omega describes its mission as equipping “individuals, families, and children with the resources, tools, and opportunities to break the cycle of generational poverty and achieve self-sufficiency through education, employment, economic development, and advocacy.”
Last September, Ohlmann, a family-owned, Dayton-based marketing and advertising firm, announced its intention to move to the 130 Building on Second Street, its first office move since 1967.
Vanessa Ward, Omega president, called the donation “an answer to prayer.”
“As the Omega CDC implements the Hope Zone Promise Neighborhoods initiative, we faced an immediate challenge of finding sufficient office space in our current facilities for the staff we are required to hire for this important work,” Ward said, adding: “We are grateful to accept this donation with our earnest commitment to use this space to continue the rich legacy of Walter Ohlmann.”
Last year, Omega said it was pursuing $30 million in federal funds to improve educational and social outcomes for thousands of kids who live Northwest Dayton.
When Temple Israel relocated in 1994, firm founder Walter Ohlmann served on the steering committee for the building’s transition to Omega Baptist Church, which later established Omega as a non-profit.
In turn, Omega kept the Hebrew letters on the building as a tribute to the history.
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