One Story at a Time…
Ted Howard’s efficiency apartment in Cleveland’s Glenville Neighborhood has been a safe haven for him for nearly three years. Tidy and compact, he calls it a “blessing for this place to be here.
“Because of my addiction I couldn’t get money to get an apartment,” he said.
Ted lives in Liberty at St. Clair, a 72-unit apartment building on St. Clair Avenue. Liberty, a Housing First apartment building, is one of eight with more than 500 units around Cleveland.
Without housing, people struggle to keep or find a job, care for children and move out of poverty. Without housing, people have a hard time getting clean and sober.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, brought together housing, service providers and foundations to create the Housing First Initiative.
The Initiative was created to address the challenge of chronic homelessness, and to develop a strategy for bringing Housing First to Cuyahoga County.
The shared goal is to develop 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing in Cuyahoga County.
“Housing First” is both an initiative and a philosophy that no matter what obstacles people face, ensuring them a home is paramount. Housing First combines permanent affordable housing with onsite supportive services such as education and job skills training, as well as substance abuse and mental health issues. It is a proven solution to end longterm homelessness for people like Ted.
Ted moved in and out of homelessness for years after becoming addicted to cocaine and losing his job. He stayed at the men’s homeless shelter, and at other times would crash at a friend’s place.
Now Ted takes the bus to vocational training and attends 12-step meetings in the community room of his building. “I’m on the right track.”
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For more than 15 years, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has worked to improve the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty.
News & Events
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
The Foundation is hosting a program and discussion about the art of Corita Kent at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday, August 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The exhibit surveys Corita Kent’s entire 30 years of work (1918-1986). Corita, as she was popularly referred to, was a former Catholic sister (Immaculate Heart of Mary) and influential graphic artist in the 1960s and 1970s. Her art combined faith, politics and teaching with messages of acceptance and hope. Her artwork continues to be an influence for many artists working today.
The program is part of the foundation’s strategic focus to lift the voices and stories of Catholic women religious in Northeast Ohio. Admission is free and open to Catholic women religious and friends. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ursula Craig at 216.241.9300 ext. 245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Program Director Honored
Congratulation’s to Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s Health Program Director Teleange’ Thomas for being chosen as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under 40 this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Forty Under 40 program has honored nearly 900 individuals for their professional success and civic contributions in Northeast Ohio. See the complete list of honorees. Also, she was one of 30 named recently by Cleveland’s Scene Magazine’s special “Cleveland People” issue, celebrating people who are working to make Cleveland better.
Called by Faith
There’s a new name and look for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s newsletter which shares the good work and stories of Catholic women religious and their lay partners in northeast Ohio. Read Called by Faith here.
Assuring Stable Homes
The Foundation is committed to ending homelessness and recently has focused on the problem of homeless youth, bringing together a collaboration of organizations and agencies working on the issue.
The foundation has awarded nearly a million of dollars in grants since late 2012 to local nonprofits involved in reducing youth homelessness and has partnered with Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, the YWCA Greater Cleveland and others on the issue.
Listen to a recent Sound of Ideas show on WCPN 90.3 on the connection between aging out of foster care and youth homelessness. The foundation sponsored a local discussion on the issue and co-sponsored a national conference to highlight the connection between aging out of foster care and unprepared youth often becoming homeless. Watch a piece by Newsnet5 on the issue.
Cleveland was one of a nine pilot communities that participated in the federal 2013 Youth Count Initiative in January. Read about the survey results. Watch a video on the issue with local experts and homeless youth.
Foundations’ Efforts to Sustain Sister-Affiliated Ministries
A recently released study documents and assesses a 10-year initiative undertaken by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to sustain the ministries of Catholic sisters in Northeast Ohio and South Carolina. The full study, Support for Sister-Affiliated Ministries During Challenging Times: Understanding a Foundation Initiative in Two Regions, can be seen here.
The Collaboration for Ministry Initiative was undertaken by the foundations to encourage and support collaboration among different religious orders. The study offers lessons learned from the collaborations to help others with similar ambitions, as well as to strengthen and sustain sister-affiliated ministries and grassroots programming. More…