AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES
THE CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY offers Homebound Services for individuals unable to get to the library. Call 216-623-7005 to register for the delivery of books and other library materials.
THE AGING AND DISABILITY NETWORK provides information and assistance, benefits information, long-term options counseling, and other resources. Call 855-585-ADRN (2376).
SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES provided by LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential) include employment services, independent living services, youth transition services, and community services. Call 216-687-1453 or visit http://www.leapinfo.org.
THE WESTERN RESERVE AREA AGENCY ON AGING has produced Older Adults…the Resource Guide. Order it free online at www.psa10a.org or by calling 216-621-0303.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
A CROCHET AND KNITTING CIRCLE will meet at South Branch Library on Wednesdays January 8 and February 12 at 4 pm. Join other crafters and learn tips and tricks. Items can be donated to local charities. For more information, call 216-623-2921 or visit http://www.cpl.org.
THE ART HOUSE offers Free Family Open Studio is held the third Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm at 3119 Denison Avenue. On January 18th, the theme is mixed-media mask making. Call 216-398-8556.
THIRD FRIDAY FOR ALL! will be on January 17th in Detroit Square Arts District. For information on shops and restaurants, see dscdo.org.
TREMONT ARTWALK is scheduled for January 10th. See tremontartwalk.com
CHILDREN AND TEENS
THE HEAD START PROGRAM sponsored by the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is available for low income and special needs children at Willard at 2220 West 95th Street. Call 216-651-5154 or log on to:www.ceogc.org.
THE ART, POETRY AND ESSAY CONTEST is an annual contest open to all students grades K-12. The Contest, sponsored by Earth Day Coalition’s EarthFest, encourages northeast Ohio students to celebrate Earth Day by expressing their ideas for solutions to environmental issues facing our community. Parents, teachers, school administrators and students can call the Earth Day Coalition at 216/281-6468 to receive an application for the 2014 Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest or can check the website http://www.earthdaycoalition.org.
WWW.CHOOSEMYPLATE.GOV is a website that provides information on eating better on a budget and building healthy meals. It is sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture.
THE CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT has a revised website: visit
WORK TO GET LARGE NON-PROFITS like University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic to help fund Cleveland Public Schools. Join Cleveland parents and caregivers Monday, January 6th at 5:30 pm at St Clair Superior Development, 4205 St Clair Avenue. To get involved, call Michael Cook at 216-262-6343 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
HEALTH CARE AND INSURANCE
INFORMATION ON HEALTH CARE INSURANCE available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be found at healthcare.gov or 800-318-2596.
FOR AN APPOINTMENT REGARDING THE ACA with a Certified Application Counselor at the Neighborhood Family Practice (3569 Ridge Road), call 216-281-0872, ext 291.
ACA ASSISTANCE IS ALSO available at Lorain Branch Library, 8216 Lorain Avenue. Someone from the CMS Assisters will be there to answer questions about the Affordable Health Care Act, help with enrollment and assist in navigating the web site, every Wednesday from 1 pm – 5 pm through the month of March.
MEDICAID is now available to more Ohioans who can apply for online at www.Benefits.Ohio.gov. Adults with income up to 138 percent of poverty may now apply.
THE FREE MEDICAL CLINIC OF GREATER CLEVELAND provides medical services and teen clinic (216-721-4010), dental services (216-707-3419), behavioral health services (216-707-3500), and HIV services (216-707-3452) for no charge at 12201 Euclid near University Circle on the east side of Cleveland. Call for appointments.
THE SPANISH AMERICAN COMMITTEE offers family support and services, employment and training services, housing services, adult educators and a day care center at 4407 Lorain Ave. Call 216-961-2100 or visit www.spanishamerican.org.
HISPANIC URBAN MINORITY ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE OUTREACH PROGRAM (Hispanic UMADAOP) provides year-round education and prevention services to elementary, middle and high school youth, families and teachers. The UMADAOP Youth Center, located at 3115 Scranton Road, is open weekdays to youth between the ages of 11 – 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Nelson Ramirez at 216-459-1222.
HOME HEATING AND COOLING
HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE is available at the 1849 Prospect Avenue office of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC). The office is open at 6:30 am each weekday, but CEOGC still urges Cuyahoga County residents to call 216-518-4014 to make appointments 24/7. The acceptance of E-HEAP applications will continue through February 1st for eligible households who are currently disconnected or have received a disconnection notice. Beginning February 2nd, the program will open at 7:30 am. Any household whose total income is at or below 200% of the 2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines may be eligible. Home visits for individuals who are shut-in because of medical or other conditions are also available. Please call 216-263-6266 to schedule a home visit.
EL BARRIO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER provides training and supportive services that result in steady jobs and career building opportunities. For more information about El Barrio’s programs or how to enroll, call 216-651-2037. All programs are free of charge and include intensive case management and supportive services.
JOB PLACEMENT services are provided by Flexible Staffing, which works with job seekers and employers to find the right match. They provide temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire opportunities, part- or full-time. There is no charge to job seekers. Open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Call 216-298-9116.
BUILDING PRESENT AND FUTURE LEADERS CONFERENCE hosted by Furaha Forever Productions, a non-profit theatre/entertainment organization, will be on Monday, January 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Topics range from “Financial Literacy” to “Learning What it Means to be a Leader.” There will also be a panel discussion with some of Cleveland’s talented entrepreneurs and professionals. This free event is for teens and parents and will be held at Mega Church, 3170 Scranton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109. Continental breakfast and snacks will be provided. To register you and your child, contact (216) 202-0784.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS RECYCLING will be held until January 10th, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, 4750 East 131 St., Garfield Heights. For more information, visit www.cuyahogaswd.org or call 216-443-3707.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
THE HISPANIC BUSINESS CENTER offers training and counseling in Small Business Fundamentals that are free and open to everyone. The center works with individuals from all communities while retaining a special competency for assisting Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs. To learn more about accounting/bookkeeping, business plan development and other topics, call 216-281-4422, email email@example.com or visit hbcenter.org.
FREE TAX PREPARATION
FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES are being offered by Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC), located at 9830 Lorain Ave on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7 pm., and Saturdays from 9 am to noon. To schedule an appointment, contact United Way First Call for Help online at www.211.org or call 211. All returns will be screened for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. To qualify, tax-payers must have a 2013 earned income less than $51,567, and must be filing a simple return. For more information, please visit http://www.refundohio.org or http://www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us.
EDUCATION BENEFITS, EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE, VA HEALTHCARE, Financial Assistance, Ohio Veterans Bonus, and Ohio Veterans Homes are available for veterans by calling 877-644-6838, option 1, or searching for Cuyahoga when visiting dvs.ohio.gov