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Cleveland Board of Education celebrates Say Yes to Education, and hears concerns of citizens

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2019)          At the Cleveland Municipal School District Board of Education meeting on January 22, 2019 at George Washington Carter School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon noted that January was School Board Recognition month and thanked the Board for their dedication and hard work. Monyka … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry Receives $1 Million Department of Justice Second Chance Act Grant

(January 2019, Plain Press)           The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry (OOR) announced on December 13, 2018 that it was awarded a $1 million Department of Justice grant through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) for Second Chance Act (SCA) funding. The SCA is a grant program that supports state, local and tribal governments, as well … Continue reading

Brookside Family Center to open at new location

(January 2019, Plain Press)           The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is pleased to announce the organization’s purchase of 3764 W. 25th Street for a new Brookside Family Center. The two-story, 13,000 square-foot facility (which previously housed a medical clinic) will provide additional space for the Society to expand its social services for individuals … Continue reading

Local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chapter Announces New Executive Director

(December 2018, Plain Press)        The Board of Directors of NAMI Greater Cleveland announced the appointment of Christina “Chris” Mignogna as the organization’s new Executive Director. Mignogna has been a volunteer with NAMI for a number of years and an advocate for mental health in her personal and professional life. Chris holds a Master’s in Social Work from … Continue reading

Department of Aging Director Mary McNamara outlines services and resources available to Cleveland seniors

(December 2018, Plain Press)        At a November 17thTalk in the Hall at Cogswell Hall, Cleveland Department of Aging Executive Director Mary McNamara explained the range of programs, services and resources her department helps link to qualified Cleveland residents. The Talk in the Hall, co-sponsored by Cogswell Hall and the Cleveland Westside Village, offered the opportunity for … Continue reading

Cuyahoga County Provides Funding for Temporary Housing and Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Homeless Men

(Plain Press, November 2018)        Cuyahoga County announced it is continuing its efforts to provide temporary housing and Alcohol and Other Drug treatment for homeless men. In October, the County’s Board of Control approved a $70,000 contract amendment with Stella Maris, bringing the total contract amount to $265,000. Stella Maris provides temporary housing for homeless men referred … Continue reading

It’s Medicare open enrollment season: Here’s what you need to know

by Janet Trautwein (Plain Press, November 2018) Medicare’s Annual Election Period is here. Seniors are choosing their Medicare plans for 2019. They’ll have to make their selections by December 7 for coverage that takes effect January 1. The enrollment process will be different than previous years. This time, seniors will have the chance to “test-drive” … Continue reading

Medicaid Works conference examines Medicaid Expansion’s first four years

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, September 2018)     In an effort to educate the public about Medicaid expansion in Ohio and its benefits, and to convince the next governor of Ohio to continue participation in the program, Governor John Kasich’s administration is holding meetings throughout the State to present findings from a recent study showing the … Continue reading

Children and Family Services announces changes to Child Welfare System

County Executive Armond Budish announced a series of actions being taken following the recommendations of a panel of local and national child welfare experts. The panel was assembled following the death of Aniya Day Garrett. Because of the pending criminal case regarding Aniya Day Garrett’s mother, Sierra Day and boyfriend Deonte Lewis. The panel made … Continue reading

Joseph’s Home provides medical respite care and a support system for homeless men

by Chuck Hoven Joseph’s Home, a unique facility in downtown Cleveland, offers homeless men a place to receive ongoing care for acute medical conditions. Joseph’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity’s Health System, says it is “the only homeless service provider in Northeast Ohio exclusively focused on medical respite care.” A brochure provided … Continue reading

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