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Mar242017

Media About NEOCH Director's Resignation

This was left on our Facebook page and is touching so we thought we would give it more attention on our blog.  

"I'm so saddened to hear this news, when I was homeless I was blessed to meet him and he truly touched my heart. He talked to me and actually listened to my plight. He treated me with such respect which was something lots of people didn't do including the people that were supposed to be assisting us. He gave me his card and was interested in knowing my point of view of the agency that was helping. I actually felt like a human being instead of just a statistic. I wish he would stay but I wish him well but a little bit of my heart breaks for the people that are still struggling, I appreciated the time he took to talk to me and the hope he gave me." --Chellbaby E.

Here are the other stories about my resignation

Mark Naymik of the Plain Dealer wrote about it in his column. http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2017/03/cle_chatter_citing_trump_budge.html

Mike Sangiacomo of Plain Dealer wrote about the resignation here.  http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/03/homeless_coalition_head_resign.html#incart_river_home (I forgot to say, why does the Plain Dealer allow for anonymous comments? They do not allow anonymous letters to the editor. Also, why the Hawaiian Shirt in March? Why not from the Memorial in December for the picture?

Eric Sandy of Cleveland Scene Magazine wrote about it here. http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2017/03/23/the-director-of-the-northeast-ohio-coalition-for-the-homeless-is-resigning. No calls from the County wishing me well yet--keeping the telephone lines open.

Kabir Bhatia interviewed me about my stepping away from NEOCH here.  http://wksu.org/post/after-22-years-brian-davis-stepping-down-northeast-ohio-coalition-homeless

Forgot to include the link to the NEOCH Press Release here.

Brian Davis

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Reader Comments (2)

I am sorry Brian that you are quitting- though I suspect that there is more to this story. You have to wonder how the fake philanthropy network in this town affects the funding available for the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. When there are so many agencies paying their directors six-figure incomes at agencies like Centers for Families, Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland and the Diversity Center? Maybe, there is just not enough money to run NEOCH when you have to compete with these far more glamorous "philanthropic" agencies. Good luck - I know you work hard. You just don't project the image that CLE wants to use for glamorizing poverty and mental illness.

March 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLaura McShane

Currently I am in a situation where I am at the Norma Herr homeless shelter for women. It is not a bad or good place. Either way it could be run better . for the most part I try to stay away from there as much as possible the food if they feed you is horrible. The staff tends not to help people if you are not some type of drug addict or alcoholic . There are many elderly and disabled people along with a few mentally ill people thrown in with regular struggling people there is little to no organization there . It is easy to become lost in the shuffle . If there is any type of money funding these shelters Norma Herr is definitely not seeing it I can tell you that. There is so much free food available from restaurants and Grocery stores along with donations from food banks and good neighbors that people at Norma Herr should be receiving 3 healthy meals a day not just oatmeal and what ever slop is thrown together. The shelter on top of the elderly ,disabled and mentally unfit also has quite a few pregnant women who also need to have nutritional needs met. People need to understand homelessness can happen to any one at any given time for any given reason.

April 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Malone

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