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This blog is dedicated to distribute current information about the Coalition for the Homeless in Cleveland or poverty or the state of homelessness. Entries are written by board or staff of the Coalition. The opinions contained in this blog reflect the views of the author of the post. This blog features information on shelters, affordable housing, profiles, statistics, trends, and upcoming events relating to homelessness. We welcome comments, and will remove offensive or inappropriate messages. All postings are signed by the author.

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Saturday
Apr042015

NEOCH Annual Report Posted

Check out what people are saying about NEOCH:

Shari: I like Street Voices because it dispels the stereotypes about what a homeless person looks like and makes people aware of homelessness.

Mike: I like the Chronicle because it helps people who need to make extra money or who are on disability make ends meet without having to panhandle.

Mike G: Coordination of Outreach has led to more professional workers making a difference to homeless population. Having Denise, Jim and Tyrone to contact on the streets is a big plus.

Joe: The Hand Up Gala was great.  I loved the meal and the fellowship.  And I liked being served by a Councilman.

Dee: I loved the donations of boots and the warm items for the winter.  It was a kind gesture.  It made me feel like I could make it through the winter.

Check out the full Annual Report on our website.  It has the list of board members and the financial overview for 2014 along with the award winners.

Brian Davis

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Saturday
Apr042015

Norman Wolfe: Advocate of the Year 2014

Norman Wolfe is a former member of the NEOCH Board and current member of the Homeless Congress.  He volunteers with NOBLE working on the Ohio State budget issues and their impact of those decisions on homelessness and those living in poverty.   Wolfe is a veteran of the US Navy and had previous experience with homelessness.  One of the most important programs of the Coalition that Wolfe worked to restart was the Resident Council at 2100 Lakeside.  He felt that this empowered the men at the shelter to confront senior staff about problems and work on resolution of those issues.

Wolfe pushed for the Resident Council to give residents a chance to voice their frustrations and not face the possibility of retaliation.  The meetings focus on solutions to improve the conditions within the shelter, and staff respond in writing to the concerns.  The resident council has resulted in improved training, staff changes and better movement throughout the shelter.  Wolfe has led a community discussion about the budget earlier this year and led protests, meetings and visits to the Statehouse with Organize!Ohio in 2014 for the struggle to expand Medicaid in Ohio. 

Norman was gracious about winning the Advocate of the Year award.  He said that it was unexpected, and he was honored to be selected.  He talked about the work he has done over the last year and he thanked all those from Organize!Ohio for coming out to support him.

Brian Davis

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Saturday
Apr042015

Demetrius Barnes: Volunteer of the Year 2014

Roy Love, Demetrius Barnes, Larry Davis Annual Meeting held in 2015

Demetrius Barnes has volunteered with NEOCH for over 5 years.  She comes into the office almost everyday and is willing to help with anything.  Barnes does clerical, phone calls, filing and sorting of donations. If you attend one of the meetings at NEOCH, you have probably received a call from Ms. Barnes.   She lives in the MidTown area and wants to give back to her community.  Barnes has great hopes to use the skills she has learned at NEOCH to find a permanent job.  She has volunteered for her church and for the Bishop Cosgrove Center in the past, and attends the Homeless Congress and Hand Up Gala as well.

Ms. Barnes enjoyed the dinner at the annual meeting and felt the evening was very special. She was surprised that she won the volunteer of the year award.  She almost missed the event because she was nervous about attending.  We are so glad that she showed up and we are glad that she shows up everyday to help.

Brian Davis

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Saturday
Apr042015

Beau Hill: Social Service Provider of the Year

Beau Hill is the Coordinator of the Harbor Light Project and contact for homeless services within the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland. He is co-chair of the County Public Policy Committee of the Office of Homeless Services and oversees the shelters, detox, community corrections, and outreach headquartered in the Prospect Avenue facility.  Hill leads the effort to reduce human trafficking in Cleveland, and has assisted the County in improving the regulations of the local shelters. 

The biggest success over the last year was the posting of rules that prevent discharge from shelters in the evening unless there is criminal activity.  The other victory from 2014 was the financing of a new family shelter in Cleveland operated by Salvation Army.  This has been a dream of many, including Hill, for years to move the Zelma George shelter into their own brand new facility built to serve the unique needs of homeless families.  With funding from the State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County, the project was approved in 2014 to move the Salvation Army family shelter back into its own building behind Harbor Light.   For these reasons, NEOCH recognizes Beau Hill as the Homeless Social Service Provider of the Year.

 Hill was appreciative of the award and cited his religious belief as the reason he does this work.  He thanked the NEOCH Board for selecting him for this award which has not been given out since 2010. 

Brian Davis

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Thursday
Apr022015

Daniel Thompson Event for 2015

There are two benefit shows in April to support the Cleveland Street Newspaper.  Both shows are free, but everyone is asked to donate to the Street Chronicle. 

FREE POETRY SHOW to Remember Daniel Thompson

April 25         Sandy Chanty @ 8:00 p.m.

(Benefit for NEOCH + Cleveland Street Chronicle)

5457 Lake Road
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio 

http://www.sandychanty.com/

April 30            Algebra Tea House @ 7:30 p.m.

(Benefit for NEOCH + Cleveland Street Chronicle)   
  2136 Murray Hill Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106 in Little Italy.
http://www.algebrateahouse.com/

Our annual fundraiser for the Street Chronicle is upon us; and these two dates will serve to help Cleveland Street Chronicle + NEOCH - and keep the spirit of Daniel Thompson alive.  Please spread the word to promote the heck out of these two dates. 

Brian Davis

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