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Entries in Cosgrove Center (4)

Saturday
Jul052014

Cosgrove Renovations and Celebration

You don't realize how valuable the day shelters are in the community until they are closed for renovations.  This week the Bishop Cosgrove Center is closed until July 18 to put in some much needed renovations of the kitchen area in place for the 20th anniversary.  Cosgrove Center was opened in 1994, and they have a series of events this year culminating in the fifth Hand Up Gala in October.

On Friday August 22, they are having a Mass and reception at 3 p.m at St. Peter's Church celebrated by Bishop Richard Lennon to mark 20 years.  The Cosgrove is asking those who plan to attend to RSVP to Kimberly Miller by calling 216/781-8262.  The program has served millions of meal and hundreds of thousands of individuals over the last 20 years.  There are thousands of volunteers (both corporate and religious) who have served a meal at the Bishop Cosgrove Center over the last few decades. They give out identification and assist people to find affordable housing.  They help with pantry food to the neighbors who are struggling to pay the bills.  They are always available with a shoulder to cry or some sound advice on where to find help.  At one time, the women's shelter was at Cosgrove and for a little over a year they were offering a dinner a the Cosgrove.  They serve a vital function within the landscape of Cleveland. 

We had the Homeless Congress meeting today with a light crowd because the Cosgrove was closed and we were stood up again by City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland.  The Community Centers, Libraries and Hands On NEO volunteers have been helping to provide food and a space for people normally at Cosgrove Center.  They have also seen a large number of families using the day shelter services this summer, and staff have been trying negotiate peace among all the different guests using the facility. Sharon, the chef at Cosgrove, serves around 85 breakfasts and around 180 lunches everyday.   The provide a cooling center in the summer and a place out of the snow every weekday during the winter.   Cosgrove staff host really nice meals for some of the major holidays, and we look forward to them reopening after the renovation.  They don't get enough credit or appreciation, but I know that homeless and low income people care deeply about the Cosgrove Center. 

by Brian Davis

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Friday
Oct182013

Hand Up Gala Today

Today is the big day for the Hand Up Gala and one of the most unique events in the homeless community.  The tables are set and the Cosgrove has just completed a nice renovation.  This will be the unveiling of the renovation.  It is beautiful over in one of the most important day centers in the community.  People can still donate to the event and participate in the auction up until October 30, 2013.  This event is both a fundraiser for the Bishop Cosgrove Center and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.  It is also a special occasion for homeless people to enjoy a once in a lifetime dinner with music and fine dining place settings. 

This year is the Roast Leg of Lamb with Homemade Horseradish Sauce and roasted new potatoes, mixed vegetables and a Napoleon Frangelico puff pastry for desert. We have floral arrangements from six local florists that tie the whole room together.  There will be two state representatives and a County Councilman along with board members from both organizations.   We will have plenty of photographs on our website today and in the future.   Both NEOCH and the Cosgrove Center hope that you will support both organizations as we prepare for the upcoming Cleveland cold weather. 

Brian Davis

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Monday
Dec102012

Hand Up Gala Success

There is still time to donate before the auction on Friday!

It was a great day at the Cosgrove on Thursday December 6.   We served 200 meals which included a fried okra appetizer with a cajun remoulade and a stuffed chicken with smoked mozzarella caramelized onion with a sweet potato mash and a chicken ajus.  They had asparagus as a side dish and a double chocolate cream pie for dessert.  Thanks to Matthew Barnes from LMM Central Kitchen for supervising the meal and preparing this great four star dinner.  Grace from Beaumont High School organized this entire event, and she should receive most of the credit.  Each table had a nice flower arrangement with table cloth and napkins donated by Executive Caterers.  Nicole and her staff at the Cosgrove did a great job.  The place looked fantastic, and the guests were so appreciative.   We had a two former students from the Cleveland Institute of Music who did a great selection of Christmas music. We will have a gallery of photos up on the website soon

There is still time to donate to this event.  The auction will not happen until later this week.   We are still looking for your help to support our outreach services and the Cosgrove working to help people with transportation by supporting the Hand Up Gala. 

Wednesday
Dec052012

Hand Up Gala on Thursday: Auction set for 12/14

There is still a week left to get involved in the Auction for the Hand Up Gala.  Yesterday, Nicole Evans of the Cosgrove was on Live on Lakeside right before noon at WKYC-TV. 

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the Bishop Cosgrove Center, a program of Catholic Charities, are hosting the third annual Hand Up Gala to prepare a four star meal for those struggling with poverty on December 6, 2012 at Noon.  The event is also a fund raiser for the two groups to continue their important work serving the homeless and hungry of Greater Cleveland and providing outreach to those resistant to shelter.  Twenty-eight local arts and entertainment organizations provided gift certificates as prizes for everyone who donates to the Hand Up Gala.  There is still a week left to donate to this event before the drawing next Friday for the auction. 

The Hand up Gala is a two-fold event that both raises money for NEOCH’s outreach fund and the Bishop Cosgrove Center’s transportation fund as well as provides a fine dining experience for the homeless population of Cleveland.  This year the meal will be prepared by LMM Central Kitchen Chef Matt Barnes formerly of Saucy Bistro.

The dinner will be cooked by a celebrity chef and served by local celebrities as well as Board Members of Catholic Charities and NEOCH. This year Matt Barnes the new chef of the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Central Kitchen project will be the celebrity chef preparing the meal.  The Central Kitchen is a new program to teach culinary skills to homeless and disabled individuals.  They will also begin improving the quality and nutritious value of the meals at the local shelters. 

We plan to serve 200 very low income people with a fantastic meal.  There will be live music from three students from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a nice atmosphere, flower centerpieces from six area florists, table settings from Executive Caterers, and a motivational speaker for the December 6 Hand Up Gala.   We will have “celebrity servers” representing both agencies Board members and Councilpersons Reed and Cleveland who volunteer for the day.

Brian Davis

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