Last Chance to Donate Before the End of 2016 Tax Year

Dear Community Advocate:
 
Last Chance to Donate to Housing and Homelessness to receive the 2016 Tax Benefits!
I hope that in these tough times when you gather with family or friends this holiday season that you will invest your hard earned dollars with NEOCH to continue our valuable work on providing Hope to the Homeless.
  • It was a rough year for social justice, with hundreds of families showing up seeking shelter and not able to find beds in Cleveland.   Those families are staying in a gymnasium after the City Mission stepped forward to help, but because of changes in national policy priorities, Cleveland lost 444 shelter beds in the last dozen years. 
 
  • It is going to be a rough year ahead with little opportunity for advocacy at the national level with all the changes in Washington. It is going to be tough to maintain the local guaranteed access to shelter in Cleveland with the huge loss in housing and homeless services expected in 2017.
 
  • There are only a few public policy homeless organizations left in the United States and we need groups who will get information out to the community about the rapid changes taking place in the social safety net.  
 
Would your family consider becoming a member of NEOCH to help support the advocacy, HousingCleveland.org, the Street Card and outreach coordination?
 
Much of the work that NEOCH does directly benefits your community, such as:
  • Working to limit laws that specifically target homeless people.
  • Read the names of 103 people who passed away with keynote speaker Sherrod Brown.
  • Updating and circulating the Street Card (a regular one, a veteran’s edition and a family edition).
  • Marketing and expanding the affordable housing website, HousingCleveland.org to assist those individuals looking for housing a place to go to find the housing.
  • Meeting with Congressional staff in the district offices and in Washington twice a year to assure that the problems faced by Clevelanders are heard in Congress. 
  • We have convened meetings with homeless people and regularly meet with County Council members and Cleveland City Council members to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness.
  • We gave away a quarter million in winter items as part of our “SocksPlus” campaign in the last year. 
 
The Coalition began in the mid 1980s, the last time there was such a sharp increase in family homelessness.  We need your support while as we work through this current crisis in family homelessness.   
 
Please consider joining NEOCH as an individual member and providing financial support, so that we can continue to work to amplify the opinions and recommendations of homeless people, and so that we can continue to bring additional resources to Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  It is easy to donate:
  • Return a donation to 3631 Perkins Ave. #3A-3 Cleveland, Ohio 44114.
  • Click the “Donate Now” button on our website and designate “membership” or click here.
  • Donate through your employer as part of the Community Shares campaign.
  • Set up a donor advised fund with NEOCH as the designee.
 
This next year is going to be critical, and we need your support.  We need a strong local advocacy organization working on homelessness to assure that the interests of homeless families are heard.  Our goal, like yours, is to continue to make a difference in our community and in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in Cuyahoga County.  As partners with schools, shelters, politicians, and food programs, we can continue to work toward the much needed improvements in our community.
 
 Sincerely,                                                                                           
 
Brian Davis

NEOCH Membership Campaign Kicks Off for 2017

I read somewhere that Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner would sit around a fire during the holidays with a fine scotch to decide on which charitable groups receive the profits from their Newman’s Own food line.  I am not sure that this is true, but it is a great image.  I hope that in these tough times when you gather with family or friends this holiday season that you will invest your hard earned dollars with NEOCH to continue our valuable work on providing Hope to the Homeless.

Social Justice Took a Real Hit This Year--We Need Your Help More Than Ever!

  • It was a rough year for social justice, with hundreds of families showing up seeking shelter and not able to find beds in Cleveland.   Those families are staying in a gymnasium after the City Mission stepped forward to help, but because of changes in national policy priorities, Cleveland lost 444 shelter beds in the last dozen years. 
  • It is going to be a rough year ahead with little opportunity for advocacy at the national level with all the changes in Washington. It is going to be tough to maintain the local guaranteed access to shelter in Cleveland with the huge loss in housing and homeless services expected in 2017.
  • There are only a few public policy homeless organizations left in the United States and we need groups who will get information out to the community about the rapid changes taking place in the social safety net. 

To meet all these challenges, we need a strong public policy group in Cleveland.  We need a group that will tell the public about the extent of the problem and possible solutions.   The community needs a group that has the trust of the media and elected officials to alert them of potential “canaries in the coal mine.”  Cleveland needs a strong resource of where to find shelter and homeless services locally. 

Would your family consider becoming a member of NEOCH to help support the advocacy, HousingCleveland.org, the Street Card and outreach coordination?

 Much of the work that NEOCH does directly benefits your community, such as

  • Working to limit laws that specifically target homeless people.
  • Updating and circulating the Street Card (a regular one, a veteran’s edition and a family edition).
  • Marketing and expanding the affordable housing website, HousingCleveland.org to assist those individuals looking for housing a place to go to find the housing.
  • Meeting with Congressional staff in the district offices and in Washington twice a year to assure that the problems faced by Clevelanders are heard in Congress. 
  • We have convened meetings with homeless people and regularly meet with County Council members and Cleveland City Council members to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness.
  • We gave away a quarter million in winter items as part of our “SocksPlus” campaign in the last year. 

The Coalition began in the mid 1980s, the last time there was such a sharp increase in family homelessness.  We need your support while as we work through this current crisis in family homelessness.    

Please consider joining NEOCH as an individual member and providing financial support, so that we can continue to work to amplify the opinions and recommendations of homeless people, and so that we can continue to bring additional resources to Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  It is easy to donate:

This next year is going to be critical, and we need your support.  We need a strong local advocacy organization working on homelessness to assure that the interests of homeless families are heard.  Our goal, like yours, is to continue to make a difference in our community and in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in Cuyahoga County.  As partners with schools, shelters, politicians, and food programs, we can continue to work toward the much needed improvements in our community.

Brian Davis

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Congratulations, You are a Winner!!

We did the member auction drawing in January and sent out all the gifts last week.  One individual won two prizes with her larger donation giving her a number of tickets in the drawing.  We do not disclose our members, so we cannot list the winners here.  If you are wondering if you were a winner and cannot wait for the mail, feel free to call. But the reality is that you are all winners for supporting advocacy around homelessness in Cleveland.

We are so thankful to Mitchell's Ice Cream and Angelo's Pizza for donating to the Member Auction.  We are glad that the Botanical Garden in University Circle and the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the help.  The MetroParks Zoo and the Cleveland Orchestra both contributed to the Auction this year.  The Cleveland Browns and Pettiti's Garden Center support the Coalition for the Homeless.  The Beck Center and the Lake Erie Monsters also helped out this year.  All of these sports and arts organizations made this the best membership drive in our 25 year history. 

Thanks to everyone who became a member in December.  You can still support the membership campaign in 2016 with a donation

Brian Davis

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Time is Running Out to Donate for Auction

Time is running out to donate to NEOCH and Participate in the Auction!!

Thanks to those who have already donated.  We appreciate your kindness.

As we close out 2015, there is still time to donate to NEOCH as part of our 2016 Annual Appeal in order to participate in our auction.  We have under “Member Deal of the Month” announced an auction for anyone donating $50 to the membership campaign.  We just received 4 tickets to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo added as an additional auction item.  Your donations have been hard at work over the holidays as NEOCH staff are busy with our advocacy, public policy work, collecting SocksPlus donations and giving them out to homeless people.  /member-deal-of-the-month/  We are doing regular updates of our website and we coordinated the most heart-wrenching part of our job the Homeless Memorial Day.  We read the names of 68 people who passed away over the last year who were homeless in Cleveland. 

In November and December, we collected $48,000 in socks, hygiene kits, backpacks, sleeping bags and other winter items that we are distributing right now.  We have purchased another $15,000 in boots, hand warmers, hoodies, and housing assistance.  If you have not donated, we are collecting donations throughout the winter here is a page on the items we collect:  /blankets-and-donations/

Our core operation is our advocacy and forwarding solutions to homelessness.  We are working on providing an improved shelter system in Cleveland and assuring that families do not fall through the cracks.  We are working to stop municipal targeting of homeless people and assure that homeless people will have their vote count in 2016.  We regularly update our public policy work in the Cleveland Homeless Blog here: /cleveland-homeless-blog/ We regularly update our Twitter feed at clevhomeless on a daily basis. 

We are only as strong as our membership.  We need your support to show bureaucrats and elected officials that we have a healthy base of individuals, homeless and formerly homeless people backing our advocacy.  Please donate today to take advantage of the 2015 tax benefits.

Brian Davis

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NEOCH Membership Starts This Week

We Need Your Support for 2016!  Auction for Members Announced for December

Over the last year, NEOCH has accepted the responsibility of distributing donations as part of the SocksPlus Campaign giving out $72,000 in donations this last year.  It is with your help from your membership that we can provide these resources.  We are beginning our 2016 Membership campaign and hope that you will renew your annual support for NEOCH.   Your membership support helps us to coordinate outreach, market the affordable housing website and assist with the Homeless Stand Down.  For a $100 donation as part of your membership we can purchase a backpack with winter boots, a hoodie, long underwear, socks and a hygiene kit to keep people safe.  With a strong membership we can continue to support our advocacy and public policy work, and will help us to amplify the voice of those without housing. 

We are still working on advocacy and public policy recommendations to reduce homelessness in Greater Cleveland.  We are still working to improve the shelters and the conditions when the increasing number of families show up asking for help.  We still publish an updated Homeless Street Card and host the annual Homeless Memorial Day.  We have a regularly updated website packed full of information, and we schedule speakers for the affordable housing meeting while also conducting trainings of homeless service staff and volunteers.  We also continue to publish a Homeless Street Newspaper called the Street Chronicle that provides a steady job to 15 vendors.  NEOCH continues to send trained speakers to schools and religious groups to dispel some of the negative myths about homeless people.  New in 2015, we have an outreach trainee on site who assists people resistant to shelter and we distribute huge numbers of donated winter and rain gear to keep our friends safe. 

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) is dedicated to the belief that through community action we have the power to change the institutions, policies and attitudes that create homelessness.  NEOCH believes that in the process of making change, we also build a community of access and opportunity.  When you contribute to NEOCH, you don’t just support the organization and its vital programs, but you support a mission to reduce the number who become homeless and decrease the time a family must spend without housing to days not months.

With your membership, you can login to our website and view the special content in the member section including our member only blog and member deal of the month.  If you make a donation during our membership drive in December, you can be entered in our special auction for members. For any $50 donation by December 31, 2015, your name will be entered into an auction in January for a chance to win one of the gift certificates or tickets donated by local businesses and arts organizations.  We have a Brown’s autographed football, or 4 tickets to the Botanical Garden, or 2 tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or 2 tickets to the Cleveland Orchestra, or the Lake Erie Monsters hockey tickets or finally 2 tickets to the Beck Center.  For more information check out our Member Auction on our website under Member Deal of the Month.  You can make a donation right from our website by clicking the “Donate Now” button. 

Some other updates:

  • The 15th Annual Woodchoppers Ball is at the Kent Stage on December 12 at 7 p.m. and all the proceeds benefit NEOCH. 
  • The Homeless Memorial Day is December 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. at St. Malachi.  All are welcome to attend. 
  • We are currently collecting donations as part of our SocksPlus blanket and cold weather campaign.  There is a flyer on our website that you can print out and distribute to get your workplace to do a collection drive.

We ask that you renew or become a new member of NEOCH today.   NEOCH needs your support this year because of the increase in family homelessness over the last three years and the number of couples and pregnant women we are finding living outside.  We are working with religious groups and social service providers to meet this large increase in request for shelter by parents and their children!  Your donation makes it possible for NEOCH to extend a hand up to those living in shelter or on the street.  We can keep you informed about issues and updates related to homelessness with our Bridge Support newsletter available by e-mail or on our website.  Just contact NEOCH staff if you want to be on our e-mail list.

Brian Davis

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New Member Page Updated

We have improved our member section of our website in the hopes that those who support the Coalition will login to the website.  This is to provide additional content to members of the Coalition.  We have a "Deal of the Month page which will feature local businesses offering discounts exclusively to our members.  The first deal is from the Cleveland Public Theatre.  You must login to take advantage of the deal.  We also will be updating our member hub section with all the weird things that go on in the office.  If you do not remember the login it appears on the thank you letter you received from NEOCH or you can just e-mail us at neoch (at) neoch (dot) org and we will send you the login.  Tell us what you think.

Brian Davis

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2015 Membership Campaign Starts Now

NEOCH has sent out its letters asking for your support for the upcoming year.  NEOCH is a membership organization in Cleveland, and we measure our success based on the number of members attracted to the organization.  We are able to go to politicians and say that we represent a membership base and we register homeless people to vote, so you need to listen to us.   We participate in lawsuits based on our membership base which includes individuals, homeless people and organizations.  We do not release our individual members names, but we set goals for overall numbers. 

As a member, we will provide invitations to special events, a periodic newsletter, and access to the member section of our website.  Membership funds are not targeted to one specific project, but can pay for flyers for the Homeless Memorial Day or letters to invite elected officials to Homeless Congress meetings.   We sent out a bumper sticker to many of those who we solicited.   We also provided a look at some of the successes for 2014 in our annual letter. 

  • We provide resources like the HousingCleveland.org website and the Homeless Street Card, a list of services for homeless people, to thousands of people to help them out of homelessness.
  • We work with 35 regular volunteers to staff our legal clinics, publish a newspaper as an alternative to panhandling and collect thousands of blankets to distribute to those outside. This cuts down on the need to hire staff and spend money on administration.
  • Together with Community West Foundation, we have helped coordinate services between religious and student groups and professional outreach workers to build relationships with homeless people outside of the shelter system.  We have hired a liaison to build bridges and communication between those serving food and ministering to those outside and connect them with the housing and health care resources they need. 
  • We worked with the City Mission to protect women and children at Laura’s Home from government overreaching that prevented them from accessing public resources because they went to a religiously-based shelter rather than be assigned a shelter by Central Intake.

You can donate to NEOCH through out website here.

You can donate through your employee payroll deduction program through Community Shares.

Or you can send your donation into NEOCH at 3631 Perkins Ave. #3A-3, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 --Put "membership" in the memo section.

Brian Davis

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Join Us At NEOCH

Veterans and Veteran's Administration Staff at the 2012 Homeless Memorial Day

For the past 27 years NEOCH has published a Homeless Street Card.  We have organized the Homeless Memorial Day and read the largest number of names in our history.  We helped with the Homeless Stand Down, coordinating outreach, and placing volunteer attorneys at the shelters.  We need your help right now to join the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.  We have sent you a piece of mail with an envelope to return to NEOCH or you can donate directly on our website here.  The 2013 membership campaign is underway.  Please join us as we fight to prevent homelessness for the growing number women and children by making a tax deductible donation during this critical time.

 

NEOCH membership matters!  You will have access to the special section of our website.  You will get a periodic advocacy newsletter from the Coalition, and you will be invited to special events such as volunteering at the Gala or the Homeless Memorial Day.  We depend on your support to show politicians and bureaucrats that we have the support of hundreds of people in the community.  Also, 10% of our budget comes from our membership.  We need your help today!!

 

If you appreciate the work we did registering people to vote, we need your support for our membership. If you enjoyed all the information that we posted this year on our website including the complete redesign of the site, we need your support on our membership campaign.  If you used the HousingCleveland.org website that we help market and maintain, then we need your support.  If you think that it is important for homeless people to have access to legal advice, then we need you to support our membership.  Donate today to take advantage of the tax benefits for 2012, and your membership will last through 2013.  

 

Brian Davis

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Website Updated

We have made a number of upgrades on the website that we invite you to explore.  We have regular updates of our blog, our information blog, our portraits of homeless people, and press releases.  We have a section of the website dedicated to homeless voting that also has regular updates of new events.  We have added a survey to the site for members of the Coalition to complete.  This survey will allow us to revise our programming to meet the needs in the community.  We hope that you will take a few minutes to complete the membership survey. We want to hear if we are fulfilling our mission and how we can improve our services.

There is always regular information added to our member blog (You must have a password to enter this section of the website).  To get a password you need to be a paid member of NEOCH.  There is currently a discussion on the website about the veterans administration attempt to end homelessness in America. We are regularly adding content to the Grapevine Archive.  We have the first 16 issues on the website, and are always trying to get more of this historical data on the site.  NEOCH, in an effort to be transparent has added our 2011 tax return to the site. 

Finally, we updated the volunteer opportunities on the site.  We are looking for a volunteer to help with our registration of homeless people.  We want someone to pick up volunteer registration forms so that we can drop them at the Board of Elections.  Every shelter in the community is helping to register people or change their address so that they will be ready to vote in the fall.   You can also sign up right on our website to be a volunteer here.

Tell us what you think about the website.  We want to hear your opinions.

Brian Davis

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