New Video Posted for Street Voices

This is Quinton who is a high school student in Cleveland Ohio.  He is a trained speaker available to go to schools, church groups or housing groups to talk about his homeless experiences.  He comes from a military family and has struggled to maintain his schooling and extra curricular activities while his family attempts to find stable housing.  You can contact Ken at 216/432-0540 ext 106 if you would like to schedule any of our street voices speakers.  

Brian Davis

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New Street Voices Video

Thanks to Brent for putting together another video of one of our Street Voices speakers.  Simona recently found housing and is now stable.  She is available to talk to religious groups and civic organizations in the County. Here is a link to the Street Voices page of our website.

Call Ken at NEOCH to schedule a time for the Street Voices speaker to participate in a meeting or present to your group today (216) 432-0540.  Simona is a single mom who found herself homeless, but we have high school students, older males and retired single women who can speak to your group. 

Brian Davis

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New Street Voices Video Posted

We posted a new video featuring Angelo Anderson on the front of our website and in our Street Voices section of the website.  Most people are aware of Angelo and his long affiliation with the NEOCH.  Angelo was one of the men who approached NEOCH about printing the street newspaper that they were calling the Homeless Grapevine 21 years ago.   Angelo has been a long term speaker for our Street Voices program.  He raised himself out of homelessness to join the NEOCH staff and then became staff at the Salvation Army/Lutheran Metro Ministry main men's shelter in Cleveland.  This is a short promo for the Street Voices project, but Angelo would love to come out and speak to your group.  Call Ken at NEOCH to schedule a time for Angelo, Shari or Don or any of the others.

Brian Davis

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Don Messitt Promoting Street Voices Program

Brent is going to post short promotional videos with our Street Voices presenters.  The first video is of long time speaker, Don Messitt, who talks about the value of this program to break stereotypes.   You can schedule a speaker by calling Ken at 432-0540 ext. 106 or by going to the Street Voices Section of our website.  We are hoping to schedule more engagements in the next year, and we will post all the videos on our website.

Brian Davis

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Olmsted Falls Students Hear From Street Voices

The Plain Dealer covered this story last week regarding the students who spent the night outside in order to raise money for the Labre Project.  One missing piece of the article was it was the NEOCH speaker, Simona, who spoke to the group.  She has written for the Street Newspaper the past two issues here and here. She wrote about her experiences as a homeless Mom in both Atlanta and Cleveland even comparing the two cities in the last issue of the Street Chronicle.  More than 50 young people participated in this event on October 19 in Olmsted Falls.   They raised funds for the Labre project at St. Ignatius.  Labre is a program to go out on Sundays and build relationships with homeless people.  They talk, visit and sometimes even pray with the people who live outside.  The hope is that they will develop a relationship and will be able to move inside or accept help from one of the hundred organizations in our community. 

Simona's story is an attempt to show that homelessness can happen to anyone.  One incident can propel the family out of their housing.   Many in our society live right on the edge when a medical bill or a health scare or a loss of job sends the family into crisis.  Simona has a daughter in high school who went through this rough time and bounced around the city trying to stay out of the shelters.   We hope that the young people learn something from Simona and as future leaders will resolve to end homelessness in America. 

Brian Davis

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Larry Davis Completes Service: Joins Board

 

Photo by Norman WolfLarry Davis has worked as the NEOCH volunteer coordinator for the past eight years.  Here he is pictured preaching to guests at the 2012 Annual Meeting on March 20, 2013.  He has set up the Annual Blanket Drive and coordinated transportation issues for the Annual Homeless Stand Down.  He has scheduled volunteers to work here at NEOCH and the Street Voices speakers. 

Larry did a ton of work on voting last year transporting 220 people over to the Board of Elections to vote.  He was also a precinct captain on Election Day.  In his private life he volunteers with the Alliance of Cleveland HUD Tenants as well as serving as a Deacon in his church.  Larry has always been willing to step up to help low income people find housing and maintain that housing.  At first, he started at NEOCH as a volunteer but coming in nearly every day.  Then he was hired as a VISTA member for two years.  After successfully completing the VISTA program, he took a position with Mature Services at the Cleveland Tenants Organization as a tenant organizer.  Finally, he finished his working career at NEOCH all the time remaining a volunteer here at NEOCH.  Now, he has a job driving for an organization serving disabled children.  During his tenure at NEOCH Larry married his wife, Cathy.  Larry is a veteran of the US Navy and has a tremendous understanding of the Landlord Tenant Law. He is one of the best advocates for a tenant when trying to balance the power dynamic with a landlord.

We recognized his years of service at the NEOCH Annual Meeting.  We recognized all the time and talent he has donated to very low income and homeless people.  Those in attendance congratulated him for all that he has accomplished over the years.  After the meeting, the board voted to have Larry join the NEOCH Board so that he can continue to serve.

Brian Davis

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