Josh Kanary passed away on April 28, 2013.  He worked at NEOCH from 2005 to the end of 2008.  He was an AmeriCorps*VISTA member as well as a community organizer.  He helped with the Voice Mail program as well as the Street Voices and Homeless Grapevine newspaper.  He staffed our West Side office, and worked with people trying to find housing as we transitioned the Bridging the Gap program over to the Cleveland Tenants Organization.  He performed at our Homeless Memorial day on a number of occasions, and was always willing to help those struggling in Cleveland.  We have included here four articles written by Josh and published in the Homeless Grapevine Newspaper.

Issue 83 November 2007

City of Cleveland Wants to Move "Square" Meals Elsewhere

Issue 86 November 2008

Homeless Overwhelmingly Support Democratic President

ACORN, the Voting Fraud Fallout, and Semantics

Change of Fortune Article for the ClevelandHomeless Blog April 2008

Is it Charitable to Make People Suffer? Change of Fortune...For the Worse

Issue 87 July 2009

Are We Prepared for Flu Pandemic Within Shelters?

From the Toledo Blade:

Joshua Patrick Kanary, age 34, Mentor, OH passed away suddenly at home on April 28, 2013.

He was born to Terrence and Marianne Kanary on April 10, 1979. He was a graduate of St. John Jesuit High School and received his Bachelor's Degree from Grand Valley State University. He was currently pursuing his Master's Degree from Cleveland State University. He spent his career working in the non-profit field for various organizations. He loved music, video games and spending time with his wife, Julianne.

Josh was preceded in death by his father, Terry; brother, Jeremiah; grandparents, Nannie, Papa, Granny and his uncle, Keith. He is survived by his loving wife of 3 years, Julianne; mother, Marianne; sister, Erin; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Friday, May 3, 2013, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at St. Pius X Church, 2950 Ilger Ave., Toledo, OH 43606, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private. Please view and sign our online "guest registry" at

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