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Plain Press Community Board September 2018

COMMUNITY BOARD

September 2018

The Plain Press Community Board is a listing of a variety of free activities and resources for neighborhoods served by the Plain Press. Printing for it is sponsored by Organize! Ohio through donations from readers and supporters.

ARTS

CLEVELAND DRUM CIRCLE: Sundays at 3 p.m. at Edgewater Park

TREMONT ARTS FESITIVAL:Saturday and Sunday September 15 and 16 in Lincoln Park. Admission is free.

CITY STAGE:Gili Yalo at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Nord Family Greenway, 11150 East Blvd. on September 7:30 -9 p.m. Tel Aviv-based Gili Yalo combines Ethiopian roots music with a modern touch of jazz and soul.

OHIO CITY STREET FESTIVAL:Sunday, September 23 from Noon to 8 p.m. on W. 25thStreet in Ohio City. Music, arts, kids zone, family friendly fun, arts performances, interactive games, activities, crafts & more. Free and open to all. For more information visit: ohiocity.org/OHCStreetFest.

WALKABOUTTREMONT is held every second Friday from 6 to 10 pm.  For more information, visit walkabouttremont.com

78THSTREET STUDIOS, 1300 W. 78thStreet. Art Opening for over 50 studios and galleries every 3rdFriday of every month, 5-9 p.m. 78streetstudios.com.

BENEFITS

#HELPINTHECLE is a digital version of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless’s Street Cared to assist those experiencing homelessness to reach services.

INTERPRETER AND TRANSLATION SERVICES:Cuyahoga County offers interpreter and translator services for residents to access county services. The county has contracted with US Together to provide these services. County offices can contact the service when they need an interpreter for any language including American Sign Language.

FOOD ASSISTANCE is just a phone call away. Call 216-738-7239 or visit GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org. Text FOOD to 63566 for information about Food Stamps (SNAP) applications, food pantries, free produce and hot meals. Income guidelines for SNAP: Gross monthly household income less than $1,307 for one person; less than $1,760 for two people; less than $2,213 for three people; less than $2,665 for four people; and add $4,453 for each additional person beyond four people. (Note: limits are higher for those age 60 or older or disabled).

MEDICARE: If you’re one of the many Americans who have difficulty paying for health care costs, there may be ways you can save money on your Medicare premiums and other costs even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid. Medicare has four programs that may be able to help you with healthcare costs: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program; Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) Program; Qualifying Individual (QI) Program; and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI) Program. To see if you are qualified for one of these programs call the State of Ohio Healthcare Assistance Program at 1-800-686-1578; TTY:1-614-644-3745, http://www.insurance.ohio.gov, or visit Medicare.gov for more information.

OHIO BENEFITS:Need to apply, renew or report changes to your Medicaid. Call 1-844-640-OHIO (6446).

CUYAHOGA BENEFITS:To apply for childcare, food assistance, cash assistance, or Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Program (PRC) benefits call the Cuyahoga Benefits Application Hotline at 216-416-4440. You can also visit a Cuyahoga Job and Family Services Neighborhood Family Service Center: Old Brooklyn, 4261 Fulton Parkway, 635-2918; or Westshore , 9830 Lorain Avenue, 939-2523.

CITY OF CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND CARE CALLS is available for Cleveland Senior Citizens age 60 or older or adults 18-59 with a disability. Automated telephone reassurance system. Individuals receive a call on the days they request, Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. to check on their well-being. If the system is unable to reach you, additional calls will be made in a 30 minute period. If unsuccessful your designated contact person will be called. If unsuccessful in reaching the contact person, the Department of Public Safety may be asked to check on your wellbeing. For an application to the program contact Cleveland Care calls Project Director at 216-664-6316.

FREE EMERGENCY ALERTS FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD:Keep informed about emergency situations in your neighborhood with this Code RED service. To sign up visit www.city.cleveland.oh.us.

VACANT LAND REUTILIZATION PROGRAM:vacant land is available through the Land Bank Program for side yard expansion or new construction. Applications sought that will contribute to the economic, social or environmental betterment of the city. Lots also can be leased or licensed for certain interim uses such as community/market gardens. Questions and information call the Land Bank Office at 664-4126.

COMMUNITY

CLEVELAND COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION will meet on September 25 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1355 W. 70thStreet. For more information visit clecpc.org.

73RDANNUAL ONE WORLD DAY: September 18, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Come experience new cultures, ethnic food and performances.

PEACE@THEPUB:The State of the Peace Movement: On the Brink. Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25thStreet.

THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY AND THE FUTURE OF THE PALESTINIANS:Talk by Israeli Jewish historian Ilan Pappé, Wednesday, September 12, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cleveland State University Student Center, SC 313.

CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO, 3900 Wildlife Way: Free admission for Cuyahoga County residents on Mondays (Rainforest not included).

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard: Free to Cleveland residents for the next 10 years due to a donation by Key Bank Foundation

FAMILIA has been established to engage, empower, and create a voice for the residents of the Clark-Fulton area to address issues such as safety, housing, education, civic rights and health issues for the wellbeing of families in the community. Third Monday of each month, from 6-7:30 pm, at Hispanic Alliance Inc, 3110 W. 25thStreet (at Clark). For info, contact Sonia Monroy Matis, 216-661-4249 or smatis@hispanicallianceinc.org.

DONATIONS

DONATE YOUR UNWANTED, USABLE GOODS.Cuyahoga County businesses and residents can donate their unwanted items with the help of a useful book published by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District called Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff.  It lists over 120 community service and nonprofit organizations that work on behalf of youth, seniors, the homeless and others in Cuyahoga County. Toys, art supplies, clothing, books, school supplies, office equipment, sporting goods, tools, furniture and more can be donated to the organizations listed in this guide.  Donating usable goods helps others and reduces waste.  Would-be donators of goods can search how to donate or recycle their items on the District’s “What Do I Do With?” database at www.CuyahogaRecycles.org. Additionally, a printable PDF is available at:  www.cuyahogarecycles.org/pass_it_on_book. People can also request copies of the soft-bound book by calling the Solid Waste District at 216.443.3749 or online at www.cuyahogarecycles.org/PublicationRequest.aspx.

EDUCATION

BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS:Are you lacking basic computer skills which are holding you back from getting a job, restricting you at work, or limiting you in life,  ….well   Digital C, technology skills building program,  will teach  basic computer classes for the beginner at the West Side Catholic Center. The three-week program, will be held twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. There is no charge. Child care is provided. All are welcomed. Please call Frank Johanek at 216-631-4741  ext. 167 to register and class start dates.

BRAIN BEE:Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) invites area students ages 14 thru 18 to test their knowledge of neuroscience in the NEOMED Brain Bee. The Brain Bee will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at NEOMED. Free monthly tutoring sessions are available on Saturdays to help students prepare for the Brain Bee. Sessions will occur Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 at NEOMED. Students may register at neomed.edu/brainbee. For more information about the Brain Bee, please contact Dr. Peterson at 330.325.6476 or dpeterson@neomed.edu.

GALE COURSES: Free online classes with your library card. Classes run for six weeks and begin every month. Many types of classes including accounting, computer applications, legal and personal development. To enroll visit heep://cpl.org/galecourses and click GET STARTED NOW. Browse the site and pick a class. Select a start date. Create an account and enter your library card number.

CHOICE MAGAZINE LISTENING: A free audio magazine for adults with impaired vision or other disability. Choice Magazine Listening records the best articles, stories and poems from over 100 of the finest magazines. Call toll free from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern Time at 1-888-724-6423 or visit www.choicemagazinelistening.org.

EDUCATION, OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING, AND PERSONAL GOAL SETTING and a $10 per hour stipend are among the features offered to individuals age 18-24 eligible for the Ohio Guidestone CCMEP TANF Cuyahoga program. To qualify you will need to meet requirements for eligibility to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Orientations are held weekly. To reserve a spot call 440-260-6817.

FREE DIGITAL SKILLS TRAINING:Learn high-demand digital skills used in today’s workplace in Digital C’s ReStart Program. No experience necessary. Class computer provided. Classes designed for Cleveland residents with little or no digital skills or experience. Open to veterans, single heads of household receiving public assistance, young adults aging out of foster care and re-entry. Contact us at: restart@digitalc.orgor visit http://www.digitalc.org/restart.

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) classes are offered by ASPIRE Greater Cleveland throughout the year at community centers and libraries. Adults who wish to attend the ESOL classes must complete an orientation session. Call 833-277-4732 or visit the website: inspiregreatercleveland.org for a complete list of orientation sessions.

FREE GED PREP: Eastman Branch Library, W. 116thand Lorain Avenue, 2ndFloor. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10: 15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.. Instructor: Alex. No appointment necessary.

FREE ADULT BASIC EDUCATION & GED CLASSES:One-to-one tutoring, learn at your own pace, friendly and relaxed place to learn. Seeds of Literacy located at 3104 Clark Ave, 3rdFloor. Call 216-661-7950 or visit www.seedsofliteracy.org.

ELECTION 2018

UPDATE VOTER REGISTRATION:Election day is Tuesday, November 6. The deadline to register to vote or to update your address is October 9th. Ohio now has a convenient online registration site at: olvr.sos.state.oh.us

EMPLOYMENT

OHIO BUSINESS AND CAREER EXPO:  Job seekers are invited to explore career opportunities available from more than 50 government agencies, universities, construction firms and apprenticeship programs at the Ohio Business and Career Expo being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Ohio Expo Center’s Cardinal Hall, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. To learn more, visit das.ohio.gov/ohiobizcareerexpo or contact the Equal Opportunity Division of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services at 614-466-8380. Online registration is available through Aug. 31. Walk-ins are welcome.Admission is free. Parking is $5.

LA MEGA CAREER FAIR: October 4, at Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road. Connect with local and national employers. Free resume building. Mock interview workshops. Powered by The Centers and El Barrio. El Barrio workshops held from 9 a.m. – Noon. Career Fair from Noon to 2 p.m. If you have a resume, bring it with you. For more information call 216-325-WORK

WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTERworkforce development classes assist all people in transition from initial assessments to interviews. The four-week program will assist you in identifying your passion, preparing you to re-enter the workforce and get you in front of employers with permanent positions with a career path potential. This is all in a one-on-one environment. With daily attendance and work requirement completed…WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER’S, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM WILL GUARANTEE YOU JOB OFFERS. Classes run from 9:30 AM to 12:00 pm Monday thru Friday and with continuation of training/tutoring Tuesday thru Thursday 1:30 -3:30 pm.  Questions, please call Frank Johanek, Economic Opportunities Manager, 216-631-4741 ext. 167.

ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TOUR AND DIALOGUE: September 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m at Metro Health System, 2500 Metro Health Drive. Local tour of toxic sites and renewable energy solutions. Sponsored by The Peoples Climate Movement Rise for Climate, Justice and Jobs. For more information and to sign up visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/706195279726826/?ti=ia

DON’T BREAK THE LAKE: A partnership between City of Cleveland Water Department, Sustainable Cleveland and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asks you to combat plastic pollution in Lake Erie by switching from single-use disposable plastic bags to reusable shopping bags, and switching from single-use water bottles to reusable water bottles. To get involved & join the conversation visit Sustainable Cleveland on Facebook: @SustainableCleveland; on Twitter: @sustainableCLE or at: dontbreakthelake.org.

WEST SIDE CREATION CARE TEAM is an ecumenical grassroots organization promoting care for creation, including the climate crisis. WSCCT engages in public policy advocacy, with members writing letters to local newspapers, and directly to state and local lawmakers and executives on legislation related to sustainable, renewable energy alternatives and other issues that affect how we care for creation.  To receive notices of meetings, events, etc., or to schedule a presentation at your faith community, send an email to: westsidecreationcare@gmail.com.

FOOD PANTRY

PRINCE OF PEACE OUTREACH AND DELIVERANCE MINISTRIES, 4800 Denison: Food Pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m.

SAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH, 7719 Detroit Avenue: Food Pantry, Third Thursday, from 9-11 a.m.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST MOUNT MORIAH,9807 Cudell Avenue, Food Pantry, 3rdSaturday, 11 a.m. -1 p..m.

SIMPSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 8519 Clark Avenue: Food Pantry, Last Wednesday of the month, 9 a.m. – Noon.

FREE CLOTHES

NEEDS CLEVELAND, 7710 Lorain Avenue, offers free clothing, adult and children’s shoes and household items on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. No appointment necessary. No income or residency requirements. 5 items per person – Limit 30 items per visit. Visit as often as you need.

HEALTH & SAFETY

THE PREVENTIVE CARE CENTER at Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will reopen on September 4th. The care center provides low-cost health care services ot uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students valuable learning and training opportunities. The center will be open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 4 through Novembe 15. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences Buiding at 2900 Community College Ave. For more information visit: www.tri-c.edu/carecenter.

CLEVELAND SENIOR WALK:Free two-mile fun walk. Wednesday, September 12, Mall C, Downtown Cleveland. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

ALZHEIMER’S AND CAREGIVER EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE on Friday, September 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m at InterContenental Cleveland Hotel, 9801 Carnegie Avenue. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s national Educating America Tour  offers this free Alzheimer’s and caregiver educational conference. The conference is open to family and professional caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and the general public. The conference will feature a number of speakers and is designed to help people understand Alzheimer’s disease and improve their quality of life through education and empowerment. For more information or to register, visit:  https://alzfdn.org/event/afa-educating-america-tour-cleveland/.

NORTHEAST OHIO BLACK HEALTH COALITION’S WALK 4 R SISTA’S: Saturday Sept. 15, 8 a.m. -11 a.m., Zelma Georg Recreation Center ,3155 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Free. Register at: AAWWW2018.eventbrite.com.

FLU SAFETY TALK: Cleveland Clinic offers a free flu safety talk on Tuesday, October 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Esperanza, 3104 W. 25thStreet.

GAMBLING PROBLEM: If you or someone you know has a gambling problem call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 800-589-9966.

LEAD SAFE LIVING – HEALTHY HOMES: Lead poisoning can harm your child. Lead poisoning can cause behavior and learning problems. By the time you notice, it may be too late. Get your child tested for lead. Protect kids – protect your investment. Resources available for eligible families: Free home lead inspection; free repair or removal of lead paint in your home; and free health related repair work. Call Lead Coordinator Ms. Gibson of the Department of Community Development Lead Hazard Repair Grant Program at Community Housing Solutions for your application appointment today at 216-651-0077.

IMMUNIZATIONS FOR CHILDREN: Get immunizations at McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Avenue, at no cost to you. Times: Every Monday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.; 1st, 2ndand fourth Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m.; every 2ndand 4thThursday from 4-7 p.m. No appointment needed. Walk-ins accepted on first come, first served basis. Bring shot record or letter for school and Medicaid card (if applicable). Vaccinations are available for children who are uninsured, underinsured, or who have Medicaid. For more information call 664-6603 or 664-4120 or visit the Cleveland Health Department website at: www.clevelandhealth.org.

CARRY NARCAN! SAVE A LIFE!:Did you know you can get Narcan (a.k.a. nalozone) in certain pharmacies? Here is how it works: Visit your local pharmacy (Recommendation: Discount Drug Mart, Walgreens or Marcs pharmacies). Tell pharmacist you need to obtain Narcan (a.k.a. nalozone). You don’t need a written prescription for Narcan. There are no special requirements for obtaining Narcan. Give the pharmacist your medical insurance information. Narcan is not free in the pharmacy, but your insurance may provide partial or full coverage for the medication.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAPPENS HERE TOO:For more information visit: HappensHereToo.org or visit the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking at collaborativeinitiative.org. Support is available for Human Trafficking victims at the Project STAR (Sex Trafficking Advocacy and Recovery) Hotline of the Cleveland Rape Crisis at 855-431-STAR (7827); Bellefaire JCB Homeless and Missing Youth Program Hotline at 216-570-8010 or at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 888-3737-888.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROJECT DAWN(Deaths Avoided with Nalozone) Program for individuals who use opiods and are at risk of death from opioid overdose and family and friends of those who are at risk of death from opioid overdose. Learn how to recognize and overdose and how to administer naloxone to reverse and opioid overdose. Distribute nalozone to participants free of charge. Cleveland Department of Public Health Thomas McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Ave. Walk-in hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays Noon- 8p.m. For more information please call Project DAWN at 778-5677 or visit www.metrohealth.org/projectdawn.

FREE SMOKE ALARMS FOR YOUR HOMEare available through Operation Save-A-Life, a program of the American Red Cross and the Cleveland Fire Department, that provides free smoke alarms and batteries to Cleveland residents. Smoke alarms are installed by Cleveland firefighters at no cost to residents. Please note that application and installation process may take up to 90 days. Call the Operation Save-A-Life 24-hour hotline at 216-361-5535 to apply for free smoke alarms.

LEGAL ADVICE

DISABILTY RIGHTS OHIO provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems. For more information call 800-282-9181 or visit disabilityrightsohio.org.

TENANT INFORMATION LINE: Legal Aid now handles tenants’ questions through the Tenant Information Line at 216-861-5955. Advice is also available to those who speak Spanish. Para Español: 216-586-3190.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC: The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland offers free, first come, first served, legal advice event for low-income individuals. July 14 at Lorain Branch Library, 8216 Lorain Ave. Intake from 10 – 11 a.m. For more information call 687-1900.

NEED LEGAL HELP WITH YOUR JOB?Been paid late or not at all? Not received the minimum wage? Not received overtime pay? Not received your last pay check? Experienced unsafe working conditions? Had other employment-related problems. The Legal Aid’s Wage Project can help. Call 888-817-3777 toll free to complete an application for legal services.

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES:Need immigration Help? Call Catholic Charities at 216-939-3769. Low cost immigration assistance for applications filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and representation in Immigration Court.]

PARENTING

CHILD SUPPORT IMPOSTOR SCAMS: The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs and Office of Child Support Services are warning Cuyahoga County Residents about a robocall scam that preys on noncustodial parents. The robocalls tell noncustodial parents they are behind on child support payments and threaten to send police to their homes. The robocall tells people to call a 216 number. Consumer Affairs urges resisting making payments when pressured by scammers. Cuyahoga County Director of Consumer Affairs Sheryl Harris says you should contact the agency directly to see if you owe money and use the number on their website to call.  Child Support Services can be reached at 216-443-5100. Any threatening call requesting money should be reported to the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs at 216-443-7035.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN (WIC) NUTRITION PROGRAM provides nutrition education, nutritious foods and breastfeeding support. To be eligible to participate in the nutrition education program you must be pregnant, breast-feeding or postpartum (having a baby less-than six months old). Or, be an infant or child under five years old. You must also live in Cuyahoga County, have a nutritional need and have a household income that is less than or equal to the Ohio WIC guidelines for your family size. For family size a foster child counts as a one-person family, a pregnant mother counts as a two-person family. For a one-person family the income eligibility is $22,311 or less annual income. For a two-person family the income would be $30,044 or less. For a three-person family the eligible income would be $37,777 or less. As the size of the family increases, the amount of income you can have and still be eligible also increase for income guidelines for larger families call 216-957-9421.

FATHERHOOD DEVELOPMENT: Free programs: Job readiness & placement programs, financial literacy, healthy parenting, legal assistance, career counseling. Contact Passages Connecting Fathers and Families and New Beginnings for New Fathers at 3631 Perkins, or call 216-881-6776 or visit www.passages-oh.org.

METROHEALTH MOMS: Sign up for a chance to win a stylish diaper kit, free weekly emails, personalized to the growth and development of your baby. MetroHealth Moms guides you through your pregnancy. Each week learn something new about the growth of your baby. To sign up visit metrohealth.org/birthing and click on the MetroHealth Moms icon on the right-hand side.

MOMS FIRST:A helping hand for your pregnancy and your baby. Are you Pregnant? Do you live in the city of Cleveland? MomsFirst can help you learn how to reduce the stress that comes with being pregnant and parenting; connect to resources for housing, education and health care; understand how to keep your baby safe; find birth control options that work; set and achieve your goals fefore and after birth. Call 216-664-4194 to connect to a MomsFirst provider in your area. www.momsfirst.org.

BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS: A program for Dads only, taught by veteran dads. One day, three-hour course in a relaxed comfortable setting. Learn the best way to hold, feed and cuddle your new baby. Learn to change diapers. Interact with real babies with the help of male instructors skilled in baby care. Offered three times per month at MetroHealth Main Campus 216-778-3381. Breakfast or lunch will be provided.

STEPS TO A HEALTHIER WEIGHT PROGRAM:designed for people with a BMI of 25 and above. FREE for Reproductive Health Clinic patients at McCafferty Health Center (Room 233). Free access to exercise facilities and childcare included. For more information call Kathleen, RN at 216-664-4269.

POLITICAL ACTION

WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUBMeeting the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm.  Location Gargano’s 2484 W. 25th St. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact dmorgan@clevelandward14.com or 216-324-5036.

WARD 14 COMMUNITY MEETING: Thursday September 27 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Family Ministry Center, 3389 Fulton Road. For more information call Councilwoman Santana’s office at 664-4238.

WESTSIDE HOMELESS CONGRESS:Make your voice heard each 2ndTuesday of the month (August 14ththis month) at 1 p.m. at the Catholic Worker Storefront, 4241 Lorain Avenue. The homeless congress is made up of unhoused/homeless residents that come together to solve local problems in the homeless community. Questions: Call the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) at 216-432-0540 or email: advocacy-coordinator@neoch.org. A limited number of bus tickets will be given out to participants at the end of the meeting. Sponsored by NEOCH and The Catholic Worker Community.

VOLUNTEERS

CASAof Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, needs volunteers to advocate for children who have been neglected and abused. CASAs are everyday citizens who are appointed by the Court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children and represent the children’s best interests. CASAs are trained to investigate, facilitate, advocate, and monitor one or two cases at a time to help the Court make the best decision for a safe, caring, and permanent home for children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Those interested in becoming a CASA, please visit cfadvocates.org or call 216.443.3377 for more information.

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS: Warm Up Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Library are seeking donations of handmade items to help our neighbors in need: hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, cloves, handwarmers, headbands, socks, slippers, sweaters, shawls, blankets, afghans, quilts, stuffed toys, baby clothes, baby bootees, and baby blankets. All sizes needed: infants to adults. Drop off completed items, yarn or supplies year-round at any Cleveland Public Library location. Donations of washable yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks are very much appreciated. Busy knitters and crocheters will turn your unwanted yarn into finished objects. All items are distributed to local charities. Join the group at: www.ravelry.com/groups/warm-up-cleveland. For more information contact Outreach and Programming Services at 216-623-2921 or visit: www.cpl.org.

NORTHEAST OHIO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS (NEOCH): works to organize and empower homeless and at-risk men, women and children to break the cycle of poverty through public education, advocacy and the creation of nurturing environments. If you would like to find out more, or help, visit NEOCH at www.neoch.org.

YOUTH

CHECK OUT 216TEENS.ORG for information on puberty, STDS, pregnancy prevention and relationships. 216TEENS is the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s campaign to prevent teen pregnancy and STDS.

TEEN SUICIDE: LEARN THE WARNING SIGNS AND RISK FACTORSthat may contribute to youth suicide by using the free online staff development (in-service) training for teachers and others who work and interact with youth on suicide awareness and prevention. The online staff development trainings offered by The Jason Foundation introduce the scope and magnitude of the problem of youth suicide on both the national and state level. It discusses the educator’s relationship that allows them to recognize when the youth are struggling or changing and how to respond. For more information and a list of the warning signs and risk factors that can elevate the possibility of suicidal ideations visit The Jason Foundation at:  www.jasonfoundation.com.

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