November 2018 Community Board


November 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.


CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATER’S Y-HAVEN THEATRE PROJECT presents an original play, Outside the Mirrorby formerly homeless men in transition based on their journey toward recovery. Free (donations accepted) performances at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 9that 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. Community performance at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Lakeview Terrace Community Center, 1290 W. 25thon Thursday, November 15 at 5 p.m.

OHIO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FREE PRE-EVENT NETWORKING PARTY: Friday, November 2ndat the Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Avenue hosted by Robert Banks. Doors open at 7 p.m. Entertainment by Brent Kirby at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND DRUM CIRCLE: Sundays at 3 p.m. at St. Colman Church, 2027 W. 65thStreet.

TRANSFORMER STATION, 1490 W. 29thStreet. “In Her Image: Photographs by Rania Matar” through January 13, 2019. Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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

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


#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 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,, or visit 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.


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

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.


CLEVELAND WESTSIDE VILLAGE POTLUCK MEETING: The Cleveland Westside Village (CWV) is a group of Westsiders celebrating the opportunities and meeting the challenges of aging in our neighborhood. We see the need to act to deal with the issues of aging, in our lives and in our neighborhood. CWV is a place to belong, to grow, and to matter beyond our immediate families. Cleveland Westside Village will have its quarterly/potluck membership meeting at St. Paul’s Church (4427 Franklin Blvd) on November 11thfrom 6-8 p.m. Members and anyone interested in learning more about the organization are encouraged to come.

CLEVELAND CONNECTS: We’re Behind, Lessons from Peer Cities, Wednesday, November 7 at 9 p.m. on Cleveland Public Radio, (WCPN 90.3 FM).

FIRST DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING: First Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at St. Ignatius of Antioch School Building, 10205 Lorain Avenue.

SECOND DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTING MEETING:2ndTuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Applewood Center, 3518 W. 25th. Enter the gym from Daisy Avenue.

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


CRAFTING FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Donate hand-made items to the Cleveland Public Library’s Warm Up Cleveland campaign to help our neighbors in need. Knit, Sew and Crochet: hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, gloves, handwarmers, headbands, socks, slippers, sweaters, shawls, blankets, afghans, quilts, stuffed toys, baby clothes, baby bootees and baby blankets. All sizes needed infant to adult. All items donated to local charities. Drop off completed items at any Cleveland Public Library location. For more information contact Outreach and Programming Services at 623-2921.

REFUGEE STUDENTS WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE now until November 9th. Donate hats, gloves, coats, scarfs and new socks in sizes for students in grades Kindergarten to 12thgrade. Clothing can be dropped off at the Multilingual Multicultural Education office inside of Thomas Jefferson School at 3145 W. 46thStreet. To request a pickup of the donations, contact Khwater Nayef at 216-838-6978 or by email at

RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITIES:November 4thfrom 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., at La Sagrada Familia, 7719 Detroit Rd.; and November 14th: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 Metrohealth Drive.

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 Additionally, a printable PDF is available at: People can also request copies of the soft-bound book by calling the Solid Waste District at 216.443.3749 or online at


PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Disability Rights Ohio needs your help with a class action lawsuit: Doe, et al. v. State of Ohio, et al. Case No. 2:91-cv-00464 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Disability Rights Ohio filed this class action lawsuit that claims the state does not give enough money to school districts to provide a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. Has your special-education student been denied services because the school district said it did not have enough staff or money to provide the services? Is your special-education student spending time in a separate classroom when you would like the student to be educated in a general education classroom? If you have experienced these issues or have information to share with us, please call the Disability Rights Ohio intake line at 800-282-9181, option 2.

SEEDS OF LITERACY,3104 W. 25thStreet. Free adult education & GED Preparation. 1 to 1 tutoring. Flexible days and times. Learn at your own pace. Two-day registration for new students. You must complete both days of registration in the same week. Pick a day or evening time. Day 1: Monday 12:30 – 3 p.m., Day 2: Tuesday 12:30 – 4 p.m.; Evening 1 Monday 4:40 p.m. – 7 p.m., Evening 2 Tuesday 4:30 – 8 p.m. Classes Monday – Thursday 9 – 11 a.m.; 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. For more information call 661-7950 or visit

WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES EVENING PROGRAM: Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting November 13, 6-8 p.m., West Side Catholic Center, 3209 Lorain Avenue (Please enter from the back door.) 1stFloor: Digital C: Intro to Computer Classes – a 3-week program. 2ndFloor: Job Assistance, Money and Me (Financial Literacy).

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.

TRANSFORMATION ALLIACE:Compare schools in Cleveland. Search interactive website by neighborhood and ratings, and make side-by-side school comparisons at: The website also provides travel time and directions to any public school in Cleveland.

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 Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 at NEOMED. Students may register at For more information about the Brain Bee, please contact Dr. Peterson at 330.325.6476 or

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:// 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

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

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: 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


ELECTION COVERAGE: Cleveland Public Radio (WCPN 90.3 FM) will provide election coverage on the evening of Election Day (November 6th). Hear results from Ideastream, the Statehouse News Bureau and NPR Politics.


CLARK FULTON RESIDENTS: NEED HELP GETTING A JOB? Learn more about free job training for Clark Fulton residents on Tuesday, November 6 at 3167 Fulton Road, Suite 303. Spanish Orientation: 5-5:30 p.m. English orientation: 5:30-6 p.m. Learn more about The Centers – El Barrio’s Free training services and how to connect with loal and national employers. For more information call 216-325-WORK.

WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER:  Workforce Development 4 -week Program – Next Session starts Monday November 5th. The Guaranteed Job Offer Program: 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.


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:


STOCKYARDS TRUNK OR TREAT: Wednesday, October 31, Halloween Night, Storer Ave at W. 54th Street, 5 p.m. – Until. Candy and safe fun for boys and girls of all ages.

CITY LIFE TRUNK OR TREAT:Wednesday, October 31, 6-9 p.m., City Life Center, 3340 Trowbridge: Free food, candy, hay rides, hot chocolate, movies, live music and more. All ages welcome.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:  Saturday, December 1, 4-6:30 p.m. MetroHealth Main Campus Outdoor Quad. Free Tree Lighting, hot cocoa & entertainment.

DIA DE MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD: Saturday, November 3rdat Cleveland Public Theatre Church Parish Hall and surrounding area, 6205 Detroit Avenue. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Altars Exhibition, Cemetery Installations and Performances. 11 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Face painting & crafts workshops. 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Skulls & Skeletons Procession. Open to the public. All participants in the procession required to register. Register at Día de Muertos Ohio 2018 on Eventbrite.

HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKING CLASS:Wednesday, November 14 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Neighborhood Family Practice, 3569 Ridge Road. Cooking class on low cost and healthy holiday meal planning and preparation. Class includes meal tasting, food prep and demos, exciting giveaways, nutrition tips, recipes to take home and much more. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Michelle at 216-281-0872 ext. 294


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.


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.


FLU VACCINES AT NO COST TO YOU: Every Monday at McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Avenue, from 8:30—11:30 a.m. Please bring your card if you have insurance. If you don’t have insurance, no problem.  Call 664-6603 for more information.

INTERNATIONAL SUICIDE LOSS SURVIVOR DAY: November 17. Visit: for more information.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 7: For help with coverage choices visit

KIDSHOP/TEEN SHOP:A program for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer. Kid/Teen Shop brings families together using art, play and discussion to help cope with a cancer diagnosis. 1stand 3rdWednesdays of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place West, The Sandy Borelli Center, 25425 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. Program is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register call 216-595-9546.

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME HEALTH AND LEAN IN 2018?Ask about the new Cleveland Department of Public Health’s Steps to a Healthier Weight Program, a free nutrition and exercise program for people 18 years of age and up with a BMI of 25 or above. Weekly session with a personal trainer on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. at Gunning Recreation Center, 16700 Puritas Ave. To schedule an initial appointment at McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Avenue, call Kathleen Koviak, RN at 216-4269 or email her at:

END CLINIC:End Nicotine Dependence: Ready to quit smoking? Join our community and breathe easy. Join a research study with a group of other supportive smokers who also want to quit. Get up to 8 weeks of nicotine patches or gum at no cost. Get counseling on how to successfully quit smoking at no cost. Get paid for your time. Call now to join the END Clinic: 216-754-4226. Monday through Friday 9 am-5 p.m.

THE PREVENTIVE CARE CENTER at Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College provides low-cost health care services to 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 thru November 15. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences Building at 2900 Community College Ave. For more information visit:

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..; every 1st, 2ndand 4thWednesday from 8-11 a.m. and 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 664-4120 or visit the Cleveland Health Department website at:

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: or visit the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking at 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 opioids 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

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.


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

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.

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.]


SUICIDE PREVENTION BEGINS WITH AWARENESS AND EDUCATION: THE PARENT RESOURCE PROGRAM of the Jason Foundation is a web-based program designed specifically for parents. For more information visit the Parent Resource Program website at:

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

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 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 before and after birth. Call 216-664-4194 to connect to a MomsFirst provider in your area.

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.


NOBLE’s 2018 State Budget Platform meeting.  It will be on Saturday, November 10th starting at 10:00 a.m. and going until 2:00 p.m.  This year we will be meeting at Neighborhood Connections in the Agora Theatre building at 5000 Euclid Ave.  Parking is in the rear of the building.

NORTHERN OHIOANS FOR BUDGET LEGISLATION EQUALITY’S (NOBLE’S) 2018 STATE BUGET PLATFORM MEETING: Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Neighborhood Connections in the Agora Theatre building at 5000 Euclid Avenue. Parking in the rear of the building.

LIFELINE PROGRAM: The Lifeline program helps millions of people living below the poverty line access telephone and internet services. Lifeline subscribers are speaking out about the importance of the program and affordable access and against FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to gut the subsidy program. The Free Press Action Fund urges supporters of the Lifeline program to call the FCC at 202-8041389 to tell the commissioners to abandon their plan to roll back the program.

WESTSIDE HOMELESS CONGRESS:Make your voice heard each 2ndTuesday of the 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: 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.


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 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: For more information contact Outreach and Programming Services at 216-623-2921 or visit:

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


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:

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