January 2015 newsletter - Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood

Issue 38, January 2015
Promise Next Steps
Partners and Friends,
For nearly two decades, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has partnered with
residents, nonprofits and community leaders to change the trajectory of poverty in Cuyahoga
County. Your partnership in one of our signature initiatives - the Cleveland Central Promise
Neighborhood - is integral in helping kids grow up with the tools they need to thrive and be
successful, from birth through college.
Promise's series of interwoven social and educational programs - initiated together and with
community leadership and sustainable funding - make change possible. As this important work
continues, we want you to know about a leadership transition for Promise.
As you may know, Sonya Pryor-Jones has left her position as the director of the Central
Promise Neighborhood. In 2015, she will continue working on mission-driven projects with
several organizations. On behalf of the foundation's board and staff, as well as the many
Promise partners, we extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to Sonya for her many
As we move forward to select the next Promise director, we will provide an opportunity for
Promise partners to meet the final candidates. It is our hope to install the new director by May
2015. In the interim, Leslie Perkul Strnisha, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's
vice president, will continue her oversight of this important work.
Together, we will continue to create positive outcomes for the Central Neighborhood residents
through a cradle to career pipeline of supports that touch all aspects of life, from stable
housing and healthy lifestyles to good schools and safe neighborhoods.
Please feel welcome to connect with Leslie or me regarding any questions or comments you
may have
Warmest regards,
Susanna Krey
Please join us at the upcoming Promise Advisory Board Meeting for updates
and dinner on Tuesday, February 17 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Friendly Inn
Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Rd.
Free Tax Prep & Financial Counseling for Central
Central residents who need help filing their taxes can dial 2-1-1 to schedule an
appointment to have their taxes prepared
professionally and free of charge.
Tax services, as well as free financial counseling
will be offered at
2617 Central Ave., in the Promise Computer Lab
every Thursday until April 15th from 12 to 4 pm.
See more.
Neighborhood residents can also go to
CornUcopia Place, 7201 Kinsman Rd., beginning
Feb. 1st through April 15th.
Tax help is available at CornUcopia Place on:
Monday - 4 pm to 7 pm
Friday - 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday - 12 to 4 pm
The tax help will enable low- and moderate-income families avoid costly fees and
obtain the Earned Income Tax Credit. Those who participated in recent years received
an average refund of nearly $1,400 per family.
We are proud to partner with Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., which is working
with The Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Coalition, to bring these services to the
Read a Policy Matters report on the program's effectiveness in Cuyahoga County.
TRI-C receives $500,000 to develop program to award
high school diplomas to adults
The Ohio Department of Education awarded a $500,000
planning grant to Cuyahoga Community College to develop
a program to help adults 22 an older who have dropped out
of high school. Tri-C and the four other schools that
received state grants will determine how to contact
potential students, assess their current knowledge and
address potential challenges such as illiteracy. Read the
WinterFest Success
Thanks to Aramark, the Aramark Building Community program and Friendly Inn
Settlement House for a great event Dec. 22.
Aramark Building Community is a volunteer and philanthropic program dedicated to
enriching and nourishing lives by improving family health and wellness and helping
people succeed in the workplace, in partnership with local community centers.
Aramark supported the event and their and other volunteers led parents and children
in fun activities such as creating stockings, ornaments and other crafts. Children
listened to Christmas stories and all the children left with books to read over the
Thanks to Promise Ambassador Renee Wren who baked cookies for the more than
150 youth and adults who attended the event.
Thanks to all who helped make the event great.
Coats for Kids
A big thank you to Coats for Kids who donated about 200 coats
to the Promise initiative.
The coats were given to students at neighborhood elementary
schools and at local community centers in mid December, just in
time before the deep freeze hit.
Sisters of Charity Foundation Relocates to the Campus District
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland's office has moved to the Sisters of
Charity Health System Building in the heart of the Campus District, which includes the
Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. The Promise Neighborhood staff continue to
work from their offices at the George Washington Carver STEM School.
Please save our new address:
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
2475 East 22nd Street, Fourth Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115