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The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose,” Dajah Spence’s said at her Youth of the Year speech earlier this year. Leading a life of purpose has been the driving force behind everything she has done in the past few years.
Defying all statistics, Dajah graduated high school in June, and will attend Bowling Green State University in the fall; a future she is both excited about and ready to embrace.
Dajah grew up in the King Kennedy public housing complex. At 17, she is currently the only member of her family of five that is employed, and she takes responsibility for meeting the needs of her younger siblings.
When she is not working or studying, you can usually find Dajah at the King Kennedy Boys & Girls Club. She became a member when she was 11 years old, and she participated in every program offered. She views the Club as one of the most important influences in her life.
“I feel like being at the Boys & Girls Club keeps you off the street. There is always someone you can talk to, especially when things get tough at home,” she explains. “It is more than just a place to hang out. It is a family here.”
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2012 Annual Report: A Journey Continues
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland continued a journey we began in 2006. We are accompanied by countless organizations and individuals who work with us to end chronic homelessness, address health and education disparities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, sustain the ministries of women religious, and strengthen and expand the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. Read the full report.
Foundation President Keynote Speaker
Susanna H. Krey, foundation president, was the keynote speaker for the William Swanston Charitable Fund’s fourth annual Innovations Conference, entitled “Evolving Approaches to Youth Development. Read about the event and her inspiring talk on youth and the foundation’s approach to grantmaking.
Foundation Recipient of 2013 Humphrey Award
The Patience and George Humphrey Society was created to recognize the sustaining support of Metro Catholic School by individuals, foundations and corporations who share our mission to empower the dreams of young people within Cleveland’s inner-city. Along with the Foundation, the other awardees of the fifth annual event of the Humphrey Society are: Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, architect Donald Rerko and Cleveland Councilman Matthew Zone. The October event was held at the historic St. Stephen Church.
Ending Youth Homelessness
The Foundation is committed to ending homelessness and recently has focused on the problem of homeless youth. The foundation has awarded more than a quarter of a million of dollars in grants since late 2012 to local nonprofits involved in reducing youth homelessness. The foundation has also brought together the numerous organizations, agencies and others involved in this work. Cleveland was one of eight cities that participated in the federal 2013 Youth Count Initiative in January. Read about the survey results. Watch a video on the the issue with experts and homeless youth.
Foundation Receives HUD Award for Philanthropic-Public Partnership
The Foundation was recognized Sept. 25 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, as one of 10 recipients of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The award honors philanthropic funders for their innovative public-philanthropic collaborations designed to address housing and community development challenges. The Foundation received the honor in recognition of the work its done on Housing First. Nearly 500 apartments for chronic homeless adults have opened, and 500 more to go, that has reduced chronic homelessness by 62%. The foundation has worked closely with Enterprise Community Partners, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, Eden, Cleveland Housing Network and others.