Over the last several years, the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood has worked alongside residents and partners to focus on improving outcomes for children and families in Central. At the final Promise Advisory Council meeting of 2018, the Promise team recognized several individuals who have been instrumental in helping to create change in the community.
Called the “Champions of Central,” these individuals were nominated by organizations where they work or volunteer. They were identified as team members who help ful fill the missions of these organizations and contribute to the vibrancy of the Central neighborhood.
More than 75 people attended the November 14 celebration that included a brief Promise meeting, dinner and an awards ceremony.
“Traditionally, our November Advisory Council meetings center on a theme of gratitude and thanksgiving,” said Richaun Bunton, education performance manager. “This year, we wanted to offer special thanks to all of the residents who are helping to cultivate a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood through their contributions and hard work.”
Each Champion of Central received an engraved plaque, two tickets for an event of their choosing at Karamu House and entered into a raffle to win a new laptop.
“We work to support our residents to be independent change agents,” Bunton said. “Digital independence is necessary to get a leg up in our highly technological world, so we were proud to be able to offer the gift of a computer.”
Champions of Central included:
- Anesha Lynn-Coleman, nominated by Cuyahoga Community College
- Annie Glover, nominated by Promise
- Belinda McPherson, nominated by Promise
- Bryanta Spencer, nominated by Nurse Family Partnership
- Charmaine Jordan, nominated by Promise
- Colandra Humphrey, nominated by Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- Delores Gray, nominated by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Dr. Erin Murphy, nominated by the Boys and Girls Club
- Eloise Smith, nominated by Promise
- Gwendolyn Garth, nominated by Neighborhood Connections
- LaQueta Worley-Bell, nominated by Promise
- Leroy Carter, nominated by Promise
- Lillie Hunter, nominated by Burten Bell Carr
- Louise Buchanan, nominated by Burten Bell Carr
- Mildred Lowe, nominated by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
- Nefertiti Peterson, nominated by Nurse Family Partnership
- Precious Smith, nominated by Friendly Inn
- Quiana Singleton, nominated by Promise
- Renee Wren, nominated by Promise
- Tameika Stuart, nominated by Cleveland Metropolitan School District
- Tarajuana Crowell, nominated by Cuyahoga Community College
- Twila Norris, nominated by Burten, Bell, Carr and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Promise staff members Joe Black and Dawn Glasco were also honored for their work in the community. Joe was nominated by Jan Thrope, and Dawn by Friendly Inn. Louise Buchanan won the laptop.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Champions of Central. Keep watch for our program updates in spring of 2019.