In the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, we work to build a cradle to career pipeline for the residents and families of Central, a transformative model intended to build a healthier community.
We recognize that residents must lead the change to be truly impactful in our neighborhood, and our Ambassador program empowers community leaders who serve as partners in designing and implementing the work.
At the May Promise Advisory Council meeting, we welcomed those who recently completed training and are now Promise Ambassadors, bringing our total count to nearly 70 ambassadors.
Congratulations to our latest Promise Ambassadors:
Promise kicked off its #PromiseReads campaign at Central’s Back to School Rally at Friendly Inn earlier this month, and WKYC was there to capture all the excitement. Book giveaways, bookmarks, reading circles and a Little Free Library all helped inspire reading in the last days of summer. Promise, Friendly Inn and the Cleveland Transformation Alliance provided backpacks, school supplies, uniforms and haircuts to make sure everyone was ready for their first day.
Central Promise Neighborhood joins WKYC’s literacy campaign
Author: Margaret Bernstein
At a Monday back-to-school rally at Friendly Inn Settlement in Cleveland, a new neighborhood – Central — joined WKYC’s ongoing literacy crusade.
The Central Promise Neighborhood rolled out its new program, called Promise Reads, handing out free books and bookmarks to families.
There was a Little Free Library present inside the Friendly Inn at the rally, symbolic of the fact that Central is now Cleveland’s newest Little Free Library Neighborhood. It’s a designation that simply means that leaders in that neighborhood have committed to hosting regular events around literacy.
The project, yet another a spinoff of WKYC’s successful Slavic Village Reads and Hough Reads initiatives, is a partnership with the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood program.
And as with Hough and Slavic Village, WKYC will be supporting the Central community by providing media coverage of its literacy events in the months ahead.
WKYC and several other community partners were present for the kickoff of Promise Reads, including The Literacy Cooperative which was signing up families for its Imagination Library free book program. A storyteller from Friendly Inn’s SPARK program kept the little ones captivated by reading a book about counting cookies.
The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank donated more than 1,500 books for the rally. Some kids stuffed them into their new backpacks, others read them on site while waiting for haircuts and hair braiding.
On Monday, Oct. 9, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a legislative update at Friendly Inn Settlement for the Central-Kinsman community. During the event, Senator Brown moderated a panel discussion with community stakeholders from the Central and Kinsman communities.
“We are facing awful budget cuts and the message is always that it will trickle down and create jobs. Well, it never trickles down to Central,” Brown said.
Central resident and community leader Dwayne Browder coordinated the discussion with the goal of giving residents and members of disadvantaged communities a platform to voice their concerns.
“I want all of us to step up and get the message out about what is going on in our community and how federal budget cuts are going to impact our lives,” Browder said.
Panel participants Jeffery K. Patterson, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer, Councilwoman Phyllis E. Cleveland, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood director Lowell Perry Jr., Promise Neighborhood engagement manager Joe Black, Promise Ambassador Delores Gray and others spoke with Senator Brown about a number of issues impacting the quality of life in Central.
“We are now faced with the decision to provide safe and affordable places for people to live or early learning and youth enrichment programs because we can’t do both. At the end of the day we want everything to be done and shouldn’t have to make choices,” Patterson said of how the federal budget cuts will impact CMHA.
In addition to housing, the panel was able to speak with Senator Brown about healthcare, education, job creation and criminal justice reform.
“We keep asking people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but forget that we first need to make sure people have boots,” Black said.
Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and Cleveland Transformation Alliance partnered with Friendly Inn Settlement to help Central neighborhood families have a positive start to the new school year with the Back to School Rally.
Now in its sixth year, the 2017 Back to School Rally at Friendly Inn Settlement drew more than 1,500 Central residents who received information about neighborhood schools, educational and family resources, free haircuts, schools uniforms and more.
More than 15 barbers from Urban Kutz and La Barberia donated their time and talents to help children look their best for the start of school on August 14, 2017 by offering free haircuts and braiding. By the end of the event 105 children received free haircuts and 26 had their hair braided.
For this year’s event, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood wanted to increase families’ access to community schools so the organization partnered with Cleveland Transformation Alliance for the Back to School Rally. Cleveland Transformation Alliance helped bring more than 20 Cleveland schools to the fair to speak with families to make sure parents got all the information they needed to help them decide on the school that is the best fit for their child. Cleveland Transformation Alliance also offered catalogs of all the schools available, both charter and city schools, with mission statements, descriptions and ratings for each school.
“I’ve been in education over 15 years, my entire career,” said Steven Lake, project manager, Cleveland Transformation Alliance . “I’ve worked the majority of that time in the Central neighborhood. It is a wonderful community, with a lot of resources. Today, together with these partners all under one roof, we can get the community excited about education and start the school year off with a bang.”
Cleveland.com noted the longest line in the auditorium was for the Central Promise Neighborhood table, and it was more than a hundred people deep. Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood gave away book bags and school uniforms. As parents waited in line, their children moved from table to table around the auditorium, picking up pencils, crayons, bubbles, sunglasses and many other freebies.
“My main goal today is to put a smile on these kids faces,” said event attendee Sierra Bradley. “I want to keep these kids happy. It’s good to see our kids like this, they excited and looking forward to going back to school. That’s what’s up.”
WEWS-TV News Channel 5 also did a feature on the Back to School Rally that can be viewed here.
Friendly Inn announced via Facebook that it has been certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide the following mental health services and activities:
Mental health assessment
These assessments provide a thorough evaluation that will assist in determining the appropriate needs for mental health treatment. The information collected will include the information about an individual’s personal history. Once the mental health assessment has been completed, an Individual Service Plan will be developed to address the needs and concerns of the individual. The Individual Service Plan will identify the supports and services of the individual. The plan will include the client’s goals and needs based on the individual.
Behavioral health counseling & therapy
Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST)
Referral and Information
The Friendly Inn’s mental health services will also include school-based prevention and consultation services, community mental health support treatment through the form of case management and case management. Read more about what these services include here.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of mental health services, call the Friendly Inn at 216-431-7656 or stop in.
If you are need of immediate mental health services, please call Friendly Inn’s Mobile Crisis at 216-623-6888.