Catholic Health World Tells Promise Story

WorldCatholicScreenCatholic Health World shared the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood story. It came out this month in this cover story.

“Jerome Baker wanted to help his old neighborhood in Cleveland. He took part in a reading program for second-graders, serving in their school as an adult tutor.

At a community event months after he began, a little girl saw him from a distance and shouted, ‘Hey, Mr. Baker.’ It was all the encouragement he needed to continue.

‘Her happy face and waves made me understand that, even in small ways, we are making an impact,’ said Baker, 50. ‘It’s an awesome feeling.'”

The article goes on to detail the beginnings of Promise, its role in the neighborhood, and the difference the volunteers and others in the Promise Neighborhood are making. We encourage you to read the piece to remind or refresh you about the great work happening.

Aramark & Promise Work Together to Promote Job Success in Central

To help residents in the Central Neighborhood in their efforts to find or improve their employment, Aramark and Cleveland-area organizations are coming together on Thursday at the Friendly Inn, 2386 Unwin Road.

More than 30 local volunteers from Aramark, the $15 billion global provider of award-winning services in food, facilities management and uniforms, will facilitate the event. Pre-registered participants will have access to job-readiness workshops, computer instruction, healthy-for-life cooking and career information, as well as a job fair.

The job fair, which runs 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday – concurrent with the workshops – is open to all.

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is a community partner of the event. Other organizations involved include: Caresource, Jobs Plus, Oriana House, Burger King, Ohio Means Jobs, Cuyahoga Community College, Fairfax Renaissance Development, Towards Employment, Minute Men, First Choice Career Center, Ohio Guidestone, PNC Connections, Dress for Success, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the Friendly Inn.

“Aramark Building Community Day is part of our year-round dedication to our mission of enriching and nourishing the lives of those who live and work in our communities,” said Art Boehm, Aramark District Manager for K-12 accounts in Ohio. “Here in Cleveland, through the Promise Neighborhood, the Sisters of Charity Foundation, Friendly Inn and others, ABC Day is bringing our mission to life, leveraging the skills and service ethic of our diverse workforce. We hope this will help to empower families in Cleveland to lead healthier lives and succeed.”

Today’s event is part of Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day), the company’s annual global day of service. In communities around the world, thousands of employees are empowering youth and adults to obtain valuable job skills inspiring families to lead healthier lives.

“Securing quality employment is essential for Cleveland Central families and our community overall,” said Lowell Perry Jr., director of Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. “We are pleased Aramark employees are helping us extend support to the residents to help them expand their workforce-related resources, education, and potential jobs.”

The effort is an extension of Aramark Building Community, the company’s year-round global volunteer and philanthropic program dedicated to improving family health and helping people succeed in the workforce. Since 2008, Aramark has invested more than $9 million in volunteer expertise, financial and in-kind resources to strengthen communities. More than 30,000 employees have dedicated their skills through hundreds of volunteer projects impacting over four million people.

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 21 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.Aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood

Inspired by the renowned Harlem’s Children’s Zone, the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood works to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of Central Neighborhood’s children, closing gaps in achievement and creating cradle-to-career supports for all youth. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead convener of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, which brings together many partners, including philanthropy, residents, community service providers and schools. The community-based Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board provides strategic direction with substantive input and guidance for the entire project. More information about the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is at clevelandpromiseneighborhood.org.

Cleveland’s Promise Neighborhood Welcomes New Leader

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has hired Lowell Perry Jr. as the new director of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. Inspired by the renowned Harlem’s Children’s Zone, the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood works to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of Central Neighborhood’s children, closing gaps in achievement and creating cradle-to-career supports for all youth.

A long-time children’s advocate, Perry recently held the position of chief diversity officer and senior vice president of corporate and community engagement at the national headquarters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS). There, he developed and cultivated strategic national corporate and community relationships with a special focus on diverse communities.

“Lowell brings national leadership and community engagement experience to the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood,” said Susanna Krey, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. “On behalf of our many collaborators, including the Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board, community partners and staff, we are thrilled to welcome Lowell and the deep experience he brings to the Promise initiative.”

As part of his role at the national office of BBBS, Perry developed a vision and strategy for BBBS involvement with the My Brother’s Keeper initiative of President Barack Obama, as well as new approaches to engaging affinity groups of color from Fortune 100 companies and their foundation arms.

Prior, Perry was an award-winning CEO of the BBBS of Middle Tennessee. He has led management and marketing for numerous nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and provided front-office communications and community leadership for the Seattle Seahawks. A native of Detroit, Perry is a graduate of Yale University, with further education from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Perry’s first day as director of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood was June 8.

“Promise’s transformative vision to see all Central Neighborhood children achieve college education and careers was instrumental in my accepting this role,” said Perry. “As I enter as Promise director, I will be working closely with residents and Promise ambassadors to ensure every child in Central is well positioned to pursue the American dream.”

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead convener of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. Initiated in 2009, the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood brings together many partners, including philanthropy, residents, community service providers and schools. The community-based Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board provides strategic direction with substantive input and guidance for the entire project.

“Lowell’s career has instilled deep understanding of the value of quality education and childhood mentoring, and the contribution they make to students and families,” said Giesele Robinson Greene M.D., who chairs the Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board and serves as chief medical officer of the Sisters of Charity Health System. “In his career and life, he is committed to leading mission-driven work, to embracing faith and to connecting with young people who may not have opportunities for role models.”