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One big idea could change everything. 

Our blog provides the opportunity for The Innovation Mission fellows and staff to share their journey, offering insight into how they use innovation to grow a big idea that can tackle poverty.

Read the latest:


May 14, 2018

The Roots of Innovation: Why SOCF is investing in big ideas

By Susanna H. Krey, president, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

We’re proud of the great work that the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has done in the foundation’s focus areas to end homelessness, reduce health disparities, improve educational opportunities and support the ongoing social justice work of the Catholic sisters. But we consistently hear the troubling statistic that 1 in 3 Clevelanders still live in poverty, including more than 50 percent of the city’s children.


April 30, 2018

Breaking down barriers to restore the American dream

By Julie Cortes, senior attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Many factors, such as family structure, educational attainment, physical health, community connections, work-related networks and access to health care, predict and affect the economic status and mobility of individuals and families. But the heart and soul of the American Dream is employment.


April 17, 2018

Feeding our seniors, one prescription at a time

By Dabney Conwell, vice president, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; executive director, Rose Centers for Aging Well

Persons 60 years and older in Cuyahoga County will go from 21 percent in 2010 to 27 percent in 2020, and then to 31 percent in 2030. Our residents are living longer, but that doesn’t always equate to a better quality of life.


March 30, 2018

College mentoring made easy

By Bill Leamon, college and career coach, Notre Dame College

With only 15 percent of Cleveland’s low-income, first-generation students who go to college achieving their dream of earning a diploma, the 85 percent who drop out of college will be no more prepared than before to pursue a career. 


March 14, 2018

Tackling child poverty by offering keys to degrees

By Penny Smith, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at NEOMED and CEO of Alegria Technologies and Consulting

The current overall unemployment rate for Ohio is about 5.7 percent. Current job training and workforce programs generally are not targeted to non-custodial parents. If these individuals had better awareness of and access to gainful employment, they may be better motivated to support their child financially.


February 23, 2018

Facing eviction? Good luck getting a lawyer.

By Hazel Remesch, supervising attorney at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

If housing is a basic human need, why isn’t legal representation to preserve an individual’s housing a basic right?


 

Meet the Fellows

Dabney Conwell, vice president, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; executive director, Rose Centers for Aging Well

Julie Cortes, senior attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Bill Leamon, college and career coach, Notre Dame College

Hazel Remesch, supervising attorney of the housing practice, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Penny Smith, assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine at NEOMED and CEO of Alegria Technologies and Consulting