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Postponed: The Innovation Mission 2020-21

As you may have seen in our recent update about how the foundation is responding to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the application process for The Innovation Mission. We want to ensure we are taking all appropriate measures to…
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A message from SOCF on our COVID-19 response

To our community: In these days when we are all feeling uncertain about this unprecedented crisis, we at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) are finding inspiration in the legacy of all of those who came before us, the Sisters…
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Catholic Sisters Week 2020: NEO Catholic sisters serve with freedom, solidarity and spirit

Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, which marks the first day of Catholic Sisters Week 2020. Across the country, communities will celebrate the mission and work of Catholic sisters and the impact they have had on individuals, neighborhoods and…
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SOCF supports bipartisan solutions to the housing crisis and its impact on homelessness

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has been a longtime supporter of ending homelessness in Cuyahoga County and beyond and has made great strides to do so over the last two decades by implementing best practices, strengthening advocacy efforts…
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Partnering for Family Success results in valuable lessons

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has been a funder and supporter of the Cuyahoga Partnering For Family Success program since its creation in 2014. Now that the five-year Pay for Success-model program is complete, partners have announced the results,…
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Staff blog: God is present in the “what”

Rachel Drotar, Program Coordinator, Generative Spirit, reflects on a recent trip to the Mexico-U.S. border organized through the Assembly of Catholic Foundations. Presente in Juarez We walked through the gate into a three-room home for our first visit across the border….
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SOCF-funded study sheds troubling light on eviction effects

As part of the first Innovation Mission, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland granted funding to fellow Hazel Remesch and her team at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to work with Case Western Reserve University on a study analyzing…
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Innovation is iteration: What’s new in The Innovation Mission

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in collaboration with the Cleveland Leadership Center, launches its next round of The Innovation Mission applications on February 3, 2020. Foundation president Susanna Krey reflects on some of the greatest lessons from the first…
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NFL Network highlights Central Promise Neighborhood

In November, the NFL Network reached out to Promise to highlight a Reverse Ride-Along experience for its TV show “Indivisible.” The show aims to elevate the issues of social justice and police-community relations in NFL cities across the country. The…
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Youth Homelessness & Community of Hope: Video

Angela D’Orazio, senior program officer, appeared on WKYC’s “We the People” on January 17 along with Amber Donovan, executive director at Community of Hope, and Dylan McIntosh, a Community of Hope participant. The group spoke about youth homelessness in Cleveland,…
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Race equity and philanthropy: Asking ourselves tough questions

Jump to: White-dominant cultural norms | Equity in evaluation | Staff reflection We envision an equitable community where opportunities for growth and quality of life are shared by all. At the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, we prioritize equity…
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Hope and human connection drives Sr. Susan Zion’s HIV service

In Italian cities, a piazza is where streets from the north, south, east and west meet at a central crossing point, a place to gather, rest, listen or be listened to, serve or be served. St. Angela Merici, the foundress…
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Video: Welcoming Diversity with Sr. Teresa Maya CCVI

Sr. Teresa Maya CCVI, congregational leader of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, visited Northeast Ohio in November 2019 to speak to a group of sisters and lay partners and associates about the power of diversity…
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Sister Story: At 35, this flautist answered God’s call & never looked back

Music, playing the flute in particular, has been a lifelong spiritual practice that Jane Blabolil felt as a deep calling long before she recognized the presence of God in her life. Sister Jane Blabolil, SSJ-TOSF, was not raised Catholic. In…
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Central Neighborhood a Hub for High-Quality Early Learning

With the highest concentration of high-quality early-learning centers in the city of Cleveland, the Central neighborhood has ample resources to support the more than 1,500 children under age 5 who live there. However, as Tatiana Wells of Starting Point and…
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Sr. Teresa Maya delivers message of diversity – Northeast Ohio Catholic

Below is an article that was published in Northeast Ohio Catholic, the publication of The Diocese of Cleveland. You can also find it on the diocese website – click here.  ‘Welcoming Diversity’ is topic of Sisters Convening program News of…
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Guest blog: Belonging is central to the Ministry Leadership Program

Brendan Corrigan is an accountant at Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland. He is a participant in Generative Spirit’s Ministry Leadership Program. We invited Brenden to reflect on his experience in the program and with Catholic sisters.  “I…
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Crain’s covers shift in CLE philanthropy, highlights SOCF

Below is an article published by Crain’s Cleveland Business in October 2019 to explore shifts in Cleveland philanthropy strategy. Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland president Susanna Krey spoke to Crain’s for the article, discussing the foundation’s strategic goals and how focus…
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Guest blog: How sisters helped model my journey

Brianna Wilson is an English & religion teacher at Villa Angela-St. Joseph School in Cleveland. She is a participant in Generative Spirit’s Ministry Leadership Program. We invited Brianna to reflect on her experience in the program and with Catholic sisters.  This…
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Catholic Health World publishes Housing First cover story

With the completion of a final building project in October 2020, greater Cleveland will officially have enough housing for all individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County. Thanks to the work of Housing First, a collaborative initiative established by Enterprise…
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