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Statement on the passing of Billie Osborne-Fears

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and partners at the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood are deeply saddened by the passing of Billie Osborne-Fears, longtime leader of Starting Point Billie carried her integrity and passion for all to see. Through…
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NOTE: SOCF Email Outage Coming 9/18 – 9/20

Please note: As of end of business on Thursday, September 17, 2020, all SOCFCleveland.org email addresses will be temporarily suspended through Sunday, September 20 for system maintenance & upgrades. During this time, all emails sent to addresses ending in socfcleveland.org…
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Sisters on the Frontlines receives national recognition

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is part of a collaborative working to share relief grants with Catholic sisters serving individuals and families affected by COVID-19. The Sisters on the Frontlines initiative led by FADICA, GHR Foundation and others,…
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SOCF President named among Crain’s Women of Note 2020

From Crain’s Cleveland Business: Each year, Crain’s Cleveland Business honors a group of women who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to Northeast Ohio. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic turmoil, that commitment has been more critical than ever….
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Right to Counsel-Cleveland launches to offer free legal help in evictions

Housing instability, often caused by eviction, is a root cause of poverty in Cleveland. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland began researching ways to address this issue in partnership with the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Innovation Mission fellowship. On October…
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SOCF, partners give $60,000 for sister response to COVID-19

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has joined other funders across the country to support Catholic sisters in their response to the immediate needs of communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the vital and trusted role Catholic…
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SOCF Cleveland Gives More Than $1.3 Million in First-Half 2020 Grants

Funds Support COVID-19 Response, Ending Homelessness, Catholic Sister Service & Ministry The board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recently approved its second-quarter grant docket, bringing total grant awards for 2020 to $1,383,608.87. A majority of funding in…
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2020 Grant & Grantee Details

First Quarter 2020 Grants Organization Name Project Name Amount Awarded Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio Insuring Ohio’s Children – Reaching the Finish Line $100,000.00 The Cleveland Foundation Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund $50,000.00 Funders Together to End Homelessness Learning and Networking…
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Statement regarding systemic racism in our communities

A message on behalf of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland At the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, we condemn and revile the acts of violence against the black community, in particular black males, at the hands of…
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Good Samaritan grants support food, hygiene needs in wake of COVID-19

Amid this unprecedented global crisis, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland expedited its Good Samaritan grants program to provide financial support to the many organizations working around the clock to respond to unmet needs in our communities. As of…
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SOCF supports Ohio advocacy for food access during COVID-19

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) is one of several statewide health, education and child advocacy organizations calling for the DeWine Administration to act swiftly to submit a plan to the USDA to provide additional money for food for…
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SOCF provides masks & support in response to unmet needs

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF Cleveland) has acquired and distributed more than 20,000 protective face masks to organizations across Northeast Ohio, with special focus on unmet needs for individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as those ministries founded…
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For partners and grantees: COVID-19 federal support resources

As a supporter of hundreds of small nonprofit organizations throughout its history, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland wants to ensure all are taking every opportunity to secure federal loans to sustain business throughout this period of global pandemic….
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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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