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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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SOCF fellowship leads to historic Cleveland legislation

Two years after the launch of the first Innovation Mission fellowship, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is celebrating a major success: On September 30, Cleveland became only the fourth city in the United States to pass legislation for…
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“Housing is the answer” – SOCF statement on White House homelessness report

We see homelessness as a devastating and pervasive side effect of a system that vastly undervalues those facing real barriers to stable, secure housing. Homelessness will continue to grow across the nation and here in Cleveland until its root causes—like…
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SOCF directors highlight experiences of black philanthropy at TSOPCLE

Members of the board of directors at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) spoke about their calling to serve, their admiration for the foundation and the passions that bring them to tears in a panel discussion yesterday at…
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Guest blog: I had no homeroom. I called a sister “home” instead.

What having no homeroom, but a sister to call home taught me: Michalena Mezzopera Michalena Mezzopera is a theology teacher at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School in Chardon, Ohio. She is a participant in Generative Spirit’s Ministry Leadership Program. We invited…
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LCWR imparts powerful statement on divisive rhetoric

As an organization founded by Catholic sisters to carry on their mission of service to Cleveland’s most vulnerable, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland supports the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in its recent statements against polarizing language and…
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Homelessness in Cleveland: Just the facts – Staff blog

Every day, we work with many partners in the effort to end homelessness in Cuyahoga County. This is incredibly rewarding yet complex and challenging work across many systems. Sometimes we see stories on TV and social media that don’t quite…
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SOCF supports housing policy work to effect change in homelessness

In June 2019, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) awarded $40,000 to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) to support a policy strategy to increase state and federal funding to reduce homelessness across Ohio. One…
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SOCF seeking proposals for Generative Spirit grant

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is opening a new grant opportunity in 2019 through its Generative Spirit initiative. This grant opportunity is made possible through a funding partnership between the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the…
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