Westlake’s Community West Foundation Distributes Largest Grant Amount Ever

WESTLAKE, Ohio – The Community West Foundation (CWF) announced that the largest amount of community grants in a calendar quarter in its 25-year history was awarded to area organizations for a total of 1,009 $500.

In their announcement, it was noted that the grants “are focused on the mission areas of providing housing and housing services and programs for formerly incarcerated people.”

Additionally, CWF announced that an additional $194,500 has been distributed through its Community Impact Fund, bringing the final total to $1,204,000. “The Community Impact Fund was created for donors who wanted to invest alongside Community West’s mission, knowing that contributions would be distributed directly to recipients quarterly.”

Describing a particular custom at CWF, President and CEO Martin Uhle said, “The organization’s staff and board members make it a priority to hand-deliver grant checks to the beneficiaries of the agency. This quarter, the foundation held group meetings in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties for this purpose. Placing an envelope in the mail just doesn’t feel the same. It’s rewarding to make this connection face to face.

Second quarter grants went to:

Nonprofits that received grants in the second quarter include:

· Blessing House – General operating funding for residential and family support programs for children in Lorain County; additional financing for the purchase of a new van.

· Church of the Open Door/House of Generations – General operating funding for transitional housing needs for homeless families in Lorain County.

· Community Service Alliance – General support for the operation of the supportive housing program.

· Emerald Development and Economic Network, Inc. – General operational support for permanent supportive housing in Lorain and Cuyahoga County.

· Edwin’s Leadership Institute – General operating funding for culinary training programs at Grafton Correctional Institute.

· Front Steps Housing & Services – General support for the operation of permanent supportive housing and additional services for residents.

· Homeless Services Working Group of the Covid Recovery Donor Collaboration – Continuing collaboration focused on homeless services and affordable housing.

· Humility of Mary Housing – General operating funding for permanent supportive housing in Lorain County.

· Safe Harbor of Lorain County / Genesis House – General support for the operation of the Lorain County Domestic Violence Shelter.

· Love Inc. – Helping vulnerable families maintain a stable housing program.

· Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry – 2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter general operational support.

· Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry – Reintegration Programs.

· Neighborhood Alliance – General operational support for Haven Shelter and other programs.

· Northeastern Ohio Coalition for the Homeless – Street outreach for homeless people.

· P2R Training and Resource Center – Funding for the Chance to Change Reentry program to help people who have entered the criminal justice system reintegrate into the community.

· Providence House, Inc. – General operational support for emergency nurseries and family reunification programs.

· Reach Success – Program support funding for Reach Success Inside Out programs to help people reintegrate into society.

· Smart Development, Inc. – General operational support for housing and case management for refugees and immigrants.

· St. Herman’s Focus Cleveland – General operational support for a variety of services including transitional housing for homeless men.

· The City Club of Cleveland – The City Club Kitchen Support Project in partnership with the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.

· The City Mission – General support for the operation of Laura’s Home which provides housing and a variety of support services to women and their children.

The Salvation Army – Zelma George Emergency Family Shelter

· True Freedom Ministries – General operating funding for Grafton Correctional Institute and prison outreach programs.

· Urban Hope UCC – General operational support for those in need of food and other services (the only agency providing services on Sundays).

· Ursuline Piazza – HIV/AIDS – Support for people with HIV/AIDS.

YWCA Greater Cleveland – A Place for Me – General Support Program Operation for Youth Coming Out of Foster Care and the Juvenile Justice System

· YWCA Greater Cleveland – Norma Herr Women’s Center – General support for the operation of our largest women’s shelter.

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