Posted July 27, 20212:48 pm
LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio -- The Community Foundation of Lorain County awarded $1 million during July to 36 non-profits, according to its board of directors in a recent press release.
The grants were divided into four areas -- health and human services, education and youth development, strengthening the community, and art and culture.
The grants were given to support “post-pandemic” challenges, according to Maria Grega, chair of the foundation’s grants committee.
“This round of grants speaks to the pillars of the Community Foundation of Lorain County,” Grega noted in the press release, “and the incredible mission-driven work of Lorain County non-profits, and (we) were especially impressed about the essential health and human service programs available throughout the county.
“We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these community grants. This money will provide much-needed support to continue to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.”
As an example of the work being done in Lorain County, Grega focused on “Let’s Get Real.” It is a non-profit providing peer support for people struggling with alcohol and opiate addiction.
In Lorain County, when Mercy Lorain, Mercy Allen, Cleveland Clinic Avon and University Hospital have patients experiencing an overdose or other drug-related emergency, the hospitals call Let’s Get Real to provide a “warm hand-off” before discharging patients, said Grega.
Let’s Get Real then usually helps them enter a treatment program.
Kim Eberle, executive director at Let’s Get Real, expressed the organization’s gratitude for its $30,000 grant.
“We are incredibly grateful for the $30k grant approval,” Eberle said. “These monies should enable us to serve by increasing outreach, transport services and engagement length, which will increase overall services and removal of barriers for those struggling with addiction.”
Eberle went on to explain that it is usually family that is expected to navigate the addict through county systems to obtain help.
“These monies will benefit the greater community by relieving the families of that obligation and connecting and utilizing existing social services in Lorain County. Additionally, we can lessen the strain on the community by initiating services quickly and working with each client over a longer period,” Grega said.
“We are grateful for the generosity, and elated with the opportunity to serve others.”
Below is a list of grant awards:
Health and human services
Catholic Charities Corp. $70,000
Neighborhood Alliance $75,000
Lorain County Free Clinic Inc. $65,000
Lorain County Safe Harbor Genesis House $55,000
Alzheimer’s Association $23,500
Family Planning Services of Lorain County $40,000
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center $35,000
Let’s Get Real, Inc. $30,000
Lorain County Lutheran Presbyterian Cooperative Ministries $15,000
Pathways Enrichment Center $30,000
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry $25,000
Oberlin Community Services Council $25,000
Voices for Children $5,000
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging Foundation $16,000
Achievement Centers for Children $8,000
NAMI Lorain County $12,500
Education and youth development
Leadership Lorain County $30,000
Educational Service Center of Lorain County $8,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio $40,000
Ohio State University Extension, Lorain County $34,000
Cleveland Museum of Natural History $20,000
College Now Greater Cleveland $20,000
Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland $20,000
Atmosphere Adventures $12,000
Second Baptist Church Adopt-A-School Initiative $2,200
Strengthening the community
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland $60,000
Lorain County Urban League $50,000
YWCA Elyria $45,200
Lorain County Habitat for Humanity $10,000
Harrison Cultural Community Centre $27,000
Western Reserve Land Conservancy $10,000
SCORE Cleveland Chapter 30 $3,000
Arts and culture
Great Lakes Theater $35,000
Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra $25,000
Lorain Historical Society $20,000
MAD Factory $5,000