My Brother My Sister will receive $25,000 prize

It’s human nature to mark each year as it passes. We celebrate anniversaries, publish annual reports and (hopefully) get annual check-ups. Another important thing we do annually is honor outstanding work by a nonprofit organization with the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award. After a robust review of all the nominations, this year’s committee selected My Brother My Sister to receive the...

HHSA Committee approves contracts, senior needs increase and children in county custody skyrockets

The Health, Human Services and Aging (HHSA) committee met on September 18. It was the first committee meeting in two months. The meeting featured several contracts for consideration, as well as two presentations. There is currently a list of approximately 75 seniors waiting for services. The first contract for discussion was an amendment to the existing Options for Independent Living...

My Brother My Sister to receive $25,000 prize

My Brother My Sister has been selected to receive the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for its program that helps young people of color to stay in school, graduate and go on to college. The award is presented annually by the Cleveland Foundation and The Center for Community Solutions for outstanding community service. My Brother My Sister was created by Malcolm...

We’re hiring! For a research assistant/contract manager

Over the past several years, The Center for Community Solutions has built a substantial consulting portfolio working with nonprofits, government agencies and philanthropic funders across Northeast Ohio and beyond. This aspect of our work has grown to the point where we need additional support. Community Solutions seeks a dynamic, detail-oriented individual to serve in a newly created, full-time position on...

Medicaid oversight committee meets for first time in months, gets updates from Ohio Medicaid director

The Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Maureen Corcoran appeared before the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) for the first time in her tenure on Thursday. Since this was the first JMOC meeting of the 133rd General Assembly, there was a lot of content to cover, followed by a lot of questions over the two-hour hearing. Corcoran offered...

Reflections on my trip to the Holy Land

We would like to invite you to visit Israel. With those words, written on a letter from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, a completely unexpected journey began. When I first opened the letter, I could not believe it. I was selected to attend the 2019 Thomas and Joann Adler Mission Trip to Israel. I, along with 38 esteemed leaders from...

Ohio’s new budget includes funding for harm reduction, including syringe services programs

For the first time, Ohio’s state operating budget includes a dedicated line item that will fund harm reduction, including syringe services programs (SSPs) across the state. This funding was proposed and then ushered through budget deliberations by Senators Dave Burke (R-Marysville) and Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood). While many harm reduction initiatives, such as naloxone access and Good Samaritan laws, have been...

What helps poor families? A look at new census data

Officially, nearly 1.5 million Ohioans lived below poverty, according to 2018 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 10. But thanks to a myriad of government assistance programs, the Supplemental Poverty Measure shows only 1.2 million Ohioans live below poverty. In other words, government assistance helped dull poverty’s impact for 280,000 Ohioans. Government assistance helped dull poverty’s impact...

Many of Ohio’s older adults are actively engaged in the workforce

Earlier this summer, the Associated Press released a poll that showed 1 in 4 Americans do not plan to retire. This got me thinking about what older adults in Ohio are thinking about their own employment. Fortunately, we have some data about this very issue handy to look at. In the past four years, The Center for Community Solutions engaged with...