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Financial Stability Impact Partners in Greater Cleveland

We are investing $2,814,130 in financial stability programs to help families and individuals find their way out of poverty and achieve financial stability by securing meaningful work to increase their earnings, manage the money they earn and ultimately save it.

Priority: Earn It

Education First: $43,987
Project Learn
Education First is a GED and job placement program that provides both educational and support services to individuals. It is currently working with people on public assistance, the formerly incarcerated, and inmates within the Cuyahoga County Jail.

El Barrio – Access to Employment/We Work here: $104,821
The Centers for Families and Children
Provides a six-week essential skills training program, offered in Spanish or English, aimed at eliminating employment barriers including literacy/language skills, assistance with resume writing, job search and placement, pre employment soft skills, (work dress, punctuality, etc) and computer skills.

Employment for Economic Advancement: $36,500
International Services Center of Cleveland
Provides newly arrived refugees with the tools required to find jobs in the United States. Our Employment Development Specialist works with both job seekers and employers to make appropriate and long lasting placements that help refugees rebuild their lives, and address the staffing needs of local businesses.

Employment for Individuals with Disabilities: $78,616
United Cerebal Palsy Association of Greater Cleveland
Assist consumers in learning and practicing work skills in supportive work setting while earning a paycheck through training on assistive technology, computer software training and other adaptive equipment, facility and community-based situational assessment and clerical and computer training. Also provides assistances with job search and placement and provide job coaching.

Employment Services: $191,316
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Provides a full spectrum of services for teens who are at-risk, previously incarcerated individuals and people experiencing homelessness. These services include case management, job readiness, hard skills training and job placement with retention services. A focus on certifications in STNA, building trades, and culinary arts ServSafe through the Social Enterprise’s Central Kitchen.

Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities: $54,282
Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential
LEAP believes that individuals with disabilities have the right to apply their strengths, talents, and interests to purposeful and meaningful employment. Employment Services provides a flexible blend of strategies, services, and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with complex needs so they can succeed in the work world.

Employment Services for Reentry Population: $141,321
Towards Employment, Inc
People reentering the community have unique needs that require that we look at the whole person and their individual situation and challenges. Our programs and our community partnerships allow us to respond and to move them along specific steps on a pathway to employment. Our holistic approach has resulted in thousands of successful full-time job placements and high rates of job retention.

GED “RISE”: $43,987
Spanish American Committee for a Better Community
The Spanish language adult GED Rise program is a multifaceted adult educational program that assists students in order to prepare them for the State of Ohio GED examinations. Our service also includes academic, social, cultural understanding, and economic advancement through a diploma that enables a college education, other training or employment opportunities.

NewBridge Adult Program $68,267
Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology
NewBridge prepares adults for good-paying jobs as phlebotomists or pharmacy technicians that include health insurance and opportunities for advancement. The program is based on Manchester Bidwell in Pittsburgh and coursework was developed in association with the area’s largest health care employers. Graduates are ready to work in as little as 30 weeks.

Newcomer Family Support Center Employment Services: $58,996
Asian Services in Action, Inc
This program provides newly-arriving, low-income AAPIs (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) in greater Cleveland with linguistically and culturally accessible family assistance. Families are assisted with employment-specific services, which train for and link clients to job opportunities. Ongoing support is provided as necessary for individuals to be gainfully employed and self-sufficient.

Seeds of Literacy: $43,987
Seeds of Literacy
An adult literacy program providing basic education and GED preparation free of charge to people in the Cleveland, Ohio area. A unique curriculum and one-on-one tutoring offer maximum learning by building relationships of trust between the student and the tutor. We bring people of diverse race and ethnic backgrounds together to help break a root cause of poverty – illiteracy.

Vocational Rehabilitation Training, Placement: $173,142
Vocational Guidance Services
Helps Cuyahoga County residents challenged by disabilities reduce their employment obstacles, gain the competences they need to achieve their employment goal, and gain greater self-sufficiency. Each service starts with the development of an Individual Service Plan that identifies each individual’s goals, measurable objectives, and strategy steps, and expected outcomes.

Welcome Fairfax: $68,321
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp.
Developed through a collaborative process with the Cleveland Clinic, the program creates an employment path resulting in greater access to targeted entry level jobs and provides training and supportive services that lead to sustained employment. Participants engage in financial literacy and computer training, resume preparation and interview skills, along with educational sessions with Cleveland Clinic hiring managers and job recruiters.

Workforce Services: $36,500
United Labor Agency
The program targets dislocated workers, and assist them in finding employment. The staff assesses jobseekers current skills and develops an Individual Employment Plan (IEP). The approach is based on the needs of the jobseeker with the sole goal of obtaining employment either through direct referral to an open position or a more intense intervention through training.

Priority: Keep It

Access to Justice through Mediation Project: $46,795
Cleveland Mediation Center
Using mediation so that low-income clients can resolve their legal issues without going to court. Addressing issues of landlord-tenant disputes, neighborhood disputes, and family disputes, avoids clients going to small claims court or civil court that can lead to indebtedness that could be avoided through mediation services.

Legal Services to Ensure Income and Economic Stability: $151,704
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Legal Aid works to remove barriers to housing and financial security and improve financial stability by providing direct legal services to low-income people in the Cleveland area. Working with key community partners and agencies, clients are referred to Legal Aid for services. Working at a regional level, Legal Aid engages in policy development and advocacy to improve financial stability for our communities.

Foreclosure Prevention for At-Risk Homeowners: $53,346
Cleveland Housing Network
Helps families avoid foreclosure and achieve financial stability. Through counseling sessions CHN is able to quickly address immediate issues that threaten eviction. Then financial assistance is obtained to catch up on the mortgage while also achieving an affordable monthly payment. Most importantly, the underlying issues that caused the crisis is addressed to prevent a reoccurring crisis.

Priority: Save It

Cuyahoga EITC Coalition: $121,667
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc
Provides consumers quality, free tax preparation at forty locations around the county. Consumers also have access to additional financial programs such as being removed from the Chex System, housing and foreclosure prevention and an opportunity to meet with a volunteer certified financial planner.

Family Success – Financial Empowerment through Long-Term Engagement: $116,988
CHN Housing Partners
Expanding on CHN’s Family Success program, this funding allows them to engage in-depth with certain families from 1-5 years. While continuing financial education and counseling the in-depth engagement will allow for significantly deeper impacts to be achieved. These will lead to improved credit scores, less debt, more savings, on-time rent, and better debt-to-income ratios.

Homeownership Center and Consumer Law Center: $84,231
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland Inc
Provides housing, financial, and consumer affairs counseling to northeast Ohio residents. The homeownership Center provides high-quality, HUD certified, and nationally recognized education and training for potential homebuyers. The Consumer Law Center uses educational materials, seminars, practical advice, blogs, and public awareness campaigns to reach consumers about fringe financial banking issues.

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