Project Hope for the Homeless announces new key hires
Project Hope for the Homeless serves as Lake County’s only homeless shelter
Project Hope for the Homeless is pleased to announce the recent hiring of two key staff members.
Painesville resident Renee Cruz now serves as the organization’s Development Director and Social Service Advocate. She began her duties on September 8.
Cruz assists with fundraising and works with donors to build relationships in her role as Development Director. As Social Services Advocate, she works closely with the organization’s Social Services Director and Aftercare Coordinator to serve guests and former guests.
A big thank you to our sponsors for the 2020 Virtual Jog with a Frog 5K and 1 Mile Walk presented by Aqua Doc Lake and Pond Management!
So far, we also have as these wonderful partners as Froggy Friend level sponsors: Scooter’s World Famous Dawg House, Location Carpet & Flooring, JLP CPAs, Fitzgerald’s Irish Bed & Breakfast and How Money Works with Grace Himmelright! ?
We encourage you to visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Sponsors/OH/Painesville/JogwithaFrog5K to learn more about these community businesses!
With COVID-19 putting restrictions on some in-person events including foot races, we have decided to try something new this year for our annual road racing event to help raise awareness about homelessness and support Project Hope for the Homeless.
Project Hope for the Homeless will conduct the third annual Jog with a Frog 5K and 1 Mile Walk presented by Aqua Doc Lake and Pond Management as a virtual event.
Participation can be completed anytime in between Sat. Aug. 8, 2020 and Sunday Aug. 23, 2020, and the cost is only $20 for either distance.
Project Hope for the Homeless is pleased to announce the receipt of $123,850 in grant funding to help expand services and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The adult shelter is open an additional 6 hours during the week allowing guests to stay from 1 p.m. to 7 a.m. and open an additional 12 hours each day on the weekends to allow guests to stay 24 hours. During the week, adult guests can go to the Salvation Army from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Families Moving Forward program, operating in a separate wing of the 25 Freedom Road facility,
Project Hope for the Homeless continues to take precautions as we remain open to serve our guests during this time of crisis.
We are closely monitoring the global outbreak regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we’re working to safeguard the health of our community. The health and well-being of our guests, staff, and volunteers is our top priority.
Project Hope for the Homeless has increased procedures for disinfecting; reminded guests, staff and volunteers to wash hands continually; ordered a deep cleaning of the facility from a vendor; and should a quarantine be necessary, we will work in conjunction with the Lake County General Health District to make proper accommodations for someone infected.
Project Hope for the Homeless expanding service for families with children
Project Hope for the Homeless is working to close a gap in services it provides for families with children by keeping the shelter open all-day for these guests during weekday school closings during the coldest months of a school year.
The Families Moving Forward program serves up to 12 guests nightly and operates in a separate wing of our 25 Freedom Road facility from 1 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekends.
Typically, our partners at Salvation Army in Painesville are open 7 a.m.
In 2019, Project Hope for the Homeless served an all-time high number of 476 guests at the shelter located at 25 Freedom Road. The record number served includes 71 children. In 2018, 471 guests were served including 65 children.
Project Hope for the Homeless also is proud to announce that, even with more guests served than ever before, the shelter had its highest percentage of guests (88%) positively transitioning to a better living situation in 2019.
“We are especially proud that we have the highest positive outcomes in our history while serving guests with the most serious issues and barriers,” said Judy Burr,
We have a BIG announcement! An anonymous donor has agreed to match all online donations we receive up to $10,000 in total now through Dec. 31!
Your generous gifts will have double the impact to restore hope and renew lives in the guests we serve.
Click this link to have your online donation doubled!
Thank you so much for your support. ?
Project Hope for the Homeless is celebrating National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week from Nov. 16-24 and unveiling a survey to gauge the community’s awareness of the organization and the issue of homelessness.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week is celebrated each November and is part of a national effort involving more than 700 schools, colleges, and community groups that work to raise awareness about poverty.
The survey is a collaborative effort with Leadership Lake County, which is assisting Project Hope for the Homeless as part of a Signature Class of 2020 Community Impact Project.
The public is invited to take the short five-minute survey at:
Project Hope for the Homeless is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1,100 grant from the Western Reserve Junior Service League.
The funding will enable the purchase a a two-stage snowblower for our shelter and for our offsite Senior Care program facility in Painesville, named Hope House.
The purchase of a new snowblower will provide immediate improvement in the safety and sanitary aspects of our buildings. We have a multitude of visitors (facilitators, staff, board, guests, donors, meal providers, etc.) that require access to our Freedom Road facility at various times of the day and evening.
Project Hope for the Homeless is pleased to be awarded a $17,466 grant from the Ridgecliff Foundation to help pay for staff salary for the organization’s Aftercare Program.
Aftercare Coordinator Tonya Abney celebrates more than a decade of experience and education in this position. She works with guests, who are often at the lowest point in their lives as they prepare to leave the leave the shelter, conducts apartment inspections, and helps them secure any available entitlements.
Once guests have left Project Hope for the Homeless, she offers a multi-pronged approach to help them maintain their successful transition.
Project Hope for the Homeless was pleased to have a successful Jog with a Frog 5K and a 1 Mile Walk in the Park community event presented by Aqua Doc Lake and Pond Management.
The Jog with a Frog 5K and a 1 mile Walk in the Park on Saturday August 10 at 8 a.m. at Kiwanis Recreation Park in Painesville attracted 80 participants. The event was a fun and active way to raise awareness and support for Project Hope for the Homeless, the only emergency shelter in Lake County.
Runners enjoyed a new opportunity at this year’s event to find miniature frogs located on the course to turn in after the race for a special prize of artwork created by guests of Project Hope for the Homeless.