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Stories by topic: Food & Housing Assistance

  • The City Mission Cuyahoga

    They [our clients] are able to better parent, they’re able to maintain employment, and that’s really our goal – to help our clients to move to a place of self-sufficiency

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  • Walter Huckabee Hamilton

    I came to the Freestore the first year it was open. I was out of work, I had just gotten laid off and I had five kids.

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  • Torrey Solomon Cuyahoga

    Without Cleveland Housing Network, I don’t know what path I’d be on right now honestly. They just believed in me, and them believing in me made me believe more in myself.

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  • Monique and Joy Cuyahoga

    After I was introduced to Cleveland Housing Network and [social worker] Tamika in 2003, my life changed drastically. I have a home. I have conquered my demons. I have returned to college after 10 years, and I have a 4.0 GPA.

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  • Elizabeth Cuyahoga

    Now I’m able to give something back. I do volunteer work…so that I can help other women empower themselves.

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  • Henry Huffman Montgomery

    In the battle over addiction, personal strength is only a part of what it takes to win. Supportive environments can help change lives and boost the possibility of individual success. Sometimes in the process, entire communities are transformed.

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  • I often wonder about what it’s like to be a child in a homeless shelter. . . . We want to make their quality of life as good as children who don’t live in shelters.

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  • Bessie Hamilton

    Making my own way has always been familiar with me. But then when I had to depend on others for the things that I needed, it was hard at first.

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  • Lisa Franklin

    Taking the burden of housing off of us right now has enabled me to make another home for my children so that eventually we’ll be able to get back out and independently survive again.

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  • If it were not for food stamps (SNAP) and soup kitchens in the area that we patronize we would seriously be worse off. These services enable my family to feel more secure. The support has allowed me to seek out employment in the social service field.

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  • Heather Boehmer Montgomery

    I was not eligible for foster care or adoption, so the Home was my saving grace, a welcome alternative to what I saw as my only other option: the streets.

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  • Frank and Jennifer Montgomery

    Frank and Jennifer were working hard to provide for their two children. Frank had a good teaching position, but his job was eliminated and the only work he could find was as a part-time pizza delivery man.

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  • Antonio Portage

    None of us want to be in this spot. I know I don’t. But some of us are just trapped.

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  • Bridget Miami

    You get ahead, and then you get a setback… I’m full-time [at work], but if we’re not busy they send us home.

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  • Evelyn Mahoning

    I don’t eat that much, but at that time when I know I can’t buy a pound of hamburger, that’s when the foodbank really helps.

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  • Kathy Jackson

    Kathy is a widow who volunteers and serves on the board at her local food pantry in rural Ohio. “There’s a need for food. There’s a far greater need than is being met.”

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  • Kitty Allen

    We cut back. We don’t eat out as often. We don’t go to visit my grandkids as often. Gas is too high. We turn the heat down. Now, I’d burn wood if I could, but I can’t. The foodbank helps im-mensely.

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  • Lorna Jackson

    When my insulin runs out, I have the choice of feeding the kids or buying insulin.

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  • R.J. Franklin

    You may not get everything that you want, but you get food, and it’s good quality food. And you can feed your families, and that’s the most important thing— making sure my girls have food and that they don’t go hungry.

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  • Spencer Miami

    I’ve had a job for about two years. I still have a hard time.

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  • Louise McKinney Cuyahoga

    When they leave the City Mission, they can take their medical card with them. They don’t have to wait until they have an emergency; they can have a medical home.

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  • Mary Franklin

    Mary has gone from depending on her family and the emergency room for her health care needs, to being able to depend on Molina Healthcare and her care management team. 

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  • Roger Monk Franklin

    After being homeless for almost 25 years, Roger is now able to get the medical attention he needs and is getting an apartment and job training.

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