Connections: Health.Wellness.Advocacy delivers a comprehensive array of behavioral health care services that promote a high quality of life among more than 6,000 individuals in the region. The organization targets people's needs in a culturally competent manner with necessary programs in psychiatric support, deaf and hard-of-hearing services, geriatrics, perinatal services, and pharmacological management. Connections has recently worked to improve the health care infrastructure in the region through a variety of projects, including the construction of a new primary-care clinic in Beachwood and a cloud-based medical-record system.
Last year, CKIN helped more than 80,000 economically disadvantaged students receive school supplies in the greater Cleveland area. Teachers report that receiving the supplies increases students' motivation, creativity, and self-esteem, as the students can concentrate on their studies rather than worrying about having the necessary supplies to do their assignments. In order to continue to donate school supplies, CKIN relies on cash and product donations from individuals, as well as national manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of school and office supplies.
Zumba classes challenge entire bodies from bobbing heads to tapping toes with intervals of intense exercise, interspersed with more relaxed paces to keep calorie fires burning. Varying speeds of cardio pumping set to rambunctious dance beats melt away fat, tone musculature, and maximize speed, essential for chasing after runaway pets who have also taken Zumba classes. Nicole will guide each pair of feet through a series of Latin-infused moves that can be modified for any fitness level. One-hour sessions take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Crisis Nursery’s Tuck a Baby in Bed program provides infants with a warm place to sleep and a safe place to stay when a crisis affects their family life or results in homelessness. Babies stay at the shelter between 24 hours and 60 days, until they can safely be sent home or can receive care in a more permanent setting. During their stay, babies receive medical treatment as well as close personal attention and compassion. On average, children reside at the facility for 25 days at a cost of $16 per night.
Although the symbol of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a small pink ribbon, it represents a powerhouse of breast-cancer research and education. The rallying cry of "I am the cure" represents the foundation's multifaceted approach to fighting the disease, which focuses on community outreach, public perception of the disease, and funding for scientific research. Susan G. Komen for the Cure's work has helped increase early detection, survival rates, and federal funding of groundbreaking breast-cancer research.
Beyond its signature pink ribbon–bedecked merchandise, the Race for the Cure is the centerpiece of the foundation's fundraising and outreach efforts. Originally an 800-person charity race in Dallas, Race for the Cure has blossomed into a series of more than 150 races worldwide, which collectively host more than 1.7 million participants annually. Marathoners, runners, and walkers alike collect sponsorship donations from friends and family as they tackle races of varying lengths, wearing personalized signs on their backs to honor the breast-cancer victims and survivors in their lives. To date, Race for the Cure has raised more than $1.9 billion to support Komen initiatives. The Northeast Ohio affiliate serves 22 counties, and 75% of its net funds earned stay within the area, while the remaining 25% go to global research.
The staff and partners of Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc. believe that all people need a home. As part of this mission, they maintain a collection of more than 90 properties, group homes, and affordable permanent-housing units across Cuyahoga County for more than 3,500 people with low incomes, a history of homelessness, and qualifying disabilities. In each property, residents maintain the freedom and independence necessary for them to be a part of the greater community, while still receiving access to support services within their building. EDEN property managers regularly work with partner agencies, such as Veteran’s Administration and AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Mental Health Services (MHS). In time, tenants can take strength from their newfound stability to get a full-time job, reconnect with family, overcome addictions, or stay off the street.
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