Monday, March 30, 2020

The Center for Community Solutions

Special Report: Benefit Redeterminations, Requirements Changed During Coronavirus 

March 27, 2020

Dani Carlson
Director of Communications
CLEVELAND, OH – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County have issued new guidance surrounding the public benefits many Ohioans rely on, including Supplemental Assistance for needy Families (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) and Medicaid.

Medicaid recipients can now utilize telehealth services even for first-time appointments. Redeterminations are suspended for 180 days, Medicaid benefits will not be lost if the renewal process isn't able to be completed.

For SNAP and Ohio Works First, redeterminations are suspended for six months.

For unemployment benefits, quarantined workers are eligible for unemployment benefits even if they are not diagnosed with COVID19, work search requirements are waived during the pandemic, the waiting period is waived and partially-unemployed people can receive benefits.

We at Community Solutions believe that more policy changes need to happen in order to help flatten the coronavirus curve and to boost Ohio’s economy. Learn more about those suggestions here.  

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

National PTA Launches Webpage to Support Families and Educators During COVID-19 Crisis

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 24, 2020)—National PTA launched a comprehensive webpage today, which features resources, tools and information to support families and educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Located at, the goal is to help communities navigate the emerging challenges the pandemic has presented, while meeting the educational and social and emotional needs of all students, educators and families.

“While our utmost priority during this crisis is the health and safety of all students, educators, staff and families, we are also committed to making sure our communities have what they need during this challenging time,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “Our nation’s families and educators have many questions and concerns, and we hope the information and resources on this webpage help them navigate this crisis.”

COVID-19 has and will continue to have a significant impact on K-12 education and on the communities PTAs serve. Among the many resources available at are guides for families on social and emotional support, learning at home and healthy habits; and resources for educators on teaching from home, supporting their students and selfcare.

The webpage also links to resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of Education and provides information on how to talk to children about COVID-19, what is being done to support equitable access to the internet for student learning and to ensure vulnerable youth have access to school meals, and what legislative action Congress is taking regarding COVID-19.

National PTA is also calling on Congress to take swift, bipartisan action to provide fiscal and policy relief to state and local education agencies. In advocacy efforts over the last week, the association called on the administration to provide clear and robust guidance for families and schools on critical issues related to COVID-19, including state testing requirements, access and support for online learning, and access to school meals.
“Funding, flexibility, and clear and robust guidance from the federal government is essential to support state and local capacity, address the impact of COVID-19 on our education system and to keep our nation’s students learning and supported,” said Nathan Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA remains committed to supporting and advocating for our nation’s students, families, schools and communities in this time of crisis.”

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit

Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus Relief Package Update

State Presidents and Federal Legislative Chairs,

As you may have seen and/or heard, the Speaker of the House has released a third coronavirus relief package (a counter proposal to Senator McConnell’s bill). In the House proposal there is a provision for an Emergency Connectivity Fund to provide $2 billion to schools and libraries for Wi-Fi hotspots, connected devices and mobile broadband Internet service to ensure continuity of K-12 learning during this COVID-19 national emergency.  National PTA supports this fund and joined fellow education groups on the attached letter that was sent today to House leaders indicating our collective support. 

Please know the Government Affairs Department is working hard to ensure federal resources are provided to ensure ALL students have access to the tools, broadband and supports necessary to engage in remote learning during these unprecedent times.

I will continue to keep you updated.  The letter will be up soon on our letters to policymakers page under Education Technology and Student Data Privacy

Please feel free to share as appropriate throughout your networks. 


Jacki Ball | Director, Government Affairs
National PTA® 

Update on COVID-19 Legislation

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Keeping all PTA members informed. #FactsMatter #KnowledgeIsPower
Below is a summary of the three COVID-19 legislative relief packages either passed or currently being negotiated by Congress. The summaries focus on relevant education related provisions included in the bills. Please share among your networks as appropriate.
National PTA is engaged in, and closely monitoring the details of the third legislative package. Specifically, we are focused on ensuring that federal resources are able to quickly get to states and school districts, including dedicated resources to support distance learning, and that there are appropriate flexibilities provided, however we are opposed to broad waivers that raise significant equity and civil rights concerns.
Right now, negotiations are ongoing many provisions in the bill including those related to distance learning in the third package. More details to come as we learn them.
COVID-19 Relief Package #3: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
PLEASE NOTE: The contents of this bill are fluid. As we receive more concrete information, we will share it with you.
Latest Action: Procedural vote in Senate on 3/22 failed. Negotiations are ongoing.
Summary: The most recent plan would provide $20 billion to the Education Department to help states, schools and colleges with unprecedented disruption of every level of education across the country.
The grants to states would be determined by population and controlled by governors, who would have to allocate money to school districts or colleges that have been “most significantly impacted by coronavirus.”
The Education Department would also provide some funding directly to school districts based on the share of low-income students. That money could be used for a wide range of purposes, including training and professional development, distance learning, purchasing supplies to sanitize schools and planning for long-term school closures.
There is $25 million for “Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program” in the current proposal. National PTA is pushing for a much larger amount of funding for K-12 distance learning.
A previous iteration of the bill would have provided broad wavier authority to Secretary DeVos to waive any provision of the main federal laws governing higher education, K-12 education and career and technical education. However, under the new proposal, the Education Department would be allowed to waive only certain provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including those dealing with required assessments, state education plans and the allocation of funding. There is a provision in the bill that would allow the Education Department to make legislative recommendations on any additional waivers that need to be enacted into law under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Again, please note that the contents of this bill are fluid. As we receive more concrete information, we will share it with you.
COVID-19 Relief Package #2: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Latest Action: Signed into law on March 18, 2020.
Summary: The second COVID-19 relief package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201), would provide $1 billion in nutritional aid, expand access to COVID-19 testing and expand sick leave benefits. Relevant education- and workforce-related provisions include:
$500 million for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
$400 million for the Commodity Assistance program.
Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits for families with at least one child who would be receiving free and reduced-price meals and whose school has been closed for at least 5 consecutive days.
$160 million for home delivered meals.
$80 million for the Congregate Nutrition Services program under the Older Americans Act.
Providing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with authority to grant waivers (until September 30, 2020):
Of statutory and regulatory provisions under the Child Nutrition and School Lunch Acts in order to provide meals and meal supplements in the event of school closures due to COVID-19;
Of provisions in the School Lunch Act which prevent increased Federal costs when implementing summer food service programs;
To States for the purposes of providing meals and meal supplements in a manner that provides appropriate safety measures. These waivers would be automatically applied to States that seek them without further application by the State;
To provide non-congregate feeding under the Child and Adult Care Food program, if the waivers are connected to COVID-19;
Of requirements regarding the nutritional content of meals, if the waivers are connected to COVID-19;
Of administrative requirements under WIC for States, if the waivers are connected to COVID-19; and
Of the physical presence requirement at the time of WIC certification (current law requires WIC recipients to be physically present when they are certified for benefits). Anthropometric and bloodwork requirements would also be allowed to be waived.
Providing an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act to provide:
Paid leave, connected to a public health emergency related to COVID-19, to employees at organizations with fewer than 500 total employees to care for a child if childcare is unavailable. Employees would have to be employed for at least 30 days by their employer and the U.S. Secretary of Labor would be empowered to grant hardship exemptions for certain businesses with fewer than 50 employees and to exclude certain health care providers and emergency responders.
The first 10 days of such leave may consist of unpaid leave, with employees being able to substitute vacation, paid leave or sick leave for unpaid leave. Employers are required to provide paid leave for leave days after such initial 10-day period. The amount of pay is required to be at least 2/3rds of the pay an employee would receive based on an employee’s normally scheduled hours of work. Paid leave would not have to exceed $200 per day or $10,000 in the aggregate.
Providing an Employer provided paid sick leave benefit:
The benefit would be provided to employees of private businesses with fewer than 500 employees and employees of public entities for illness or quarantine related to COVID-19 or the care of someone who is quarantined due to or ill because of COVID-19. Employers may exempt health care providers or emergency responders from this benefit
Full-time employees can receive up to 80 hours, with part-time employees receiving up to the number of hours they would normally work over a 2-week period.
The paid sick leave benefit would only be in effect through the end of 2020.Limits exist on daily and aggregate paid sick leave amounts provided to employees.
The U.S. Secretary of Labor would be empowered to grant hardship exemptions for certain businesses with fewer than 50 employees and to exclude certain health care providers and emergency responders from the benefit
COVID-19 Relief Package #1: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
Latest Action: Signed into law on March 6, 2020.
Summary: The first COVID-19 relief package, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R.6074), included $8.3 billion in emergency funding and was signed into law on Friday, March 6. The bill was focused on vaccine development, research and equipment stockpiles, and supporting State and local health budgets. The bill did not contain any education- or workforce-related provisions.
Thank you,
Jacki Ball | Director, Government Affairs
National PTA®
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Hannah Rotunda Insider / March 23, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020
How the Stay-at-Home Order Will Affect Ohioans
With Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton's "stay-at-home" order coming into effect Monday at 11:59 p.m. and lasting at least through Monday, April 6, the Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down how the order will affect the day-to-day lives of Ohio citizens and businesses.
Scams Likely to Increase in Ohio as Pandemic Continues
As the coronavirus continues to spread across Ohio and the country, Attorney General Dave Yost and the Better Business Bureau warn residents scams such as fake telephone calls and emails are likely to target vulnerable Ohioans. The Lima News reports on the precautions that the public can take to protect themselves from these scams.
Ohio Pension Funds Brace for Effects of the Coronavirus
As the long-term effects of the coronavirus remain unknown, Ohio's public pensions are moving to reassure Ohioans that benefits will go on as scheduled as well as ready themselves for an uncertain economic future, the Columbus Dispatch reports.


Resources 3/23/20


v  The Crisis Kit: 5 tools for helping clients through turbulent times
Ø  A PDF fillable 41 page document. There is also an audio file and a YouTube version. 

v  Corona Virus Social Story:

v  Virtual Fieldtrips
v  Free Musicals to Watch

v  Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are out

v  Headspace is FREE for Mental Health Professionals
Adventures in Familyhood - 20 Free Virtual Field Trips to take with your kids

Switch Zoo
Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals

Nat Geo for Kids
Learn all about geography and fascinating animals

Into the Book
Go "into the book" to play games that practice reading strategies

Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends

Practice math and reading skills all while playing fun games

Fun Brain
Play games while practicing math and reading skills

PBS Kids
Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning

Star Fall
Practice your phonics skills with these read-along stories

Storyline Online
Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars

Highlights Kids
Read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments

San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games

Tour Yellowstone National Park

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover

Offers 11 virtual tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs

Indoor Activities for Busy Toddlers

The Louvre Virtual Field Trip
Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre

Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China

London museum
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies

Printable worksheets

Math Score

All Kids Network
Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, and more

High School Chemistry

Math and Language Games

Hands on Elementary science videos

Voice-based learning through Alexa



Online History Classes



Educational games K-12

Digital Archive of History

SAT and ACT test Prep



Chinese Learning Activities

Music is For Everyone

Science, Math, Social Studies

Grammar Practice for Middle School

Science and Cooking Experiments


Reading Comprehension Grades 3-12

Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities, and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin

Cultures and Countries around the World

K-5th Science lessons

Free classes from leading universities and companies

Free Pintable's K-8

Digital Learning Preschool through High School

Math Middle School through AP Calculus

Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Maker Stations

Classes for Older Teens

Online Homeschool Pre-K-12

K-8 Online Math

Printable board games

Engaging reading grades2-8

Higher level Math

Foreign Languages

Interactive Video Earth Science

Resources for AP students

Educational Brain Breaks

Movement and Mindfulness Activities

7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas

Carmen Sandiego

Math Videos

Entertaining and Educational Videos

Online Education program toddler through high school

Free Pintables Pre-K through 2nd grade

Free Pintables Library 0-6

Yoga At Home

Magic Spell

Resources for AP students

Math Help 2nd Grade through College

Elementary math Games

Poetry and Music

Music Theory

Teaching Personal Finance

Typing Skills

Illustrated Recipes to teach cooking

Writing curriculum

Do at home Science Activities

Daily Educational Lessons and Activities

Adaptive Curriculum in Math and ELA grades K-8

Novel Effects read along stories for children and adults

At home projects ages 2+

Writing paragraphs

PBS Learning

Curricular content hub Grades K-3

Science and Math labs and simulations

Online Physics

Prodigies music curriculum grades 1-12

Free videos from around the world grades 3-12


Practice and Mastering skills


Critical Thinking Grades K-6

Music Based Spanish Learning

Science simulations for middle and high schoolers

The Shurley English Program Grades K-8

Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises

Music Practice

Spelling (code VSCFree90)

Kid-friendly work outs

K-12 STEM resources

Course set Levels 1-5

At home OT, PT, and ST resources

Science projects

Keyboarding practice

Next Generation Science Middle School

Visual Comprehension

Math Practice

K-5 Curriculum for math

Resource guide for Preschool-8th grade

450 Ivy League Courses

Spelling Grades 1-4

2500 Online courses

Learn to Code

Phonics and Learning

PreK-5 games

Online digital coloring pages

Homeschool courses preschool-grade 12


Free online stories ages 3-12

National Geographic Young Explorers

Learn about Earthquakes

Learn about the Periodic Table

Farmer's almanac for kids

Guide to gardening for kids


Space science

Math games, Logic Puzzles, and Brain Builders

Journey Through Time

NGAkids Art and Art History


Story Starters


Math games

Science Experiments

Interactive history


Magic Treehouse Games

Work on the 8 parts of Speech



Scratch coding



History of cities

Number and math

Human Body


Learn to play Instruments Online

Preschool crafts

Preschool-K learning songs


Life skills Grades K-12

Coding ages 4-10


Cool Kid Facts

U.S. Government


Dr. Universe

Coin Collecting


Kids Think Design



The Theta Music Trainer

Money Management

Human Body Systems


Find and fix learning gaps

Algebra games

Fractions practice

Education for kids all topics

Math and logic problems ages 5 to adult

Science podcasts

Alaskan Wildlife cams

Coding with Star Wars


Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children

Amphibian unit studies


Online jigsaw puzzle 6-1000+pieces

Toddler and preschool ideas

100 free online educational program ideas

Artist at Heart Paint Party has kids art activities at noon Cleveland Metroparks Zoo at 11am everyday Facebook Live Event Mo Willems has a Livestream Doodle group called LunchDoodles Shark Story Hour at 10am every day sponsored by Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Make is offering free kids art classes at noon Cincinatti Zoo at 3pm has a Facebook Live event every day Great Lakes Science Center is doing Curiosity Corner at 1030am and 3pm on their YouTube channel. They can view the Facebook page to find the direct link

Thursday March 19 Mo Willems Storytime! Sponsored by Comstock Township Library

I'm sure there are many more and I will try to get them out to you as I hear more.


Ready Rosie

PBS Kids

Sesame Street

EQ Mighty Touch and Learn-Emotions

Wisdom-Kingdom of Anger

Kids and Divorce
Peppy Pals Social Skills

iTouchiLearn Feelings for preschoolers


The Greater Cleveland YMCA is offering programming for children who’s caregivers are medical personnel, first responders, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Employees and Children Services Employees.  Visit centers or call 216-263-6860 to ask questions about enrollment


As we all adjust to our “new normal” there are so many things individuals and families can do during this time at home…you are only limited to your imagination! Explore the outdoors and more. Click HERE for a list of suggestions from the Ohio Department of Health.


Everything keeps changing!
And now most schools and programs are closed or experiencing major adjustments. And that leaves the parents of your students in a place where they have to change all their familiar family routines.
We know how change creates anxiety. Yet having an Autism Survival Toolbox filled with a few important tools can help families manage so they can experience family harmony.
Parents please share with your friends.
Educators, please share with the families you work with.
They will appreciate if you give them some simple tips that help during this challenging time.

P.S. In case you didn't see the blog I posted yesterday. Go here to see the blog. A lot of people have let me know how it will help.


Governor says Most BMV locations now closed. Grace periods for licenses that are expiring.

The CSWMFT Board is working with Governor Mike DeWine’s office as well as other State agencies on an emergency rule that will provide flexibility for licensees who are seeking to provide teletherapy. We anticipate the proposed rule will be issued soon and  will align with the rules being proposed by the Ohio Depart of Medicaid and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Once the rule is issued, we will provide an update and additional guidance.  
Licensees who want to prepare for providing teletherapy would be advised to review guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding HIPAA. You can find the guidance at
Below are some additional resources about teletherapy and COIVD-19:
State of Ohio Resources
Social Work
Marriage and Family Therapy


All County buildings are closed to the public.  If a family has a scheduled hearing at a court building they will want to check on how that will be proceeding.  A link to access online services and instructions for families who have hearings with child support or team meetings/staffings with child and family services is below.  Many of these are being held over the phone.


FOOD PANTRIES (from Greater Cleveland Food Bank)

Food Resources Near You - 44102
Please note:
1. Most food pantries are open different days and hours.
2. Some pantries are only able to serve clients that live in their zip code and or neighborhood/community.
3. If possible, please make sure to bring a piece of mail with your address on it and/or a photo ID for verification.
4. Please make sure to call ahead and verify the pantry is open.
Service Area
Salvation Army - Ohio City
Mondays - Thursdays: 9-11:30a
4400 Clark Avenue
44102, 44109, 44113 and 44144

SVDP Food Center at Community Corner Hunger Center
Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10a-2p
8302 Detroit Avenue Cleveland OH 44102
Within this area: Lake Erie, West 52nd Street, West 117th Street and Clark Avenue
Prince of Peace Outreach and Deliverance Ministries
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 1-4p
4800 Denison Avenue
Stockyards area (Denison to Clark and Fulton to West 65th)
West 58th Street Church of God
3rd Saturday:
3150 West 58th Street
St. Boniface Church
2nd, 3rd & 4th Thursdays
3545 West 54th Street
44102 and Within this area: Denison Avenue/Ridge Road, West 46th  Street and the South Side of Clark Avenue
Sagrada Familia Church
3rd Thursday:
7719 Detroit Avenue
Open to Anyone
Church of Jesus Christ Mount Moriah
3rd Saturday:
9807 Cudell Avenue
Open to Anyone
Denison Avenue United Church of Christ
4th Tuesday:
9900 Denison Avenue
44102 and 44111
Simpson United Methodist Church
Last Wednesday:
8519 Clark Avenue
Open to Anyone
Project Light
Proyecto Luz

(By appointment)
8901 Willard Avenue
West side of Cleveland
New Beginning Ministries
3rd Saturday:
2060 West 65th Street
Open to Anyone
Brookside Family Center
3674 Pearl Road
44102, 44109, 44129, 44130, 44144 & Within this area: South to Tiedeman Road, North to Storer Avenue, West 72nd Street & East 2nd Street
Cooley Avenue Church of God
3rd Saturday: 10:30a-12p
12401 Cooley Avenue
44111, 44135, 44102
CityReach Church

Thursdays: 1-2p
3801 Clark Avenue


44102, 44107, 44109, 44111, 44113,44129, 44130 & 44144
Salvation Army - West Park
9- 11:30a

12645 Lorain Avenue
44102, 44107, 44111, 44116, 44126, 44129, 44130, 44134, 44135, 44136, 44140, 44142 & 44145
St. Paul's Community Outreach
Tuesdays-Fridays: 10-11a
4427 Franklin Boulevard
44102 & 44113
WSEM Food Center at Near West Food & Family Service Center (at St. Patrick's Church)
Wednesdays & Fridays: 10a-2p
3610 Bridge Avenue
44102 & 44113
United Hearts Life Mission Center
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 9a-1p
3339 Broadview Road
44102, 44109, 44111, 44113, 44114, 44115, 44127, 44134 & 44144

Hot Meals
Service Area
St. Boniface Church
1st Friday: 4-6p
3545 West 54th Street
Open to Anyone
Episcopal West Side Shared Ministry
Wednesdays: 6-7p
Sundays: 12:30p
1349 West 78th Street
Open to Anyone
Calvary Reformed Church
Thursdays: 12-2p
3rd Friday: 5:30-7p
1918 West 65th Street
Open to Anyone
Westside Seventh Day Adventist Church
2nd Tuesday: 1-2p
4th Tuesday: 1-2p
8809 Madison Avenue

Open to Anyone
Project SEVA - St. Colman's
2nd to Last Saturday: 3-5p
2021 West 65th Street
Open to Anyone
Way of Escape Ministries
Last Wednesday: 4:30-7p
6818 Denison Avenue
Open to Anyone

Produce Distribution
Cleveland Dept. of Aging-Cudell Rec. Center
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mar 19 2020
1910 West Blvd.
Episcopal West Side Shared Ministry
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mar 23 2020
1349 W. 78th St.
The Halle School of Inquiry
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Mar 17 2020
7901 Halle Ave.
West Side Community House
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mar 18 2020
9300 Lorain Ave.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
3rd Thursday of month 4-6p
15500 South Waterloo Cleveland

Kids Café
Organization Name
Start Date
End Date
Open To:
CPL - Lorain Branch- CLOSED
8216 Lorain Avenue
Children 18 & Under
CPL - Walz Branch- CLOSED
7910 Detroit Avenue
Children 18 & Under
Urban Community School- CLOSED
4909 Lorain Ave
Children 18 & Under

Food Resources Near You - 44109
Please note:
1. Most food pantries are open different days and hours.
2. Some pantries are only able to serve clients that live in their zip code and or neighborhood/community.
3. If possible, please make sure to bring a piece of mail with your address on it and/or a photo ID for verification.
4. Please make sure to call ahead and verify the pantry is open.
Service Area
Mega Resource Center
Mondays & Fridays:
2401 Prame Avenue
Open to Anyone
St. Michael the Archangel
Mondays & Thursdays: 12:30-3p
3114 Scranton Road
44109 & 44113
Brookside Family Center
10a – 2p
3674 Pearl Road
44102, 44109, 44129, 44130, 44144 & Within this area: South to Tiedeman Road, North to Storer Avenue, West 72nd Street & East 2nd Street
United Hearts Life Mission Center
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 9a-1p
3339 Broadview Road
44102, 44109, 44111, 44113, 44114, 44115, 44127, 44134 & 44144
St. Vincent de Paul Pantry
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays: 10a-1p
2145 Broadview Road
44109, 44129, 44130, 44134, 44142 & 44144
CityReach Church
Thursdays: 1-2p
3801 Clark Avenue
44102, 44107, 44109, 44111, 44113,44129, 44130 & 44144
Iglesia Nueva Vida - Free Methodist Church
2nd & 4th Saturdays:
2327 Holmden Avenue
Cuyahoga County
St Leo the Great
3rd Tuesday:
11a-12p & 5-6p
4940 Broadview Rd
44109, 44129, 44130, 44134, 44142, 44144
Pilgrim Congregational Church
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10a-12p
2592 West 14th Street
44109 & 44113
St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Mission
3rd Saturday: 1-3p
4345 State Road
Open to Anyone
Iglesia Sinai
Last Wednesday: 4-6p
3256 Scranton Road
Open to Anyone
Salvation Army – Ohio City
4400 Clark Avenue
44102, 44109, 44113, 44144
CityReach Church

Thursdays: 1-2p
3801 Clark Avenue


44102, 44107, 44109, 44111, 44113,44129, 44130 & 44144

Hot Meals
Service Area
Mercy Seat Mission
Mondays, Wednesdays & Last Friday: Meal Served at Noon
3510 Broadview Road
Open to Anyone
Pearl Road United Methodist Church
First 2 Thursdays: 6-7p & Last 2 Sundays: 5-6p
4200 Pearl Road
Open to Anyone
St. Michael the Archangel
Last Sunday (or Sunday before if last is a holiday): 1:30-3p
3115 Scranton Road
Open to Anyone
Salvation Army - Ohio City
Wednesdays: 12-1p
4402 Clark Avenue
Open to Anyone

Produce Distribution
Cleveland Hope Exchange
9:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Mar 28 2020
3381 Fulton Rd.
Metro Health Mobile Pantry
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mar 17 2020
2500 Metro Health Dr.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
3rd Thursday of month 4-6p
15500 South Waterloo Cleveland

Kids Cafe
Organization Name
Start Date
End Date
Open To:
BGC - Luis Munoz Marin- CLOSED
1701 Castle Ave
Children 18 & Under
CPL - Brooklyn Branch- CLOSED
3706 Pearl Road
Children 18 & Under
CPL - Fulton Branch- CLOSED
3545 Fulton Road
Children 18 & Under
CPL - South Branch- CLOSED
3096 Scranton Road
Children 18 & Under
CPL - South Brooklyn Branch- CLOSED
4303 Pearl Road
Children 18 & Under

Food Resources Near You - 44111
Please note:
1. Most food pantries are open different days and hours.
2. Some pantries are only able to serve clients that live in their zip code and or neighborhood/community.
3. If possible, please make sure to bring a piece of mail with your address on it and/or a photo ID for verification.
4. Please make sure to call ahead and verify the pantry is open.
Service Area
Salvation Army - West Park
Mondays - Thursdays:
9- 11:30a
12645 Lorain Avenue
44102, 44107, 44111, 44116, 44126, 44129, 44130, 44134, 44135, 44136, 44140, 44142 & 44145
St. Ladislas Church (at St. Ignatius of Antioch)
2nd Tuesday: 3:30-5:30p
10205 Lorain Avenue
44102 & 44111
R.E.D. 4 Christ Ministries
2nd Saturday: 10a-12p
13004 Liberty Avenue
Open to Anyone
Cooley Avenue Church of God
3rd Saturday: 10:30a-12p
12401 Cooley Avenue
44111, 44135, 44102
Denison Avenue United Church of Christ
4th Tuesday: 10:30a-12p
9900 Denison Avenue
44102 & 44111
CityReach Church

Thursdays: 1-2p
3801 Clark Avenue


44102, 44107, 44109, 44111, 44113,44129, 44130 & 44144
Horizon Education Center- Triskett Station
3rd Thursday: 3-6p
13700 Triskett Avenue

United Hearts Life Mission Center
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 9a-1p
3339 Broadview Road
44102, 44109, 44111, 44113, 44114, 44115, 44127, 44134 & 44144

Hot Meals
Service Area
St. Ladislas Church (at St. Ignatius of Antioch)
1st & 3rd Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30p
10205 Lorain Avenue
Open to Anyone

Produce Distribution
Salvation Army-West Park
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mar 20 2020
12645 Lorain Avenue
Second Calvary Baptist Church
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mar 27 2020
12017 Emery Avenue

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
3rd Thursday of month 4-6p
15500 South Waterloo Cleveland

Kids Cafe
Organization Name
Start Date
End Date
Open To:
CPL - Eastman Branch- CLOSED
11602 Lorain Avenue
Children 18 & Under
CPL - West Park Branch- CLOSED
3805 West 157th Street
Children 18 & Under
SA - West Park- CLOSED
12645 Lorain Ave
Children 18 & Under

For monthly produce give away times/dates, please call
216-738-2067 at the beginning of each month

Here is information related to helping families get free broadband for the next two months.  To utilize the links, you’ll need to hit control and click the link or right click and then use the open hyperlink option. 
Cable giant Charter Communications will provide free broadband for two months to households with students, as a number of U.S. schools are shutting down because of concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Starting next Monday (March 16), Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students — which do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription — at any service level up to 100 megabits per second.
The move follows Comcast’s announcement that it would extend free broadband to low-income families, also for a 60-day period, starting next week, and will boost speeds of the service tier (regularly $9.95 per month).
To enroll in Charter’s free-broadband program, eligible consumers must call (844) 488-8395. The company said it will waive installation fees for new student households. Charter said it will partner with school districts “to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.” In addition, the operator will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across its footprint for public use, free of charge.
For eligible low-income households without school-age children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program that provides speeds of up 30 Mbps.
“As the country works collaboratively to contain this pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends,” Charter said in a statement.
Charter has about 29 million customers across a 41-state footprint. The cable operator noted that it does not impose data caps or usage surcharges on broadband service.

GENERAL in need can visit the website, state their need and a member organization will reach out to contact them with services.


I  am reaching out to inform you about immediate measures of caution that are taken by Cleveland Diocese of Catholic Charities. Due to the current situation with the coronavirus, Catholic Charities has made the decision to not allow any external providers to enter our sites to provide services. This decision is effective immediately.  I apologize for the interruption in services but we are doing this preventive measure for the safety of our children, staff and families.  I will keep you informed going forward.  Effective at this time, all Head Start centers are closed at least until April 3, 2020 until further notice and this time may extend depending on actions by our State Representatives and Federal Government Regulations. I am available to assist with further questions.  My cell phone (440) 503-1217 is available at all times.
Thank you,

Mary T. Baran
Head Start Disabilities & Mental Health Coordinator
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland


What a week of change.  I write to share updated procedures at Legal Aid due to COVID-19: please do forward within your office and to other community partners.
Legal Aid will continue to serve clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this time of uncertainty, people will have legal needs related to shelter, safety and economic security – and Legal Aid remains committed to meeting those needs.  Concurrently, we are taking steps to limit community spread and ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors.
Legal Aid will be closed on Monday, March 16, 2020 to prepare the organization for alternative operations.  Starting March 17, Legal Aid will only do new client intake online and via phone.  Walk-in intake in our Cleveland, Elyria, Painesville and Jefferson offices is suspended until further notice.  The March 27 partner training and all neighborhood legal clinics through May 1 are cancelled.
Those needing civil legal assistance can apply online 24/7 at or weekdays by calling 888-817-3777.  Those with non-legal questions related to landlord-tenant and other rental issues can also call our Tenant Information Line at 216-861-5955 (Cuyahoga) or 440-210-4533 (Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Lorain Counties).
Because Legal Aid is seeking to limit foot traffic at its offices, potential visitors should call before coming to an office.  Current clients should continue to work with their attorneys and anticipate handling matters by phone and electronically to the extent possible.
Legal Aid will keep the public updated about changes to intake and other activities and events via and social media channels - including Facebook and Twitter.
More information about how to get in contact with Legal Aid, including how to contact Legal Aid in multiple languages, are available here:
If you have questions, do be in touch.  Thank you for your partnership.
Melanie A. Shakarian, Esq.
Director of Development and Communications
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Open Meal Sites:

*Cleveland Metropolitan School District will have 22 sites open from 11:30-1:00 Monday through Friday.   The site will be open to pick up lunch and also breakfast for the next day.  This will begin on March 16 and end on April 3rd.  This is open to anyone 18 years or younger.  

Albert B Hart
3900 E 75th St, Cleveland, OH 44105
East Clark
885 E 146th St, Cleveland, OH 44110        
OH Perry
18400 Schenely Ave, Cleveland, OH 44119
Andrew J Rickoff
3500 E 147th St, Cleveland, OH 44120      
3800 W 140th St, Cleveland, OH 44111
Patrick Henry
11901 Durant Ave, Cleveland, OH 44108
Anton Grdina
2955 E 71st St, Cleveland, OH, 44104
Louisa May Alcott
10308 Baltic Rd, Cleveland, OH 44102
14601 Montrose Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111
Buhrer Dual Language
1600 Buhrer Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
Marion Sterling
3033 Central Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115   
RG Jones
4550 W 150th St, Cleveland, OH 44135
Charles Mooney
3213 Montclair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
Mary B Martin
8200 Brookline Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
1805 W 57th St, Cleveland, OH 44102
5550 Clark Ave, Cleveland, OH 
111918 Miles Rd, Cleveland, OH 44105
Whitney Young
17900 Harvard Ave, Cleveland, OH 44128
3799 W 33rd St, Cleveland, OH 44109      
Michael R White
1000 E 92nd St, Cleveland, OH 44108
William C Bryant
3121 Oak Park Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
Newton D Baker
3690 W 159th St, Cleveland, OH 44111

*Cleveland Public Library – All locations – until the Libraries re-open
Serving bagged meals between 3:30 -4:30 PM
Library is closed to public but will be distributing meals only

Cuyahoga County Libraries – 10 sites
Serving Bagged meals at the times designated below:

CCPL - Brooklyn Branch
3:30pm - 4:15pm
CCPL - Garfield Heights Branch
3-3:30 pm
CCPL - Maple Heights Branch
CCPL - North Olmsted Branch
3:30pm - 4:00pm
CCPL - Parma Branch
3:45-4:15 PM
CCPL - Parma Snow Branch
3:30-4 PM
CCPL - South Euclid- Lyndhurst Branch
3:15 -3:45 pm
CCPL - Southeast Branch
3:00pm - 3:30pm
CCPL - Warrensville Heights Branch
3:45-4:30 PM

*Boys and Girls Clubs – 3 locations – all serving 12 -1PM – Monday through Friday
Serving bagged lunches
                King Kennedy
                St. Lukes

*CMHA – 3 locations – serving time?
CMHA - Lakeview
CMHA - Outhwaite
CMHA - Woodhill Community Center


Please find attached the list of CMSD schools offering school meals during the school closure period.  Per CEO Gordon, CMSD will offer a meal pick-up program at 22 PreK-8 sites across the city.  At these meal pick-up locations, students will be able to pick-up two meals (a breakfast and lunch) and instructional enrichment materials to keep them engaged in learning during the closure period. 
  • These schools will be serving meals Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Children 18 and younger can pick up a grab & go lunch along with breakfast for the following day, and the service is open to all children, regardless of where they go to school—public, parochial, chart and private schools in Cleveland
  •  CMSD will provide shuttle bus service to these 22 schools for all other CMSD PreK-8 buildings, allowing families the ability to walk to the closest school to access the shuttle.  
  •   RTA bus passes for all students will remain active so that students can move around the city as needed.
If I can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you as always for your kindest consideration in advance. Stay safe and well!

Zerrine Bailey
EDUCATOR: Humanware Partner
Humanware Department-Social Emotional Learning
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
1111 Superior E-17th Floor| Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Office: 216-838-0147


Due to the high demand of Ohioans applying for Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Medicaid has issued guidance that county Job and Family Service agencies stop processing Medicaid renewals at this time. Medicaid coverage will not be lost because the renewal process was not able to be completed.

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services is working to process as many new Medicaid applications as possible each day to ensure residents have medical coverage.
Further communication will be made available in the coming weeks as this health emergency stabilizes.

We ask that you assist us in communicating this message in the community.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Office of Community Engagement at

Thank you for your support and assistance.


 Over the past few days, my email has been inundated with many questions about getting our clients their medications. I am hopeful that this email will assist you in guiding your clients, and also reassure you that I am diligently working to get them their prescriptions. Monday-Wednesdays clients all had their medications hand delivered by me to their selected pharmacies. Moving forward, here is all the information I can share:
  • THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: All controlled substances will be sent to Genoa pharmacy. They have a courier service that will deliver the controlled substance directly to the clients home. As providers, please make sure the phone numbers and addresses are correct for your clients in Credible!! The pharmacy will call the client to set up a drop off window and someone can sign for it when it arrives. It is simply to much for me to hand deliver all these prescriptions all over the city, and this seemed to make the most sense. I will be dropping of prescriptions here two to three days weekly. 
  • All non-controlled substances will be sent directly to the clients pharmacy of choice
  • The pharmacies are VERY busy right now, and most of them are backed up a day or so, so please reassure your clients that the pharmacists are doing their best to accommodate everyone during this time. 
  • If you have a client that needs medication, email me their information, and please verify the pharmacy they would like it sent to!! It would also be helpful to let your clients know that there is one of me, and hundreds of them, so it may take a day before it gets sent. 
  • Clients can continue to call our outpatient number 216-862-4664 and leave a message. Brenda will get back to them within 24 hours to address their questions or concerns. 
  • Brenda will continue to check ITP's per usual, and if they do not have a current one, I will not be able to do any telemedicine with them. This does not mean they can not get medication, just follow the previous bullet points to let me know what they need. 
  • If you can, please stress to the parents that a quick check in with me is important during these times. Parents keep telling Brenda that they want meds, but do not want to give me an update on how the client is doing. We are all in the same boat, and this is hard. But for the safety of the patient, it would be helpful to have a brief update!!
  • If a patient needs a telemedicine appointment, call Brenda's number and she will schedule them with me for next week on either Tuesday or Thursday. If they are an initial visit, and really need to be seen, they have to agree to do a phone call with me, as I need to do a full assessment before I am willing to prescribe. 
  • When a parent contacts you, please ask how much medicine they have left, if it is a few days, let me know so I can get the refill done ASAP, if it is a week or more it will not be top priority.


At NAMI, we know that this is a very difficult time for many people across the country, and certainly for the community we serve. As we all reckon with the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak, NAMI remains committed to ensuring that people with mental health conditions and their family members have the information and support they need to weather these uncertain times.

In case you missed it, has the latest information from the CDC, as well as some tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy. Likewise, based on common questions and concerns we’ve been hearing from you, the NAMI HelpLine has prepared an in-depth guide with tips and resources for people who are experiencing anxiety, loneliness and other hardships due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Please take a look and share it with anyone who might be struggling or have questions about managing a mental health condition during this time.

We will continue to share guidance and resources to support you and your loved ones, but please don’t hesitate to reach out to the NAMI HelpLine Monday through Friday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm (EDT) at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or if we can be of assistance. If you or a loved one is in crisis, you can text "NAMI" TO 741741.

Will you be ours?

NAMI Greater Cleveland is now offering support groups on the phone! Our virtual groups will follow NAMI guidelines, policy, procedures and protocol – but instead of meeting in person, we will meet over the phone!

Virtual meetings are new for all of us.
Please be patient as we all learn together.
Just follow the steps below (we recommend that you call 5-10 minutes beforehand in case you run into any difficulty)

FAMILY GROUP (for family member, friend or caregiver of an adult with mental illness)

Wed 7:00-8:30 PM    

Join by calling 216-352-6137. You will be prompted to enter the following code: 804 026 902, then push pound (#) to continue.

FAMILY GROUP - DUAL DIAGNOSIS (for family member, friend or caregiver of persons with mental illness and substance use disorder)

Tues 7:00-8:30 PM

Join by calling 216-452-6841. You will be prompted to enter the following code: 391 639 233, then push pound (#) to continue.    

PEER GROUP (for adults 18 & older living with mental illness)

Thurs 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Join by calling 216-307-8224. You will be prompted to enter the following code: 829 554 282, then push pound (#) to continue.

PEER GROUP (for adults 18 & older living with mental illness)     

Mon 6:30 - 8:00 PM    
Join by calling 216-352-6137. You will be prompted to enter the following code: 504 127 492, then push pound (#) to continue.

Find hope. Find help. Call NAMI. 

216-875-7776 |




We know that this is a stressful moment so YWCA wanted to share some self-care kits with you this week. If you have any recommendations or suggestions please email us and we may include it in the next kit. Take care of yourself today. 
  1. RESOURCE Here is a Ted Talk about how quiet times can unlock your creativity.
  2. 9 tips for being productive when working from home.
  3. A coloring page to print out.

Please see the email attachment.


If you talk to parents and they are saying that they are laid off or not getting paychecks, they can go to and apply for unemployment. They are getting record number of applications and phone calls. They are asking that if people have a computer or access to one that they file the application on line and leave the phone lines open for those who do not have access to a computer. The phone number to call is 1-877-644-6562 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.


Out of an abundance of caution, the Women's Recovery Center will transition to limited onsite hours and offer telehealth services to continue to provide critical support to our clients.

Beginning Monday, March 23 our operating hours will be:
  • Mondays: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Our phone lines will remain open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We will conduct groups, assessments, case management, and other treatment virtually. For those that cannot attend virtual meetings, we will still offer treatment, assessments, individual counseling, and urine screenings onsite.

Thank you to everyone that donated to support our clients during this crisis! We are no longer requesting in-kind donations for our clients. If you would like to donate items during this time, we suggest our partners at
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Neighborhood Family Practice or the Norma Herr Women's Center.

Cash donations made online to support the Women's Recovery Center are still greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (216) 651-1450 or email us at