Building lasting relationships, nurturing hope, restoring dignity for youth in Cleveland

Community of Hope

Creating change through relationship.

We are creating small communities of hope where young adults who have experienced foster care connect weekly with a committed group of volunteer mentors. Young people look forward to coming to their Community because it is a place of peace and belonging. The youth-led partnership promotes new experiences through action, love and lasting relationships.

One hour a week changes everything.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
— African Proverb

What we do

We connect young adults & young families to groups of committed volunteers from the community. We want to build permanent supportive relationships that transform lives around our region.

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Our Impact

“I’ve learned a whole lot.  I’m very goal driven and strong minded.  When I see something, I go for it.  My table has a big heart.  They embrace me for who I am.  It’s more than mentoring, it’s about community support.”

-young man after a year on a table

In a meeting with police officers and criminal justice officials, I heard someone talking about the gun violence in our city.  He said, "They have no fear of death, so they have no hope in life."

Our impact is about giving young people who were previously alone--permanent social support.  We aren't trying to connect and create communities that are only going to last a year.  We are looking to create lasting support. We are ending loneliness and isolation in the lives of young people (many of whom are parents).  We believe that being seen and heard is the first step in building trust and hope that their adult life can be different than their difficult childhood. 

We want to see intergenerational cycles of poverty and abuse broken.  We believe our work is prevention and intervention because what we do involves creating relationships that are the safety nets that will catch young people when they fall. 



January 2018

"Transitioning to adulthood isn't easy, especially when you don't have the greatest support. My 20's have been nothing but unanswered questions and a guessing game, hoping that I make the right decisions while trying to figure out who I am. I was reluctant at first to join Open Table. But now I can't see my life without them. I have a group of people I can turn to for answers and guidance. We're all different colors, backgrounds, and characters, but somehow we all work. I love my new family and they love me too. They show me support and make sure to check on me when I'm not having the greatest day. I know I'm never alone because I have a support system of 7 backing me up. I'm so grateful for Amber Donovan and Community of Hope coming into my life." -young adult

Cuyahoga County National Mentoring Month Blog / Read Full Article

Get Involved

Whether you want to volunteer to sit on a community, or find another way to help out we are looking forward to hearing from you.  If you are interested in learning more, fill out  Our Interest Form.

If you know you want to volunteer in a community, please go to our VOLUNTEER tab at the top and fill out the Community Mentor Application.