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

is to build lasting relationships, nurture hope, and restore dignity by creating family-like relationships for Cleveland's youth.

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The light in me, sees the light in you.

"Our job is to help our sister or brother to find and love the light within them. We need to believe that it still burns no matter what circumstances have caused it to flicker or even go out.

We sit by their side, we dine, we struggle with issues, we create new opportunities. We light paths they have never even considered traveling. We do not impose our ways or will. We sit at that table with humility holding our flashlight on their countenance and trying in every way we can to bring forth THEIR LIGHT, their talents, skills, strengths and dreams and then to hold up a mirror for them to see what has ever been there."

— Leslie, NCJW and Community of Hope Volunteer

Our Vision

As a result of our work, we believe that youth impacted by poverty will no longer be invisible or marginalized in Cleveland.  There will be a decrease in loneliness, homelessness and joblessness among the youth we serve, resulting in a reduction in the loss of human potential in our city and a lasting reduction in the exposure to adverse experiences for the children of young parents we serve.  

Relationships + Hope = Dignity restored

 
 
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Our Creed:

1. We have integrity. We do what we say we are going to do.

2. We are transparent. How we show up matters.

3. We are committed. We don’t give up when it gets hard.

4. We don’t tear down we build up.

5. We create a space of peace and belonging.

6. We all grow stronger when we grow together.

Our Programs

Community of Hope’s HOPE Program creates mentoring teams to help young people (ages 18-27) who were impacted by foster care or homelessness by recruiting 6-8 committed community volunteers to meet weekly for a minimum of an hour for a year.  These communities meet all around the Greater Cleveland area.  People often start out as strangers, and end up like family. 

Spiritual growth

We are people of deep faith inspired by the Gospel to love all people and to serve all people.  We believe our mandate is to offer hope and love to young people and to welcome friends from across the faith spectrum to our tables. 

 

Reconciliation

We have volunteers from different faiths, different races, and different ages coming together and discovering that stereotypes melt away when you get to know one another. 

Social Capital

Rather than give people our money, our used clothes, and our stuff. We have decided to give them our connections, networks, and know how.  We offer youth our social and intellectual capital to help them access better opportunities at success.

 

Diversity

We want our volunteers to reflect the wide spectrum of people in our communities.  We believe that cultural humility is the framework for building stronger relationships.

 
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