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The Centers For Families And Children
Last updated on April 16, 2014

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The Centers operates on the belief that lasting,positive change begins with access to opportunities, and is committed to bridging the opportunity gap by connecting as many people as possible to effective health care, education and essential human services.The Centers serves 20,000 people each year with a wide variety of services that are easily accessible from its 18 locations and community outreach across Greater Cleveland.

Description:
Centers for Health and Wellness
Our services are specifically tailored to the person who is first impacted by mental illness and then
quite often by other health, environmental, economic, and cultural factors. With the expertise
of a wide range of providers and specialists, The Centers’ clients have access to counseling, case
management, psychiatry, primary care, medication management, and pharmacy services; as well
as wellness groups and activities focused on social recreation, nutrition, fitness, and more.
Centers for Early Learning
The goal of our early learning program is to prepare each child for kindergarten and beyond all the way
to high school graduation. Our comprehensive approach combines a proven curriculum with support
services tailored to the unique needs of each child. Services are available through nine convenient
Early Learning Centers or a home-based option led by highly qualified staff for children from birth
to five years and school age.

El Barrio Center for Workforce Development
Our workforce team provides training and supportive services that result in steady jobs and careerbuilding
opportunities. With training programs such as General Job Readiness, Job Readiness in
Espanol, Customer Service, Refugee Employment and English as a Second Language coupled with
intensive case management and supportive services, our clients are ready to make a successful
transition into the workforce.

Center for Youth & Family Services
Our specialized staff offer services that deal directly with issues that impact at-risk youth and families
who are in need of support.
• RapArt - incorporates experiential activities and art to help youth make healthy choices and to
succeed in life. Our services have a heavy focus on alcohol and drug prevention.
• Father and Families Together (FAFT) - provides educational and family-focused activities
for men to help them build strong relationships with their children.
• Heights Family to Family Collaborative (F2F) - offers neighborhood-based services for families to
receive the support and resources they need to remain stable and ensure the safety of their children.

WSEM Food Centers
Our Food Centers are among the largest food distributors to families and individuals in need within
our community and serve as food pantries of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Our Food
Centers also provide information, referrals and supportive services such as food stamp application
processing. Our families also have access to our resale shops which offer gently used items.

ease@work
Our team provides employee assistance services to more than 130 Ohio-based employers, including
corporations, universities, school systems, labor unions, nonprofits and county and municipal
government employees. All net revenue earned by ease@work goes to support the services
provided by The Centers.

History:
Center for Families and Children (CFC)
In 1968, inspirational community leaders Leona Bevis, Louise Humphrey and Nancy Lyon Porter shared the
belief that a more cohesive approach to the problems facing families could be achieved by bringing several
agencies together to form a more integrated service delivery system. This initial vision inspired five historic agencies to join forces in 1970 to form the Center for Human Services. The agencies that participated in this unique merger, Family Service Association, the Day Nursery Association, Traveler’s Aid Society, Cleveland Homemaker Service Association and Youth Service, all had rich histories of service to our community dating back to the mid-1800’s. With core strengths in early learning, behavioral health and youth and family services, the combined agency became one of the largest health and human service agencies in the Greater Cleveland area. In 1993, the agency’s name was changed to the Center for Families and Children (CFC) to more accurately reflect its focus and reach.

West Side Ecumenical Ministry (WSEM)
Founded in 1966, WSEM was created by members and clergy of five West Side churches who realized that
by pooling their human and financial resources, they could do a better job of meeting the needs of the
community than they could as individual congregations. As the organization expanded and changed, so did
its partnerships with dozens of neighborhood and faith-based organizations, but it always stayed true to its
fundamental believe that more could be accomplished by working together than by working alone. Over the
years, WSEM expanded its services to include early learning, food distribution, behavioral health care and
a stronger focus on workforce development, after its merger with El Barrio in 2004.

El Barrio was founded in 1990 to meet the needs of a growing Hispanic population on the near west side
of Cleveland by two charismatic ministers who realized the need for helping people adjust to life in the
Cleveland community. The agency provided a wide variety of basic services with a strong focus on workforce development and training. In 2004, the agency leaders approached the West Side Ecumenical Ministry with a desire to merge as the need for job creation and job development grew. The merger provided a bigger employment platform for services for El Barrio which has evolved into a nationally recognized program.

Contact people:
 Cheryl Selak, Volunteer Engagement Manager, (phone), (email)
Linda Miller, Program Coordinator, (phone), (email)
Deborah Brown, (phone), (email)


Main office number: (216) 432-7200

Address:
 4500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.thecentersohio.org

Directions:

 CFC has multiple service locations. For a full listing of CFC's sites, please see http://c4fc.org/findus.htm.
Last updated on April 16, 2014

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