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The Centers For Families And Children
Last updated on July 17, 2017


To improve the lives of those we serve through integrated behavioral health, primary care, early learning, and workforce services.

With core services in early learning, health & wellness, workforce development, and youth and family services, we strive to connect our clients to the right opportunities, relationships, resources and networks that can help them build a better future.

In 2011, three well-respected human service agencies – Center for Families and Children, West Side Ecumenical Ministry and El Barrio – joined together as one new organization – The Centers – to expand services, reach more people, and take on new challenges. The histories of the three agencies date back nearly 50 years.

Center for Families and Children was founded as the Center for Human Services in 1970 by community leaders Leona Bevis, Louise Humphrey and Nancy Lyon Porter, who had a shared belief that a more cohesive approach to the problems facing families could be achieved by creating a more integrated service delivery system.

WSEM was founded in 1966 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. Over the years, WSEM expanded its services to include early learning, food distribution, behavioral health care and a stronger focus on workforce development.

El Barrio was founded in 1990 to meet the needs of a growing Hispanic population on the near west side of Cleveland. The agency provided a wide variety of basic services with a strong focus on workforce development and training. In 2004, El Barrio merged with WSEM; the merger provided a bigger employment platform for services for El Barrio which has evolved into a nationally recognized program.

Today, The Centers employs more than 550 staff who reach more than 25,000 people annually and partners with leading hospitals, educational institutions and capacity-focused organizations to give as many people as possible the chance to build a better future.

Contact person: Julia DiBaggio, Development Assistant, (email)

Main office number: 216.432.7200

 4500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
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Web Site: http://www.thecentersohio.org


 The Centers has multiple service locations. For a full listing of our sites, please visit http://thecentersohio.org/WhereWeAre/OurLocations.aspx.
Last updated on July 17, 2017

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