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Sisters of Charity exploring ways to work smarter

by | Nov 7, 2017 | News, Systemic change

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland are promoting ways to work smarter in a novel and exciting partnership introduced last spring: The Innovation Mission: Fighting Poverty with Big Ideas.”

The Innovation Mission

Five Cleveland-area professionals will begin this fall to research their ideas to disrupt the cycle of poverty as the newly announced fellows of The Innovation Mission , a ground-breaking initiative launched by the Sisters of Charity Foundation.

Over one-third of Cleveland’s residents live at or below the poverty level. Imagine how they ultimately could be served by the big ideas that could come to fruition as a result of the fellows’ work:

    • More low-income seniors who face food insecurity, social isolation and frequent hospital stays would find the support they need through an idea being explored by Dabney Conwell, vice president of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and executive director of Rose Centers for Aging Well.
    • More low-income individuals with entrepreneurial minds would have the opportunity to achieve their dreams through an idea being researched by Julie Cortes, senior attorney at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
    • More Cleveland Metropolitan School District students who attend college would complete their degrees through an idea being considered by Bill Leamon, college and career coach at Notre Dame College.
    • More of the 10,000-plus individuals and families experiencing evictions would have access to legal representation through an idea being explored by Hazel Remesch, supervising attorney of the housing practice at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
    • More non-custodial parents facing barriers to employment would have access to job opportunities that help them support their children through an idea being researched by Penny Smith, executive director of academic services for Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Using resources for higher impact: working smarter.

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