Director's Corner

Happy Bike, Barbecue and Mental Health Awareness month St. Clair Superior neighborhood. This month the Cleveland Asian Festival returns! We are proud to support this free annual event's return as we celebrate Cleveland's Asian community.

We are also partnering with MidTown Cleveland to host a Community BBQ at the St. Clair Plaza (6321 St. Clair Ave.) next Friday, May 20th from 4-6pm. There will be a live DJ, food, music and other neighborhood vendors tabling at the event as well as other activities. Bring a neighbor and join us on May 20th!

Jeremy Taylor, SCSDC Executive Director
In Our Neighborhood... Bishop Ford

SCSDC's Community Engagement Specialist, Kaliya Smith, met with Bishop Ford this month. Here is their story:

My name is Bishop Ford and I'm the owner of True Faith Apostolic Bibleway Church located on 911 Maud Ave. My wife and I came to this neighborhood over 40 years ago with the idea that we would stay for a short time and return back "home" to Cleveland Heights. As I said before, that was 40 years ago! We love this community and everything it has to offer. We've been working with SCSDC on the memorial garden right in front of our building and the partnership has been great. Our next phase is to hopefully get a bench or two installed to the property, I think that will really add to the garden especially because it is located right off the bus line! 

Of course, I would like to invite everyone to join one or more of our services here at True Faith! On Wednesdays from 6-7pm we have prayer service, and from 7-8 we have bible class. On Sundays from 10am-11:45am we have Sunday School and our Sunday service starts at 12pm sharp. We also have transportation available for those who may need assistance getting to the church. 

Thank you for being this month's feature, Bishop, and for being our neighbor in St. Clair Superior!

If you or someone you know lives in St. Clair Superior, contact Kaliya Smith at ksmith@stclairsuperior.org to share your story with the neighborhood!
In Our Neighborhood... Kocian Meats

This month’s Business Spotlight feature is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year! Kocian Meats has been a staple throughout Cleveland for 100 years, including St. Clair Superior for the past three decades.

This family owned and operated whole sale and retail meat store began serving customers on Bolivar Road, where Progressive Field is currently located. In the 1990’s, as construction began on the new baseball stadium, Kocian Meats moved their location to the St. Clair Superior neighborhood where they plan on staying for many more decades to come. When asked what they love about the neighborhood, Kocian Meats will quickly tell you it’s the diversity. Allowing them the opportunity to work, talk, and get to know a neighborhood of culturally diverse people is what they look forward to every day! Kocian Meats loves the community they have grown with and the community they know will continue to grow as positive changes continue to happen all around Cleveland, and especially within St. Clair Superior.

To celebrate their 100th year anniversary, Kocian Meats is in the process of getting an exterior uplift to their current building. They hope to commemorate this huge milestone with a mural. Their goal is to make Kocian Meats, and St. Clair Superior, a destination spot where Clevelanders will continuously visit. While Covid has proven to be an obstacle to their historic celebration, Kocian Meats will have various promotions and giveaways throughout the year.

Make sure you visit their website and visit their shop regularly to stay up to date on their promotions! 
"One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone."
-Shannon L. Alder-
Upcoming Events...
Join us at our Community Zoom this month! The St. Clair Superior Community Zoom Series is designed to build relationships between our residents, community partners and more in efforts to strengthen the community through available resources, educational forums, and interactive activities.

A guest will join us to highlight Mental Health Awareness Month!

When: Wednesday, May 18th, 6pm
Where: Virtual (information below)

Meeting ID: 863 4303 5682
Passcode: 897656

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Questions? Contact Kaliya Smith at ksmith@stclairsuperior.org.
Councilman Kevin Conwell is hosting a Utility Resource Fair on Saturday, May 21st. If you need help with your utility bills, bring identification and copies of your bills to the fair! A copy machine will be available.

When: Saturday, May 21st, 9am-12pm
Where: Glenvillage, 1400 E. 105th St.

Join Councilwoman Stephanie D. Howse and guests for the Ward 7 Community Meeting on Saturday, May 14. This meeting will also be virtual for residents who cannot attend in-person on Facebook.

When: Saturday, May 14th, 12pm
Where: Daniel E. Morgan School, 8912 Morris Ct.

Join the City of Cleveland's Community Relations Board and the Cleveland Division of Police for the 3rd District Monthly Safety Meeting. This meeting will be virtual - make sure to invite your neighbors to join you!

When: Tuesday, May 17th, 6pm
Where: 3rd Neighborhood Police District Community Room, 4501 Chester Ave.

Download and share the flyer with information to join virtually.
Ignite! Neighbor Nights are back! Ignite! Neighbor Nights are monthly community gatherings where you'll meet new people, learn from community organizations, join hands-on activities and engage in valuable conversations with neighbors. These fun, intergenerational events run from April through November and are on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Learn more here.

Learn more about Ingenuity Cleveland.
The Cleveland Asian Festival is a grassroots festival that highlights Cleveland’s AsiaTown and Asian culture in Northeast Ohio. Organized by the community, for the community, the Cleveland Asian Festival celebrates Cleveland’s diversity and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May.

Sign up to volunteer!

When: Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd, 11am-7pm
Where: East 27th St & Payne Ave

Join PB CLE for PB In Action at ThirdSpace Action Lab!

When: Sunday, May 15th, 2:30pm
Where: ThirdSpace Action Lab, 1464 E 105th St #302

Learn more about PB 101 by joining an info session!

When: Friday, May 27th, 5:30-6:30pm
Where: Virtual, link can be found here

In response to the increased rise in anti-Asian/American, xenophobic harassment, and anti-hate towards marginalized communities of color, OCA is providing educational and awareness tools to combat these types of systemic oppression. The workshops are free, 1.5-hour, interactive trainings to teach people on how to be a confident and effective bystander against racism and discrimination.

When: Monthly on third Tuesdays at 6pm CT (7pm EST)
Where: Virtual (details provided upon registration)

Project LIFT Services will be hosting the Life Skills Summit for Young Men on Saturday, June 18th. The Summit is designed to provide young men, ages 14 -24, with resources, information, and linkage to critical services promoting life stability and wellness. While the Summit prioritizes the needs of black males ages 14-24, EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate. This event will be a combination of education, linkage, and fun!

When: Saturday, June 18th, 10am-2pm
Where: Project LIFT Services, 4415 Euclid Ave.

If you are interested in participating or sponsoring the event, please contact Corryn Freeman, Program Assistant at (216) 465-2000 or via email at freeman@projectliftservices.org.
Join Ms. Cookie at her WEEKLY Saturday art class! Every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm kids in the neighborhood are welcome to join for arts and crafts, including paint by numbers, coloring and drawing.

When: Saturdays, 1-5pm
Where: 9380 St. Clair Ave. (first floor, lobby)

Call 216-804-9262 with questions.
ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers is a program specifically designed for ready, motivated individuals who want to get into entry-level jobs in manufacturing that start them on a path of learning, advancement, raises, and a great career! In this four-week program, students learn both job readiness skills and technical competencies that are desired by the 20+ companies involved.

When: Saturday, June 18th, 10am-2pm
Where: Project LIFT Services, 4415 Euclid Ave.

Register here for the informational session and download the flyer to learn more about the program.
Are you hosting an event in the neighborhood? Do you have news or resources you would like to share with the community? Contact Julia at jferra@stclairsuperior.org to be included in the next Spotlight!
Introducing... Audra Jones

St. Clair Superior Development Corporation has recently onboarded five new members to our Board of Directors. They are committed to St. Clair Superior's growth and stability and we are honored to work with them as we continue serving the neighborhood.

Welcoming Audra Jones... Audra T. Jones, M.B.A. hails from Cleveland, Ohio where she lives and serves as an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and educator. Audra serves as founder and CEO of Krystal Klear Communications, L.L.C a full-service communications design firm specializing in creating successful branding and marketing efforts through events, workshops and consulting. The firm helps create marketable and scalable solutions to help achieve strategic and organizational goals. She also serves as the Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer for Pulmonary Apps, L.L.C. and has over 10 years serving in the healthcare industry. Audra has over 20 years of experience providing strategic communications counsel to business owners and industry leaders who are interested in growing and protecting the value of their reputations and companies through authentic communication efforts. Audra is a philanthropist and advocate for the advancement of small business ownership. She is skilled in strategic planning, collaborative and equitable connections. She has proven experience working with small to mid-sized firms consulting on program development, writing grants and proposals, conducting prospect research, and developing fundraising plans.

Welcome to the SCSDC Family, Audra!
Upcoming Food Distributions & Pantries...

Sterling Recreation Food Giveaway
Where: Sterling Recreation Center, 1380 E. 32nd St. Cleveland, OH 44114
When: First Wednesday of every month from 2:30-4:30pm

Food Not Bombs Produce Giveaway
Where: 6321 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103
When: Second and fourth Sunday of every month from 3:00-4:00pm

Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Food Pantry
Where: ASIA Cleveland, 3631 Perkins Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
When: Fourth Friday of every month
Details: Call 216-881-0330 to register by the Thursday before each month's distribution. Click here for more information.

Where: NORA, 1400 E. 55th St. Cleveland, OH 44103
When: Third Monday of every month from 10am-12pm
Details: No residency or income requirements. Call 216-391-6672 for the emergency pantry, which is available Mon. through Fri. from 10am-3pm. Click here for more information.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank — Food Locator Tool
Details: Use this tool to enter your address and find information for food distributions near you.
Recycling in Cleveland

The City of Cleveland Curbside Recycling Program will officially start the week of June 13th! Residents should opt-in to participate in the program if they have not already done so. Households who opt-in to receive recycling services will receive a list of acceptable materials to recycle as well as other educational information.

To enroll, complete the online form here or call 216.664.3030. View a list of acceptable materials here.

BUSINESSES: Learn more about workplace recycling and waste reduction by attending one or more webinars part of a six-part webinar program that offers quick information and an opportunity for group discussion and sharing. Learn more here and register for one of the webinars here.
COVID-19 Resources...
  • This map shows a combination of COVID-19 testing sites throughout Ohio at private companies and retail sites, community health centers, libraries and other local partners. Make sure to call in advance to ensure tests are available and to determine how to access tests when you find a testing site. If testing is not available for any reason, many partners can direct you to an alternate location. Click here for more information.
Free At-home COVID-19 Tests (Still available!)
  • As of January 19, every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order four at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost. The U.S. Government is providing these tests to be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service at no cost to purchase or ship. Click here for more information and to order your at-home tests.
  • Click here to check vaccine eligibility, book your appointment and to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Call the Cleveland Department of Public Health helpline: 216-664-2222. Staff are available Monday-Friday, 9 to 5 p.m.  
  • View the COVID-19 Booster Shot fact sheet.
Neighborhood Leadership Development Program & Community Development Corporation Leadership Program Seek 2022 Applicants

If you are passionate, committed and dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community, you may be excited by, and ready for, one of two valuable leadership development programs. NLDP and CDCLP are programs of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Both programs are at no cost to participants.
 
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP), for 15 years, has offered community engagement leadership training for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects in the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.
 
The Community Development Corporation Leadership Program (CDCLP) launched, and will soon be graduating, its first cohort. CDCLP is the Cleveland area’s only leadership program specifically designed for Community Development Corporation Executive level leadership.
 
Both programs are currently seeking applicants for their 2022 cohorts. NLDP and CDCLP are designed to help emerging neighborhood leaders reach their potential by expanding their knowledge base and personal development through education, coaching and ongoing interaction with their peers and other leaders. Participants, as well as, graduates of both programs have ongoing access to the services of a Program Coach who will give advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant.

The programs cover topics such as organizational and program planning, marketing and communications, program fundraising, board governance, conflict resolution and more. NLDP and CDCLP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests who are working on a wide variety of issues that positively impact Cleveland’s neighborhoods.
 
Both programs hold their in-person sessions at Trinity Commons at 2230 Euclid Avenue. NLDP sessions take place from 8:30am to 4pm on Saturdays, CDCLP sessions take place from 8:30am to 5pm on Thursdays. 
 
The application period is now open!
 
The deadline for NLDP applications is August 14th. For additional information on NLDP and to view the curriculum and online application, visit nldpcleveland.com or call 216-776-6170.
The CDCLP deadline is August 4th. For additional information on CDCLP and to view the curriculum and online application, visit cdclp.org or call 216-776-6172.

Think you have what it takes? Apply to make a difference!
Visit The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Museums for All
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is now offering $1 admission for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The new admission policy is implemented through Museums for All, the only nationally coordinated financial accessibility program in the museum field.

Visitors are asked to reserve tickets online at CMNH.org/tickets, then show their SNAP EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card upon arrival at the Museum to receive discounted general admission for up to four guests.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Days
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is now offering free admission every Sunday to Cleveland and East Cleveland residents through the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Days. This program is funded by a $3 million grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, which is also supporting the creation of a new community space in the Museum’s education wing.

Visitors are asked to reserve tickets online at CMNH.org/tickets and show proof of residency upon arrival at the Museum. 
Job Opportunities...
Executive Assistant, NLDP/CDCLP
Energy Services Intake Specialist, CHN Housing Partners
Office Coordinator (part-time), Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Maintenance Technician, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
General Labor, STD Specialty Filters
General Labor, Met-Chem Inc.
Full-time Dishwasher, Li Wah Restaurant
Multiple Positions, City of Cleveland
Upcoming Programs at the Addison Branch

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Tuesday, May 17 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

The Great Planting — Tuesday, May 17 | 4pm
Learn about plants and how they are in helping curb global warming while helping to plant the Addison garden.

Take-and-Make: World Bee Day — Friday, May 20
Celebrate World Bee Day with this free sunflower craft take-and-make kit (while supplies last.)

Family Game Time — Saturday, May 21 | 3pm
It's Family Game time! Stop at the library and enjoy a game of Uno, dominos, left/right/center, checkers, and many more to choose from. Fun to be had by all!

Preschool Storytime (ages 3–5) — Tuesday, May 24 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Mosaics — Wednesday, May 25 | 4pm
Stretch your artistic muscles and create your own original, paper-based mosaic.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) — Tuesday, May 31 | 10:30am
Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

Childcare Provider Lunch ‘n Learn (Online event) — Wednesday, June 1 | 1pm
Join us for our monthly information session for home-based or center-based childcare providers. Learn about community resources for children and families as well as programs and services available at the Cleveland Public Library. This month's session features United Way of Cleveland and 2-1-1 First Call for Help. Register here.

Contact the library:
6901 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Phone: 216-623-6906

Library hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am–6pm
Sun: Closed

For more information on events and programs at the Addison branch, click here.
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