Weekly News from LMM
Break New Ground with LMM
We're $118,000 away from completing the Breaking New Ground (BNG) campaign, LMM's affordable housing initiative that offers families exiting homelessness renovated housing in the St.Clair-Superior neighborhood at affordable rents with connections to supportive services.

Multiple homes have already begun renovation in the neighborhood. Click the link below to support an innovative program and to be a part of positive change in your community.
Lobbying Day in Columbus
On Tuesday, May 10th, LMM Community Engagement Coordinator Gloria Craig participated in an Ohio Bail Reform Lobbying Day hosted by the ACLU of Ohio. This lobbying day was focused on Senate Bill 182 and House Bill 315, legislation that would alter the way in which the cash bail system is utilized in Ohio.

Gloria, alongside other members of the Bail Reform Now Coalition, met with staff in Senator Sandra Williams (District 21) and Kristina Roegner (District 27) while in Columbus. To learn more about Senate 182 and House 315, click the links below.
Men's Shelter Volunteer Receives ServeOhio Award
Congratulations to Margo Hudson, a volunteer at the Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside, who was honored as one of ServeOhio's 2022 Outstanding Volunteers!

Margo volunteers with numerous agencies throughout Northeast Ohio, including LMM, and we are grateful to be able to work with amazing volunteers like her.
The Importance of Education Programs in Prison
"After 2023, when Pell Grant access goes into effect, prison education programs will become available to students across the country, maybe even surpassing the number that operated in the early 1990s, when 770 college programs were in 1,300 facilities nationwide. Access to college courses can be life-changing. Research has shown that education reduces recidivism."

Read this New York Times opinion piece, I’ve Been Incarcerated for 21 Years. I Wish the Judge Could See Who I Am Today, to learn more about the importance of education programs in prison.
How the Criminal Justice System Impacts Mental Health
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 2 in 5 people who are incarcerated have a history of mental illness.

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, it is important that we bring to light mental health challenges and advocate for quality care & support.

LMM prioritizes mental health through the health & wellness services we offer throughout our various program areas including counseling, case management/social work, support groups, trauma-informed approaches and more, including for individuals with past justice system involvement.
Donations on Donations!
Thank you to Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gates Mills for donating a large haul of apartment essentials including paper towels, pots, pans, and more for individuals we serve at the Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside who are transitioning into their own housing.