Basics, a grassroots effort to distribute clean undergarments to formerly incarcerated women who are in the process of re-entry, was awarded $1,000. Funds will be used to help purchase the needed undergarments as well as for storage containers and distribution of the items
A trained doula, or birth-worker, Christin Farmer has launched ‘Birthing Beautiful Communities’ to help address the crisis of infant mortality in African American communities. An African American woman is seven times more likely to have a preterm baby (preterm babies account for over 60% of infant deaths). Much of this is tied to stress, and from the lack of support and poverty. The March of Dimes has graded Cleveland an “F” for preterm births.
Centering Pregnancy: Empowering Mothers at High Social Risk was awarded $1,725 to provide pre-natal care and training for women at high-social risk living in the city of Cleveland. Funding will be used to provide additional educational materials for participants.
EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute: Cleveland's first non-profit restaurant, dedicated to ensuring a successful re-entry for ex-offenders restarting their lives in Cleveland, was awarded $2,000 to assist in furnishing their bar with stools and glasses
Midwifery Project was awarded $1050 to help raise consumer awareness on the near west side of Cleveland about nurse midwifery care as an important option for expecting moms. Led by a part-time nurse midwife with organizing experience, plans include distributing brochures and presenting at least one public event.
Mom & Baby Happy Hour: New Mom Support Group, a project of Neighborhood Family Practice , was awarded $675 to help support pre-natal programming, specifically breastfeeding support for new mothers. Funding will be used for bus tickets and other supplies, which will attract participants and enhance the program.
Padres Unidos, an independent parent advocacy group, was awarded $2,500 for their programming to increase parental involvement in the educational system and reduce dropouts in the Cleveland Municipal School District. This program is a project of the Hispanic Roundtable.
The Westside Refugee Family Center was awarded $2,500 to implement a six-month pilot “Mommy and Me” program, enhancing offerings already available to a growing number of refugee families on Cleveland’s near west side.
Zygote Press, a print-making collaborative, was awarded $2,000 for the Artzreach Program. The funds will help purchase materials and pay teacher stipends for an initiative to provide arts programming to individuals in detention and re-entry programs, in the Broadway neighborhood of Cleveland.