Neighborhood Alliance Provides Update on Communities in Lorain County – Morning Journal

Neighborhood Alliance President and CEO Alicia Foss has released a letter of updates to supporters of the nonprofit agency that helps communities grow stronger by addressing critical needs and empowering individuals and families.

Neighborhood Alliance, 1536 E. 30th St. in Lorain, also operates the Haven Center Homeless Shelter, which is the only 24/365 emergency shelter for men, women and children in Lorain County.

It offers a full service 68-bed that provides meals, toiletries, laundry and clothing as well as the connections needed to upgrade to self-catering accommodation.

“Hope you’re doing well,” Foss said. “The past year has been difficult for our community, but our staff have stepped up to meet the needs of our residents.

“This was made possible by your support, thank you again.”

Neighborhood Alliance kicked off 2021 with the opening of its first Warming Center.

As the winter season ended in April 2021, the warming centers helped more than 20 people stay warm in freezing weather, Foss said.

“We provided 105 people with rooms in local hotels; 40% were children, almost double our capacity,” she said. “Seven households were granted permanent housing, eight were reunited with family members, four went to transitional housing before moving to permanent housing, two households had members who went to treatment centers drug addiction.”

Foss said 2022 begins much the same, as Neighborhood Alliance has opened a warming center for men in Elyria and is in the process of opening one for women in Lorain.

The warming centers help support the homeless during the cold winter months, when normal shelters are overflowing, she said.

“Our shelter renovation plans continue to move forward as we begin to seek funds to cover the costs of renovations and additions,” Foss said. “Our hope is that we can open a larger, socially distant shelter that will allow us to eliminate the need for hotel use and potentially limit the number of homeless people who need warming centers in the future. .”

The PATH program had the option of adding a substance use disorder (SUD) specialist, she said.

The PATH team has traditionally focused on homeless homeless people who are experiencing serious mental health issues.

Substance use disorder as the primary diagnosis is not part of this group of disorders, Foss said.

The addition of this specialist will allow Neighborhood Alliance to serve even more homeless people, meet them where they are and help them get the resources they need, she said.

In partnership with First Church in Oberlin United Church of Christ, 106 N. Main St., Neighborhood Alliance conducted a pilot outreach program for seniors in that city.

During the pilot project, older people in the community were able to gather at First Church to benefit from health, welfare and socialization services provided by Neighborhood Alliance once a week.

After a brief hiatus following the influx of coronavirus cases surrounding the holiday season, First Church welcomed seniors back on Feb. 7 with funding received from the city of Oberlin, Foss said.

The Senior Home Delivered Meals program continued its expansion into a new kitchen at the Washington Avenue site in Elyria.

“The Neighborhood Nutrition Kitchen will allow us to consolidate the multiple kitchen locations we already have into one full-service catering kitchen to serve all of our programs and increase the nutritional value of the foods we serve,” Foss said. “The equipment for this new kitchen has been ordered and we hope to start the renovations in March 2022.”

Early Intervention has also recently added a new position.

“Our group of six Service Coordinators has now been joined by a seventh Specialist Service Coordinator who focuses specifically on referrals for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and Elevated Blood Lead Levels (EBLL), enabling this unique group of customers to have a specialist who can help them through a very difficult journey,” said Foss.

In 2022, Neighborhood Alliance added another group of staff for Help Me Grow Home Visiting.

“This will double our capacity for home visits, allowing more prenatal mothers and their babies to access education and services to help ensure the health of children in our community,” Foss said. “We have already raised over $750,000 for the first phase of the building renovation project. »

A $150,000 request is pending from the City of Elyria along with a $750,000 proposal from the State of Ohio to be included in the state’s 2023 capital budget, a- she declared.

The first phase is estimated at $2.7 million.

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