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Tier II Recipients

4-H CLUBS & AFFILIATED 4-H ORGANIZATIONS

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“The Shooting Stars 4-H group and the 4-H members of Fairfield County, Lancaster Ohio truly appreciate the generosity that you have given us to provide Educational trips to our 4-H Achievement participants”

ABILITY CENTER OF GREATER TOLEDO

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“On behalf of individuals with disabilities in northwest Ohio, The Ability Center’s Housing Resource Center would like to thank Judge John Russo and all involved with the Honor Project. Our Honor Project Grant will provide ramps and other home access modifications to individuals with disabilities who have family incomes below 80% of median income. The Home Accessibility Program strengthens communities by preventing fall injuries and dislocation of low-income individuals with disabilities.”

ADOPT A CLASS

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“AAC recognizes that there is more to developing into a productive adult than just attending class. Mentors model the very skills our future workforce need to master. As such , AAC is developing themed and age-appropriate activities for our mentors to use to model these skills (e.g., goal setting and organization, financial literacy, health and wellness, and confidence building are just a few). These funds will help us develop the materials; make them readily available to all mentors; and help us achieve the impact we envision – every student-in-need has a mentor through elementary school and is exposed to a greater world outside their world making them career, college and life ready.”

ADOPT A FAMILY

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“The funds will be used to help low income and financially disadvantage families and their children with basic needs essentials like clothing, beds, shoes, winter coats and help with school and educational materials. Our main focus is on the children.”

AKRON INNER CITY SOCCER CLUB


ALLIANCE FOR HEALTHY YOUTH

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“Generous funding from The Honor Project will provide RSVP character based education for middle school students in Summit, Medina, Portage and Stark counties. Students will learn how to form healthy relationships and resist invitations to participate in risky behaviors.”

AMERICA SCORES CLEVELAND

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“This funding will provide youth development programming for over 500 economically disadvantaged Cleveland Metropolitan School students. Participants are engaged in daily after-school programming for 20 weeks of the year, showing increased literacy skills, school engagement, fitness levels and self-confidence.”

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

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“Thank you Judge Russo, for your commitment to helping us spread the mission of the AHA and save countless lives. Funds for the FAST project will be used to educate the community on the warning signs and symptoms of stroke.”

AMETHYST INC


APARTMENT ASSOCIATION OUTREACH INC

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“School Supplies, provided to low income families, targeting specific neighborhoods where the need is the greatest. This year 1200 children will receive backpacks filled with the required school supplies in the Lower Price Hill neighborhood in conjunction with Santa Maria Community Center as well as Deer Park and South Avondale communities as well as Newport, KY Primary school.”

APPALACHIAN COMMUNITY VISITING NURSE ASSN HOSPICE & HEALTH SVS IN


ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION INC

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“The monies will be used to support Consumer Health Education Programs in Ohio that provide arthritis patients and their caregivers with the latest education, tools and resources for improving joint health and managing pain.”

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE ELDERLY dba Creative Aging Cincinnati

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“Creative Aging Cincinnati provides professional arts and humanities programs to seniors of Greater Cincinnati.The funding provided by The Honor Project will allow Creative Aging to expand our services by giving away memberships and programs to facilities (nursing homes, day programs, senior centers) that are not currently members due to lack of funding or awareness.”

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BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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“Beck Center for the Arts will use funds from the Cy Pres Initiative to improve ADA accessibility in our Music and Dance building. We are grateful to Judge Russo and Ohio Lawyers Give Back for providing better access to the arts for children and adults with special needs.”

BELLEFAIRE JEWISH CHILDRENS BUREAU

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“Bellefaire JCB gratefully acknowledges The Honor Project for its support of our Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) program. These critical resources will help sustain SAY’s prevention and education initiatives regarding heroin and opiate use among youth of our region.”

BENEDICTINE HIGH SCHOOL

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“The administration and staff of Benedictine High School would like to
express their sincere thanks to Judge Russo and the entire Honor Project
Team for their generous contribution to Financial Need-Based Scholarships
awarded to our students. Although our parents make great sacrifices to
provide their sons with a private, values-based education, sometimes the
difference between what they can afford and what is needed becomes too much
for them to bear. These scholarships help close that gap in fulfilling
their hopes for their son’s future.”

BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF WARREN AND CLINTON COUNTIES INC

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“Funds will be used to provide elementary students who are facing adversity with mentors. Through our mentoring programs, we are helping children achieve greater confidence, higher aspirations, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.”

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LICKING & PERRY COUNTIES INC

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“BBBSLP intends to use the generous grant award from The Honor Project to further develop school-based mentoring opportunities in underserved districts of our service area. Honor Project funds will be put to use during the 2014-15 school year to lay the foundation for successful launches of new programs during the 2015-16 school year.”

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MERCER AUGLAIZE COUNTIES INC


BIG BROTHERS-BIG SISTERS OF NORTHEAST OHIO

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“Our intentions for using the funds, it is exclusively devoted to our mission to impact more children, and will be used 100% to recruit prospective Big Brothers and Big Sisters volunteers who will be matched with our children.”

BIG BROTHERS-BIG SISTERS OF SPRINGFIELD INC

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“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Springfield provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Funds from the Honor Project Trust will be used to match at-risk youth with caring adult mentors, and provide ongoing professional support for the life of those mentoring relationships. We would like to thank Judge Russo and The Honor Project Trust for supporting our mission>”

BIRCHARD LIBRARY ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION

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“The Children’s Learning Center at the Birchard Public Library of Sandusky County will include workstations pre-loaded with early learning software designed for preschoolers and children in the elementary grades to help build basic reading and math skills.”

BITTERSWEET INC

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“The grant from the Honor Project will support the construction of a home on the grounds of Bittersweet Farms, Whitehouse, Ohio, for four women with autism. Bittersweet Farms will provide individualized programming to meet the specific needs of the women in a setting that will suit their quality of life. ”

BLOC MINISTRIES INC

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“BLOC is honored to accept this grant for our ADAPT (Alcohol & Drug Awareness & Prevention program for Teens).  This program educates disadvantaged students on Cincinnati’s West side in resistence strategies and drug facts, as well as offers women battling addiction a Day Shelter and resources for change.  Thank you, Judge Russo!”

BLUE STAR MOTHER OF AMERICA INC

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“The Blue Star Mothers of Ohio Chapter 26 would like to thank Judge Russo and all involved with the Honor Project. The Honor Project’s generous contribution to our organization will allow us to increase our support of Ohio’s active duty and veteran military members. These funds will be used to thank our military for their service by sending care packages to those deployed far from home and by allowing us to host events for the often forgotten elderly service men and women who reside in our Ohio Veterans Homes.”

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE WESTERN RESERVE INC

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“The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve Plans to utilize funds received from The Honor Project to provide 3 Youth Development Specialist Staff needed for our Steve Wise Club for 30 weeks during the upcoming 2014/2015 school year. Youth Development Specialist Staff provide programming related to Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship & Healthy Lifestyles encouraging all members to graduate on time with a plan for the future. Trained Youth Development Staff become mentors and role-models to our Club members and are often who our members turn to for help outside their family unit.”

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF CLEVELAND

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“With the Honor Project funding, we will be able to hire an additional 14 Junior Staff. Our Junior Staff program employees our teenage members to gain skill-building opportunities and hands-on experiences as Program Aides and Literacy Tutors.”

BREAKING FREE THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER INC

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“Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center is pleased to expand our services to include employment opportunities for disabled adults in our community. Through grant funding, we can provide job training and employment to several young adults.”

BROKEN CONNECTIONS INC

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“Broken Connections, Inc. will be using its grant funds to provide and expand its existing services to runaway, homeless and street youth in the areas of emergency shelter, crisis counseling, outreach and aftercare services. ”

BRUNNER LITERACY CENTER

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“The money will help us provide needed educational materials to the underserved adults of Northwest Montgomery County. These materials include textbooks, educational apps for I-pads, manipulative teaching tools, workbooks, notebooks, pens and pencils. We serve more than 150 men and women who span the spectrum of literacy needs: basic education students, special needs individuals, GED candidates and ESOL students. ”

BUCKEYE RANCH

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“The goal of The Buckeye Ranch Common Ground program is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and their children and help them overcome the trauma of their victimization as they honor court orders for child visitations or exchanges. Funds will expand the program into Licking County.”

BUILDING BRIDGES INC

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“At Building Bridges our Vision is to redirect the lives of kids who need a second chance to make better choices, turn their lives around and find lasting success. Work Therapy Groups are the foundation of the Building Bridges program, with young people involved in a variety of labor or therapeutic activity groups each week. Work Therapy Groups offer structure and discipline, the opportunity to learn new skills, and a chance to give back to their community. Building Bridges youth are involved in a wonderful auto mechanic skills program throughout the year that’s goal is to guide young men to become responsible and positive members of the community through mentoring, centered on a unique automotive experience. The Honor Project grant will be used to fund this group and supply tool kits to the youth that successfully complete the 12 week program.”

BURTON D MORGAN FOUNDATION INC

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“This Honor Project Trust award will support a Camp Invention experience for over 500 children in Northeast Ohio during the summer of 2015.  Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, engages elementary school children in STEM content through hands-on creativity, inventive thinking, and problem-solving activities.  The Burton D. Morgan Foundation applauds the Honorable Judge John J. Russo for his entrepreneurial efforts in authorizing the creation of this fund.”

C A P ADULT FAMILY HOMES CORPORATION

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“I am very appreciative of receiving the grant that will be used to repair internal and external water damage, upgrades to become more energy efficient, and to increase the aesthetics of the facility.”

CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

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” The funds received will be spent on evidence based psychosocial programming for women affected by breast cancer in the Greater Cincinnati area. CSC’s goal is to modify and expand our breast cancer programming in order to improve women’s health outcomes and quality of life – regardless of their stage of the disease. ”

CANTON CALVARY MISSION

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“We sincerely appreciate this funding and will be using it to support our food program, which in 2013 provided 272, 396 meals to hungry children and adults in Stark County, Ohio. Our Client Choice Food Pantry will be a primary benefactor of the funding.”

CANTON STUDENT LOAN FOUNDATION

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“The Canton Student Loan Foundation is a non-profit foundation located in Canton, Ohio. The Foundation’s mission is to provide low interest loans to graduates of Stark County high schools. CSLF is very honored to have received this grant and will be using it for technology needs/upgrades.”

C-A-R-E ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

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“The funds will be used for materials for our monthly workshops called Community Conversations for Caregivers in the Community. The funds will also be used to purchase manikins and supplies for CPR / AED and First Aid Overview Courses in the Community. The funds will also be used to purchase office supplies for Care Assisted Living Facility.”

CARE TRAIN OF UNION COUNTY

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“Thank You for allowing us to take care of those who need help during the holiday season.
Children,families,seniors, and disabled.”

CARING HEARTS OF OHIO


CASA BOARD VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION INC


CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

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” The Honor Project grant will provide for the basic needs of more than 10,000 inmates housed in our prisons, jails and correctional facilities. With the help of over 300 volunteers in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese we extend the hope of reconciling love in our relationships with the offender, the victim and their families. ”

CATHOLIC HEALTH PARTNERS FOUNDATION


CENTER FOR CHEMICAL ADDICTIONS TREATMENT

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“Thank you Judge Russo for the opportunity to apply for and become a recipient of the Honor Project Grant.  The Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment will use the funds to provide access to detoxification services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. We are very grateful for this award that will assist us in living out our Mission to Save Lives and Rebuild Families.”

CENTER FOR DISABILITY SERVICES


CHILDHOOD LEAGUE INC

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“Funds will be used to create a scholarship program for our impoverished typically developing students at The Childhood League Center.”

CHILDRENS DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF LIMA INC

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“Funds granted through the Honor Project will be spent for direct needs within our Early Intervention and Preschool Classrooms for children with disabilities. Curriculum materials and teacher trainings will also be funded.”

CHOICES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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“CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, the only domestic violence shelter in Franklin County, will use the grant from the Honor Project Trust to support its services.  In addition to a 34-bed shelter, CHOICES operates a 24-hour crisis hotline, offers counseling services, provides legal and community advocates, and conducts domestic violence awareness and prevention outreach throughout the community.  On behalf of those we serve, CHOICES thanks the Honor Project Trust and Judge Russo for this support.”

CINCINNATI EYE INSTITUTE FOUNDATION


CINCINNATI THERAPEUTIC RIDING

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“The funds from the Honor Project will provide “Riderships”  for the children and adults with disabilities who will lead happier, healthier lives because of the therapeutic benefits and joy of horseback riding at CTRH. Our deepest gratitude to Judge Russo for these much-needed funds.”

CINCINNATI YOUTH COLLABORATIVE

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“CYC will use the funds to empower vulnerable students in Greater Cincinnati to overcome obstacles and succeed in education, career and life.  Each year, CYC serves more than 2,000 vulnerable students, and it is our goal to assist these students in reaching their fullest potential.”

CITY MISSION OF FINDLAY OHIO

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“These funds from The Honor Project Trust for Cy Pres Distribution will help feed homeless and needy men, women and families in Findlay and Hancock County.  The Mission annually distributes over 700 food boxes that provide meals for approximately 3,000 individuals in addition to the 21,500 on-site meals for residents and people from the local community.  The Tier II funds from The Honor Project will help support the Mission’s food service operating costs, principally staffing and utilities.”

CLEVELAND BASEBALL FEDERATION

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“Help underwrite the cost of underserved children in Cuyahoga County to participate in “free of charge” summer programs through the Cleveland Baseball Federation and the metro Cleveland area, which includes baseball/softball and educational workshops.”

CLEVELAND CHRISTIAN HOME INC

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“Cleveland Christian Home thanks Judge Russo for this opportunity to run Girls Circle & Boys Council prosocial groups for youth in select Cleveland metropolitan schools.””

CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION

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“Funds will be used to support and study the impact of a healthy cooking and nutrition program among Medicaid beneficiaries.”

CLEVELAND CLINIC PEDIATRIC HEART (DR. MEE)

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“On behalf of all of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s caregivers, patients and families, we would like to profoundly thank Judge John Russo and the Honor Project for their generous support of our pediatric cardiology program. The gift will be used to expand our Pediatric Heart Transplant Program under the leadership of Dr. Gerard Boyle.”

CLEVELAND HEARING & SPEECH CENTER

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CLEVELAND POPS ORCHESTRA

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“We are grateful to have been awarded funding from The Honor Project, which will be used to bring the joys of music and dance to hundreds of children in Cuyahoga County through the Cleveland Pops “Actual Music” Education Program.”

CLEVELAND SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND DBA CLEVELAND SIGHT CENTER

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“Thank you to the Honor Project and Judge John J. Russo for supporting Literacy + Technology = Independence + Employment. With this award, Cleveland Sight Center will purchase adaptive technology to assist children and teens in their development of grade level literacy and job readiness skills.”

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION INC

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“Cleveland-Marshall College of Law would like to thank the Honor Project and Judge John J. Russo for supporting the school’s Solo Practice Incubator initiative. The newly opened incubator provides low-cost resources and office space for recent law graduates looking to start their careers as legal entrepreneurs.  Occupants also receive guidance on the practical management of the business and the handling of cases as they navigate the start-up phase of their practices.”

CLEVELAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY


COACH SAM’S INNER CIRCLE FOUNDATION


COGSWELL HALL INC

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“Cogswell Hall is a permanent solution to homelessness that offers quality, low-income housing with social services, builds community and advocates for disabled and economically disadvantaged individuals. The funds will be used to purchase food used in preparing meals and a salad bar for the residents.”

COLLABORATION STATION

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“Collaboration Station will use funds from The Honor Project to support its Trumbull Fatherhood Court Diversion program for fathers in child support who are at risk of going to jail or losing their driver’s licenses due to their lack-of or inability to make child support payments. This grant will launch our earn-as-you-learn work program for dads who cannot get jobs and will pay for the landscaping and snow-removal equipment as well as other things necessary to make this program a success.Thank you Judge Russo and the advisory committee members for considering us worthy enough to receive this funding! We greatly and graciously appreciate your support!”

COLLEGE NOW GREATER CLEVELAND INC

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“Honor Project funding will provide talented students from low-income backgrounds with critical college access advising services, renewable scholarships and personalized mentoring opportunities that will greatly improve their chances for college completion.”

COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT SERVICES INC

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“Community Assessment & Treatment Services, Inc. (CATS) is very grateful to receive funding from the Cy Pres Honor Project. The funds we receive will be utilized to offset the cost of furnishing our new 60-bed residential treatment facility which is attached to our current facility located at 8411 Broadway Ave. in Slavic Village. This new addition will help CATS serve those Cuyahoga County residents battling substance abuse and mental health issues including the highly publicized Heroin Epidemic currently devastating our communities.”

COMMUNITY HARVEST INC

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“As Community Harvest continues to increase our mission to keep pace with an unprecedented demand for emergency food in Stark County, our funding will be used to expand our current food rescue program. More specifically, funding will be spent on fuel so we can add a weekend delivery to our route, a commercial refrigerator to store more food at the office, food handling supplies for our food donors, and the addition of another community garden for fresh produce next Spring and Summer.”

COMMUNITY KITCHEN INC

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“Honor Project funds will be used to partially support our Family Dinner activities.  This program is only for families with children and provides dinner and structured activities to encourage parents to interact with their children in a fun way.”

COMMUNITY PREGNANCY CENTER

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“These monies, so generously awarded through The Honor Project, will help Community Pregnancy Center to supply new, safe cribs and car seats to our community’s youngest members, ensuring them a safer environment in which to grow. On behalf of the approximately 700 families we serve yearly.”

COMMUNITY REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES INC

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“Community Refugee and Immigration Services with use the Honor Project grant to expand the part time attorney hours to full time which will enable CRIS to provide legal services to additional low or limited income clients.”

COMMUNITY RESOURCE SERVICES

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“Community Resource Services (CRS) will utilize the funds received from the Honor Project to fund our 2015 Back to School Readiness Program, which helps income-eligible children in Avon and Avon Lake return to school in the fall well-prepared and ready to learn. We truly appreciate the efforts of the Honorable Judge John J. Russo, and everyone else that made this funding possible, in allowing us to provide our clients with backpacks, school supplies, clothing, shoes and haircuts to get ready for school next year.”

COMPASS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

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“Compass Family & Community Services would like to thank Judge Russo for this award and will use it as matching funds for our WorkAdvance Program (a national initiative launched by the New York City Mayor’s Center for Economic Opportunity). This funding will assist unemployed and low wage working adults in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties to increase their earnings by preparing them for quality jobs in specific demand occupations that have room for advancement.”

COMPDRUG


CONCORD-LEROY PAINESVILLE YOUTH ATHLETIC ASSN.


CONNEAUT LOCAL YOUTH ORGANIZATION


COSHOCTON COUNTY DRUG & ALCOHOL COUNCIL INC.


COURT COMMUNITY SERVICE

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“Court Community Service (CCS) thanks the Honor Project and Judge John J. Russo for providing us the opportunity to enhance our Senior Services Work Crew Program through the purchase of lawn mowers and other landscaping equipment to serve low-income and disabled Cleveland seniors. Our partnership with the City of Cleveland Department of Aging provides seniors with lawn mowing, leaf raking, and snow shoveling services. The work is performed by adults performing court-ordered community service work and is supervised by CCS staff.”

DAILY DOSE OF READING

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“Daily Dose of Reading improves literacy in children by empowering families with reading and language. The funds we are being awarded will be used to purchase reading resources to be given to families with children who participate in our programs. On behalf of the children who will develop critical pre-literacy skills by using these materials, thank you for your support.”

DANCING CLASSROOMS NORTHEAST OHIO

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“Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio (DCNEO) greatly appreciates the support from The Honor Project. The awarded funds for this project will be used to support the implementation of our 10 week social development program, Dancing Classrooms, to the 5th grade students of the Euclid City Schools district and will directly impact more than 400 students plus the classroom teachers, school administrators and parents who support them.”

DAYTON OHIO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INC


“The funds from this grant award will go towards the building of five homes directly serving 7 adults and 18 children. The impact of this grant will reach far more as we build communities and strengthen families through our holistic approach to affordable home ownership.”

DEEPWOOD FOUNDATION

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“We extend our sincere appreciation to Judge John Russo and the Honor Project Advisory Board for their tireless efforts to help those in need. Your support will create substantial opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities.”

DELAWARE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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“We will use the funds to construct an affordable and energy-efficient home, this fall, in partnership with a family currently living in substandard housing. This home will be our 52nd Habitat for Humanity home in Delaware County.”

DIABETES PARTNERSHIP OF CLEVELAND


DIOCESAN COUNCIL SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL CLEVELAND DIOCESE


EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF GREATER CINCINNATI & COLUMBUS

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“We are so excited to receive funding through the Honor Project to further our mission to assist people with epilepsy and their loved ones. The funding we received will further enable us to provide our services free of charge to those who desperately need our counseling services. Thank you so much!”

ESPERANZA INC


FAIRFIELD COUNTY TEENWORKS INC


“The funds will be used to help youth ages 14-21 experience the world of work and to gain the knowledge and skills to make that experience successful.”

FAR WEST CENTER

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“The program that is receiving a grant award is called: Get Well First, a program of education, support and coaching to help persons with severe mental illness ready themselves for employment and meaningful life activity. It is a recovery program dedicated to succeeding over mental illness through meaningful work. Employment is, simply, key to mental health.”

FIELDSTONE FARM THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

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“Their gift to Fieldstone Farm will help many of our students with special needs experience the therapeutic powers of horses. We are extremely grateful.”

FIRST STEP HOME INC

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“Funds will be used to support Medicated Assisted Treatment for opiate addicted women. It will also be used to cover medications for women that fall out of Medicaid assistance and are unable to pay for critical medications.”

FLYING HORSE FARMS

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“Funds will be used to ensure the continued mission of Flying Horse Farms to enrich the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families by providing magical, transforming fun through medically-safe, cost-free camping experiences.  Thank you, Judge John J. Russo, for your commitment to Ohio families in need of Flying Horse Farms’ state of the art medical camp programs.”

FRIENDS OF BREAKTHROUGH SCHOOLS

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“Funding from The Honor Project Trust will bridge the per pupil funding gap that the entire Breakthrough network faces. Through this gift, more philanthropic dollars will be directed into the classroom and focused on the academic programs that serve our over 3,000 students every day.”

FRIENDS OF METRO PARKS

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“Thank you to Judge Russo for authorizing the Honor Project, which is helping to fund Outside Is In: a program of Friends of Metro parks, Summit Metro Parks and Akron Public Schools that introduces urban youth to the outdoors and presents environmental science concepts in a fun, interesting and hands-on way.”

GATHERING PLACE

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“Funds provided through The Honor Project will be used by The Gathering Place to support individualized and group nutrition and exercise programs for individuals with cancer and their caregivers. Funds will also support programs for children and families facing a cancer diagnosis and/or the recent passing of a loved one from cancer.  The Gathering Place is very grateful to Judge Russo for his leadership in securing these Cy Pres funds that support needs in Northeast Ohio!”

GIRL SCOUTS OF OHIO’S HEARTLAND COUNCIL INC

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“The Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland will utilize its $30,000 grant from the Honor Project to provide science, technology, engineering and math programs to 1,500 Girl Scouts in the council’s 30-county region. A significant portion of these girls live in rural counties and have financial and other barriers to education. Through the Honor Project, they will be able to experience Techie Camp, Robotics, Tech Bridge, Environmental Experiences, Financial Literacy and more. Ultimately, we hope your gift inspires girls in their education today, and in their careers tomorrow.”

GORDON SQUARE ARTS DISTRICT LLC

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“Funds are being used for the Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) Capital Campaign that is revitalizing our neighborhood through the arts with beautified streetscapes, three new parking lots, renovation of Cleveland Public Theatre and the Capitol Theatre, and the building of Near West Theatre’s permanent home in Gordon Square. We would like to thank The Honorable Judge John J. Russo and the Honor Project for your generous support.”

GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK

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“The Honor Project Trust gift will be used to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the Food Bank for distribution to our member agencies and low income clients in our community. Special thanks to Judge John Russo for helping to make this happen.”

GREATER CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS ASSOCIATION


GREATER CLEVELAND SPORTS COMMISSION

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“Funds granted by The Honor Project allowed the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to create and implement the Urban Youth Initiative, a three-week educational program focused on nutrition, exercise, and environmental stewardship in conjunction with NEOCycle, Cleveland’s new urban cycling festival. Of the 210 children from the City of Cleveland Recreation Centers who participated, 105 earned brand new bikes, helmets, and bike locks. Many thanks to Judge Russo for supporting the Sports Commission’s most impactful program in its 15-year history.”

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF FULTON COUNTY, OHIO

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“Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County, Ohio is blessed with the Honor Project funding and plans to build a new home in spring 2015 for a local family in need of safe, affordable housing. This gift will provide approximately 35% of the necessary funds to complete the project. Thank you, Judge Russo for the support of our mission and a family who will work hard toward a positive future in a Habitat home.”

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL INC.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SOUTHEAST OHIO


“Habitat for Humanity will be using the funds from the Honor Project to build homes and revitalize neighborhoods in Southeast Ohio. We thank Judge Russo and all of the people involved in the Honor Project for this wonderful partnership and for helping us provide better homes for families in need.”

HARD HATTED WOMEN

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HAT MAKER

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“The generous $7500 provided our Foundation will be used specifically to support one of our most successful programs, Steps for Success. This year, the Steps program will be part of the curriculum of both the Oyler Sophomore and Junior classes and will include leadership development for the students at Camp Joy to help the students build their confidence, communication and trust with one another. The funds will also cover transportation costs to Camp Joy, the student business lunch with mentors (teaching them proper etiquette) and 2 additional field trips with mentors. Finally, we will use the remaining funds for a college field trip for our student so that they have the vision of the future that is being driven throughout their program.”

HAVEN HOUSE OF PICKAWAY CO INC

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“Haven House of Pickaway County Inc. will provide education on the dynamics of domestic violence and teen dating violence and make available to those in need the services to protect them against this crime. Haven House will provide information to students and to local groups on the dynamics of teen dating violence through distributions of pamphlets and tri-fold cards provided through this grant, and by presentations on the dynamics of domestic violence to our local schools in hopes to prevent future incidents of domestic violence.”

HEINZERLING FOUNDATION

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“The $10,000 contribution from the Honor Project Trust will go towards the purchase of a new wheelchair accessible minibus for the Heinzerling Foundation which serves 208 Ohio children and adults with severe developmental disabilities. This new minibus will provide our organization with an increased capacity to transport additional residents to outings and activities in the community that will positively impact their quality of life. For more information, please visit www.heinzerling.org”

HENRY COUNTY SENIOR CENTER INC

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“An important part of that work is providing nutritious meals to seniors, with over 35,000 being delivered to homes annually in Henry County and another 8,000 served at the Napoleon Senior Center location. In 2014 alone, we have seen a 28% increase in demand for home delivered meals. This grant money will be going towards a new Hotshot meal delivery truck ($40,000). We want to be sure that the HCSC is always able to meet the need when a senior calls for a meal. Now we are able to ensure that if a senior calls in, they will be delivered a meal at least by the next day.”

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATION

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“Funds will be spent on Extrication safety as well as personal protective equipment and driving safety. The Firefighters and EMTs at Highland Twp Fire Department (Ayersville) want to thank Judge Russo for this opportunity to make our personnel and keep our patients safer.”

HOLY TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

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“The Social Ministry Committee of HTLC will distribute dental and hygiene products to the clients of St. Luke’s Hot Meals Program on a monthly basis. We appreciate Judge Russo and the committee for their consideration.”

HOPEWELL HEALTH CENTERS INC.

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“HHC thanks the Honors Project and Judge Russo for this award. We will use the funds for necessary computer upgrades required to implement electronic medical records at our behavioral health clinics.”

HOPEWELL INN

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“Hopewell deeply appreciates funding from The Honor Project, which will allow an indigent adult with mental illness to receive occupational rehabilitation as well as residential treatment at our therapeutic farm community in Mesopotamia. A special thank you from Hopewell to Judge Russo.”

HUGS FOUNDATION


HYDE PARK MULTI-SERVICE CENTER

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“Honor Project funds will support Hyde Park Center for Older Adults’ Protective Services program, to reduce the risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation for older adults and assist them in functioning as well as possible at lowered levels of risk. HPC’s case manager uses a variety of strategies to ensure that frail, sick, disabled, poor, confused, vulnerable older adults receive the best possible care in their circumstances.”

IRISH AMERICAN ARCHIVES SOCIETY INC

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“The Irish American Archives Society will work with other Irish American organizations to collect information about the history of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cleveland–through newspapers articles, club records, and oral history interviews–and produce an illustrated history of the Parade in honor of the 150th anniversary in 2017 of this signal community event. The Irish American Archives Society is very grateful to Judge Russo for making these undistributed funds available for the good of the greater community.”

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION

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“Funds from The Honor Project will be used to support physician services at Alyson’s Place – JFSA Medical Clinic. Because of the nature of our patient’s special needs (mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, frail and elderly), more time is required by the physician to than is typically reimbursable through current payment sources. About one-half of the physicians’ time will be spent on travel, care coordination with case managers, sign language interpreters, residential providers and family. We are very appreciative to The Honor Project and Judge Russo for their support!”

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

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“John Carroll University’s Center for Service and Social Action (CSSA) will use the Honor Project Grant Funds to enhance the learning opportunities for our community school partners in our We the People Service-Learning Program. Teams of JCU tutors partner with Cleveland and East Cleveland classrooms in order to teach lessons on the Constitution, American government, and civic engagement. These funds will help us purchase new textbooks for our partner classrooms, develop workbooks for the students, and provide the JCU tutors with additional teaching resources. We would like to thank The Honorable John Russo for his vision and support of this program which has been transformative for both JCU students and children in the Cleveland area.”

JOSEPHS HOME

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“Funds from the Honor Project Trust will be used to provide acutely ill homeless men with food, shelter, nursing care, and the social services they need to find and succeed in permanent housing. Thank you to Honor Project Trust and Judge Russo for the generous support to our program.”

JOSHUAS PLACE INC

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JULIE BILLIART SCHOOL

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“The funding from the Honor Project will be used to help provide occupational therapy services to our students. Our occupational therapist works collaboratively with the faculty/staff to provide a therapeutic program along with meeting the sensory needs of the students within Julie Billiart School.”

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

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“The Kent State University Student Multicultural Center (SMC) will establish the SMC Scholars Program to provide tuition scholarships to African American, Latino American and Native American (AALANA) students as well as other underrepresented groups who maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. SMC Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to participate in SMC programs and activities including: Kupita/Transiciones, Oscar Ritchie Scholarship Guild, Academic STARS, Cleveland COMPACT, Male Empowerment Network and Sister Circle — all proven programs to increase retention and persistence.”

KETTERING BACKPACK INC

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“KBI serves at-risk children in the Kettering City School district by providing nutritious meals they can prepare themselves at home on the weekends. The $10,000 gift from the Honor Project will be used to feed 75 children each weekend for the entire upcoming school year. Thank-you Judge Russo for investing in our youth and helping KBI to fight hunger one student at a time!”

LAKE COUNTY FREE CLINIC

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“Lake County Free Clinic is immensely grateful to The Honorable Judge John J. Russo and Dworken and Bernstein for this Ohio Lawyers Give Back award.  These funds will allow us to expand our medical and dental services – through the addition of staff and other resources – in order to provide more medical and dental appointments to those who are not able to access these services elsewhere.”

LAKE ERIE COLLEGE

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“Housed at Lake Erie College, the LEAD (Learn, Experience, Achieve and Develop) Program of the Lake County Educational Service Center serves high school students with disabilities whose education is impacted by their behavior. LEAD specifically addresses chronic unemployment and the consequences of unemployment by helping at-risk students complete high school and receive pre-vocational and vocational training that will serve as a catalyst to securing future employment and becoming productive, employable, civically engaged citizens.  Funds awarded will offset the annual cost of rent and utilities for the program.”

LAKE HEALTH FOUNDATION

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“Lake Health Foundation and Lake Health leadership would like to thank The Honorable John J. Russo and the Dworken & Bernstein team for being champions in support of our community team members. The generous gift of Cy Pres Funds will benefit Prescription for Success—a project serving underemployed Lake Health team members who are interested acquiring an Associates Degree towards a professional health care career.”

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LAWRENCE SCHOOL

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“We are delighted to be awarded this grant supporting tuition assistance for Lawrence School families. Because we are a school of need (we serve student’s with learning differences including dyslexia and ADHD) rather than choice, many of our families never planned for tuition for elementary and high school. Our families make tremendous sacrifices to give their children the educational opportunities Lawrence provides. This grant for tuition assistance allows us to make a Lawrence education more affordable for more families.”

LEGACY III INC

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“The funds will be used to general operations, i.e. bus passes, meals, housing, case management and staff supervision, laundry equipment and supplies, etc.”

LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA

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“LLS has initiated a Travel Assistance Program in order to provide patients assistance with travel expenses and thereby reduce this financial barrier, improving access to care. Qualified patients will receive an annual stipend of $250 to help cover the costs of transportation to and from treatments. Funds will be administered through the LLS Northern Ohio, Central Ohio and Southern Ohio chapters to ensure equitability in access and determine genuine financial need.”

LIBERTY CENTER OF SANDUSKY COUNTY INC

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“Liberty Center of Sandusky County will use the Honor Trust Project funds to assist homeless individuals and families by providing safe shelter, case management, and life skills classes. The program focuses on employment education and directs shelter residents back into the work force so that they can become self sufficient once again.”

LIMA RESCUE MISSION

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“The funds received from this grant will be used to cover the expense of 28 new beds and mattresses in our overnight shelter for homeless men.”

LORAIN COUNTY ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE SERVICES INC

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“Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. will utilize this opportunity to provide services to the Opiate addicted population through Ambulatory Detox and Medical Services.”

MALACHI HOUSE INC

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“On behalf our residents, Malachi House of Hope is honored to receive this tremendous award through The Honor Project. This generous gift will cover 70% of the necessary funding to operate one of our 15 resident rooms for one entire year.”

MENORAH PARK CENTER FOR SENIOR LIVING

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“We are grateful to Judge Russo for Cy Pres funds, which will be used to recruit, train, test and place 50 CMSD and other inner-ring high school graduates in jobs as State-Tested Nursing Assistants at Menorah Park.  In 25 years we have prepared and hired over 2300 inner-city and inner-ring women and men for a healthcare career path, in jobs that are plentiful in Northeast Ohio.  Many go on to become RNs and all of them provide loving, compassionate care to our community’s seniors.”

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA LICKING COUNTY


METROHEALTH FOUNDATION INC

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METROHEALTH FRIENDS OF MOTHERS & INFANTS

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“MetroHealth’s $50,000 grant will support its Mother and Child Dependency Program, which offers holistic care for opiate-abusing pregnant mothers and their babies. That patient population has grown from seven in 2001 to 100 last year. The grant will help fund a care coordinator for patients and pay for parking, bus passes and cafeteria meals for them. On behalf of these mothers and their babies, thank you to Judge Russo for distributing these needed funds.”

MIDTOWN CLEVELAND

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“The Honor Project grant will be used by MidTown Cleveland, Inc. to further its mission to retain jobs, attract new businesses and serve as the catalyst for creating and promoting a vibrant MidTown mixed-use district. On behalf of all the stakeholders of MidTown Cleveland, Inc., we want to thank Judge Russo for his vision and support for the work of non-profit organizations.”

MILESTONES AUTISM ORGANIZATION

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“Milestones Autism Resources provides education, coaching and connecting to families, professionals and individuals impacted by autism. The Honor Project Funds will be used to support parent coaching of families impacted by autism. Each year 500 families receive help through our coaching and referral system.”

MISSION4MAUREEN

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“The financial impact of battling brain cancer is overwhelming. With direct patient assistance, Mission4Maureen helps to ease that burden. Thank you, Judge Russo, for authorizing The Honor Project Cy Pres Initiative to benefit Ohio charities and by extension the brain cancer patient community.”

MOBILEMED1 INC


“Medworks greatly appreciates the generous support awarded from The Honor Project. The funds we received will impact lives of our patients by helping us provide a bridge to care for individuals and families who are uninsured and underinsured.  Through this support, Medworks will provide residents the ability to go back to work, the ability to concentrate in school, freedom from pain and freedom from worry – the very heart of the good works MedWorks does. Judge Russo, On behalf of your neighbors whose lives you have helped change, we thank you. Your return on investment will be immediate and visible and will provide lasting change in the lives of fellow Northeast Ohio residents.”

NAMI GREATER CLEVELAND

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“NAMI Greater Cleveland will provide an array of Peer Support programs for persons with severe and persistent mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and clinical depression, anxiety disorders) facilitated by those affected themselves directly by mental illness. These support groups, courses and community education programs are designed to stimulate and strengthen the recovery process through mutual support, practical information, and education.”

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN INCORPORATED

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“The Honor Project will be used to build awareness of and the motivation for parents/caregivers to “Play It Safe” when it comes to influencing, teaching, and protecting their children from violence. We would like to thank Judge Russo for awarding this grant to allow NCJW/Cleveland to continue to protect our children.”

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION


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NEW DIRECTIONS FOR LIVING

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“New Directions for Living will utilize the funds to improve some of their housing units such as much needed flooring and new water heaters.”

NEW LIFE FURNITURE

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“New Life Furniture is the only free furniture bank serving Greater Cincinnati. Honor Project Trust funds will furnish the homes of nearly 30 low-income families emerging from homelessness, escaping domestic abuse, and recovering from life’s unforeseen difficulties.”

NORTH COAST COMMUNITY HOMES INC


NORTHERN OHIO CHILDRENS PERFORMING MUSIC FOUNDATION INC

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“The Singing Angels graciously accepts this donation which will help support our scholarship fund to 40 local Cleveland Area youth who are also very deserving and talented. These funds will enable to them to participate in a 50th year quality Cleveland tradition of Making Music, Making Friends and Making a Difference. Thank you Judge Russo for having the insight to authorize a project that gives back funds that will make a difference in our communities.”

NORTHERN OHIO CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION

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“The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.”

NWO APRAXIA SUPPORT

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“NWO Apraxia Support will use the funds from The Honor Project to provide grants to children in NW Ohio impacted by by Childhood Apraxia of Speech or another invisible disability (i.e. autism, epilepsy, anxiety, ADHD, etc.). Grants may fund therapy, equipment or activities not covered by insurance that will foster independence and success for these children. Thank you to Judge Russo for making this project possible.”

OHIO CENTER FOR LAW RELATED EDUCATION

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“The funds awarded by the Honors Project will be used to engage teachers and students from underserved schools to participate in OCLRE’s law-related and civic education programs. The funding will focus on public school districts in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery and Summit counties.”

OHIO SOCIETY OF MILITARY HISTORY


ONE WAY FARM OF FAIRFIELD INC

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“The One Way Farm Children’s Home a shelter for abused, abandoned,
neglected and troubled children will utilize the Honor Project Trust funds to assist in key day-to-day program expenses – food and clothing, utilities, transportation, recreation, and staffing.”

ORCA HOUSE

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“ORCA House will use the Honor Project funds to provide chemical dependency treatment services to men and women who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs. By becoming and remaining sober, these individuals will be able to seek, obtain and maintain ongoing, meaningful employment. ”

PEDAL WITH PETE

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“The funds received from the Honor Project will be used to by the Pedal with Pete Foundation to purchase adaptive bikes for children with Cerebral Palsy. The Pedal-with-Pete Foundation is a community of volunteers who work to raise funds for cerebral palsy (CP) research through bike rides and walks. Established by Pete Zeidner, who has CP, in Kent, Ohio; these events have spread to Columbus, Ohio and Emmetsburg, Iowa.”

PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION

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“Prayers from Maria’s grant funds will be used to acquire and implement a donor management system to develop the most efficient and effective fundraising strategies and practices for childhood glioma brain tumor research.”

PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER

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“The funds received from the Honor Project will be used to purchase cribs, mattresses and bedding for our “Sweet Dreams Project.” It is our goal that all parents in Brown County can say “nighty-night” to their baby knowing they are sleeping in a safe bed and will have “sweet dreams.””

PROFESSIONAL FLAIR INC. (DANCING WHEEL CHAIRS)


“With funding from the Honor Project, The Dancing Wheels Company & School will be expanding its arts education and training/employment options for people with disabilities. We thank the Honor Project and Judge Russo for this award, for allowing us to continue to make the arts accessible for all people of all abilities.”

PROJECT LEARN

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“Project Learn is deeply grateful to Judge Russo and the Honor Project for their support of our GED instruction and testing program for inmates in the Cuyahoga County Jail. With this grant Project Learn can now test inmates while they are in the Jail helping them, once they pass, to be released with a barrier to successful re-entry permanently removed.”

PROJECT LOVE REMEMBER THE CHILDREN FOUNDATION

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“The Honor Project award will fund Project Love’s “Campaign for Kindness” that celebrates teens who are already doing good, and inspire, encourage and motivate other teens to STEP UP, SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT!  The goal of this initiative is to empower adults and teens, throughout Ohio, to build communities of kindness, caring and respect. We sincerely thank Judge Russo for providing this opportunity to spread our mission, throughout Ohio.”

PROJECT WOMAN OF SPRINGFIELD AND CLARK COUNTY

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“The Honor Project award will fund Project Love’s “Project Woman will use the funds generously awarded through the Honor Project to provide transitional housing to survivors of domestic, intimate partner, or sexual violence. The Chrysalis Program provides trauma-informed recovery supports and education necessary to maintain long term permanent housing solutions.”

PROVIDENCE HOUSE INC


RABBIT RUN COMMUNITY THEATER


“Rabbit Run Community Arts Association is proud to receive funding through The Honor Project. Funds will be used to complete a master facilities plan for historic Rabbit Run Theater to enhance and expand the educational and entertainment potential of the property.  Our thanks to Judge Russo for his vision in focusing this funding source to benefit so many worthy organizations.”

RAINBOW BABIES & CHILDRENS CORPORATION

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“Dear Judge Russo and Honor Project Grant Award Review Committee,
Thank you for selecting University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial center to receive an Honor Project Grant Award. The funds will support our programs and services including support groups, summer camp, college scholarships, and research. This will allow us to help improve the psychosocial well being for these children and their families, encourage children to become productive members of society, and stimulate research and innovativation to serve this unique population.”

REDEEMER CRISIS CENTER/Iglesia Cristiana Hispana Lutheran Church

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“On behalf of the families of Redeemer Crisis Center we would like to thank Judge Russo for the opportunities provided our youth by this grant, Focus on Youth. The funds will enhance our six-week summer program for youth aged 3 to 12 by providing a director, field trips and programs such as money management, cooking and/or nutrition.”

REHABILITATION CENTER FOR NEUROLOGICAL DEV


“The Honor Project funding shall support the implementation of an 8-week intensive older adult rehabilitative program. The older adult program provides neurologically based rehabilitative, visual, cognitive, language, and aquatic services to older adults, 55 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with a stroke, traumatic brain injury or other brain related conditions. The projects purpose is to help each client improve the overall quality of life, remain in the least restrictive environment and reduce the number of hospitalizations and nursing home visits.”

REINVENTING THE CYCLE

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“ReInventing The Cycle is extremely appreciative to Judge Russo and the Honor Project Committee. ReInventing The Cycle will distribute the program Project S.T.O.P. (Stop The Oppressive Predator), which will teach children skills to keep safe from molestation, to 240 elementary schools throughout Ohio. Together we are taking proactive steps to keep the children of Ohio safe.”

REPLAY FOR KIDS

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“RePlay for Kids provide adapted toys and switches to low-income families with children with disabilities, so that the children can reinforce their therapy sessions at home.The project involves two parts.The first part is to hold workshops where the toys are adapted and the switch kits are assembled. The second part is to have a toys giveaway event at each agency, where the low–income families are invited to come pick out adapted toys and switch to use with their child.”

RISING STAR LEARNING CENTER INC


ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC INC

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“Roots of American Music teaching artists will work with 200 first and second grade students from Cleveland and Lorain City schools in a literacy program to help students attain grade level reading skills this fall.  Artist-written songs performed on traditional instruments such as ukulele, guitar, and fiddle will engage students in both the singing and reading of key words.”

SAINT BERNADETTE

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“This donation will be used for a much needed renovation to our school cafeteria kitchen. We are grateful to have been chosen and thank you Judge John Russo.”

SAINT EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL


“St. Edward High School is grateful to the Honor Project for funding essential security updates and upgraded technology that will provide a safer and more connected environment for our students and the St. Edward Community. We would like to thank our esteemed alumnus, Judge John Russo, for his generous support and continued commitment to St. Edward High School.”

SCIENCE PLAY-SPACE INITIATIVE SPI INC

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“We will use the funding to provide playful science activities for children at our city parks program where free lunch and low cost daycare is provided, and hope to expand these activities to a new park in an underserved neighborhood.”

SCIOTO COUNTY COUNSELING CENTER INC


SECOND HARVEST FOODBANK OF THE MAHONING VALLEY

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SEEDS OF LITERACY


“Seeds of Literacy’s innovative, non-traditional classroom relies on individualized curricula, one-to-one tutoring, and flexible scheduling to help adult students who did not succeed in traditional school settings. Funds will support instructional costs for this nationally accredited program that annually serves more students than the average high school. Thanks to Judge Russo and the Honor Project team for this award.”

SERENITY RECOVERY NETWORK

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“The Serenity Recovery Network will use The Honor Project Funds to help renovate the new, permanent facility for the Women’s Program – The House of Freedom & Miracles. The new facility will provide recovery housing for 50% more women residents.”

SHOES AND CLOTHES FOR KIDS INC

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SISTERS OF MERCY OF WILLARD OHIO


“A huge thank you to Judge Russo, without these funds the program would not be possible! The funds will be used to bring a program called Game On! into the kindergartens of Willard School District. Game On! incorporates healthy food and ways to stay active into the current kindergarten curriculum.”

SOCIETY FOR THE RESTORATION OF ECCLESIASTICAL STATUES INC

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“The funds from our grant will be used to begin work on the lower level of the museum to expand gallery space. The funds will also help us update our security inside and outside on the property.”

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SOUTHERN STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION

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“The award from the Honor Project Grant will be used to support the Wilmington Succeeds Scholarship fund within the Southern State Community College Foundation. The Wilmington Succeeds initiative is a new approach toward reducing the outmigration of the community’s youth. These scholarships are aimed at retaining talented individuals in rural, southern Ohio by offering last dollar scholarships to deserving students from Wilmington High School. All fundraising for this scholarship, including this grant from the Honor Project, is leveraged with an institutional match from Southern State.”

SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAMILTON COUNTY

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“Funds from this grant will be used to expand Special Olympics Hamilton County into areas of the County where the Program does not presently exist.”

STEPPING STONES

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“The Honor Project Grant will help support Stepping Stones’ program for adults with disabilities in Greater Cincinnati. Funds will increase community excursions to build independence and purchase accessibility equipment including a powered lifting/positioning system for people with mobility challenges. The program serves more than 125 adults with developmental disabilities. All 125 join us in saying Thank You Judge Russo and The Honor Project.”

SUICIDE PREVENTION EDUCATION ALLIANCE NE OHIO

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“The mission of LifeAct, formerly known as SPEA, is to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to seek professional help for themselves and others. LifeAct addresses the issue of teen depression and suicide prevention by providing in-school programming to 19,000 students in 105 high schools in an eight-county area of Northeast Ohio, including the counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Lake, Lorain, Portage, and Summit.”

SUMMA HEALTH SYSTEM

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“The Summa Cancer Institute is grateful to be selected as a recipient of Dworken  & Bernstein’s Honor Project. This generous donation will help provide state-of-the art radiation technology that will revolutionize cancer care in Northeast Ohio.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank Judge Russo for helping Summa Health System provide the most advanced technology for delivering non-invasive radiation treatment and save more lives.”

SYLVANIA COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM


“The funding awarded to Sylvania Community Action Team will be used for the WEB ( Where Everybody Belongs) and LINK training for teachers in the junior high and high schools. These programs are transitional programs that help students adjust from the elementary to junior high environment – WEB, and from junior high to high school with the LINK program including peer mentoring, leadership and team building skills. We will also use the funds for the “Start Talking” media campaign focused on parents and other youth caregivers to address prescription drug misuse with their children.
Please let me know if you need anything else.”

THE ARC OF GREATER CLEVELAND

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“The mission of The Arc of Greater Cleveland is to empower persons affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through advocacy, education, and the promotion of activities that improve quality of life. We will use the funds to develop a health navigator program.”

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST OF NORTH CANTON

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“The North Canton Church of Christ will use our awarded funds to substantially grow our community outreach program to feed and clothe the needy of Stark County. These funds, combined with financial support from our members and the community, have enabled us to move forward with a new 6,000 sq. ft. Food and Clothing Distribution Center to serve even larger numbers of our community who are in need. Our sincerest gratitude to Judge Russo for his work in helping our dream of providing for the needy grow beyond our highest expectations!”

THE LAKELAND FOUNDATION

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THE PARMA HOSPITAL HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION


“The Honor Project Funds will be used to support medical care for people in our community who lack access to care.
In many cases these fellow community members are employed or only recently lost jobs and do not qualify for existing care programs.
The Foundation and its generous donors have provided nearly $500,000 toward this cause since 2000.”

THE SALVATION ARMY OF NORTHEAST OHIO

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“The Salvation Army would like to sincerely thank Judge Russo and The Honor Project Trust for the generous support. Funding provided by The Honor Project Trust will help support the Zelma George Emergency Family Shelter, providing homeless families throughout Greater Cleveland with a safe and secure place of temporary residence, as well as the necessary resources to obtain self-sustainability and permanent housing.”

THE UPSIDE OF DOWNS NE OHIO

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“The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio will be using funding from the Honor Project to support adults with Down syndrome through a variety of programs, including life skills training and social activities. We wish to thank Judge John J. Russo for making this possible.”

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY

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“In regards to the funds, Tiffin University intends to use the money in order to purchase needed technology (desktop and laptop computers) for our brand new Murphy Academic Support Center on campus. These computers will help support our students (many of them are first-generation college students) as they receive assistance in tutoring, group study, career development, and academic support services.”

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TOUCHING LITTLE LIVES INC

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“Touching Little Lives will use the money from the Honor Trust grant to buy fabric to make onesies and sleepers and distribute them free of charge to preemie and needy newborns in Ohio.”

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING INC

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“Transitional Housing, Inc. (THI) has worked with homeless individuals for close to thirty years and in that time has discovered that an overwhelming percentage have been exposed to a number of forms of trauma and/or are living with some form of mental illness. Inasmuch as these conditions impede the attainment of employment and self-sufficiency, THI has adopted a trauma-based workforce development and training program that addresses the distress of homelessness and identifies the optimal setting in which residents have the greatest potential for success. THI’s Board members, staff and residents wish to thank Judge Russo for his role in securing the Cy Pres funds to benefit those who are coping with and recovering from the effects of homelessness.”

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

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“The received Honor Project dollars will be spent on project and interim operating dollars to bridge funding gaps for 2014 and 2015; this will allow us to apply for accreditation, enhance the quality of services to children, and provide additional training for our multi-disciplinary team as we continue to establish sustainable term funding sources.”

UNIFIED HEALTH SOLUTIONS INC

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“The funds received from the Honor Project will be used to provide a fifth day of safe afterschool care for kids ages 6 – 15 years of age in the Northridge School District.”

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CLEVELAND

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“UCP of Greater Cleveland Employment Services programs support adults with disabilities in finding and retaining employment in the least restrictive setting possible, with the preferred option being community-based employment. Thank you to Judge Russo for recognizing the importance of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and providing valuable funding to our program through The Honor Project.”

UNITED WAY OF COSHOCTON COUNTY INC

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“The United Way of Coshocton will use the monies received to continue sending free monthly books to children in Coshocton ages 0-5 through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. There were approximately 800 children signed up for the program last year; therefore, 9,600 free books were mailed in 2013.”

UNITED WAY OF GEAUGA


“The funds will be utilized to provide preschool scholarships to economically disadvantaged children in Geauga County. These scholarships are the last resort for families who do not qualify for any supports from government or local agencies. These funds allow children to properly prepare for kindergarten, so they are not falling behind their peers before they even walk through the elementary school doors.”

UNITED WAY OF GUERNSEY COUNTY

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“On behalf of United Way of Guernsey and Noble Counties, I would like to thank Judge Russo and everyone involved with the Honor Project grant process! This funding will go a long way in providing vital social service programs to our area. Perhaps more importantly, it will go a long way in providing hope to those in our area who need it most.”

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS AHUJA MEDICAL CENTER

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“Through the Vital Link to the Community project, University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center will act on their commitment to increase the odds of survivorship for each person experiencing a life threatening medical event in the community by providing local EMS teams with life-saving equipment that will improve patient outcomes and training local residents in first-response techniques. Funds from the Honor project will be used to purchase equipment and provide necessary training.”

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS CLEVELAND MEDICAL CENTER INC

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URSULINE PIAZZA

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“These funds will help us to continue our mission which is to educate and support HIV-positive people to live better, healthier lives. We will continue to bridge gaps in services for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by providing services which include counseling, social services, transportation, and educational programming.”

VALLEY PARISH NURSE MINISTRY INC


VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CINCINNATI & NORTHERN KY

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“Improved Health Care Through Constant Monitoring –Telehealth” allows patients to be monitored for key vital signs and clinical findings 7 days a week. Through this clinical monitoring, patients receive home visits based on need for interventions which reduce complications and avoidable hospitalizations. One nurse can oversee the care of up to 150 patients daily in the office and alert the field staff when the clinical criteria warrants a home visit.  With Telehealth, patient satisfaction improves; patients and their families feel more secure and learn how to positively impact their health.”

WADSWORTH CENTER FOR OLDER ADULTS

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“The Wadsworth Soprema Senior Center will proudly utilize Honor Project funds to support our Senior Congregate Meal Voucher Program. The funding will allow the program to expand service by offering nutritious and freshly prepared hot meals to needy seniors in our community.”

WAITING CHILD FUND

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“The Waiting Child Fund will utilize the grant funding from the Honor Project to host a Family Finding Convening on October 30, 2014 at Cleveland State University. The Convening is designed help to increase the safety, permanency, and well being outcomes for children who experience the foster care system in Ohio.”

WARREN COUNTY ADULT NEW READERS

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“The $1,200 grant to Warren County Adult New Readers from the Honor Project will be used to purchase books for volunteer tutors to use to help adult students study for the 2014 GED test, pleasure reading for low-level adult students and teacher resource books. Warren County Adult New Readers helped 108 adults students in 2013 who live or work in Warren County.”

WASHINGTON COUNTY FREE CLINIC INC

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“Thank you Judge Russo for setting up this trust and allowing us the opportunity to receive $10,000 from the Honor Project Trust funds.  These funds will help the Washington County Free Clinic pay for the clinical director who coordinates the monthly clinics providing free medical care to uninsured adults in Washington County, Ohio.”

WELCOME HOUSE INC


WESTERVILLE CARING & SHARING

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“On behalf of Westerville Caring and Sharing (WC&S), I would like to thank you for selecting us as a recipient of a $2,500 award from the Tier II funds from The Honor Project. These funds will be used to purchase forty (40) high school back packs and numerous retailer gift cards to be distributed to the less fortunate students in the Westerville City School District. This award to support our Back-to-School project 2015 will enable WC&S to reach out to even more students to insure they are properly prepared to start the school year.”

WOMEN’S RECOVERY CENTER

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“For the Women’s Recovery Center this project offers the investment necessary to create the expanded programming and environment for the outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment programming for women and their children and to implement treatment on demand as a woman is motivated and seeking recovery.”

WOMENSAFE INC

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“WomenSafe would like to extent our deepest gratitude to Judge Russo for making this award to WomenSafe possible. The money will be used to provide safe shelter and supportive services such as counseling, art therapy, and aftercare for victims of domestic violence. The programs offered by WomenSafe aim to support victims as they discover their own abilities to make healthier choices for themselves and their children.”

YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION ASHTABULA OHIO


YOUNG WOMENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION CANTON OHIO


YOUNGSTOWN COMMITTEE ON ALCOHOLISM DBA NEIL KENNEDY RECOVERY CLINIC

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“This project will provide people with substance related addictive disorders a safe, supportive place to live while they receive the treatment that they need to acquire the skills necessary to sustain long term recovery.”

YOUTH CHALLENGE

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“Funding from the Honor Project will be used to provide adapted team sports for local children with physical disabilities, helping to make youth athletics accessible for all. Participation on sports teams will help children to improve physical fitness, mental well-being, and benefit from being part of team – many for the first time. Youth Challenge is grateful to Judge John Russo and the Honor Project for this generous support!”

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED

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“Y.O.U.’s mission is to empower youth in the Greater Cleveland area to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life through entrepreneurship, education and employment. Y.O.U. programs help youth stay in school, graduate, learn to start their own business ventures, develop a career plan, and begin the journey toward achieving their goals. We greatly appreciate The Honor Project and Judge Russo for your confidence in Y.O.U. and investment in our services to at-risk youth.”