RECONSTRUCTING HOMES. RENEWING LIVES. TRANSFORMING NEIGHBORHOODS.

The home is arguably the central most important and influential factor contributing to a person’s perspective of the world and their place in it.  Through the home, a person develops their ideas about things like family, faith, relationships, education, safety and success.  When a home is unstable, unaffordable or otherwise threatened, people whom God dearly loves grow fearful for the future.

In urban communities, affordable housing has become one of the biggest concerns, contributing to destabilized neighborhoods, reinforcing the effects of poverty.  Here in Northeast Ohio, the challenge is further complicated by increasing home foreclosures, evictions and vacant properties.

God’s people have a role to play that’s larger than we thought possible.  Building Hope in the City, Community Service Alliance (CSA), Family Ministry Center and Scranton Road Community Development Corporations have formed Nehemiah Collaborative, which seeks to restore homes as a unique tool for personal, community, economic and Kingdom restoration.

By starting with “home,” we can change lives, renew neighborhoods and transform a city.

OUR CURRENT PROJECT:  CREATING A NEW FAITH-BASED HOME FOR SOLDIERS JOURNEYING TOGETHER IN RECOVERY

Located at 3610 Trowbridge Avenue, this abandoned 2,500-square-foot, two-family home was built in 1903 and will be transformed into independent living for 6-8 veterans in their next phase of recovery—a return to independent living.

Previously, the men have been living at CSA, a founding Nehemiah Collaborative partner, that supports men emerging out of homelessness. In their new home, the men will each have their own bedroom and share several common areas. CSA will continue providing counseling, study and assistance with employment as these former soldiers together develop future plans for their lives.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

GIVE. GIFTS AT ANY AND EVERY AMOUNT ARE A BLESSING.

Here are some sponsorship levels to consider:

  • • Veteran’s bedroom: $2,500 (x8)
  • • Bath: $5,000 (x2)
  • • Common Areas: $10,000 (x2)
  • • Kitchen: $15,000 (x2)

Click HERE to make a gift of any amount now.

DONATE SUPPLIES OR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

New construction and building materials will help us lower the project’s overall cost.  Call (216) 281-4673 for a complete list of material needs for Trowbridge.

VOLUNTEER.

Know how to swing a hammer?  Good with woodworking, painting or landscaping? We’ve got a job for you!  Our volunteer work days are listed below.

More dates coming soon.

Thank you to all of the donors who supported the ‘It Starts at Home’ campaign.

An anonymous donor advised fund at In His Steps Foundation
Anonymous
Bethel Lutheran Church Women’s Group
Care for Others
Community West Foundation
(capacity-building gift for overall operations)
Mark & Rebecca Duesenberg
Walter Elbrecht
Arthur Engelman
David & Betty Giguere
Anthony & Janice Gusich
Jeffry & Therese Hanwell
Dan & Cindy Hirch
James & Joyce Huang
Barbara Jacobus
Paul Keiper
Kevin & Lyn Kelley
Grant Knisely
Kent & Diane Krafft
Kenneth & Laurie Krauss
Ronald & Charlotte LePere
Randall & Dawn Luecke
James & Carol Martin
Kevin & Mary McHugh
Robert & Susan Myers
Milan & Martha Nass
Thomas & Helen Niermann
Douglas Oliver
Options for Families and Youth
Carl & Ruth Prokop
Rodolfo & Patricia Schneider
Jean Sommer
David & Eileen Stough
Bill & Darlene Stredney
Jan Swetel
Kevin & Patricia Wade
Greg & Mary Wadel
Ed & Carolyn Watkins
Sylvia Wildner
Cheryl Yanico

Nehemiah Collaborative is a non-profit organization founded to bring positive transformation to Cleveland’s Near West Side, specifically the Clark/Fulton and Stockyards neighborhoods.

We achieve this by acquiring, rehabilitating, and maintaining neighborhood properties, while also providing a network of spiritual and vocational support based on Jesus’ call to stewardship, love for neighbor, and the transforming power of community.

Visit the Nehemiah Collaborative website here.