Community West Blog

Bill & Jill Oatey - Making God’s Love Visible

Posted by Linda Spencer on Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Bill and Jill Oatey make God’s love visible by their compassion and genuine concern for others. Their capacity to serve others runs deep and so does their spirit of giving. Both were raised by parents who demonstrated the powerful life lessons of caring for others, kindness and service. Bill and Jill embraced these guiding principles and their lives truly honor the parents they loved so dearly.

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Maggie's Poverty Simulation Experience

Posted by Zackary Hoon on Fri, Jun 28, 2019

I was running late for work and my palms were sweating.  I had just gotten in an argument with my 16 year old daughter, who is 7 months pregnant, for cutting school again. My husband’s, (who was laid off from his job 6 month’s earlier) unemployment pay had expired and he was denied any more benefits.  It was the first of the month and I had a $251 deficit in our budget for the month and I was worried about how we were going to come up with the money to make it another month.

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David and Martha Hessler Illuminate the Light of Faith, Hope and Love

Posted by Linda Spencer on Mon, Oct 22, 2018

The Legacy Society Dinner was a tribute to Community West Foundation’s most treasured
donors and it was a magnificent and memorable evening.

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Meet Our 2017 Art of Caring Award Recipients, Henry & Betty Jacques

Posted by Linda Spencer on Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Henry and Betty Jacques are an extraordinary example of living their lives by the belief that, “God will make you rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.” — 2 Corinthians 9:11

The Jacques put their faith into action by service to others. It is a faith that has greatly benefitted our community in countless ways. Their inspiring charitable volunteer efforts have impacted thousands of individuals, from their neighbors, to families throughout our community.

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Meet Our 2016 Art of Caring Award Recipient, Aggie Hoskin

Posted by Linda Spencer on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Art of Caring Award recipient, Aggie Hoskin, who has left quite a legacy for our community!  Through the Jennifer Fund, a Donor Advised Fund, at the Community West Foundation, Aggie Hoskin has created a way to provide lasting support to the causes she cares about the most – helping children!

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Community West Foundation’s 2016 Annual Meeting: From Refugee to Neighbor

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

At the heart of every great community are nonprofits building support for our most vulnerable neighbors. It is more important than ever to welcome refugees into our hearts and communities—not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the loving, caring and compassionate thing to do.

It is our responsibility to welcome those suffering the most and when the world is in desperate need of humanitarian relief. The Community West Foundation Strategic Plan is inspired by the words and message from the Gospel of Matthew 25:40:

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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Community West Foundation has moved to a new location

Posted by Linda Spencer on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

It’s official! The Community West Foundation has moved into its new home at 800 Sharon Drive, Suite C in Westlake. Well known for helping colleagues succeed, Community West Foundation is now leasing office space from Youth Challenge, an agency that provides recreational programs to physically challenged youth. This is one of the foundation’s latest ‘outside the box’ collaborations which offers support to Youth Challenge through rent and grant resources.

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Why Celebrate World Refugee Day?

Posted by Peter Schindler on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

For tens of thousands of people, the United States offers an opportunity to start over, as we are the No. 1 resettlement country in the world for refugees.

On June 20, the International Rescue Committee will host World Refugee Day to pay tribute to America’s legacy as a nation that welcomes refugees and helps them thrive. Community West Foundation will help the Refugee Services Collaborative kick off the celebration early by sponsoring a community picnic from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Edgewater Kite Field in Cleveland. Families are encouraged to bring a dish to share and a blanket. There, they can try new foods while meeting some of the hundreds of refugees who have become part of our community in the past few years. 

Sadly, we realize many people still have a negative perception of refugees. They are quick to believe common myths about refugees, why they have come here and the impact they have on our country.

Here are just a few reasons why we believe refugees make America great.

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5 Myths About Refugees in Cleveland and the U.S.

Posted by David T. Dombrowiak on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

The ongoing war in Syria and conflicts around the world continue to drive refugees to seek asylum in the United States, the world’s top resettlement country. Last year, the United States resettled 69,933 refugees and granted asylum status to 25,199, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Between 600 and 700 refugees now live, work and attend school in Northeast Ohio.

Agencies like The Refugee Response and Refugee Services Collaborative help provide tutoring and on-the-job training while connecting them with other resources they need to thrive once they’re here.

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It Is Enough

Posted by Peter Schindler on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

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As Senior Program Officer for the Community West Foundation, I try my best to keep up with what is happening with the over 60 non-profit agencies we support. Yes, I do read as many newsletters and blogs as time will allow. I also enjoy talking with staff members from these agencies, as the conversation never ends without me learning something new about the challenges the agencies, and the people that they serve, are facing.

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