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Be Inspired. Be Informed.


The City Mission's blog is home to inspiring stories and in-depth information on homelessness issues, interviews, expert tips, event recaps and all things related to our work with the hurting and homeless in Cleveland. We invite you to read and join in the community conversation!


  • His Hands: May 2018 Newsletter - After decades of drug abuse, Helen’s habits led to an overdose, and then an eviction. Read her story of redemption and recovery in the latest edition of His Hands.
  • 10 Ways to be the Best Volunteer - Summer days are almost here, and many of us our considering how we can use the warmer weather and extra daylight to give back to our community through volunteering. Volunteering with a new organization for the first time, or volunteering for the first time ever can be overwhelming for many people! At The City Mission, […]
  • Graduating with Service - When Maddie’s family asked her what she wanted to do for her high school graduation party, she found she wasn’t ready to give the typical answer. The Independence High School Senior had been attending the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Teaching Profession Program, and realized that she was in a good position to give back rather […]
  • Who is Fighting for the Rights of Special Needs Children Experiencing Homelessness? - Being the parent of a special needs child is never easy. Parents must maneuver the challenges that are part of raising a child who requires more attention, care and financial planning than their peers on a daily basis. Being a single parent of a special needs child with multiple siblings, inadequate income and experiencing homelessness […]
  • Caseworkers: Celebrating the Voices for the Voiceless - And National Professional Social Work Month! March is National Professional Social Work month, and caseworkers across the city deserve to be celebrated all 31 days. At The City Mission, we recognize that our caseworkers are vital to the success of the people we serve. Equipping men, women and children who experience crisis and homelessness with […]
  • Renee’s Story - Lost Independence Renee has lived her entire life with Asperger syndrome, a diagnosis that was unknown to her until recently. While she’s always taken care of herself and held a job, her independence became impossible about a year ago. Renee lost her job  – and consequently her apartment – after taking a few dollars from […]
  • March 2018 Newsletter: Jake’s Story - “Before The City Mission, I was reckless. Because of The City Mission, I’m content.” Read Jake’s Story and the latest Mission News in the March 2018 edition of His Hands.
  • Aging Into Homelessness: A Growing Crisis - Homelessness Has a Name: Learn How Alex’s Life Spiraled After Job Layoff When you think of the “homeless,” what face comes to mind? A young addict in an alleyway? A middle-aged alcoholic asking for money at your exit? What about a 60-year-old family man that dedicated decades of his life to a local company and […]
  • Just Get a Job - At The City Mission, a fresh start is not just a New Year’s resolution – it’s potentially a matter of life or death. The City Mission’s longstanding programs provide the wraparound services that men, women and children need to move from crisis to stability. The stakes are high for these clients. Many of these men […]
  • Faith in Crisis: Hope for the Holiday - Encouragement from around The City Mission for the holiday season This originally aired on December 21st, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced this series of half hour once a week programs in the last quarter of 2017, in order to share about several urgent issues and opportunities the Church has to […]
  • Faith in Crisis: Resource Center - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s Crossroads Resource Center Supervisor, Justin Ross This originally aired on December 14th, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced this series of half hour once a week programs in the last quarter of 2017, in order to share […]
  • Faith in Crisis: Pathways Youth Programming - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s Pathways Youth Programming Leader, Matthew Phipps This originally aired on December 7th, 2017 on 1220 AM The Word. The City Mission produced this series of half hour once a week programs in the last quarter of 2017, in order to share […]
  • Faith in Crisis: Suicidology - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s Chief Development Officer, Michael Parry This originally aired on November 30th, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced this series of half hour once a week programs in the last quarter of 2017, in order to share about […]
  • #GivingTuesday 2017 - WE DID IT! You went above and beyond to help us meet our $4,500 #GivingTuesday goal. Thank you. On November 28th Cleveland proved that they care more about giving than getting this holiday season by raising over $6,500 for men experiencing homelessness! We will now be able to purchase several more beds that will bring more […]
  • Faith in Crisis: Thanksgiving - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s Marketing & Communications Director, Joshua Foote This originally aired on November 23rd, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced a series of half hour once a week programs in the last quarter of 2017, in order to share […]
  • Emergency Overflow – A Sign of the Crisis - What is the Housing Crisis? Beginning in September 2016, The City Mission had an average of about 30-50 women & children sleeping on our gym floor, because every available shelter bed in the Cleveland area is full. The City Mission believes that every mom and child should have a safe, warm place to sleep, so […]
  • Faith in Crisis: The State of the Ministry – Laura’s Home & Crossroads - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An two part interview with The City Mission’s Laura’s Home and Crossroads program managers – Denise Eaddy and Michael Hahn. These episodes originally aired on November 9th and 16th, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced a series of half hour once a week […]
  • Emergency Overflow Community Discussion Recap - New Hope for Homeless Families On Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 82 people walked into our downtown gym with one goal in mind – finding a permanent solution for hundreds of women and children that have spent the past year in emergency overflow shelters in Cleveland. Rich Trickel, our CEO, opened the meeting by explaining that […]
  • Faith in Crisis: The State of Affordable Housing in Cleveland with Linda Uveges - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s COO, Linda Uveges, on the devastating affordable housing situation in Cleveland. This episode originally aired on November 2nd, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced a series of half hour once a week programs in the last quarter […]
  • Does Cleveland Still Need The City Mission? - The City Mission has been around since 1910 – longer than most Cleveland institutions (including the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Clinic, and Cleveland Museum of Art, just to name a few!). But with national news reports claiming that homelessness is on the decline, is The City Mission still an important part of our city? The answer […]
  • Faith in Crisis: Mental Health, Counseling, & Christianity - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s Mental Health Services Supervisor, Sue Zacharias, on the important relationship between faith, counseling and mental health. This episode originally aired on October 26th, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced a series of half hour once a week […]
  • Faith in Crisis: Volunteering as the Body of Christ with Jaime Buxton, Volunteer Services Supervisor - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s Volunteer Services Supervisor, Jaime Buxton, on the need for the Church to be on the forefront of community volunteer efforts. This episode originally aired on October 19th, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced a series of half […]
  • Faith in Crisis: The Church’s Role in Reentry, with Inmate Outreach Services’, Brent Richards - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s Inmate Outreach Services Program Manager, Brent Richards, on the Church’s responsibility to those currently incarcerated or in reentry, adjusting to life after prison. This episode originally aired on October 12th, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced a […]
  • Faith in Crisis: The State of Homelessness with CEO, Rich Trickel - Faith in Crisis: Serving Your Neighbors in Need An interview with The City Mission’s CEO, Rich Trickel, on the state of homelessness in Cleveland. This episode originally aired on October 5th, 2017 on 1220 AM the word. The City Mission produced a series of half hour once a week programs in the last quarter of […]
  • Special Report: The Women & Children’s Housing Crisis - Many of you have likely seen our Special Report on the Women & Children Housing Crisis. We’ve received requests to post the e-version on our site. Please share with any and all who might be interested in learning about or joining in the fight for solutions. If you’re interested in joining the Task Force that […]


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