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More re: Human Trafficking Raising Awareness – Some More Basic Indicators:

Source: “Suggested Best Practices for Law Enforcement” Guide dated March 2019 

Note: This is meant to serve as a guide for identifying potential trafficked victims (labor or sex). The list is not all-inclusive nor in order of importance. The presence of one or more indicators may warrant further investigation.

>>  Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions  >>  Working excessively long hours
>>  Wages are withheld, or not in control of own money  >>  A missing juvenile

>>  Unable to come & go freely, or security measures that appear to keep a person inside an establishment  >>  A family member, loved one or pet is being threatened.

FOR LOCAL HELP: Cleveland Rape Crisis Ctr. – Project S.T.A.R. 24 hr Hotline 855.431.STAR (7827)
Renee Jones Empowerment Ctr. & The NE Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic    216.651.9601

Working with the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking, is the Imagine Foundation, a small but growing human trafficking focused non-profit located in Parma Hts.
Visit or call 216.365.8078

Here’s another interesting graphic from the Center for Community Solutions addressing the issueof disengaged youth (those between 16 & 24 neither in school or employed), noting 21% are in Cleveland w/the suburbs having around 10%.  Based on that 10% figure & using the district’s student enrollment of around 9,800, we would have close to 1,000 of these folks in our community that could benefit from our help. Check it out here:

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  The group continues to grow with activities and spirited, open discussions on issues of their choosing. Kids between the ages of 12 - 17 attending school  in the area are welcome.
      >>  For announcements & detailed information visit their Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235.

O  From Parma City Schools:
  Saturday, May 18th concluded a series of 12 public Strategic Consolidation meetings designed to solicit input & share information regarding district facility planning. An online survey is available to gain input from those unable to attend any of those meetings… September will begin another series of meetings where specific ideas/recommendations will be proposed & discussed.   
          >  Go here to view meeting minutes & copies of all related documents.
      >>  To learn where free summer lunch programs can be found, i.e.: in the schools, in libraries & others, click here: 

If you haven’t heard, the Pay It Forward Café, an outreach of Community Ambassadors, is alive & well, now being hosted every 2nd Saturday at noon, at Ridgewood Methodist Church, 6330 Ridge Rd. Find out more about this great program by visiting

O  From Ohio Dept. of Education:
      >>  Go here to access available resources/information re: schools in the district & the release of OH|ID, ODE’s new information portal.
      >> Prepared by our local ESC-Project Aware program, go here to view an extensive list of mental, behavioral & social-emotional resources available online.

O  From Achievement Center for Children:
     >>  Summer Horseback Riding classes are open to all typically developing children ages 4 & up. These 1 hour classes are offered June thru August on Mondays at 9:30 or 10:30 & on Wednesday at 10:30. The cost is $25/child w/no minimum commitment. Contact Marla Rzeszotarski, Camp Cheerful volunteer at or 330-608-0352. 
      >>  If you’d like to learn more about the Achievement Center for Children & Camp Cheerful visit their web site at:

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
      >>  As a reminder, for anyone providing care for someone else’s child, consider stopping by the Collab from 10:30 - 12:00 pm, the 2nd Monday of each month for KINSHIP KOFFEE. Share your concerns, issues, learn about available support & resources, receive encouragement….light refreshments are served & free childcare is available. Call 440.887.4873 for more information.

      >>  The relocation of staff & services of the Parma Area Family Collaborative from Hanna to Parkview elementary s/b completed on or before the week of June 17th.  Note that Kinship Koffee on Monday the 10th & the Mobile Food Pantry on Thursday, June 14th will take place at Hanna as scheduled.
    >>  Learn more about the Family Collaborative,
its programs, services, events & resources available in the community by visiting or call the Collab at 440.887.4873.

O  From our Tri-City MyCom Youth Group:
      >>  Find out what’s new & learn more about the County’s MyCom initiative and its programs & events by visiting

O  From Pathway - Caring for Children:
      >>  Save the date - Wednesday, June 26th
.   Where: Parma Library, Powers Blvd. Pathway will be hosting a free Parent & Child Wellness Seminar with a focus on the mental health of our youth. Topics include anxiety/depression, suicide prevention & family self care. Call 216.267.7070 to register.

O  From College Colleagues (a local CBS & Collab partner):

      >>  Developed to mitigate knowledge loss over the summer, consider registering your student in one of these reasonably priced programs: Bully Proof, Cursive Class, Paint Your Pet, Abstract Yarn Art. Go here for details: or phone 216.978.6524.

O  From Love, Inc. (active Collab partner & engaged supporter of many local initiatives):
Visit their web site at to learn more about their outreach and to register for their Annual Golf Outing scheduled for June 17th at Pine Hills G.C.

The 29th Annual Parma Chamber of Commerce Rib n Rock is June 6 – 9th this year. For folks/organizations interested in volunteering, call as indicated: Front Gate – Jenn Moore 440.759.1560; Coke Booth – Cheryl McIntosh 440.886.1700; Token Booth – Cathy Hogan 216.403.9900; Beer Booth-  Ken Burdzinski 216.402.5980. For questions or general information call Cheryl at 440.886.1700 or check out the website at

O  From the County Library System
Registration for the Summer Reading program is now open. Go here to participate:
      >> Interested in their summer camp offerings? Go Here:
There are also computer classes for both beginners or for those looking to sharpen and/or learn specifics skills. Go here to learn more:

O  From the Parma Snow Library:
  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.):

      >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
>>  Summer Lunch - Ages 18 & under.  Monday - Friday / June 3rd - August 9th.  11:30 a.m.  We will serve free brown-bag lunches provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last. Kids in attendance will receive a free book from the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.
      >>  Mad Science: Destination Moon!- Families with children entering Grades K – 5. Saturday, June 8th at 2:00 pm. Explore space with Mad Science of Northeast Ohio's out-of-this world demonstrations about the moon.
      >>  Summer FUN for Everyone! - Entering Grades 1 - 8.  Monday - Friday / June 10th — August 2nd. 11:30 am - 3:30 pm. Join in the fun on weekdays after Summer Lunch.  Different activities each day.  Weekly themes include animation, puppetry, building challenges and maker days.  

O  From the Parma Hts. Branch Library:
 >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Summer Storytimes at the Library:
For Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Families.  Saturday, 6/1 - Wednesday, 7/31. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more.. Please call 440.884.2313 for more information. 
      >>  Summer Lunch at the Library: For those 18 or younger; 11:00am-11:30am, Monday to Friday from June 3rd to August 9th. Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the Library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food Bank. While supplies last.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:52 PM, 06.03.2019