News You Can Use (And Where To Find It)

 From Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Greater Cleveland:
      >>  For information re the current status of HT, check out the following…. Trafficking in Persons 2020 Report, to access the report itself and , one of several commentaries about the validity of ratings.
      >>  And this report by the Polaris Project Resources “Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic: A Snapshot: April 2020” at This PDF presents an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on human trafficking and suggests policy recommendations.
O  From Cleveland Rape Crises Center:  
Interested in helping survivors of sexual abuse? Consider registering for one of their free, virtual Ambassador Training workshops being scheduled this month and next. Go here for details.

O  Time is getting short. Go here  to learn more about and to support a “Welcome to Parma” mural to a wall on one of the entranceways into the city of Parma. Your donation, up to $500 will be matched if you go there now.

Connecting For Kids: Just recently became aware of this organization. Would STRONGLY recommend a visit to its web site.“Our mission is to provide education and support to families in Northeast Ohio who have concerns about their child. We serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. Our families: a) have a child younger than 13 years of age, b) live in Cuyahoga or Lorain County, and c) have a concern about their child. Resources are available for concerns including anxiety, attention issues, developmental delays, epilepsy, and sensory issues. Help is also available for  families whose children are having difficulty making friends, struggling academically or facing a major life change such as parents divorcing. No concern is too big or too small.”

O  From Islamic Center of Cleveland (6055 W. 130th St., Parma):
      >> Monthly Food Pantry (normally held 10:30 to 12:30 pm the 1st Saturday of each month)….D
ue to Labor Day weekend the Cleveland Food Bank will not be delivering in September. We will be back to our normal schedule of the first Saturday in October (10/03/2020). We have been also trying our best to add on staple items like oil, sugar, condiments whenever we have the funds. As a reminder, the pantry is for low income families. Federal income guidelines apply. Please bring ID & your own bags/carts. If you would like to help as a volunteer, call Sr. Ameena at 440.552.2190.
      >> Ibn Sina Free Health Clinic…The clinic has been providing telemedicine for the past 5 months. However, they have reopened as of Saturday, August 15 for patients visits adhering to strict COVID-19 protocol to deliver quality care. Telemedicine will continue to be available for patients. Their number is  (440) 644-0511 for anyone who would like to make an appointment. 

O  From The Ohio Dept of Insurance July E-newsletter….
With open enrollment for health insurance  coming up in a few months I thought that perhaps this excerpt w/reference links would be of value to you and/or the clients many of you serve. “When choosing a health plan, it's important to consider the differences between options. Some plans provide more generous coverage, while others could leave a person responsible for high medical bills. The NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) provides many tools to assist you in learning which health plans best meet your needs. They include Questions to Ask and the NAIC Health Insurance Shopping tool.”

O  From Parma City Schools:
    >>  Visit the District’s web site for current re-opening information to include:  Distance Learning & Schedules, Device Pickup Info & Athletics Info.
     >>  Re: PCSD Parent Academy….
Each Tuesday, for the four weeks leading up to school, we will be showing how to use key tools that our district will be utilizing this school year. Here is the schedule of live events that will begin at 7 p.m.:   August 18 - Google Suite Overview                        August 25 - Google Classroom Overview
September 1 - Clever and the Online Help Dashboard   September 8 - Home Access Center for online grades and report cards.  All events will be held on our Facebook page. Click here for more details.
     >>  Go here for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 & more.
O  From the Education Service Ctr of NE Ohio (ESCNEO)…. “START SMART. STAY SMART.
As advertised on TV, follow along for the latest news, tips, and resources for families and students as they navigate this new normal and what returning to school looks like this.”  Connect to the program by clicking here. If you have any question call 216.910.HELP (4357).

O  From Pathways Caring for Children:  To learn more about foster parenting, adoption and/or mental health serives check out PCC, one of our local partners at Located on W. 140th off of Brookpark Rd., they’ve developed a strong following and reputation servicing close to 100 children for mental health services and over 60 foster care placements & adoptions.

O  From the Ohio Dept of Education: 
Has updated/added  several new resources on its Reset and Restart Education webpage to address topics such as: Child and Caregiver Health and Well-BeingPreventing Abuse and NeglectChild Nutrition Technical Assistance,  the Career Technical Education page, the Students with Disabilities page and the TeleHealth Guidance page.  All worth at least a quick visit.

O  From the most recent Ideastream e-Newsletter….
If you’re interested, they’ve developed an interactive map that allows you to search for your school district, hover over it on the map or click on your district, and you will see proposed start dates for districts that have plans in place, a link to information for that district and a summary of the reopening plans. Try it here.

O  From Southwest Community Based Services (SWCBS, located at Parkview Elementary):
Kinship caregivers, families that may find themselves in the difficult position of raising children who are not their own can find information, support, guidance and friendship by joining the monthly, online Kinship Caregivers Support Group. Contact Sierra Schempp, LSW, MSW at 440.885.2421 to learn more.
     >>  University Settlement has partnered with LegalWorks to provide free or low-cost legal services every Tuesday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Services will include: foreclosure avoidance, obtaining driving privileges, sealing of criminal records and more. Go here & click on the LegalWorks graphic for details.
    >>  Don’t hesitate calling SWCBS at 440.887.4873 w/questions re: among other things, COVID-19 related housing and utility assistance. Check (Follow)  their FB page for updates.

O  From MyCom….Find out what’s new at or visit their FAQ page to learn more about the organization.

O  An update from the County Library
      >>  Take your child for a “Story Walk”.  Go here for information & current locations & watch for Story Walks coming soon to the Parma & Parma Hts branches
      >>  Go here to learn more about free computer classes
and training for adults ages 18 and up. Beginners can start w/Computer Essentials; if you’re looking to develop a specific skill … classes are offered for that too. Day, evening and Saturday classes are available.     
 Would you be interested in becoming a a Homework Mentor? The Parma Branch is hiring. Go here for details.
Go here to browse through the library’s toy collection now available for borrowing.
Go here to learn more about the Job & Career Services program offered by CCPl. Learn job search strategies for the “Virtual Age”.
      >>  Given your library card allows access to a “….robust digital collection of eBooks , eAudiobooks , movies , music and online learning platforms. Our What to Read LIVE program on Facebook offers rapid-fire reading recommendations from our expert librarians every Wednesday from 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Our Ask Us Online service is available on the Library’s website to provide you with: Library account help, Digital collection support,  Answers to your reference questions & Live homework help via ….”

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:33 AM, 09.01.2020