NEWS from Front Steps Housing and Services
Save the Date

Associates Board

Paint + Donate

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Around the Corner 

Associates Board 

Browns Viewing Party

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Around the Corner

  Home for All Ball

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Windows on the River

Run/Walk for Home 5K
Our Run/Walk for Home 5K was held on May 31 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Mother Nature cooperated and kept the morning sunny with little rain. THANK YOU to everyone who made this event possible - our corporate sponsors, the 240+ participants, our wonderful planning committees, the Zoo staff and our wonderful clients. 

To view pictures from the day, click here!

THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors:

Silver Heart Sponsors

Bronze Heart Sponsors


Food Donors
Dave's Supermarket
Einstein Bagels

New & Improved Website is here

As you may have noticed, our organization has undergone some big changes in the past few months! In November 2014, Transitional Housing Inc. officially rebranded as Front Steps Housing and Services and hosted our inaugural Home for All Ball. 


We are excited to announce that we have also launched a new and improved website! Visit our new site to explore a variety of organizational, service, and program information and resources. 

Home page of new website

Associates Board
Paint + Donate
Don't miss this fun opportunity to become an artist for an evening all while giving back to Front Steps! For only $40, you will learn how to paint a Cleveland skyline
To find out more click here!
In-Kind Donations
We are able to provide our residents with the best services and programs because of our wonderful supporters and donors. Below are some things we are currently in need of:

*Bus Passes *Toilet Paper *Paper Towels 
*Liquid Dish Soap *Baking Dishes

For a whole list, click here. 

Summer 2015


Dear Friend, 


The summer is finally here and we are taking full advantage at Front Steps. We enjoyed a nice day for our 6th Annual Run/Walk for Home 5K and have even taken some of our programs, including fitness class, to the outdoors. Here are some more things you can learn about in this edition of our e-newsletter:

* Information on upcoming events including Paint + Donate, Browns Viewing Party and Home for All Ball

* Launch of our new and improved website

* Story from our very own resident who was recognized at the Ohio's Writer Conference

* Information about our Workforce Readiness Program and our new Education and Employment Specialist, Kim Minton

And, of course, we could not do any of this without the support of our community. Thanks for all you do! And, if you're looking for more ways to get involved with Front Steps, click here.



 Sherri Brandon, MSSA 
Executive Director


:: the POWER of Front Steps ::

We are extremely proud of our very own Front Steps resident, Norine Ciaio, for winning an award at the Ohio Writer's Conference in Columbus. Enjoy Norine's story:


I used to be homeless. I used to live in a shelter called Norma Herr. I was homeless most of my life from the age of 28 until I was 40. While I was homeless, I felt less than and unwanted. I also felt disrespected. For example, when people would ignore me when I asked a question or even if I asked how they were doing. I would not get an answer.


I tried to live on my own, but I couldn't, so I stayed at the shelter. I had a case manager and she saw what an improvement I had made, so she said it's time to move on. So she had me meet the intake specialist of THI which stands for Transitional Housing Inc. I then filled out my application for housing. I then had gotten an interview on February 14, 2014 and within three weeks I got my discharge date which was March 7, 2014.


Now I have successfully moved out of the shelter system. I have not had to return for any reason. I can actually hold a conversation with someone and they don't look at me with a strange expression on their face. I also get a pleasant response from them. I am treated with respect and dignity. I also have to say that the staff who work with the clients are very respectable toward us. They also pick us up when we are feeling down. They don't talk to us with disrespect and they treat us like we are somebody and that means a lot, especially to me.


Front Steps Housing and Services is now permanent supportive housing, which means I don't ever have to leave and I can finally say I have a home. Since I now live on my own, my health has also gotten a lot better too. I don't go to the hospital so much. I am now enrolled in G.E.D. class at Merrick House. Now all I have to do is accomplish my goal and get my G.E.D. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today.


Norine during social hour at Front Steps
Norine down in Columbus about to accept her award
You got the Job!

One of the most important programs at Front Steps is our Workforce Readiness Workshop, which is a four week intensive class designed to prepare residents, as well as those in the community, for employment. The class covers everything from building a resume, to job searching, to job etiquette, to mock interviews. Upon graduation, students job search, all while continuing to work on the skills they've learned.

Front Steps Employment and Education Coordinator, Kimberly Minton, has been in this role for only a few months and has already helped several residents find employment. One of these residents is John Dew. John was a science teacher for over 20 years and was recently hired by Tri-C's STEM Academy to teach science during a summer program. Once the summer is over, John is going to explore his options for a permanent teaching position.

If you would like to learn more about the Workforce Readiness Workshop, please contact Kimberly Minton at  

Kim teaching a workforce class (L); Front Steps resident, John Dew (R)

(formerly Transitional Housing Inc.)
1545 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113

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