Black and Brown Dialogues
The Black and Brown Dialogues, brings together Cleveland youth of color and their fathers to forge a multi-ethnic alliance that drives conversation around cures for systemic poverty. Both (Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center) NLURC and Passages Inc. are involved in the Healthy Fathering Collaborative and the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative and recognize that the key to producing the next generation of Cleveland leaders is supporting the involvement of fathers in children’s lives, where possible, and when it is not possible to bring positive role models and mentors together with vulnerable youth. The Black and Brown Dialogues is facilitating a dialogue between African American and Latino male youths and fathers, and empowering them to confront the manifestations of systemic poverty that are at the root of it.
Passages, Inc. works with multiple correctional facilities in the state to develop relationships with inmates prior to their release, educating them on the accessibility of support services and educational programs that are available to assist them as they transition back into their communities.
Suited for Men
Many low-income men are basically trapped in a Catch-22 situation: They cannot secure gainful employment without projecting a professional business image during the interview process, yet they cannot afford the necessary clothing to project a professional business image to make that all-important good first impression.
Since 2001 the Suited for Men program has collaborated with more than 60 local social service agencies; providing interview appropriate clothing to more than 4,000 underserved men in our community. And the Suited for Men program is the only organization in the area providing this scope of services. Each man leaves with improved self-confidence and self-esteem. Each client will proceed to his interview looking business professional, with a new look, a new perspective, and a greatly improved chance to break the barriers that challenge him to gain employment.
Please consider donating new or gently used men’s professional attire to this program. Your monetary gift will also assist us in purchasing items that we do not have in our inventory.
Child support is the financial support paid by parents (Man or Woman) to support a child or children of whom they do not have full custody. Child support can be entered into voluntarily, by court order or by an administrative agency. Child support is an important source of income for thousands of children in the State of Ohio. Child support payments represent on average, 40 percent of income for poor custodial families who receive it, and lifted one million people above poverty levels in 2008.
Custody Mediation and Parenting Time Orders
Child custody mediation gives parents a chance to resolve disagreements about a parenting plan for their children. In mediation, the parents have the help of an expert (a mediator) in resolving these disagreements. If the parents are able to work out an agreement, the mediator helps the parents write a parenting plan that may then become a custody and visitation order if it is signed by a judge. This differs from one county to the next; please contact your Child Support Services Department or the Juvenile Court in your county for additional information.
The goals of mediation are to:
Help you make a parenting plan that is in the best interest of your children.
Help you make a parenting plan that lets your children spend time with both parents.
Help you learn ways to deal with anger or resentment.