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We open our doors every day to help low-income people of all ages access the resources they need to overcome immediate distress, find better opportunities, and build toward brighter futures. Poverty is complex with many variables that impact individuals and families, the challenges they face, and the paths to improve their situations. Step Forward understands this complexity. We work diligently to ensure each person, each family gets the support necessary to transform their lives and strengthen our community. But we cannot do it alone.

We rely on a network of individuals and organizations to help us help people in need in Cuyahoga County. They join us as advocates to amplify the voices of low-income people. They provide financial and other support to enable us to offer critical resources to people in need. They direct people to us who might not know where to turn for help. They expand the services we offer to ensure we can support people in their areas of need, whatever that might be.

We value our partnership with these individuals and organizations.


To understand the unique contributions each makes in supporting our mission, we categorize them as follows:

Champion Step Forward’s mission

Provide funding from private or public sources to Step Forward

Give time, donate services or provide funding to Step Forward’s Head Start program*

Refer individuals or families to Step Forward for programs and services

Provide integral/complementary services to the people Step Forward serves

*As a Head Start agency, Step Forward is required to fund 20 percent of its Head Start program.




The Center for Community Solutions

Citizen’s Coalition

Cleveland City Council

Community Action Partnership

Cuyahoga County Council

Family and Children First Council

National Community Action Foundation

National Head Start Association

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Head Start Association

Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy

Ohio Urban Resources System (OURS)

PRE4CLE – Cleveland Metropolitan Schools

State of Ohio Department of Development

State Representative Janine Boyd

State Representative Juanita Brent

State Representative Stephanie Howse

State Representative Phillip Robinson

State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney

State Senator Kent Smith

State Senator Sandra Williams

U.S. Representative David Joyce

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

U.S. Senator Rob Portman

In-Kind Supporters


Arby’s Foundation

Cleveland Foundation

Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative

Cuyahoga County – Invest in Children


Early Childhood Education

First Energy

Step Up to Quality

PNC Bank – Grow Up Great Initiative

United Way of Greater Cleveland

In-Kind Supporters

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine


Children’s Museum of Cleveland
City of Cleveland Police Department

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland Metropolitan School District*

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

East Cleveland City Schools – Pre-Kindergarten Program*

Euclid City Schools – Pre-Kindergarten Program*

Friends and Family of Step Forward Head Start


Meyer Design


Radio Adventista

Standstill Radio

Step Forward Board of Directors

Step Forward Policy Council

Referral Partners

Referral Partners

BEST Community Resource Center

Breakthrough Schools

Brenda Glass Trauma Center

The Centers for Families and Children

Cleveland Department of Aging

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Cleveland Municipal Court

Cleveland State University

Community of Faith Collaborative

Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services

Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS)

Cuyahoga County Library System

Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry

Cuyahoga Jobs and Family Services

Donna Smallwood Senior Center

Friendly Inn Settlement Corp.

Help Me Grow

Hilton Hotels

JACK Casino

Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

Lissette Quiñones Ministries

Manufacturers Advocacy Growth Network (MAGNET)

May Dugan Center


The MetroHealth System

Ministerio Dorcas

Molina Health Care

Moms First

Nueva Luz

Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON)

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District*

Seeds of Literacy

Shaw High School – Early Childhood Program

Slavic Village Development Corporation*

Smart Development Inc.

Stella Maris

Spanish American Committee

Starting Point

United Pastors in Mission

University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Union Miles Development Corporation

Urban League of Greater Cleveland*

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Women’s Recovery Center

Workforce Investment Board – Youth Council

Service Partners

Services Partners

Achievement Centers for Children

Applewood Centers

Asian Services in Action, Inc.

Beech Brook

Burlington Coat Factory

Case Western Reserve University Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

CHN Housing Partners

Cleveland Furniture Bank

Cleveland Job Corps

Cleveland Public Library System

Community Housing Solutions

Daily Dose of Reading

Dave’s Supermarkets

Discount Drug Mart

Dress for Success

East End Neighborhood House

The Free Clinic

Gesher Cleveland Benefit and Resource Center


Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

Ibn Sina Free Clinic

The Literacy Cooperative

Music Settlement

Nature Explore

NEO Skill Corps (Americorps Volunteers)

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)

OhioMeansJobs – Cleveland-Cuyahoga County

Playhouse Square

Rainey Institute

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Shaker Lakes Nature Center

Towards Employment

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

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