Step Forward opened a new neighborhood opportunity center (NOC) on Wednesday, July 7 to serve low-income residents in the Middleburg Heights community.
“We're happy that this location will give us the ability to serve more Cuyahoga County residents,” said Douglas Bennett, Step Forward Vice President of Community Services and External Affairs. “Bringing services to this neighborhood brings with it skills, support and connections that can transform lives."
The center’s grand opening was attended by local community leaders including Step Forward Board Member Bishop Christian Omar Medina, Middleburg Heights Mayor Matthew Castelli, Cuyahoga County Councilman Scott Tuma and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. During the event, community leaders recognized the impact Step Forward programs and services have as well as the work Step Forward has done over the years. Step Forward leadership was also in attendance with president and CEO, Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm highlighting the teamwork between community members and Step forward staff that made the Middleburg NOC possible. After the ribbon-cutting, guests had the opportunity to tour the new NOC.
The Middleburg NOC location will offer Energy Assistance Programs, including HEAP, as well as individual and family programs. These services include programs that support parenting, enhance life skills and help residents manage anger or get on track with personal goals. There are also licensed social workers on staff to work with residents.
The new center is located at 6886 Pearl Road in Middleburg Heights. It will operate from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The new Middleburg location is Step Forward’s fourth neighborhood opportunity center. Cuyahoga County residents can find their nearest Step Forward NOC and information on services here.
"Step Forward Neighborhood Opportunity Centers play an important role in communities. Making these important services accessible is essential when addressing the immediate needs of families and individuals," said Bennett. "We're grateful and know this work is possible through the help of our community partners, volunteers and the residents of Cuyahoga County.”
Watch News 5 Cleveland's coverage of the event below.