While there are many excellent organizations in the area, we have chosen ten organizations with which we partner with for the purpose of local mission opportunities.
We call them the “BIG TEN.”
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Strengthening families for the well-being of children is their top priority. Their services include adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. They work to equip families to be the answer for children in need—as Christ intended. CVC is partnering with Bethany to develop a new location in the Cleveland area.
YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. CVC currently partners with YFC missionaries in Brooklyn and Macedonia where we have seen many students put their faith in Jesus Christ!
Care on the Square is a Christian ministry to homeless men, women and children in Cleveland Ohio. Initially a ministry focused on the public square area, COTS now serves the greater Cleveland area. Their goal is to share the love of Jesus Christ by providing food, clothing, and encouragement. They are completely volunteer based, and all of their funding comes through donations.
The Emergency Assistance Center’s mission is to provide food, clothing, personal hygiene items and seasonal support to Northern Summit County neighbors in need. Most of their clients are individuals & families who have never requested assistance before and have experienced a life-changing emotional & financial hardship, such as death in the family, job loss, and medical issues.
Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. After walking through the grief associated with devastating death of their three-year-old son, Mark and Kristy Tripodi opened Cornerstone in 2003. One of the most interesting facts is that Cornerstone, just down the street in Indepdence, is the only free-standing Christian grief counseling center in the United States.
RAHAB Ministries (Reaching Above Hopelessness And Brokenness) began in 2002 and was born out of a challenge made to founder, Becky Moreland, by her mentor. Starting with a small group of volunteers walking the streets of Akron to reach prostituted women, RAHAB has grown to include a drop in center, a safe house, outreach ministries that reach women in strip clubs and jails, and a ministry to minor victims of sex trafficking.
True Freedom Ministries is an independent, evangelical, non-profit organization dedicated to reaching those locked behind steel doors in jails and prison all across Ohio, those trapped in homelessness on the streets, those abandoned in nursing homes all across Northeast Ohio, and those shackled in addictions with the message of the true freedom that is found only in Jesus Christ.
True Freedom website
IFI is a Christian organization that works with universities and volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students and scholars. IFI links international students with American volunteers from local churches who are interested in cross-cultural exchange and who help meet the various practical needs internationals face in living in another culture.
The missions of Building Hope is to restore the city to God by developing and linking people, communities and churches. BHITC exists to share the unfailing hope of Christ with the city of Cleveland. They believe all people – regardless of background, economic status, race, culture or denomination – can find hope in Jesus, who restores all of our brokenness. Apart from Him, we can do nothing, and they follow closely after His teachings and example for their work.
Building Hope website
The Cleveland Pregnancy Center exists to provide biblical, life-affirming resources and services to those affected by unplanned pregnancy. For more than 30 years, the Cleveland Pregnancy Center has been Restoring Hope, Healing Hearts and Saving Lives. In a trusting environment, the pregnancy center offers FREE and Confidential services from skilled professionals and volunteers who provide support for clients in the important decisions that lie ahead.