Homelessness has long been a problem in Lake County. In 1992, the Catholic Commission of Lake and Geauga called together a roundtable discussion of area churches and leaders to address the situation. Under the direction of the Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County, Inc., Project Hope for the Homeless has since been renewing hope and restoring the lives of hundreds of homeless men, women and children.
Project Hope has three programs which include an overnight shelter for adults, a separate wing for families and children, and an optional aftercare program.
The emergency shelter provides space for up to 50 adults and children each night, not only offering them a safe place to stay, but also giving them the basic needs and professional guidance to help them improve their quality of life. More than half of our guests leave the shelter for a better living situation.
Guests can also opt to participate in an aftercare program that, for up to one year, offers financial support through administration of federal funding, but also regular home visits and phone calls, monthly support groups and in-kind help, as needed.
The Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County is the governing body of Project Hope. The network, which counts more than 100 concerned area residents, meets annually to elect members of the 12-person board of trustees. A minimum of two other yearly meetings provides them the opportunity to learn more about what Project Hope is doing in the community.
The 2016-2017 Board of Trustees includes:
Father Gerald Bednar – Chair
Thomas M. Park – Vice- Chair
Carla Cegielski – Secretary
Robert Rader – Trustee
James R. Aikens – Trustee
Robert Dawson – Trustee
Mary Hofer – Trustee
Khadeejah Kirk – Trustee
Willi E. Morgan – Trustee
Tracy Peters – Trustee
Mary Jane Scott – Trustee