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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development

Mission: Start Right Community Development Corporation was established in 2008 as a community development corporation in the City of Cleveland Heights. Our mission has always been to develop programs within our neighborhood that will help low- and moderate-income families. Our goals are to provide Hunger relief, Educational program opportunities, Home purchase opportunities and Community beautification programs.

Results: SRCDC was established in 2008 as a community development corporation in the City of Cleveland Heights. Our mission has always been to develop programs within our community that will help low- and moderate-income families in blighted areas. Our goals are to provide Hunger relief, Educational program opportunities, Home purchase opportunities and Community beautification programs. Current mission impact • Monthly Hunger center (served 2303 people in 2019) • 2 month grass cutting program/partnership (Annually Inspected over 400 homes/lots for high grass) provided early detection for problem homes. • Home rehabilitation program (7 homes)

Target demographics: eliminate food insecurity

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 families

Geographic areas served: Cuyahoga County

Programs: Monthly food pantry program open to all families that meet State guidelines 6 day lunch program during the Christmas Break in partnership with the Jewish Federation 7 week summer lunch feeding program, / camp

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Jimmie Hicks J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This Organization has delivered food to people in need during the Covis 19 Pandemic

1 Cindy E.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank this organization for doing such a great job in improving the community in which I live. For several years The Start Right Community Development Corporation has rolled up its sleeves to assist many people in need. Their foodbank makes sure that people in the community will not go without food. Poverty is a terrible situation to be in especially when it affects our children. Many families in our neighborhood often need food in the middle or end of the month. The summer camp program /vacation Bible school also provided food for many children in community. This program was essential because not only did it feed so many young people it also served as a summer camp for children who parents could not afford to send their children to traditional summer camps. Providing a summer camp kept our children active and gave them a safe place to learn, play and grow. The camp was unique because most free summer camp programs only last a week however this particular camp lasted the entire summer. This is unheard of in most underserved communities. The children played sports, games, crafts, and learned valuable soft skills to assist them in the future. I am pleased to have a organization that takes into consideration the needs of its residents. This organization advocates for the underserved because our city has a habit of ignoring certain neighborhoods. Start Right Corporation assist in keeping the lawns and vacant lots cut, It also works hard to refurbish unsightly vacant homes and make a point of putting these homes back on the market and thus beautifying our neighborhoods. Just recently Start Right has taken on the responsibility of bringing new homes to a forgotten and ignored community. Its efforts will bring a sense of pride to our neighborhood and increase the property values of the residents who invest so much in their homes/communities. Thank you Start Right and I hope you continue to advocate for our community.

1 Willie Ward I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our church, Holy Trinity Family Center in Cleveland, Ohio, appreciate the help we received from the Start Right Community Development Corporation. The corporation supplied the flooring material needed to upgrade and beautify our prayer room and one of our kitchens. It also supplied the vanity for one of our ladies' restrooms.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience working the food bank! I would highly recommend them to anyone needing volunteer hours

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Start Right CDC is doing a great job rehabbing homes in our community

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Our experiences with Start Right Community Development Corporation has been Awesome: from the Community Involvement, to the Church Services, to following all CDC Coding during this Pandemic. It is a privilege to have them in our Community. God Bless!
Superintendent & Mrs. B. Nash

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pastor Hicks is a blessing to the community with his endless hours of selfless help weather making food available to those in need or his neighborhood beautification program and let's not forget his endless spiritual guidance.

2 Lynda H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had an opportunity to work with this CDC since 2008. Their programs have continued to meet the needs of the Caledonia community families. For instance when the neighborhood library closed; a summer feeding program was created to help fill that void; it provided a safe place for grade school kids. This relationship lead to the insight that food disparity goes beyond summer. Thus began the creation of our self-choice Hunger Center. Presently we've adapted this resource to a curb side pickup allowing us to still assist families during this time of our global pandemic. I'm proud to be a member of this team!

3 Jimmie Hicks I.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Start Right Community Development Corporation is doing great work in Cleveland Heights. We are in the heart of the Caledonia neighborhood, and we have this neighborhood at heart!

3 Thomas S.2

Advisor

Rating: 4

Start Right CDC is an organization that is committed to improving the quality of life in the Caledonia neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. They have worked to reduce the challenge of food insecurity through its food pantry and give-away program. They are working to reduce blight by facilitating the rehab of vacant houses.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Start Right COGIC Food bank is a church that prides itself assisting the Community with nourshing food. When the stay at home mandatory was in effect, they delivered food to families.

Pastor, First Lady Lynda, and staff labor long hours providing food for the Community.

3 Scooter M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Reliable dependable and puts the community first. Special events all year for families in need and the youth of the community.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Start Right does a lot of amazing work for the community. Pastor and First Lady extend their open arms and loving hearts to make everyone feel comfortable and relevant!

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

Keep Doings what you are doing

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My children had a wonderful time volunteering at the summer camp in 2010

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Start Right CDC has worked to eliminated hungry children in Cuyahoga County. Several food baskets are given during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. There is now a partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank. 3 days worth of food will be issued to needy families once a month. There is also a seven week youth camp to help feed school aged children who won't have access to the free school lunch program during the summer

Review from Guidestar