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The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

More than $811,000 in Grants Benefitting Lorain County Announced by Community Foundation

Grants include Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement Officers.

On December 21st, the Community Foundation Board of Directors approved 38 grants for a distribution of $811,005.

A $15,000 grant supports the National Alliance on Mental Illness partnership with the Lorain County Board of Mental Health to provide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for law enforcement officers serving within Lorain County. 

Ten scholarships will be provided across multiple local police departments, with the goal of preparing first responders to interact successfully with residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Approximately 230 officers have participated in this training, provided by a Crisis Intervention Team from the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, over the past 14 years.

The training curriculum is updated every year by the Lorain County Board of Mental Health and a committee of law enforcement officers, mental health providers, and hospital representatives.

"The Board of Mental Health is grateful for the Community Foundation’s support of this important work. With their assistance, the Board and its partners will be able to provide this life-saving training to additional officers and that is a great thing for Lorain County.” Charles Neff, Executive Director of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH).

The weeklong training includes lectures taught by professionals, tours of organizations such as the Lorain County Jail, Gathering Hope House, Nord Center, and hospitals. A panel of individuals with a mental health diagnosis will also present during the week.

Topics cover mental illness, treatment, medications, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), domestic violence, suicidal youth unaccompanied by adults, developmental disabilities, dementia, substance abuse, and de-escalation techniques, among many more subject areas. 

“NAMI Lorain County is proud to have this partnership to provide this kind of special training to our police officers.  Knowing how to handle those persons with mental illness when they are in crisis in our neighborhoods has been proven to produce better outcomes for the mentally ill, the family care-givers, as well as safety for the police.” Clare Cygan-Young, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Lorain County.

The training is scheduled for April 2017.

Funding for this grant is provided by the Mike Bass Ford Fund, the Bluecoats of Lorain County Fund, the Chronicle-Telegram Endowment Fund, the Papenbrock Family Fund, and the Jim and Carla Park Fund. The Bluecoats Fund of Lorain County supports programs that aid law enforcement and firemen in the discharge of their duties.  

The Bluecoats Fund also supported a grant in 2016 for Join the Force Now, a recruitment campaign and collaboration between the Cities of Elyria and Lorain to encourage and actively connect with communities of color and women (including women of color) to explore joining the police force.

The complete list of grants awarded follows.

Arts & Culture ‑ $80,430

Baldwin Wallace University
      Community Music School Summer Programs for Lorain County Students ‑ $5,500

Center for Arts-‑Inspired Learning
      Digital Storytelling Residencies at Elyria City Middle Schools ‑ $15,430

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts
      General Operating Support ‑ $22,000

Lorain County Historical Society
      Community Educational Outreach ‑ $12,500

Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.
      General Operating Support ‑ $25,000

Civic Affairs ‑ $95,280

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.
      Faith House ‑ $20,000

      Healthy People, Healthy Places, Healthy Future ‑ $10,000

Leadership Lorain County
      Internship Program ‑ $30,000

Main Street Amherst
      General Operating Support ‑ $5,500

Main Street Vermilion
      State Certification ‑ $5,500

Main Street Wellington
      General Operating Support and State Certification ‑ $15,000

Oberlin Business Partnership
      General Operating Support ‑ $5,500

SCORE Cleveland Chapter 30
      Access Lorain County ‑ $3,780

Education ‑ $124,400

National Inventors Hall of Fame
      Camp Invention for Elyria City Middle Schools ‑ $49,900

Ohio State University Extension
      4‑H Youth Development ‑ $40,000

Save Our Children, Inc.
      Afterschool and Summer P‑rograms ‑ $28,500

Scholastic Games of Lorain County
      Scholastic Games of Lorain County ‑ $6,000

Health ‑ $154,200

American Red Cross, Lake Erie / Heartland Chapter

      Supporting Disaster Cycle Services in Lorain County ‑ $15,000

Gathering Hope House
      Art Recovery Therapy ‑ $6,200

Lorain County Free Clinic
      General Operating Support ‑ $50,000

Lorain County General Health District
      Car Seat Program ‑ $4,000

Lucy Idol Center for the Handicapped
      General Operating Support ‑ $15,000

Mercy Foundation of Lorain County
      Parish Nurse Program with an Emphasis on Diabetes and Cancer Screenings ‑ $55,000

Prevent Blindness Ohio
      Vision Care Outreach ‑ $9,000

Social Services ‑ $356,695

Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services
      Senior Assistance Program ‑ $7,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Inc.
      General Operating Support ‑ $50,000

Blessing House
      General Operating Support ‑ $50,000

El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.
      Adult/Senior Services and Emergency Funds to Support Migrant Families ‑ $45,000

Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP)
      Independent Living and Employment Services in Lorain County ‑ $35,000

Lorain County Office on Aging
      Southern Satellite Office General Operations ‑ $33,070

NAMI of Lorain County
      Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement Officers ‑ $15,000

Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center
      Lorain County Capacity Building Project ‑ $25,000

RePlay for Kids
      Adapting Toys for Lorain County Children with Disabilities ‑ $6,125

Salvation Army
      Emergency Social Services in Lorain County ‑ $45,000

Stein Hospice Service
      Children's Bereavement Program and Camp Good Grief ‑ $1,000

United Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Greater Cleveland
      Project SEARCH ‑ $5,000

Wellington Exempted Village Schools
      Comprehensive School Based Prevention Model ‑ $17,000

Youth Challenge
      Adapted Sports and Recreation for Lorain County Children with Physical Disabilities ‑ $22,000

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