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$159,800 Grant Expands Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in Lorain County


$159,800 Grant Expands Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in Lorain County

Community Foundation of Lorain County awards a total of $863,800+ grants for nonprofit programs serving the community.


            Elyria, OH, January 23, 2018

A $159,800+ grant from the LifeShare Legacy Fund, an endowment created to promote the health and wellness of residents of Lorain County, will provide funding for a registered nurse and part-time physician assistant for The LCADA Way’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program. The grant also supports additional hours for the nurse to work on weekends so that medical services are available seven days a week.

“This grant is going to make a significant difference. In the past 3 years, we’ve gone from 24 adults coming through our doors each week seeking assessments to between 44 and 54 a week. These are new individuals seeking care,” said Thomas Stuber, president and CEO of The LCADA Way. “By expanding both our physician and nursing base, we can accommodate more individuals and successfully keep people engaged in treatment, begin recovery, and become contributing members of the community again.”

Medical services have become a critical component of care for opiate addiction which has become increasingly difficult to treat with the introduction of synthetic drugs. MAT combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance abuse disorders.

“The impact of the opioid epidemic requires responsive action. Our ability to make this grant, thanks to the LifeShare Legacy Fund, directs resources where they are needed most, and provides greater access to services that can help residents of our county who are seeking treatment,” said Cindy Andrews president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

The LifeShare Legacy Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Lorain County in 2015 with an ~$8M gift from the LifeShare Foundation, which was associated with LifeShare Blood Services. The Fund has dramatically improved the Community Foundation’s impact in health and wellness, providing over $738,700 in grants and initiatives for Lorain County.

Additional grants awarded from the LifeShare Fund support programs provided by Lorain County Office on Aging, Mercy Health of Lorain County, The Road to Hope Foundation, and United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Cleveland.

The grant is one of a comprehensive set of grants recently awarded by the Community Foundation. Thirty-seven grants totaling $863,908, are supporting many important needs in the community. A complete list of grants awarded follows.

Arts ‑ $54,500

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts

        General Operating Support ‑ $22,000

Lorain County Historical Society

        Community Outreach ‑ $12,500

Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.

        General Operating Support ‑ $20,000

Elementary & Secondary Schools ‑ $111,513

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

        Empowering Lorain County Youth ‑ $5,000

Firelands Board of Education

        Maker Space Lab at South Amherst Middle School ‑ $5,000

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

        Education Programs for Lorain Students: Project Wildlife (Grades 9‑11) ‑ $22,413

Lorain Public Library

        Play with Your Food ‑ $18,200

National Inventors Hall of Fame

        Camp Invention in Elyria Schools and Professional Development for Teachers in Lorain County ‑ $49,900

Scholastic Games of Lorain County

        The Scholastic Games of Lorain County radio quiz ‑ $6,000

United Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Gr Cleveland

        Project SEARCH High School‑to‑Work Transition Program ‑ $5,000

Community Improvement and Capacity Building - $20,000

Hebrew Free Loan Association Northeast Ohio

        Lorain County Loan Fund ‑ $20,000

Public Health ‑ $71,000


        Be Well: Health and Well‑Being ‑ $10,000

Lorain County General Health District

        Car Seat Program ‑ $6,000

Mercy Health of Lorain County

        Wellness in Lorain County Faith Communities; emphasizing Cardiac, Diabetic, Cancer & Mental Health ‑ $55,000

Safety Education ‑ $15,020

Lorain County Metropolitan Park District

        We Swim ‑ $15,020

Mental Health and Crisis Intervention ‑ $184,233

Gathering Hope House

        Art Recovery Therapy ‑ $11,000

Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County

        Community Education, Awareness Prevention and Intervention Plan ‑ $5,000

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services

        Expansion of Medical Services ‑ $159,833

Wellington Exempted Village Schools

        Comprehensive School-Based Prevention Services/Classroom Prevention Education ‑ $8,400

Housing Support ‑ $35,000

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc.

        Faith House ‑ $20,000

The Road to Hope Foundation

        General Operating Support ‑ $15,000

Youth Development ‑ $109,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Inc.

        General Operating Support ‑ $40,000

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

        Girl Scout Journey Program ‑ $12,500

Save Our Children, Inc.

        General operating support ‑ $35,000

Youth Challenge

        Adapted Programs for Children with Physical Disabilities from Lorain County ‑ $22,000

Emergency Assistance ‑ $147,500

Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services

        Senior Assistance Program ‑ $7,500

Blessing House

        Children's Crisis Care Center ‑ $55,000

El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.

        Adult Supportive Services and Emergency Fund ‑ $50,000

Salvation Army

        Lorain County Social Services ‑ $35,000

Human Services – $71,142

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

        Lorain County LGBTQ Community Coordinator ‑ $23,472

Lorain County Office on Aging

        Southern Satellite Office ‑ $33,070

Prevent Blindness Ohio

        Vision Care Outreach, serving Lorain County ‑ $7,000

RePlay for Kids

        RePlay for Kids Services in Lorain County ‑ $7,600

Economic Development ‑ $14,500

Main Street Amherst

        General operating support ‑ $4,500

Main Street Vermilion

        Heritage Ohio Membership ‑ $5,500

Oberlin Business Partnership

        Operating Support for Business Retention Programs ‑ $4,500

Leadership Development ‑ $30,000

Leadership Lorain County

        Internship Program and General Operations ‑ $30,000

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