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Community Foundation awards $1 million to support Crisis Continuum

The Community Foundation of Lorain County has committed a $1 million grant to the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board (MHARS Board) of Lorain County to support the Lorain County Crisis Continuum.

The LifeShare Legacy Fund was founded in 2015 by the Community Foundation’s LifeShare Foundation to support programs related to health and wellness, according to Brittany Lovett, Community Foundation’s marketing and communications manager.

“This is the biggest grant yet,” Lovett said. “I think it’s phenomenal. Our community certainly needs help.

“This is going to have a huge impact on our community.”

Michael Doud, executive director of the MHARS board, said the agency would be able to do more.

“Support from the LifeShare Legacy Fund for start-up and operating costs associated with the Crisis Diversion Center and the Crisis Care Continuum will allow the board to redirect some of its resources to develop additional recovery support services that will meet the needs of children, adolescents and adults as they are linked to ongoing community services,” Doud said. “While it is understood that developing a full continuum of crisis care will require additional time and resources, the commitment of Lorain County Community Foundation and Nord Family Foundation to meet crisis needs is obvious.

“Without their support, our ability to effect change in the delivery of crisis care would be significantly tested.”

The Community Foundation of Lorain County was founded in 1980 with a $500,000 grant from the Nordson Foundation, according to its website.

Celebrating its annual meeting on June 15, the Community Foundation hosted a well-attended event at the Performing Arts Center at Elyria High School.

From left to right: Cindy Andrews, President of the Community Foundation; Caleb Peterson, Oberlin High School graduate and scholar; Ramaya Lee-Mosely, Community Foundation intern and 2022 Elyria High School graduate, who also received a scholarship; and Brittany Lovett, Communications Officer for Community Foundation. (Heather Chapin – The Morning Paper)

Government officials, community leaders, local students, business owners and several others attended the event where the grant was announced.

Left to right: Elyria High School students Eli Henry, Desaray Ewing stand alongside Achilles Morales, project coordinator for Project Read 365 and John Henry, another high school student, during their exhibit promoting their program. (Heather Chapin – The Morning Paper)

Several non-profit organizations were present, such as the Lorain County Urban League with its Project Read 365 program.

High school students Elyria Desaray Ewing, Eli and John Henry, their supervisor Achilles Morales, who is project coordinator for the Read 365 project, sat at a table with information about the program to promote it and inform the public.

About 17 Elyria High students are enrolled in the Read 365 project and represent their peers by answering any questions they may have about college and how to manage daily life while attending college, a said Desaray.

If program members don’t know a student’s answer, they look up the information for their peers.

“It’s basically getting us ready for college and getting around while we’re in college,” Eli Henry said.

“It’s great to help out,” John Henry said of helping his classmates on their next educational adventure.

“Everyone is in it,” Desaray said. “This is not a one-person project.”