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Peace out Homelessness!!!

 (Avon, Ohio) Reach down deep inside and awaken your inner flower child as we say “Peace Out Homlessness” for the 11th annual Home Run for the Homeless which supports Neighborhood Alliance programming. This year we are taking the theme retro with a peace love and happiness type vibe as we aim to spread awareness for homelessness at this fun USATF Certified 5k run and 1 Mile family walk. Taking place at All Pro Freight Stadium, this event will take place on Saturday April 30th 2016 (2009 Baseball Blvd. Avon, OH 44011) and will surely be a blast from the past that you don’t want to miss!

This “Hippie” themed 5k Run is to begin promptly at 9:00 am with registration opening at 8:00 am. The 1 mile Family Walk will start at 9:45 am and we encourage all participants to join in. Special appearances and music from this laid back era will help spread good vibes throughout this event and make it well worth the time spent supporting this great cause. Together we can help spread awareness and help end homeless in Lorain County.

Signing up is easy! Visit to register yourself or your team.  Recruit your side kicks to join your team using the tips in your team captain resource packet also available online.

Questions? Contact Dawn Meyer at or call 440-233-8768 x6202

Picnic Hopes To Bring Community Back To the Neighborhood

(Lorain, Ohio) It’s all about community and inspiring neighbors to help neighbors! On Thursday July 24th2014, Neighborhood Alliance and Next Step Ministries would like to invited local media and community members to their weekly community picnic at Oakwood Park (2047 E. 36th Street Lorain, Ohio). This community gathering will take place from 4:30pm until 7:00pm at the Gazebo near the playground.

 A partnership between Neighborhood Alliance and Next Step Ministries has brought mission groups from across the country together to help our home-bound senior citizens right here in Lorain County. Next Step Ministries has over 20 home repair project sites selected for their second year, and new volunteer groups are arriving weekly. These groups are looking for more than just building projects they want to build relationships in this community. Next Step Ministries has a firm belief in building lasting change and feel these weekly community gatherings will not only bring a refreshing end to a week of mission work but also impact the neighborhoods they served. Equipped with grills, food, corn hole boards and Frisbees these enthusiastic groups of missionaries are going above and beyond just repairing homes for seniors in Lorain County.

Next Step Ministries is a national organization committed to helping students become a part of real change in communities locally and internationally. Neighborhood Alliance has partnered with Next Step Ministries to bring positive change to the homes of Lorain County’s senior residents.

Neighborhood Alliance serves this large community through various senior citizens programming, including delivering 84,281 meals to Lorain County senior citizens in 2013. Through this partnership with Next Step Ministries in 2013, we were also able to build 7 wheelchair ramps, rebuild 2 unsafe porches, clean-up 12 overgrown yards and replace 2 roofs along with many other small projects.

Welcome Back Next Step Ministries

(Lorain, Ohio) Mission groups from around the country are joining together and sacrificing one week of their summer vacation to help our senior citizens here in Lorain County. With over 20 project sites selected for their second year, each week will hold a different set of challenges for these ambitious groups of volunteers. Over the summer Next Step Ministries is aiding in the removal and repair of dilapidated porches, repairing hanging or missing gutters along with adding wheelchair ramps, making bathrooms handicap accessible, reroofing homes and socializing with our elderly. Not only focused on their mission of promoting “real change”, they also lend a helpful hand and an ear to listen to an often forgotten population.

One specific (5 week long) project will be the removal of a giant brick porch that is literally pulling down the front of the house. This project site is a continuation of last summer as the elderly couple that resided there truly needed more help than one summer could give. This project is a prime example of the commitment of Next Step Ministries, who aims to create long lasting relationships in the communities they serve.

Many groups are returning after their first experience in Lorain County last year as the total number of summer volunteers has grown past 350. We may not have the international draw of Jamaica or the devastation of Joplin, MO but we have good people with a specific set of challenges that Next Step Ministries is more than eager to help. This aging community, once the shining gem of Lorain County, now crumbles under the weight of depression and disrepair, making it difficult for those who choose to age in their homes.  Our elders now have hope through this collaboration between Neighborhood Alliance and Next Step Ministries.

Next Step Ministries is a national organization committed to helping students become a part of real change in communities locally and internationally. Neighborhood Alliance has partnered with Next Step Ministries to bring positive change to the homes of Lorain County’s senior residents.

Neighborhood Alliance serves this large community through various senior citizens programming, including delivering 84,281 meals to Lorain County senior citizens in 2013. Through this partnership with Next Step Ministries in 2013, we were also able to build 7 wheelchair ramps, rebuild 2 unsafe porches, clean up 12 overgrown yards, and replace 2 roofs along with many other small projects.

Giving Hope to the Generation that Gave Us Life

(Elyria, Ohio) Over the past several years Neighborhood Alliance has strived to bring attention to the growing population of senior citizens in Lorain County who live in poverty. This generation is slowly becoming invisible and often overlooked by typical programming. With limited mobility, poor public transportation and lack of the fundamental family support system, many of Lorain County’s homebound seniors depend on Neighborhood Alliance for their basic needs.

Recognizing the need for support, Community West Foundation recently awarded a $50,000 grant to support the Neighborhood Alliance Senior Enrichment Services Home Delivered Meals Program. This program provided by Neighborhood Alliance delivers nutritionally balanced meals to the frailest of seniors and severely handicapped in Lorain County. Of the 43,000 individuals aged 65 and older living in Lorain County, 14% (5,645) of those seniors live at or below the federal poverty guidelines according to the U.S. 2010 Census. Unfortunately despite these trends, programs historically funded by the Older Americans Act are experiencing decreased financial support and senior citizens are facing choices and pressures unlike those of any other age group.

With the need of senior support becoming more visible in Lorain County, Neighborhood Alliance is also pleased to announce support from 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County. At their second quarter meeting last month, 100 Women selected and awarded funding for the senior meals service provided by Neighborhood Alliance throughout Lorain County. Funding  also included Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival donating $10 for every $100 raised by this group.

Thanks so much all you wonderful people. I want you folks to know how grateful I am to all of you that have a part in my neighborhood alliance. What a blessing this program is to all us that can’t always get out and around. I’m eighty nine years young and it’s getting increasingly hard for me to tend to things the way I used to a few years ago. The dinners are always very tasty and the special surprise of goodies that came yesterday was a wonderful surprise! I’ve been really blessed by Neighborhood Alliance.” 

God bless all of you, Helen (Home Delivered Meal Recipient – Elyria, OH)

The impact of the Home Delivered Meal Program is recognized on a most basic level for all clients.  Many times Neighborhood Alliance has a waiting list for individuals hoping to get meals. With the funding from Community West Foundation and 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County Neighborhood Alliance will be able to provide more meals to clients in need. A daily hot meal provides participants who are physically, mentally or opportunity challenged with nutritional support. Along with these meals clients also become very close with our delivery drivers who are often the only person they see on any given day.

The mission of Community West Foundation is to advance the health & wellbeing of our community. They are a local philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and medical care to the most needy in and around western Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

100 Women Who Care About Lorain County is an organization of individuals committed to supporting non-profit organizations that provide services to the citizens of the Lorain County area. Each non-profit that is presented for consideration is required to serve Lorain County. This supports their mission to make a significant impact in the community through making a larger donation than any one individual could make.

Neighborhood Alliance has been compassionately caring for the community since 1927. With an inspired mission of enhancing neighborhoods, Neighborhood Alliance continues to expand its programs and services to address the diverse and changing needs of families and individuals alike. Signature services such as Child Enrichment Services, Senior Enrichment Services, Haven Center Homeless Shelter and Emergency Services and Family Supportive Services improve the lives of Lorain County residents every day. For more information, visit or call 440.233.8768.

Homelessness is Risky Business 

(Avon, Ohio) April 28, 2014 – When Neighborhood Alliance and their strong team of volunteers set out to plan Home Run for the Homeless 2014, they never expected such an overwhelming show of support from the community. Not only did this 5k Run and 1 Mile Family walk exceed its fundraising goal for the Neighborhood Alliance Haven Center Homeless shelter, but it also brought many local businesses and groups together to raise awareness the homeless in Lorain County.

Individuals that visited the Elyria Walmart in March and April were greeted by a table of blue bagged items that could be purchased and donated directly to the Haven Center. This unique drive generated over 300 bags ranging in value from $6 – $11. These bags included anything from peanut butter and canned food to paper products and diapers. Organizers realized the diversity in Lorain County’s homeless population and created bags that truly fit the Haven Center’s needs.  Along with this very successful donation, Neighborhood Alliance Haven Center Homeless shelter also received over 200 pillows donated by shoppers at the Avon Walmart. The employees of the Avon Walmart also participated in the “Homelessness is Risky Business” video shot by Neighborhood Alliance to raise awareness for the cause.

The generosity didn’t stop with just our local Walmart partners. Girl scouts donated Easter Baskets to the children currently residing at the Haven Center, the Justice Center Clerk of Courts organized a Bake Sale that raised $472 along with donations brought the day of the event. Lexi Griffin an elementary school student collected $185.74 in change, and brought her donation Saturday.

With over 450 registered participants at the event on April 26, 2014 who walked, ran or cheered on family, friends and co-workers, this event was a great success. Many participants walked away with the custom-designed event t-shirts, their own pair of “Risky Business” sunglasses and tickets to return to the All Pro Freight Stadium this summer for a Lake Erie Crushers baseball game. These tickets donated by our site sponsor the Lake Erie Crushers were as much of a crowd pleaser as their mascot “Stomper” who can be seen posing in many of our event day photos. Event day and team photos can be seen by visiting our Facebook Fan Page at .

Once again Neighborhood Alliance would just like to humbly thank everyone who helped us this year. Our sponsors, volunteers, planning committee, participants and donors helped raise awareness for the Homeless in Lorain County. Homelessness is Risky Business and now because of the outpouring of support from you, Neighborhood Alliance is able to provide shelter, food and basic needs to those who would otherwise be considered invisible. We hope this event grows even more next year with the support of our wonderful community.

100% of the donations collected from this event stay in Lorain County.

Neighborhood Alliance and Darden Restaurants Partner to Help Lorain County Seniors 

(Elyria, Ohio) March 6, 2014 – Neighborhood Alliance, a community service organization, today announced it has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Neighborhood Alliance’s project to strengthen neighborhoods in Lorain County by providing programs and services for the communities less fortunate.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community.  Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

“We are humbled by and truly grateful for the incredible support of our mission and vision demonstrated by Darden’s Restaurant Foundation, Inc., with the recent grant award of $2,000 to our Senior Enrichment, Home Delivered Meal program! Daily, Neighborhood Alliance delivers over 400 meals to frail, vulnerable seniors throughout the county. This generous award will help Neighborhood Alliance continue to meet our mission; to serve Lorain County and its neighborhoods to address basic needs, enhance individual and family life and improve neighborhoods and communities” said Connie Osborn, Neighborhood Alliance CEO/President.

“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”


Whipping up Holiday Cheer for Lorain County’s Elderly

(Elyria, Ohio) On Wednesday November 27 2013, Neighborhood Alliance will bring together volunteers and administrative staff to prepare holiday meals for home-bound seniors in Lorain County. This Wednesday before Thanksgiving means a day of preparation for many families around the country. We cook, we clean, and we open our homes to traveling friends and family on the eve of this delectable holiday, but for some of our more fragile neighbors this will not be the case. Concerned that our homebound senior clients would be alone and without a warm Thanksgiving meal, Neighborhood Alliance decided to coordinate an additional turkey dinner with all the fixings for their benefit.

A countless number of Lorain Counties ageing citizens see this holiday season as a sad reminder of past memories and lost loved ones. Something as simple as a traditional meal can bring holiday cheer to these local elderly residence. Neighborhood Alliance delivers daily hot meals to over 400 seniors through their Senior Enrichment Home Delivered Meal program.

We invited local press to join us in capturing this Neighborhood Alliance holiday tradition and help us promote the spirit of giving throughout Lorain County. The peak time for press at this Senior Nutrition Thanksgiving meal preparation will be at 9:00 am on Wednesday November 27 2013 at the Neighborhood Alliance Haven Center 1536 E 30th Street Lorain, Ohio.


Seniors 4 Seniors

(Elyria, Ohio) Elyria Catholic High School Seniors are reaching out to Lorain County’s senior citizens tomorrow for their first “Seniors 4 Seniors” community project day. On Tuesday September 24th 2013 from 8:30am till 1:00pm, in partnership with Neighborhood Alliance, Seniors 4 Seniors will be visiting several homes in the city of Lorain. First will be the home of Veteran Charlie Beres at 5443 Ridgewood Ave in Lorain where students will be doing yard clean up and visiting with Mr. Beres. Five other project locations will be served that day. Projects vary by location but all are aimed at helping Senior Citizens in Lorain County.


Seniors 4 Seniors is being led by Assistant Principal of Elyria Catholic, Mike Wisnor and Volunteer Coordinator of Neighborhood Alliance, Lori Magyar. Mike wanted to get his high school students involved in community service and Lori had a population in need of assistance.  Now working together each month during the 2013-2014 school year, these high school seniors plan to reach out into the community by doing yard clean up while bringing companionship to homebound seniors served by the Neighborhood Alliance Senior Enrichment Program.


For more information about Seniors 4 Seniors please contact:

Mike Wisnor

Elyria Catholic Assistant Principal

Cell: 440-213-7165

Local Non-Profit Receives $40,000 from Walmart Foundation to Help Feed Local Seniors

(Avon, Ohio) August 2, 2013 – Neighborhood Alliance was presented a $40,000 grant today on behalf of the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Council to help the non-profit provide home-delivered meals to the frail, elderly and severely handicapped throughout Lorain County. The grant was presented during the re-grand opening ceremony of the newly expanded Walmart Supercenter in Avon.

“Our goal is to enrich the lives of our children and seniors and to empower those who are in need with the tools to create a better life for themselves,” said Connie Osborn, CEO/President of Neighborhood Alliance. “Through the generous support demonstrated today by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, we will be able to continue providing home delivered meals to nearly 400 residents each week.”

The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awards grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve a particular state or region and work to fight hunger, support children and education, promote environmental sustainability or provide workforce development opportunities. Based in Elyria, Neighborhood Alliance provides emergency shelter, daily meal delivery and nutrition services for seniors, socialization and supportive services to seniors, family supportive services and childcare, and child enrichment programs at 2 locations.

“Walmart operates globally but we seek opportunities to give back locally and support those organizations that are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Tammy Pistore, Walmart Store Manager. “Making a difference so that others can live better is what the Neighborhood Alliance does and we are proud to continue to support its efforts to address food insecurity among the elderly in Lorain County.”

In 2012 the Walmart Foundation, Ohio Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations gave more than $33 million to nonprofits across Ohio. To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit


Leadership Lorain County Interns Delivering Smiles to Local Elderly

(Lorain, Ohio) As part of their summer internship experience Taylor Stephens and Ian Sooy are getting hands on with many of Neighborhood Alliance’s signature services. On Tuesday July 2nd both of these Leadership Lorain County Internship Program (LLCIP) interns got the chance to ride along with the Neighborhood Alliance Home Delivered Meals drivers. Below they share their experience….

Taylor Stephens from Sheffield Lake, Sophomore, University of Cincinnati

It was enlightening, heartbreaking, and beautiful. Delivering meals to homebound seniors proved to be an experience like nothing else. Tagging along with Paul, who referred to me as his “sidekick,” our route ran to Vermilion and back, totaling a delivery of 83 meals, just in one day! Entirely different from the everyday desk job, we were on the road from 10:00am until 5:30pm, after packing the trucks for their routes. It was more of a process than I had expected it would be. Certain seniors received different meals, and because of the 4th of July holiday, we were delivering three times the meals.

Of course, ensuring that the seniors receive their needed nutrition is a top priority. However, it seemed as if many of the seniors were more grateful for the company we were providing instead of the meals. Only able to spare a few minutes at each home, our conversations were brief yet meaningful. During my time with the seniors, I heard so many incredible stories. After just a day on the job, I felt a connection to many of the individuals I had met.

It was such an extraordinary experience, the kind during which I experienced an entire myriad of emotions. I feel so very lucky to be a part of an organization like Neighborhood Alliance, where the services we provide benefit truly deserving individuals in Lorain County.

Ian Sooy from Elyria, Junior, Bowling Green State University

Delivering the meals to the seniors was a real eye opening experience.  Everyone was really nice, and inviting when we came in.  Most of the seniors we went to, look forward to the drivers coming each day to deliver the meals.  They just like to chat and catch up with each other.   Even though the drivers only see the seniors a few minutes a day, they build a strong relationship with them, and care for them.  They go the extra step to make sure the person they are serving is doing alright and make sure they have everything they need.  It’s really cool to see what the drivers do each day, how they care for them and to see the joy on both the drivers and seniors faces when they deliver the food.  

Home Run for the Homeless – 5k Run/ 1 Mile Family Walk

(Avon, Ohio) Time to dust off those running shoes and show your support as Neighborhood Alliance brings back their annual 5k run/1 Mile family walk “Home Run for the Homeless” on Saturday morning April 27th 2013 at All Pro Freight Stadium (2009 Baseball Blvd. Avon, OH 44011). All proceeds from this event will benefit Neighborhood Alliance Haven Center Homeless Shelter, the ONLY 24/7/365 Homeless Shelter in Lorain County serving men, women and children.

The number is unclear but the reality is evident. A fallen economy and record breaking jobless rates have caused many of our neighbors’ hardship. No one is immune to this growing concern. Neighborhood Alliance has an 85 year history of providing an array of support services to those in need in order to get back what circumstance has ripped away.

Run, Walk, or Form a Team: We would like to engage corporate, youth and family teams in the community to join together to fight homelessness in Lorain County. There are many easy and fun ways to raise support/awareness without a ton of work. Take the lead and be the one to gather others to help our neighbors who are struggling. Or, just come out and participate in this inspiring event on Saturday morning!

To register ONLINE go to We have prizes for both the Top Fundraising Individual and Top Fundraising Team.

Thank You for another great year!!! Aces and Ale 2013

(Sheffield, Ohio) Over two hundred people in attendance as Neighborhood Alliance took over Montrose Kia’s show room on Saturday night March 9th 2013 for their second annual Aces and Ale Casino Night fundraiser. With more than 50 silent auction items, 20+ prizes, a balloon raffle sponsored by Duraclean along with a large variety of casino style gaming tables there was plenty for gamers and non-gamer’s to take in. The fun of learning common casino table games in this friendly environment became a big hit for first timers and casino enthusiasts alike. The selection of bottled craft beers was also an instant success as many got to test out and find their new favorites among the popular brands Labatt, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Magic Hat, Samuel Adams, Mt. Carmel and Atwater. Non-beer drinkers enjoyed an assorted wine selection along with non-alcoholic beverages.

Putting the FUN back in FUNdraising, Neighborhood Alliance would like to send a GIANT “Thank You” to everyone in attendance this past Saturday along with volunteers and local food vendors for your time, talents and treasures which made this night a success. Also we would like to thank our sponsors Montrose Kia and Heidelberg Distributing Co., without your generous support this event couldn’t have happened.

100% of the donations collected from this event stay in Lorain County.

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Casino night is BACK!!! “Aces and Ale” with Neighborhood Alliance

Cleveland Business Connectors Choice Award 2012 nominated “Nonprofit Organization Fundraiser of the Year”

(Sheffield, Ohio) Blackjack, Poker and Texas Hold’em are just a few options you will have at Neighborhood Alliance second annual casino night fundraiser “Aces and Ale”. This event will be held at Montrose Kia (5033 Detroit Rd, Sheffield, OH 44054) on Saturday March 9, 2013 from 7-11pm. Sponsored by both Montrose Kia and Heidelberg Distributing Co. A large variety of craft beers, wines and food will be available as supporters enjoy a night of fun in an adult’s only atmosphere. Walking out with unique experiences and prizes including but not limited to flat screen TV’s, coffee makers, jewelry and even a Boston themed package including accommodation at the very popular Boston Harbor Hotel, 4 Red Sox Tickets, a VIP tours of Fenway Park, and a tour of Boston Beer Company. One of our most unique items up for raffle is a chance to ride as a “Jump Driver” on our Senior Hot Delivered meals routes. Having a chance to experience where your donated dollars to Neighborhood Alliance truly go first hand…..priceless.

As one of Lorain Counties original non-profit organizations, serving this community for 85 years. 100% of the donations collected from this event stay in Lorain County.

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Neighborhood Alliance taking “Next Step” to Help Seniors in Lorain County

(Elyria, Ohio) Why go elsewhere when you can come to Lorain County? Youth groups and churches from around the country will be asking themselves this exact question this spring. Neighborhood Alliance is proud to announce an exciting new partnership coming to Lorain County in the summer of 2013. Next Step Ministries is a national organization committed to helping students become a part of real change in communities locally and internationally. Neighborhood Alliance has partnered with Next Step Ministries to bring positive change to homes of Lorain County’s senior residents. Industry professionals will lead these groups in various projects including but not limited to reroofing homes, building wheel chair ramps, making bathrooms handicap accessible, yard clean up, painting rooms and fixing steps/porches.

In Lorain County over 14% of the residents are 65 or older and strive to stay independent as long as possible however many of their homes aren’t prepared to make this an easy task. Neighborhood Alliance serves this large community through various senior citizens programing, including delivering 87,500 meals to Lorain County senior citizens in 2012. We know the stories of each of these citizens and are able to offer them a little more independence with this unique partnership through Next Step Ministries.

This is an ideal opportunity coming to Lorain County and we at Neighborhood Alliance are beyond excited to announce it. Please review the video below for more details…


Whipping up Holiday Cheer for Lorain County’s Elderly

(Elyria, Ohio) On Wednesday November 21st 2012, the Neighborhood Alliance administrative and management staff will be trading emails and meetings for oven mitts and hot trays. This Wednesday before Thanksgiving means a day of preparation for many families around the country. We cook, we clean, and we open our homes to traveling friends and family on the eve of this delectable holiday, but for some of our more fragile neighbors this will not be the case. Concerned that the senior clients would be alone and without a warm meal for Thanksgiving, Neighborhood Alliance decided to coordinate an additional turkey dinner with all the fixings for their benefit.

A countless number of Lorain Counties ageing citizens see this holiday season as a sad reminder of past memories and lost loved ones. Something as simple as a traditional meal can bring holiday cheer to these local elderly residence. Neighborhood Alliance delivers daily hot meals to over 400 seniors through their Senior Enrichment Home Delivered Meal program.

Neighborhood Alliance Meal Delivery Driver Helps Fallen Elderly Women

(Elyria, Ohio) Jimmy Torres, a Senior Nutrition driver with Neighborhood Alliance called 911 today while delivering meals on his Elyria route. Jimmy heard the faint cry for help through the door of his clients’ home and immediately leaped into action. Usually this particular client would leave the door unlocked for Jimmy to enter and deliver her meals, however today the door remained locked. The authorities were forced to take out a window air-conditioning unit in order to enter the clients’ home. It is still unclear how long the client had been on the ground following her fall, but there is no telling how long she would have remained laying there without this meal delivery from Neighborhood Alliance.

So many times the Senior Nutrition drivers are the only visitors these recipients have in any given day. Studies have shown that “of the 35 million Americans over 65, about 1 in 3 will fall in a given year” (Center for Disease Control, “CDC”). With these statistics our drivers deliver more than just meals to elderly recipients, they offer them peace of mind as well.

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Neighborhood Alliance Welcomes Local Young Professional

(Elyria, OH) Neighborhood Alliance would like to welcome new Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Jadera Thomas, to their dynamic team of innovative leaders.

After graduating from Elyria High, Jadera went on to finish her degree with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, receiving her Bachelors of Science in Advertisement. Upon the completion of her degree, she joined AmeriCorps as a VISTA member (Volunteer in Service to America). A VISTA member is a person that donates 1 year of their lives (living 200% below the poverty level) to help a non-profit organization build capacity while fighting poverty in certain communities. Her year of service was an eye opening and inspiring experience. Giving her many opportunities to see the thriving world of non-profit in Northeast Ohio and how it affects the community around her. The talents that Jadera brought to the table during her service year with Hard Hatted Women were quickly noticed by others in the community. Immediately following her year of service she was hired onto Leadership Lorain County as a part-time Marketing and Public Relations Specialist where she gain in-depth experience in non-profit marketing and public relations. Also a member of the Leadership Lorain County Signature Class of 2012 and small business owner (Jaded Expressions Photography & Design) she was able to connect and find her true niche within this vibrant community.

Excited to lay down a firm foundation in Lorain County, this young professional plans to live, work and play where she was raised. Jadera believes that growing a stronger Lorain County starts with retaining talented young people, learning from every generation and collaborating within the community.

September 21, 2011 Local Social Service Agency Builds Innovative Framework for a Strong Future

(Elyria,OH) Neighborhood Alliance, formerly known as Neighborhood House Association, has enhanced its service delivery model and its name to better reflect its bold strategy. NeighborhoodAlliancecarved out an innovative model to forward its mission with the ultimate goal of strengthening the communities it serves.

The first element of this model includes building collaborations with like-mission organizations to combine their collective strengths and resources.  This service delivery-model harnesses the power of some of the strongest agencies in the county to serve theLorainCountycommunity by working together as opposed to in isolation.

“Demands for services are increasing everyday and more and more organizations are competing for the same dollars, this persuaded us to examine how we execute our programs and develop a more creative approach to answer the growing demand. Now is the time to make decisions with greater intention and an even stronger sense of purpose,” shares Connie Osborn, President & CEO of Neighborhood Alliance.

Organizations will be working together to deliver more comprehensive services; or collaborating on funding opportunities where and when possible to, ultimately, more effectively serve a greater number of people in need.  Some examples of these partnerships include:

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

Collaborating to provide a series of trainings for those preparing meals at Haven Homeless Shelter with the goal of using more fresh produce for food preparation.

Fairhill Partners of Cleveland

Partnering to provide Stanford School of Medicines Chronic Pain Management’s program on living healthy lifestyle to seniors inLorainCounty.

In order to implement this enhanced service delivery model, the Board of Directors and leadership team recognized the former name, Neighborhood House Association, didn’t accurately capture what the organization does and what it strives to do in the future.

“The new name, Neighborhood Alliance, simultaneously embraces the organization’s future and honors its past. This change positions Neighborhood Alliance to operate as a comprehensive, social service agency with a united identity,” shares Osborn.

This strategy of collaboration and strong financial management positions Neighborhood Alliance to thrive and build upon its 80-year legacy of fostering strong individuals, strong families and stronger communities.

NeighborhoodAlliancewill continue to expand its programs and services to address the diverse and changing needs of families and individuals at every stage of their lives. Signature services such as child enrichment services, senior services, shelter and emergency services, and family support services improve the lives ofLorainCountyresidents every day.

Please visit Neighborhood Alliance at and on Facebook and Twitter.



NeighborhoodAlliancehas been compassionately caring for the community since 1927. We are helping our community grow stronger by caring for our clients’ most basic needs. We provide emergency shelter, daily meal delivery and nutrition services for seniors, childcare and child enrichments programs, access to wellness programs such as Help Me Grow for those in need. We are empowering the people of our community with the tools to create a better life for themselves. With our inspired mission of strengthening neighborhoods, we continue to expand programs and services to address the diverse and changing needs of families and individuals inNortheast Ohio.


We’re unique because we fit inside of neighborhoods to serve our neighbors in need. Ninety seven percent of the population that we serve lives in poverty. By design, we deliver our signatures services such as child enrichment, senior enrichment, family support, and emergency and shelter within walking distance of those in greatest need.

Whether it’s a hot meal for a senior citizen, an overnight stay in a safe shelter for a mother, father and their children, or rent assistance for a family struggling with layoffs or unemployment issues, Neighborhood Alliance touches the lives of thousands every year.

We bring a collaborative approach to serving our community and work in tandem with other like-mission organizations to deliver services whenever possible to ultimately enhance comprehensive services to residents.


NeighborhoodAllianceoffers comprehensive services to meet the basic needs of individuals’ at every stage of their lives. We are as diverse in programming as we are in the clients that we serve.

Child Enrichment Services offers childcare for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and for school-age children before and after school. We also offer a summer program for first graders through age 12.

Senior Enrichment Services provide hot home-delivered meals and activities for seniors to stay engaged and remain social.

Family Support Services facilitate in-home parenting education and support, program referral and developmental screenings for families with children up to three years old.

Shelter and Emergency Services serves asLorainCounty’s only 24-hour/7 days a week family homeless shelter. Additional programming and services are provided to address the varied needs of the residents.


In the last decade, Neighborhood Alliance has been able to serve:

-1,255,310 meals prepared and delivered to over 5,000LorainCountynutritionally-at-risk and disabled seniors.

-5,780 men, women and children with over 179,000 shelter nights provided in Lorain County’s only 24/7  68- bed homeless shelter.

-Over 3,000 children with over 162,800 days of child enrichment programming and after-school services.

-Over 2,660 children with parent education programming, support and developmental services for prenatal to three year olds.

-6,100 seniors with nearly 89,600 opportunities for seniors to remain socially active and engaged in their community.



May 6, 2011 Neighborhood House Association Names Osborn as CEO

Neighborhood House Association is pleased to announce it has appointed Connie Osborn to President and CEO. Following a national search, the search committee, which included representatives of the board of directors and senior administration, selected Connie for the position. Connie will be responsible for executing Neighborhood House Association’s strategic plan and directing the day-to-day operations.

Connie has been serving as Interim CEO of Neighborhood House Association since February of 2011. She has more than 25 years of experience directing and managing early childhood and educational development programs. After joining the Neighborhood House Association team in 1998, Connie received ten consecutive promotions, working her way up to CEO.

“Neighborhood House Association has been answering a critical need in the community since 1927. With the support of the board of directors, donors and staff, we will stay focused on providing hot meals, emergency shelter, access to resources and care for children and seniors,” says Connie Osborn. “My vision is clear; we will stay focused our mission and search for opportunities to collaborate with like organizations to make difference in the lives of people in our community.”

Last year with Connie’s guidance, Neighborhood House Association reduced its operating costs while providing over 10,000 days of childcare, almost 20,000 nights in our homeless shelter and serving over 115,000 meals to seniors throughout Lorain County.

“As Vice President of Operations since 2010, Connie has been responsible for ensuring the operations run smoothly on a day-to-day basis. The board of directors is confident Connie will embrace her new charge of setting the direction of our organization as we continue to serve thousands of clients annually by providing a hot meal, a safe place to stay, or educating preschool aged children so that their parents are able to maintain or find employment,” shares James Valderrama, Chairman of the Board.

Neighborhood House Association has been caring for an individual’s basic needs since 1927. With the mission of enhancing individual and family life to improve neighborhoods and communities, Neighborhood House Association has expanded its programs and services to meet the needs of the community. Services such as child enrichment services; senior services; Haven Center Homeless Shelter and emergency services; and family growth resources, improve the lives of Lorain County residents every day.