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Ursuline Piazza

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Since 2007 Ursuline Piazza (UP) has served the HIV-positive community through its mission of educating and supporting HIV-positive people to live better, healthier lives. The majority of clients have needs outside of their HIV status that create barriers to accessing medical and behavioral health programs. Ursuline Piazza's wraparound services fill in the gaps in HIV care to assist clients to stay enrolled in other social service programs and medical care. 

Ursuline Piazza primarily works with seniors with HIV by helping combat the social isolation that they may feel. The shared experiences of their lives helps them recognize and resonate with each other within the community that Ursuline Piazza provides. This isolation can be very hard for seniors, especially since the beginning if the Covid19 pandemic. The Mcgregor Foundation’s grant has helped Ursuline Piazza provide grocery gift cards to seniors. Prior to the pandemic, Ursuline Piazza was able to do outings such as going to dinner at a nice restaurant and more! Ursuline Piazza emphasizes how important it is to have funding and how grateful they are to McGregor. 

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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland (Center) delivers wide-reaching, comprehensive programs and services, reaching 3,400 people through direct service and another 16,000 annually through community education/outreach including the region’s annual Pride festivities. The LGBT Center works with the national program SAGE, which helps focus on health and wellness for LGBT Elders. It also helps act as a peer support group. Beyond SAGE, there is also QU, which is an intergenerational training program. Initiatives like pen pals between generation are a big focal point of this program. 

Given that many of the Center’s elders have lived through the AIDS epidemic and many are survivors with HIV, the Center focuses on providing safe care in an affirming environment. The Center becomes family for the elders often, with isolation so common, especially during the COVID19 pandemic. The Center provides support, especially for Elders who figure out their identity late in life. With the McGregor grant, the LGBT Center is able to keep their staff to continue providing programs and safe space for the Elders in their community. On top of support, the center provides box lunches and grocery assistance programs. 

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Smart Development Inc

Thursday, February 24, 2022

In Spring 2021, Smart Development Inc, was given a $20,000 grant from the McGregor Foundation. Smart Development was established in 2018, focusing on serving Cuyahoga County and specifically Refugees, Immigrants, and racial and ethnic minorities in need. Smart Development helps provide proper resources, language assistance, and overall help navigating different needs.  Smart Development works to help its senior citizens, specifically to improve their quality of life, whether that is the digital divide many experiences, language barriers, risk of COVID19 exposure, or more. Smart Development is focused on providing culturally competent services to help make the aging transitions for their seniors as smooth as possible.

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Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC)

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC) fosters education and awareness of mental health and addiction issues while advocating for public policies and strategies that support effective, well-funded services, systems, and supports for those in need, resulting in stronger Ohio communities. MHAC works with seniors at the local and state level focuses how policy can impact older persons. They participate in initiatives that address the needs of older adults.

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