August 9, 2019

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland continues pursuing innovative solutions and collaborations to fill gaps in the community

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland introduced its latest strategic plan this year, which is designed to deepen its impact in its areas of expertise and challenge itself to continue pursuing innovative solutions and collaborations to fill gaps in the community. A new summary video highlights the foundation's goals and its latest publication, Hope in Action, provides more details.

Following is a letter from foundation President Susanna Krey that appears in Hope in Action. Read the full publication here and watch the video here.

Where Others See Impossible, We See God's People

At the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, we are grateful to carry forward the legacy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. In 1851, our founding sisters became Cleveland’s first public health nurses, serving the city’s most marginalized individuals, always with a sense of humility and justice.

Since then, Cleveland’s social and economic landscape has changed, yet deeply unmet needs and structural boundaries remain. Entire populations still live at society’s margins, with little access to quality education; safe, affordable housing; food security; quality, affordable health care; and job creation, preparation and access.

We envision a Cleveland where opportunities for growth and quality of life are shared by all. Our mission remains to strengthen the community’s ability to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Our strategies evolve to meet the needs of the time. This 2020 strategic plan affirms our commitment to ending homelessness, supporting Catholic sisters and their ministries, and helping families in the Central neighborhood achieve positive health and education outcomes. As outlined in this booklet, we are adjusting efforts to seek out deeper issues our community needs to address. And, we are creating new goals to grow both collaborative capacity and innovative thinking.

To our board, staff, community members, strategic partners and grantees, thank you for walking alongside us the last two decades. Together, we journey forward.

May we continue to embrace the courage of our foundresses, who in 1974 established the nation’s first health care conversion foundation – creating a model and inspiring organized philanthropy around the world.

In gratitude,

Susanna H. Krey
President, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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