A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland improves the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty. As a faith-based organization, the foundation extends the values of Jesus Christ through the mission of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and also works to sustain the ministries of women religious.
The foundation also commits to supporting communities of Catholic women religious and their ministries.
For decades, they have formed a critical part of our community's capacity to help those who are vulnerable. In this focus area, the foundation honors their dedication and strengthens their service.
Furthermore, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead organizer on behalf of many partners to implement the Central Neighborhood Promise Neighborhood - a transformative program that wraps children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community and educational support from the cradle to college and career.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland improves the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty. The foundation works to end homelessness in Cuyahoga County and to reduce health and education disparities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. As a faith-based organization, the foundation extends the values of Jesus Christ through the mission of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and also works to sustain the ministries of women religious. The Sisters of Charity of Cleveland was endowed in 1996 from the proceeds of a partnership involving St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Previously, the sisters used the proceeds of the sale of Saint Ann Hospital in 1973 to endow the Saint Ann Foundation, the first health care conversion foundation in the United States. In 2006, the two foundations merged and blended their missions.
Recent Blog Posts
February 9, 2024
Cuyahoga County, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and other community partners announce plans to reduce youth homelessness
Cuyahoga County and community partners - including the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland - announced January 29 a new plan to work toward ending homelessness for youth and young adults. The plan, funded by a $3.9 million renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will provide immediate relief and work to address root causes of homelessness.
December 7, 2023
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood annually honors Central Neighborhood people and organizations who have significantly improved the lives of those who live and work in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood with its Champions of Central award. The Promise Neighborhood recently held a community meeting and celebration at the Friendly Inn Settlement House to honor more than 20 people and organizations as “2023 Champions of Central.”
October 9, 2023
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF Cleveland) Board of Directors recently approved grants totaling more than $360,000 for the third quarter of 2023, which brings the year-to-date total to more than $1.2 million in grants awarded. Grants support the foundation’s mission to improve the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty. Investments advance strategic goals to end homelessness, reduce health and educational disparities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, and sustain the ministries of Catholic sisters.
March 31, 2023
The board of directors at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recently approved $375,000 in grants for the first quarter of 2023. This funding will support longstanding partnerships in the foundation's efforts to end homelessness as well as collaborative initiatives across Cuyahoga County.
March 10, 2023
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and partners moving ahead with Cuyahoga County's first youth drop-in center
After years of planning and development, young people with lived expertise in homelessness are leading the launch of a youth drop-in center in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. In February, Cleveland’s Board of Zoning Appeals gave the go-ahead on the next stage of launching the center. A Place 4 Me, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services has partnered with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM), young adult leaders, local funders and service providers to introduce the drop-in center where young people seeking housing stability can find respite, resources and safety.
February 2, 2023
Central Promise Neighborhood 'reverse ride-along' program featured in Catholic Health World cover article
In its February 1 edition, Catholic Health World, the national newspaper of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, published a cover page article about the "reverse ride-along" program in Cleveland, which is hosted by Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and Inner Visions of Cleveland. The program is a re-imagining of the traditional police ride along as it reverses roles and lets the community design the tour and highlight people, places and resources they would like to introduce to Cleveland's newest police officers.
January 12, 2023
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland board of directors recently approved the final installment of quarterly grants in 2022, totaling $500,500. The grants cover a variety of focus areas, including supporting the ministries of Catholic sisters, food access and community, health equity, ending homelessness at its roots, and more.