Area organizations help people transition from homelessness

Tim Gerent and Luca Della Vella of Westlake High School load donated items into a truck.

North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild spearheaded a project to provide those who have experienced trauma, or have been homeless, rest a little easier this season. The Guild created 70 lap quilts that were included in bags filled with necessities such as towels, kitchen accessories, soap, etc.

The bags were provided to families at a special event, sponsored by FrontLine Service, to help celebrate the holidays. FrontLine Service reaches out to adults and children in Northeast Ohio to help end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises and overcome trauma. Adding to the festivities, 85 stockings were created to assist Santa as he travels through the area.

In addition, 60 fabric bags were sewn and filled with similar items for individuals transitioning into permanent housing in a new facility sponsored by Frontline. The bags will hopefully provide a bit of comfort and will welcome residents into their new surroundings after being homeless an average of three years.

Hundreds of items were donated for the bags with the help of Westlake High School, Bay High School Key Club, the staff of Devon Oaks, Walgreen’s and guild members. If you would like to assist next year with this initiative, contact Cathy Flament, 440-835-4472. There are numerous ways to become involved. FrontLine is also looking for volunteers. Contact Jordan Rush, volunteer coordinator, at

Cathy Flament

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.18.2018