OhioGuidestone Current News


Richard R. Frank, President and CEO of OhioGuidestone announces the unanimous election of a new chairperson to its Board of Directors. Eric Pelander replaces David S. Zentkovich who served as chairperson for six years and remains on the Board.


Mr. Pelander, who has served on the 35-member Board for several years, is founder and managing director at Waterstone Management Group, LLC.  He consults clients on growth strategies and operating models. Prior to founding Waterstone, he was Global Leader of Strategy and Change Services for IBM Global Business Services.


He looks forward to a renewed effort, which will continue to produce positive outcomes for Ohio Communities.


“This is an organization that provides a range of exceptional behavioral health, education and workforce development services.  But it is not content with status quo.  Rather, it is a team that identifies the biggest issues that are hurting children and families in our communities and finds a way to tackle new challenges. A heightened focus on addressing the opioid addiction plague and an expansion of child-parent psychotherapy services for young children who have experienced severe trauma are two areas of growth for OhioGuidestone.”

Eric Pelander, President OhioGuidestone Board of Directors


Mr. Pelander holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is a trustee of the Cleveland Playhouse and the Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio. He is also a member of Church of the Savior, a United Methodist Church in Cleveland Heights.


He resides in Shaker Heights with his wife, Dr. Evalyn Gates, Executive Director and CEO at Cleveland  Museum of Natural History.


Izzie has only been working in mental health for 17 months, but in dog years, that makes her a mid-career professional. A basset hound, Izzie is a Certified Therapy Dog through the OhioGuidestone K9 Partners Program. Her owner and partner, Heidi Corso, was recently presented with the Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) Director’s Award in recognition of exceptional service to the local mental health network, in part due to her creative use of Izzie in working with children.


“Heidi sees the spark in a child, and connects with that child any way she can to bring out their best future,” says Charles Neff, LCBMH Executive Director. “That’s why she trained Izzie to be a therapy dog. She saw that Izzie is another way to connect positively with children receiving social and emotional support services.”


Corso joined OhioGuidestone in 2007 as an Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist, helping children up to age 6 address trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, parent-child attachment, acting out behaviors at home or school, and adoption related issues. This year, Corso was promoted to a supervisor role, overseeing clinical staff, the Incredible Years program, and the School Services program.


Her pet and now partner, Izzie, began training in 2014 to become a Certified Therapy Dog through OhioGuidestone, and became certified through Therapy Dogs International in June 2015. Izzie has become a regular fixture in the Lorain office and with Corso’s clients.


“Heidi Corso is invaluable to our Lorain County programs and she is an exceptionally talented therapist and supervisor,” states Joanna Gioa, OhioGuidestone’s Lorain Director. “Her initiative to devote her time and energy to working with Izzie to become a certified Therapy Assisted Animal has brought a wonderful layer of comfort and support to clients served in Lorain County. It is delightful to see Izzie greet the clients in our waiting room and watch the gentle interchanges that naturally extend through staff and client interactions when she comes to work with Heidi for the day.”


Corso and Izzie were featured this summer in a televised Be Well segment about toxic stress in children.


Colleagues and staff, as well as members of the Board of Mental Health, congratulated Corso on her achievement at the October 27, 2016 LCBMH Board Meeting in Lorain, Ohio.


The Director’s Award was established to acknowledge outstanding efforts in recovery, education, and public awareness for the Lorain County mental health network, and is granted by the Executive Director of the LCBMH on a periodic basis. To learn about this and other award and recognition opportunities within the Lorain County mental health network, visit lcbmh.org/nominate.

New Philadelphia, Ohio, November 16, 2016 - Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter, an OhioGuidestone Organization has been awarded the Safe Housing grant from Red Rover, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping animals in crisis. The $6,000 grant will be used to renovate a barn on the property to safely house the pets of shelter residents.


Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter serves victims throughout Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Victims with pets often delay leaving a dangerous environment for fear of their pet’s safety. The grant would allow victims to bring their pets with them.


Currently, a limited amount of pets are allowed in the house at the shelter. Some residents struggle with pets in the home due to allergies or possible fear of animals so a separate building is the ideal situation. The new grant will help pay for separate housing with heated stalls, canine sleeping areas, cat houses, and additional space to move about.


According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their batterer had injured, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control. As many as 65 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they fear what will happen to their pets when they leave.


Harbor House has future plans for pet doors and fenced in dog runs. Renovations at Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter are expected to be completed by May 2017.

About Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter

Located in New Philadelphia, the domestic violence shelter serves 75 people annually. The Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter is a division of Personal Family Counseling Services. Its mission is to provide pathways for growth, achievement and lifelong success. Harbor House is an OhioGuidestone, a nonprofit organization that has helped families and children in Ohio for over 150 years.

What is GivingTuesday? Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create a day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.


OhioGuidestone’s #Giving Tuesday Campaign & Goal: To raise money to purchase beds for OhioGuidestone clients who cannot afford them and have no beds to sleep on.


Partner:  Mattress Firm, Cleveland district locations will giving OhioGuidestone an amazing deal on beds (i.e.-$1,000=4 twin beds which includes box spring/mattress/frame)

All proceeds raised from campaign and events listed below will be used to purchase beds from Cleveland District of Mattress Firm.


How to dontate: Anyone can donate starting November 14 through November 30th at www.ohioguidestone.org. Look for the prominent #GivingTuesday link. We will also are encouraging supporters to like all of our platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.




Official OhioGuidestone #GivingTuesday KICKOFF

We have a client will to talk about her deep appreciation for this campaign and why receiving a bed is so important to her family.


Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Time: 7am – 9am

Location: Reinberger Chapel 202 East Bagley Rd., Berea (on OhioGuidestone Campus)

Event Description: OhioGuidestone leadership, donors, Mattress Firm leaders and team will attend a breakfast event. Mattress Firm will present a bed to one of the OhioGuidestone client recipients in need of a bed. The UNSELFIE campaign will be encouraged where people are asked to post a shot of themselves on Social Media holding a sign stating why they support OhioGuidestone.

For more than 150 years, OhioGuidestone has equipped and empowered children and families to reach their fullest potential. Through our unique blend of behavioral health treatment services, skill-building programs and prevention opportunities for children and families, we work with our clients to not only survive, but thrive. While working hard in our programs, many of our clients are facing daily challenges, obstacles, acute crises and tragedies. Often, this includes an inability to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas due to a lack of resources.


You can help give one of the families we serve a beautiful holiday blessing by adopting them during this season of giving! You will receive the family’s specific necessity and wish list and then have the opportunity to make their holiday truly magical by donating brand new clothing, toys, games and gifts. Call 440.260.8212 now through December 5, 2016, to learn how you can adopt-a-family in need from OhioGuidestone. Adopt a family today!

(September 2016, Berea, Ohio) OhioGuidestone received a donation of 100 backpacks filled with school supplies from AT&T Pioneers Ohio Chapter. Senator Thomas Patton participated in the event, helping to commemorate the 10th year for this activity that has helped hundreds of area children since the program began.


The backpacks were filled with notebooks, folders, a ruler, glue sticks, highlighters, a pencil pouch and pencils. According to Senator Patton, “I am pleased to join the employees and retirees of AT&T to help give back to the community in this way. Receiving backpacks filled with new school supplies helps provide a big boost to the self-esteem of children from underprivileged areas.”

OhioGuidestone is honored to be chosen as the Cleveland nonprofit that the U.S. Bank ‎Community Possible‬ Relay mobile baton stopped at during its 38-city tour across the United States! Community Possible, is the U.S.Bank ‪nationwide initiative that is aiming to inspire 153,000+ volunteers across the country to take part in rebuilding and revitalizing their communities. The three-month, 12,000 mile relay will include volunteer activities centered around work, home and play, the three focus areas of the bank’s new corporate giving and volunteer program, Community Possible. On July 10, 2016 - July 11, 2016, we welcomed Cleveland-area U.S. Bank employees and the Relay's very own Dixcy Sulistyo and Jibreel Black to our campus. The two-day event kicked off with U.S. Bank volunteers cooking a huge pancake and egg breakfast for our Workforce 360 participants; serving them and eating with them. The next day brought a formal financial literacy presentation, concluding with our very own tour of the 45 foot #CommunityPossible bus! We are so grateful for everyone who participated in this inspiring event.

Heidi Corso, OhioGuidestone Therapist, speaks about Toxic Stress and early childhood development on WVIZ's Be Well program. Learn more and listen to the show!

Heidi Corso, OhioGuidestone Therapist, talks to Mike McIntyre, host of ideastream's Sound of Ideas, about early childhood development. Heidi was one of the five experts featured on this show who discussed the impact of the First 2000 days of a child's life. Learn more and listen to the show!

We are pleased to announce that OhioGuidestone’s Workforce 360 program has been honored with the prestigious EAGLE Innovation Award! EAGLE’s (Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence) Accreditation Commission recognizes EAGLE-accredited organizations that develop innovative, quality ways to approach ministry. Our Workforce 360 Program was chosen because of our impressive and innovative model that is showing big results! This year, eighty-two percent of our program graduates are currently employed and have displayed statistically significant gains in reading and math which is cultivating well-rounded, productive individuals.

Since 1984, EAGLE Accreditation has incrementally evolved as a unique, voluntary, self-assessment, peer review program for faith-based organizations. Today, EAGLE is the only faith-based accrediting body in the world, and challenges organizations not just to compete in a challenging human services environment, but to soar above the competition while living their faith values! “Workforce 360 is intervening in the community better than any program I’ve ever seen,” says EAGLE Accreditation Commissioner. “We were impressed by the lengths that OhioGuidestone and their employees will go to in order to ensure participants are successful in their pursuit of a better future while maintaining above-average results.”

Workforce 360°, OhioGuidestone’s workforce development program, helps young adults and adults to become confident not only in a professional setting, but to empower themselves in their personal lives. Many times, our participants don’t know where to begin. By addressing their needs with a full-spectrum approach, our clients become prepared to enter a professional work environment and succeed. Our comprehensive services give our participants the strength to change their lives and improve their family income. This allows them the opportunity to see a brighter future and become well-rounded, successful employees.

We are pleased to announce that OhioGuidestone was ranked #10 of the top large employers in Northeast Ohio in The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces 2016 section. The Plain Dealer used Workplace Dynamics, an independent workplace consultant, to survey any Northeast Ohio area employers who were willing to participate. Based solely on employee opinion, the companies identified in The Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces 2016 list were selected based on qualities such as workplace leadership, compensation, training, flexibility and diversity. Learn more in The Plain Dealer!

"OhioGuidestone is honored to have been selected as a Top Workplace for the sixth year in a row," says Richard R. Frank, President and CEO, OhioGuidestone. "Our employees exemplify excellence in their daily roles and we are pleased so many of them elected to participate in this survey and give their high quality feedback. Our agency values our talented, experienced, motivated, loyal and focused workforce, and we intend to continue to provide balance and security for our employees for many years to come."

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Dr. Ben Kearney, OhioGuidestone's Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, sat down with Kay Colby, Ideastream® Managing Producer, to give the Ideastream® audience a greater understanding of Toxic Stress and Early Childhood Development. Read more and listen to the full conversation!

When Xzavier started preschool, his mother realized that another building block may be needed to help strengthen her son’s foundation: emotional support. In school, Xzavier had trouble handling his feelings. He would get anxious and upset, often throwing tantrums rather than following the rules. To help Xzavier learn how to interact with others in a positive way, the school referred Sharna to OhioGuidestone, where Xzavier started working with Beth Baron, an Early Childhood Mental Health therapist. Read Xzavier's story for success!

On Saturday, May 21st, dedicated runners, walkers, Zumba Fitness and yoga enthusiasts participated in OhioGuidestone's 4th Annual Run, Walk and Zumba event called the Promise Run! Each participant helped our Emergency Fund grow, which provides help to the children and families we serve. The Promise Run began at Wallace Lake and participants ran and walked through parts of Berea and the Metroparks Lake-to-Lake Trail, before returning to the starting location. Our Empowerment Sponsor, Medical Mutual helped to make this event possible through their generous support of our agency.

The morning was packed with fun and fitness! WKYC Meteorologist, Greg Dee, was our emcee and encouraged participants before the start of the race; Fostering Hope held a pre-race yoga warm up; Fierce Fitness CLE provided an energetic Zumba routine; and OhioGuidestone Workoforce 360 program participants cheered our runners and walkers on as they made their way through the course. Prizes were awarded for top overall male and female runners, top runners in each age category, and to the top fundraising team. Learn more about our Emergency Fund by watching us on  Live on Lakeside and Donate Now to support our children and families in need!

Since 2013, OhioGuidestone has partered with Baldwin-Wallace with the K-9 Partners Program. The program has been growing steadily! Last year, there were 17 students, and this year they were 35 who participated along with 7 dogs in training, making this the largest group yet! Baldwin-Wallace students work under the guidance of OhioGuidestone and help to reduce stress on campus as they increase the number of therapy dogs-in-training! Read the WEWS article on how the K-9 Partners Program is helping students de-stress during Finals Week!

We are pleased to announce that the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland has generously donated $100,000 to Stepstone Academy. The donation will provide funding for a brand new gymnasium that will serve a wide variety of purposes for our scholars’ physical education. We thank the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland for this generous donation and for their ongoing support of our scholars and school.

“The generous gift will have a positive impact on the under resourced children we serve and help to further the mission of our school,” says Susan Hyland, Superintendent, Stepstone Academy. “Because of The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland’s overwhelming kindness, Stepstone Academy will be able to provide the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyable, healthy physical activity to our scholars." Read the full release for more information.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin Kearney, Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer, will be presenting at the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Delays 2016 Spring Conference, held on May 13, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Kearney will be leading two training sessions: “Toxic Stress: The Critical Role of Caregivers in Early Life” and “Nurturing Relationships to Build Resilience in Young Children”. These trainings are part of the Early Intervention track that the conference in providing for early childhood interventionists. Learn more and register for the conference.


Having a child is a life-changing event that can bring many joys, but also many challenges. For families who are already struggling, having a child can add a financial burden that forces them below the poverty line. Recognizing that many of the individuals we serve are facing multiple barriers to raising their children, including poverty, OhioGuidestone has developed a continuum of care to help overwhelmed, impoverished families support their children. By providing assistance and interventions during the early years, we put children on a better trajectory towards a successful future. Read the full article.

Our Comedy Night Club Fundraiser held on April 15th was a huge success! The fundraising event doubled ticket sales from last year and raised necessary funds for the children and families we serve. The event, held at Music Box Supper Club, featured a dynamic line up of some of Cleveland's funniest comedians, including Steve Guy, Dan Brown and Mike Polk Jr.

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, OhioGuidestone and Stepstone Academy supporters, donors and staff partnered with the Cleveland Cavaliers to "Pack the Q". The night was a huge success, raising awareness and funds for our innovative charter school. The game concluded with the 50/50 #CavsCare Raffle that raised over $2300 for Stepstone Academy!

We are pleased to announce that Jim Dombrowski will join the agency as our Vice President of Education and Superintendent of Stepstone Academy. Jim will be responsible for providing leadership to the agency’s education staff and creating strategy for the furtherance of both OhioGuidestone and Stepstone Academy’s mission and vision. Read the full release.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received funding from The Cleveland Foundation to provide services to Parma and the surrounding area as a MyCom partner agency! Read the full release.

At OhioGuidestone, we recognize that many of the individuals we serve are facing multiple barriers to raising their children, including poverty, so we have developed a continuum of care to help overwhelmed, impoverished families support their children. OhioGuidestone's continuum of care has impacted many lives, including DaQuan who has defied all odds. Read his superhero story of success.

We're pleased to announce that our Director of Juvenile Justice and Mentoring Services, Jill Tayfel, has been appointed to the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice! Read the full release.

Dr. Rebekah Dorman, Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood and Invest in Children, shares recent advances in brain research that have demonstrated that “nature” and “nurture” are closely intertwined in a manner never before imagined. As such, the early years of a child’s life are a crucial time in their development. New research shows that “nurture,” or the world around the developing child, actually shapes “nature,” in the form of the young child’s developing brain. Read the full article.

OhioGuidestone is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of Citizens Bank's Credo Champion for Community Award! We were selected as the nonprofit of choice by Elisha Unger, a dedicated Citizens Bank colleague volunteer, who was named the Citizens Bank Credo Champion for Community for Ohio. This contribution of $2,500 will benefit the children and families we serve. Thank you Citizens Bank for this exciting opportunity!

On National Read Across America Day, a day dedicated to motivating children and creating lifelong, successful readers, OhioGuidestone and Stepstone Academy welcomed special guest readers from the community, including community leaders, sports players, media personalities and donors, to read to our children and share the importance of reading and literacy. Special guest readers included Andy Baskin, Sports Director and WEWS Channel 5 News; Collin Taylor, Cleveland Gladiators Wide Receiver; and David Kodish, Cleveland Cavaliers Group Events Specialist, amongst many others. Read The Plain Dealer article to learn more!

OhioGuidestone is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County to provide a new, faith-based service to our clients struggling with substance abuse and mental health concerns. Awarded with the ADAMHS Faith-Based Outreach Initiative Grant, OhioGuidestone is the only agency in the state of Ohio to offer this integrated, spiritual care in the client home. Read the full release!

Nia Campbell, Parent, shares why Stepstone Academy offers the highest quality education for her three young children - and right in her own backyard! Read the full article and enroll your scholar for our 2016-2017 school year today!

Cleveland Transformation Alliance features an article on Toni Miller’s, Principal, Stepstone Academy, wealth of expertise from her background in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to her current role as Principal of our high quality charter school. Her journey from district to charter school shows how ideas from the two different types of schools can foster “cross-pollination” of ideas and practices. Read the full article.

We are pleased to announce that OhioGuidestone is offering a new support group, Connections, in Lorain County for adoptive parents and their children. This group will allow parents of adoptive children to find support for the specific challenges they face; and allow adoptive children to meet other youth with similar backgrounds and get encouragement from our therapists who specialize in adoption mental health. Read the full release.

On January 30, 2016, six OhioGuidestone Workforce 360° program clients had the exclusive opportunity to work with talented Chef Alberto Leandri at Lockkeepers Restaurant as part of their 2nd Lockkeepers Workforce Community Initiative. These six young adults were given a behind-the-scenes look at one of Cleveland’s most reputable fine-dining restaurants, and had the opportunity to see what it takes to create a high quality dining experience from the initial reservation to preparing meals from scratch with a world class chef. Read the full release!


Cleveland 19 News, WKYC Channel 3 and WEWS Channel 5 featured Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns Tight End, and several other Cleveland Browns players, providing a shopping spree at Toys R Us for scholars from Stepstone Academy this holiday season. Watch this story of giving on Channel 19 here and Channel 3 here, and read more on Channel 5 here.


We are pleased to announce that AT&T has presented OhioGuidestone with a contribution of $10,000 in honor of Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Their generous contribution will support transitional youth services programs in 2016 and provide at-risk youth with intervention and counseling to ensure completion of high school and secure meaningful employment. Go here to read the full release.

Stepstone Academy, OhioGuidestone’s charter school in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, is more than a school. It’s a supportive, nurturing atmosphere providing children and their families all of the tools they need to be successful. At Stepstone we understand that learning doesn’t just take place during the school day, but that a child’s entire environment impacts his or her ability to learn. This recognition has led to the incorporation of innovative strategies, which allow students to strengthen their academic skills both in and out of the classroom. Read the full article here!

Our Donors Support New Ideas

Innovation can only work if there are people willing to commit their time, talents and resources to help the new idea take shape. OhioGuidestone is proud to have many faithful donors and supporters pave the way for the innovative programs and services we offer. Read this article about donors, Chuck and Stephanie Jarrett, and their desire to support our charter school, Stepstone Academy.

OhioGuidestone is proud to be supported by Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns Tight End and Browns’ Walter Payton Man of the Year! We are privileged to partner with Gary to bring hope to the children and families we serve. Read the full article here



Two Stepstone Academy families share their path to success with the help of our innovative charter school! Go here to read the full article.

We are pleased to announce that client artwork from Stepstone Academy and their parent organization, OhioGuidestone, will be displayed at Progressive’s “Art of Giving” exhibit from November 19, 2015 - January 19, 2016. During the two month exhibition, housed at 6300 Wilson Mills Road in Mayfield Village, Ohio, art work will be available for purchase by Progressive employees and other attendees, and proceeds will benefit Stepstone Academy. Go here to learn more.

The Plain Dealer recently featured Ardelle Moore, OhioGuidestone Home-Based Family Treatment Therapist, who talked about why her career is meaningful. "I believe this career chose me," Ardelle says. "I believe any career in which you give wholeheartedly of yourself has to be an assignment from God." Go here to read the full article.

Watch the Cleveland Browns Countdown, and see one of our OhioGuidestone Foster Families share their story! As part of National Adoption Month, they discuss their journey towards becoming a forever family during this special feature that was presented on WEWS Channel 5! Watch now!

OhioGuidestone client, Chris, shares his adoption story as part of Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine's National Adoption Month feature. Go here to read his story.

Holly Davis Trifiro, Executive Director, Teach For America - Northeast Ohio - Cleveland, weighs in on how schools must think creatively about engaging students and families to facilitate systemic change in low-income communities. Go here to learn the full article.

Recently, OhioGuidestone’s Workforce 360° program partnered with Lockkeepers fine dining, to offer young adults a hands-on training and introduction to various jobs in the restaurant industry. The Workforce 360° clients that attended the training learned about all the skills and work that goes into running a fine dining establishment and were able to work one-on-one with Lockkeepers Executive Chef, Alberto Leandri, who guided them as they created homemade lasagna and other house specialties.

“We are grateful to Lockkeepers for this opportunity to expose our clients to a professional restaurant setting and teach them skills that are essential to working in this field,” says Kiersten Watkins, Director of Workforce Development. “A special thank you to Chef Leandri for providing guided instruction and encouragement to our clients.”

Go here to learn more about our Workforce 360 programming or contact Kiersten Watkins at 440.260.8925 or Kiersten.Watkins@ohioguidestone.org.



Over the past 10 years, OhioGuidestone has provided pivotal programing to help these individuals with their workforce development needs. Learn more about how the program is impacting our youth and community.

Cleveland.com takes an in-depth look at how OhioGuidestone’s YouthBuild program is helping young adults build brighter futures. Go here to read the full article on Cleveland.com.

OhioGuidestone is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $1.1 million grant to continue our YouthBuild Services! Read More.

OhioGuidestone Partners with Collinwood to Help Students Pursue Vision and Service to Community. "The idea is to not only learn about the community, but to do your part in making it better,” said Amy Carlson, Collinwood Site Coordinator, OhioGuidestone. “They have a number of choices, from working with students younger than them or with people much older or in need of food or clothing.” Read more.

Phil Devol, one of the authors of "Bridges Out of Poverty” weighs on how OhioGuidestone is helping young adults gain employment. Go here to learn the full article.

The 2015 Top Workplaces surveys found that employees want their work to have meaning. OhioGuidestone is proud to have been singled out by our employees as an organization that does work that is particularly meaningful. Learn more about how OhioGuidestone brings purpose to our employees.

We are excited to announce that OhioGuidestone has been named one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio for the 5th year! We are rated 11th among large workplaces, making us the top rated large non-profit organization in 2015. Go here to learn more and read the full article. 

Personal and Family Counseling Services staff members Jodi Salvo, Taking it to the Schools Coordinator, and Kim Rykse, Prevention Services Facilitator, were recently featured on Tuscarawas County’s TV 2 Profiles to talk about Tuscarawas County’s Anti-Drug Coalition and youth led prevention groups. Go here to watch the segment and learn more about the youth led prevention program.

OhioGuidestone’s Cookie Jar Fund Run, the agencies 3rd annual run, walk and Zumba event, will benefit children and families in need. Learn more in this article from the Berean, the City of Berea’s monthly publication.

As part of National Foster Care month, Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine recently ran an article on the need for foster homes in Northeast Ohio featuring OhioGuidestone’s Foster Care Program. Go here to read the full article from Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine.

Listen to OhioGuidestone Advancement Coordinator, Jessica Kanelos, discuss our 2015 Stepstone Academy Step into the Future Fashion Show on the Q104 morning show.

Fox 8 News features local designer and Stepstone Academy parent, Andrea Howell, talking about her work, including the collection she has designed for the upcoming Step into the Future Stepstone Academy Fashion Show. Watch Andrea now and learn more about this exciting event!

The Times Reporter takes an in-depth look at why Personal and Family Counseling Services (PFCS), an OhioGuidestone organization, is unique and a powerful force for good in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Read the full article.

OhioGuidestone is privileged to have lifelong friends, supporters and donors. Our long-time supporter, Nicole Shefrin has been a faithful volunteer, donor and friend of OhioGuidestone for over 10 years. This week, The Sun Newspaper features her story.

Personal and Counseling Family Services (PFCS), an OhioGuidestone organization, hosted their sixth annual Masquerade Ball on January 17, 2015 to raise funds for the children and families PFCS serves. 171 guests attended the Masquerade Ball, held at the Union Country Club in Dover, Ohio, and enjoyed an evening of elegance and mystery, a delicious dinner, raffles and dancing. Read more about this successful event!

Go here to watch Channel 19 Action News feature the positive impact that our in-home counseling has on families and children!

Accreditation Guru, Jennifer Flowers, shows OhioGuidestone's Accreditation in Action and explains how that contributes to our success. Read more!

For the past eight years, OhioGuidestone has successfully met all 20 voluntary Better Business Bureau (BBB) Standards for Charity Accountability. The Better Business Bureau has recently outlined the importance of meeting these standards, encouraging those individuals and organizations who want to give to look for charities with Better Business Bureau accreditation. Find more Better Business Bureau tips for giving here and read the full press release here. Find more information about giving to OhioGuidestone here.

The Cleveland Indians hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for our Stepstone Academy families. Read more about this exciting Thanksgiving celebration.

Read how Personal and Family Services', an OhioGuidestone organization, Harbor House helps domestic violence victims and reunites families in this article from the Times Reporter. Learn more.

We are pleased to announce that OhioGuidestone is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award! OhioGuidestone receives this award for its innovative and successful implementation of Stepstone Academy charter school in the Central Neighborhood of Cleveland. The distinction and $20,000 monetary award was presented by the Center for Community Solutions and the Cleveland Foundation during its Celebration of Human Services event held this morning at The City Club of Cleveland. Go here or read the full press release to learn more.

We are pleased to announce that OhioGuidestone has been chosen as a recipient of the MyCom Network Agency Youth Voice Award from the MyCom Youth Development Network. The MyCom Youth Voice Awards honor Cuyahoga County residents, leaders, and organizations taking action to support the needs of young people in Greater Cleveland. Go here to learn more.

Dover High School Youth to Youth group will perform at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center on Thursday, kicking off off the Bearing the Weight of a Loved One’s Addiction series that will focus on educating the community about addiction, specifically drawing attention to the abuse of prescription drugs, with the help of Jodi Salvo, Takin' It to the Schools Coordinator, at Personal and Family Counseling Services, an OhioGuidestone organization. Learn more.


Students at Dover High School are working to teach others about the dangers of prescription drug abuse with the help of Jodi Salvo, Takin' It to the Schools Coordinator, at Personal and Family Counseling Services, an OhioGuidestone organization. Learn more!

On November 6, 2014, Ben Kearney, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, OhioGuidestone, will be presenting at the Ohio Head Start Association’s Education and Health Institute. Dr. Kearney will be speaking on Joy, Humor and Play: Their Impact on Learning and Attachment. This presentation will look at how the brain processes joyful, humorous and fun-filled experiences in ways that support learning and relationship building. Go here to read the full release.

We are pleased to announce that MomsFirst, a City of Cleveland Department of Public Health Project, was recently awarded federal funding through a Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health grant competition. Read the full press release to learn more!

Listen to our OhioGuidestone Lead Sponsor, Clark Reliance, and OhioGuidestone Advancement Coordinator, Jessica Kanelos, discuss our 2014 OhioGuidestone Gallop on the Q104 Fee's Kompany morning show.

We are excited to announce that PFCS has received three substanceabuse prevention grants from The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) to help strengthen community prevention services in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties! OhioMHAS’ investment in prevention services represents the largest state-level investment in many years. The grants are in three categories: evidence-based practices; expansion of youth-led programming; and reinforcement of local antidrug coalitions. PFCS has received grants in all three categories, and will be spearheading each of these initiatives. Go here to learn more!

We are pleased to announce that OhioGuidestone has not only re-attained our prestigious EAGLE accreditation, but has received re-accreditation with commendation! EAGLE’s (Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence) goal is to recognize organizations that voluntarily go beyond the minimum requirements of licensure to improve operational processes and outcomes. With our commendation distinction, OhioGuidestone is recognized as a premier member of the list of faith-based, EAGLE accredited organizations. Go here to learn more.

AT&T Pioneers and Ohio Senator Tom Patton, R-24, presented over 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to OhioGuidestone to benefit the children and families we serve. Go here to read the full article.

We are pleased to announce that this summer OhioGuidestone is providing The Students of Promise, A Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative, with a Social-Emotional Learning experience focusing on Teamwork, Leadership, Relationships, Anger Management and Conflict Resolution. Funded through Starting Point, the initiative serves Maple Heights and Garfield Heights High Schools. Learn more on WEWS Channel 5 News!

We are excited to announce that OhioGuidestone has been named one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio in 2014! We are rated 10th among large workplaces, making us the top rated large non-profit organization this year. Go here to learn more and read the full article.

United Way of Greater Lorain County announced today that it has launched a new community collaborative that will include 14 partners, including OhioGuidestone, providing free programs and services to ensure that all children in the Oberlin City School district will be prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Go here to learn more!

The OhioGuidestone charity drew more than 350 guests clad in black ties and ball gowns for the group's 150th anniversary celebration. Partygoers were treated to luxury-laden live and silent auctions as well as a formal, sit-down dinner and dancing to live entertainment. Read more and see pictures from this exciting event!

We are pleased to announce that one of OhioGuidestone’s YouthBuild clients, Anthony Heard, has been selected as the winner of Kent State University’s Ohio Literacy Resource Center’s writing contest! Anthony’s piece of writing will be published in a softbound book, Beginnings, and he received a special invitation to attend the day-long Ohio Writers’ Conference held in Columbus, Ohio. Go here to read more!

National Foster Care month brings two things to remember — ­honoring foster parents and recognizing there is still a need for kids to find homes in the community. Go here to read more.

The Plain Dealer takes an in depth look at the many ways OhioGuidestone has uniquely reached our community’s children and families for 150 years ... and we are still going strong! Go here for full article on Cleveland.com and go here to read the article in the Sun News..

For the past 150 years, OhioGuidestone has been dedicated to serving children and families in need. Smart Business magazine, a monthly business publication that highlights business and nonprofit organizations who achieve success and demonstrate innovative leadership, takes a closer look at our agency’s role in building new horizons to help our community. Go here for full article.

Baldwin-Wallace students teach dogs to become therapy dogs as part of the new K9 Partners Program at OhioGuidestone. Therapists will use them while counseling consenting families. Read the full article here. Go here to watch the story on 19 Action News.

Two Foundations have chosen Stepstone Academy to be listed as a highlighted grant awardee on their websites. The Cleveland Foundation has chosen Stepstone Academy to be listed in the category of expanded education while the Thomas White Foundation has highlighted Stepstone Academy in the category of school retention. See The Cleveland Foundation highlighted grants here and the Thomas White Foundation highlighted grants here.

Thanks to the generosity of OhioGuidestone and Stepstone Academy donors, the first and second grade classes at Stepstone Academy transitioned into a newly renovated, second academic facility at the beginning of December 2013. The expansion is part of the school’s long term strategic plan to offer education for kindergarten through 8th grade by 2019. Go here to learn more!

Stepstone Academy has partnered with the Cleveland Gladiators, an arena football team, to inspire its students to do well in school and to follow their dreams. Every week, Chris Deiker, the Gladiators’ quarterback, and LaRoche Jackson, the team’s cornerback, have been visiting Stepstone and handing out autographed pictures to the school’s scholars, students who show exceptional performance and behavior. This partnership means a lot to Stepstone’s students who look forward to the team’s visit and work even harder in class to ensure they can participate in the meet and greets. Go here to learn more.

At Stepstone Academy our focus is not only on academic achievement, but on four cornerstones that contribute to being a good citizen. These cornerstones are: Respect, Responsibility, Problem Solving and Caring for others. Stepstone Academy student are asked to demonstrate the cornerstones in a variety of ways. However, seven of our K-2nd grades Scholars have taken these values to the next level by serving as classroom IT Managers. Learn more!

See the students applications and pictures of our IT Team.

We are pleased to announce that Personal and Family Counseling Services (PFCS), an OhioGuidestone Organization, has been named the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Organization of the Year. This honor recognizes an organization for the significant contribution it makes to the community of Tuscarawas County. Go here to learn more.

The Plain Dealer features an OhioGuidestone success story in their Good News Giving profile. Go here to read more!

United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District announced 13 community nonprofits, including OhioGuidestone, who have made commitments to help students reach academic success by implementing wraparound strategies. Go here to learn more.

Go here to listen to teachers, parents and children from Family Life Centers talk about our program, as they discuss what constitutes high-quality preschool and at how parents can know the difference!

The Cleveland Indians generously donated and hosted a Thanksgiving meal for our Stepstone Academy students and their families. WKYC features one of our Stepstone Academy parents talking about this exciting experience.

OhioGuidestone is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of the “Neighborhood Pride Partner Award”. We are being recognized by the Mayor of Columbus for making our neighborhoods the most beautiful and best places to live, work, and raise a family! 

OhioGuidestone held a 150th Anniversary Open House Celebration at Reinberger Chapel in Berea on October 24, 2013. The agency invited former residents, staff members, long time supporters, and city of Berea officials to attend the celebratory event. Go here to learn more.

On Friday, October 18, 2013, Gabe Grossman, Vice President of The Finch Group, and Mary Ellen Gardner, Regional Manager of The Finch Group, presented a check for $66,000 to Stepstone Academy. The donation will provide funding for the children who live in Arbor Park Village, a community in the Central Neighborhood of Cleveland. We sincerely thank Mr. Wes Finch and The Finch Group for this generous donation and for their ongoing support of our children and school. Go here to learn more.

The Campus District Observer features an article on our students' success at Stepstone Academy. Click Here for full article.

We are pleased to announce that “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments, will be on display at OhioGuidestone's MidTown Office at 3500 Carnegie Avenue on October 9, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Go here to learn more.

OhioGuidestone’s 17th annual Golf & Club Classic was held at Columbia Hills Country Club on Monday, September 9th. Our generous sponsors, individual do­nors, and guests enjoyed a great day of golf and the evening festivities. More importantly, the event raised over $175,000 for the children and families we serve! We thank everyone who participated and generously donated to make this event a record-setting success!

During the evening festivities, we had the privilege of sharing our agency video, which highlights the success stories of our former clients from our days as an orphanage to present day. Those who were unable to attend our golf outing can view the video today! Go here to watch the video and learn more about how you can be a part of our success in the future!