Redeemer Crisis Center

Divinity partners with the Redeemer Crisis Center on the near west-side of Cleveland to provide services and resources to seniors, the disabled, families, the homeless, and those facing unexpected circumstances such as medical emergencies, accidents, death of a family member, or the need to help a relative with housing.

What’s Happening at Redeemer?

Wow, with the help of Divinity and other churches, the Thrivent Matthew 25 Grant and the Concordia Angel Tear Ministry Grant, Redeemer has been very busy providing services and programs for our neighbors. Thank you so much for your support in our endeavors.

We have had a Family Chicken Dinner and Bingo night which was a big success. It was such fun to watch families having fun together! The food was great and there were prizes for everyone. Thanks to Divinity members for your help with this event.

Our Cooking with the Chef classes were also a big success. In each class, parents came six weeks in a row to learn and help prepare meals that were healthy and stretched food dollars. While parents were working in the kitchen, the children were doing their homework and then playing games together under the watchful eye of adults. When it was time to eat, the children set the tables and we all sat down to dinner together. Families then took with them food to prepare a meal at home.

We had a Fourth of July Ice Cream Social at the end of VBS on the Fourth. It was a perfect day to make ice cream sundaes! The event was held next to our new 10 x 12 storage shed and in our garden area which has

been newly fenced in. Speaking of gardens, we gave away 50 portable vegetable gardens that clients made in a two-foot “sock-like fabric.” This garden of 3 plants could be put anywhere on their property and just needed daily watering. There are many tomatoes and peppers in the neighborhood now.


We again contracted with Fresh Fork to deliver fresh vegetables and fruits weekly from June to September that can be added to the food bags for families. The fresh foods are a favorite and Mondays, the day on which they are delivered, is a very busy day. 

We still partner with Hunger Network and University Hospitals to provide a once a month program called the Stay Well Program. Hunger Network organizes and provides a patient navigator while UH provides personnel who talk with clients, take blood pressure, check blood sugar levels and provide healthy food samples. We provide give-aways to those who get both their blood pressure and sugar levels checked. It is one of the well-attended programs for the Hunger Network.

We also partner with The Ohio State Extension Service to provide a ten-week Healthy Living Class. Topics discussed are: How to read food labels. What is healthy and what is not? What benefits are in certain food groups? How do I plan a good meal? How do I use the grocery ads? and more. Redeemer provides a sample of a healthy food from the topic of the week and offers give-aways such as fruits, cooking utensils, dish towels, soaps etc.

The 5-week Vacation Bible School is in full swing with great themes/lessons, crafts, music and field trips. Those with consistent attendance will get the first chances at receiving a bookbag with school supplies and a coupon good for a uniform package of school uniforms. Any leftovers if available are offered to the general neighborhood.
Here is a familiar face. Rachel McDonnell is running a parent group several times a month. Parents are asking good questions of her. The topics have been: How to Help Your Child with Reading; Discipline; and General Parenting Questions so far. Ask Rachel how it is going when you see her.


And, of course, we have our free, delicious, monthly community meals on the second Sunday of every month sponsored by Divinity and coordinated by Mary O’Rourke and her team of very capable co-workers. You are always so thoughtful in providing great meals and often also provide extras for the people who attend! Thank you for thinking of Redeemer’s friends. Please come and visit us on any second Sunday.

So, as you can see, we have been pretty busy so far and there is still more to come this year. Please come down to visit the Center or offer to volunteer. There is always the need for an intake person at the desks on Monday, Wednesday or Fridays. We also need a person to help write thank you notes to donors if you prefer to stay at home. A person to help coordinate an event/program is always needed as well. Talk to Jan Jasko or Mary O’Rourke if you have questions.

Divinity's Ministries at Redeemer Include:

On the second Sunday of each month, Divinity volunteers prepare a community meal at Redeemer which is attended by over 100 people. We provide the food, cook the meal, serve, and clean up. For many of the people in attendance, it will be the best meal they will have all month.

On holidays and other special occasions, the church provides gifts for Redeemer clients. In March, not only does Divinity provide a meal, but diners are given one or more packed lunches which are donated by Divinity members so that they will have a meal for the next day.
Several times each year, Divinity's confirmation class provides service to the Center by packing food bags, setting up for holiday distribution, sorting clothes, and setting up, serving, and cleaning up after a community dinner.  They also serve the Christmas dinner and a dinner in March.  Also in March, each person is also given a delicious packed lunch provided by a Divinity member.
We always welcome other congregations to get involved and take over one of the months by doing the whole job or coming to assist during the serving hours.

A tradition is the “Giving Tree” in the Narthex at Christmas, where Divinity members can select an ornament and then buy a special gift for a Redeemer child. Yearly we provide about 150 Christmas gifts so that no child is left without a special present. We also have a new socks collection, and at the Christmas dinner, we provide everyone in attendance with 3 new pairs of socks. The confirmation youth and directors are the key to the success of this project.

In summer Divinity sponsors a week of Bible School providing a half-day program of Bible study, crafts, recreation, and a snack. Not only are members involved in this program, but a group of retired teachers assist with this activity, which provides quality programming for children in need.

The work is never done at Redeemer and we are always looking for new people to join us with these established programs and also special activities which are planned as needed. We have had baby showers, a kitchen shower, and collections of new and used bath and bedroom items to just name a few. Come for a day or on a regular basis to Redeemer.
The Center is located at 2970 West 30th Street, at the corner of West 30th and Walton Avenue in Cleveland. Visit the web site for more information on its mission.