Johanna: Facing Forward

Johanna: Facing Forward is inspired by the true story of Johanna Orozco, a
Cleveland teen who survived a gunshot wound to the face by her boyfriend in
2007 and whose story sparked a nation-wide movement against teen domestic
violence. Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning series "Facing Forward" by Plain Dealer
journalist Rachel Dissell, along with personal writings provided by Orozco,
Johanna: Facing Forward is a vivid recount of the young woman's
extraordinary journey of courage and recovery. Told through a cast of 11
performers playing multiple characters, Johanna: Facing Forward propels the
audience forward and backward in time, from the emergency room to the
witness stand, weaving real-time action with dreamlike flashbacks that
explore Orozco's early life and the events that shaped her. Johanna: Facing
Forward raises important questions about the complexities of intimate
partner violence, while at the same time is a life-affirming story of
triumph over darkness.

 Use the discount code COMMUNITY for $5 off the Fri/Sat performance (reg. $28)





Community Shares to Launch 2010 Campaign

Reception Will Highlight New Members, Feature Shopping at Ten Thousand Villages

CLEVELAND- Community Shares will launch its 2010 workplace giving campaign on Monday, September 20, 2010 at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave. , Cleveland at 5:30 p.m. The kickoff will highlight four new Community Shares members: The Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland, CityMusic Cleveland, The New Agrarian Center (City Fresh), and Providence House. Speakers will also include representatives from Community Shares and its members. Read More...


Community Shares Announces 2 New Members!

Community Shares is excited to announce the addition of two new members: Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL), and Cogswell Hall. Congratulations to everyone involved for your part in moving Shares forward with the addition of these outstanding new members!




Empowerment Center is changing lives in Cuyahoga & Lake County

Life can be very challenging in today's economy. One organization is reaching out to lend a hand to individuals who are facing some of those challenges. It's The Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland.  Read More...


Award Winning Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood
The Detroit Shoreway neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance as a place to live, work, and play. With small businesses, residents, city government, foundations and non-profits supporting the continued development of the neighborhood, nearly $500 million is being invested in this lakefront community. The neighborhood has recently been honored with three awards highlighting the investments that have been made. Read More..

Two New Organizations Join Community Shares Non-Profit Federation
Greater Cleveland Community Shares announced that the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) and InterAct Cleveland have become its newest members. Community Shares is a membership organization of local non-profits dedicated to promoting social justice and making local neighborhoods stronger. Since its founding in 1984, Shares has invested $13 million in Greater Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Read More


Gordon Square Arts District
Read the article by the Plain Dealer Editorial Board
Read our Executive Director's letter to the Plain Dealer

Capitol Theatre: Article on Cleveland.com
Read the article here



Community Shares Welcomes New
Nonprofit Leaders to Board
Expertise Will Help to Support Long-Term Social Justice

 CLEVELAND- Greater Cleveland Community Shares is pleased to welcome four new non-profit leaders to its board of directors:

•  Cynthia L.Bailie, Director of the Foundation Center-Cleveland;
•  Matthew Carter, Development Consultant;
•  Ann Eland, Retired Cleveland Metropolitan School District Educator;
•  and Debbie Kline, Coordinator of Cleveland Jobs with Justice.
Click Here to Download Press Release


Community Shares Honors Activists at Power Lunch
Click here to read the story.

Read an article from the front page of The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday, February 27, 2009 highlighting the work of Shares' newest group of volunteers---Shares YP and members Mike Kinsella and Tim Marshall.

Click Here to read the article..

For more information about Shares YP call 216-361-9920 or email seth@communityshares.org.


Other News articles:

Complaints of housing bias are on the rise
Payday Lenders Evade Ohio Law Aiming to Curb Abuses

Foreclosure Crisis' Tentacles are Everywhere

Cleveland Eviction Riot of 1933 Bears Similarities to Current Woes
NY Times: All Boarded Up


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