Introducing The Innovation Mission fellows

Earlier this year, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, in partnership with Cleveland Leadership Center, launched The Innovation Mission – a unique fellowship program to address poverty in Cleveland. Through an extensive application and review process, five fellows were selected and announced in late October. They are:

  • Dabney Conwell, Vice president, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; executive director, Rose Centers for Aging Well
  • Julie Cortes, Senior attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Bill Leamon, College and career coach, Notre Dame College
  • Hazel Remesch, Supervising attorney of the housing practice, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Penny Smith, Executive director of academic services, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Earlier this week, they held a reception to present the selected fellows and their ideas to the community. The projects address issues and opportunities related to:

  • Low-income seniors facing food insecurity and/or frequent hospital stays.
  • Entrepreneurship opportunities for low-income individuals.
  • Getting more CMSD students to college.
  • Legal representation for individuals facing eviction.
  • Removing employment barriers non-custodial parents face.

You can read more about the fellows and their projects on the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland blog.