Enhancement Ministries, Inc.

EMI partners with the "Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition" to host a Common Ground Conversation

Since 2007, Enhancement Ministries, Inc (EMI) has supported the well-being of students attending schools in urban communities and surrounding Cuyahoga County school districts. Relationship with these students grew through EMI's community-based academic support, anti-suspension and alternative learning programs, which evolved from its faith-based connection to the United Methodist Church. Much of this work served to encourage students and inspire families to reach beyond the obvious to see possibilities for community participation.

As EMI continues its uninterrupted support of students in pursuing efforts to bring focus to the greater impact of traumatic instances like suspension from school, unpredictable family dynamics, and acts of violence on a student’s preparedness for classroom learn. EMI organized a group of volunteers (Second Responder Network) with a broad range of professional skill sets willing to walk-alongside of students processing trauma-related experiences. This pool of volunteers, with backgrounds such as active and retired pastors, active and retired educators, retired Cuyahoga County social service leaders, engineers, etc., with a passion for helping students be successful.  These volunteers completed over 15/hrs of training and successful background checks in their quest to be helpful.

EMI is also a member of the All Our Children[1] National Network launched to encourage, promote, and strengthen local church-community-school partnerships. Educational Equity is an urgent mission for all citizens, especially communities of faith. Partnerships between congregations and schools are an effective path to address racism and economic inequity, education inequity and to evlove meaningful community change.

[1] http://www.allourchildren.org/ 

Helping legacies thrive through education that support families' need for safety, growth,  and earning!

The Cleveland Foundation is hosting its second annual Common Ground Community Meals and Table Conversations  Sunday, June 24, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. More than 100 Greater Clevelanders are expected to gather around dinner tables at Fairhill Partners at 12200 Fairhill Road as part of the larger community conversation. We will share a free meal and conversation in hopes of finding and creating common ground on the intangible “Place” of misunderstood trauma infused pain that children of prisoners are left to cope with in their learning environment when their parent goes to jail. 

The core topic for the 2018 event is "Why Does Place Matter."  EMI will host one of 10 tables for the expected 100 persons expected at this site location. EMI will facilitate a discussion about the impact of trauma on academic performance. 

Common Ground is achieved when we discover what makes us similar and then make time to celebrate and respect these gifts of differences.  Mr. Steve Stone, CEO of Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board,  is the featured speaker for the event and will address the impact of adverse childhood experiences on developing brains or ACEs as they are called based on a 1995 study by The Annie Casey Foundation and Centers for Disease Control.

Other professionals, including EMI, along with the child of a prisoner who began kinship care services with his great-grandmother when he was 5and is now 17 years old.  His story can be viewed at:   https://youtu.be/eLXDfqm9ij8.   The event is free but registrations are required. 

Interested in registerering, click here or need more information? 

Email: clevelandeastside@roadrunner.com or eimforeducation@gmail.com