Celebrating the Mission of Community Support Services

May 03, 2016

By Community Support Services

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Community Support Services presented six awards during the Annual Board of Directors meeting.  These awards were given to entities and an individual who have championed the mission of Community Support Services.  

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Community Partner Awards

North Coast Community Homes - Since the 1990s, North Coast Community Homes has been a reliable partner providing high quality housing for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  Initially, there were 42 units available. This has grown to 120 units specifically for persons living with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses.  North Coast Community Homes commitment to meeting the needs of our clients is unmatched.  When a need arises, North Coast Community Homes' has been on the doorstep with to help us secure housing for persons most in need.  We salute North Coast Community Homes for its commitment to improving the quality of life for persons living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. 

Wayside Furniture - For more than 70 years, Wayside Furniture has been a part of the landscape of Northeast Ohio.  In early 2015, Wayside Furniture began to partner with the Returning Home Ohio program of Community Support Services.  Returning Home Ohio offers access to supportive services, advocacy, and community resources for Summit County residents who returning to the community following a period of incarceration.  Wayside Furniture has been instrumental in the success of the participants' return to the community through assistance with unused mattresses, box springs, and bed frames.  Thank you Wayside Furniture for your support of Recovery!

Corporate Donor of the Year

FedEx Custom Critical - Community Support Services was honored to present the Corporate Donor of the Year award to FedEx Custom Critical for their ongoing dedication and support of the agency.  FedEx's philosophy is "We recognize that our impact is greater than the services we provide.  We are committed to supporting the communities we serve through a strategic investment of our people, resources, and networks.  Our team members are passionate about community issues and causes.  We expect our leaders to contribute and lead by example.  There is a difference between saying you are a good corporate citizen and actually being one." Community Support Services proudly recognized FedEx Custom Critical for embodying the spirit of "good corporate citizen." 

Donor of the Year

NAMI of Summit County - 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of NAMI of Summit County.  The organization has been an invaluable partner of Community Support Services since the agency opened its doors in 1988.  NAMI Summit County provides financial assistance to many clients of Community Support Services through the Needy Soles Program, hair cut vouchers, and the Housewarming Project.  Additionally, NAMI has been generous in its efforts to support client socialization through the sponsorship of holiday meals, baseball tickets, and movie passes.  Annually, NAMI of Summit County also helps to support the agency's holiday bagging project to ensure all persons receive holiday cheer. Thank you NAMI of Summit County for your continued commitment to improving the lives of persons living with mental illnesses.

Employer of the Year

ABM Parking Services - Community Support Services was proud to recognize ABM Parking Services as the Employer of the Year.  The company's dedication in assisting individuals with employment barriers has created opportunities for our clients to obtain competitive employment.   ABM Parking Services  has been instrumental in helping clients achieve employment goals by offering encouragement, support, and positive feedback. Thank you for helping our clients achieve their goals!  

Volunteer of the Year

Samantha Rossman - Although Samantha has only been with the agency a short time as a volunteer, her contributions have been invaluable.  She joined the agency as a volunteer with the Cognitive Enhancement Therapy program.  This program, often called physical therapy for the brain, combines computer exercises with educational sessions to improve brain functioning.  As a volunteer, Samantha has helped clients with computer exercises as well as assisted with numerous administrative tasks.  Community Support Services was proud to recognize Samantha for her commitment to mental illness as the Volunteer of the Year.