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What do Ruth E. Bueschlen, Margaret E. Hadley, Marion E. Homeier, and Helen J. Lyndes have in common? Besides being women, they all left a wonderful legacy to current and future generations. By naming West Side Community House in their will, these generous and thoughtful women helped to build a new home for West Side Community House that is accessible to all. They opened the doors to thousands of children, families and seniors to receive services that strengthen the family, encourage economic self-sufficiency and renew the life spirit. They live on through their generosity and we and the over 7,000 children, families and seniors who receive services from us each year wish to thank them and their families for their forethought.
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When West Side Community House (WSCH) Executive Director, Dawn Kolograf, approached Diane Fedak about framing some of WSCH’s historical photographs, she had no idea that it would result in the beautiful historical treasure that now graces the walls of the center.
Diane told us that she went through boxes of old (and new) pictures at WSCH and “chose about 65 to take home, along with some that needed to be reframed because they were in pretty bad shape.” She used mat boards that were already in stock at her home studio and then shopped for a majority of the frames at thrift stores and yard sales, looking for frames that complimented the photographs.
She spent seven weeks working on the project. Diane told us that her significant other, Tom Buford, “claims he didn’t see me for almost two months and had to remind me to take time to eat. He also contributed by being my schlepper when the pictures were ready to take to WSCH. None of this would have been possible without his help.”
Today, 65 historical photos hang in 56 frames and are placed artfully around the center. After Diane’s enthusiastic dedication to creating this beautiful gift of West Side Community House’s history and tradition we couldn’t let her go. So, we asked her to be a member of the Board, and she said “yes”!
Foundation and Private Grant Support
We’d like to thank the many foundations and private grantmakers who make it possible for WSCH programs to go from good to excellent. Their funding makes a difference in our ability to start programs and meet ever-changing needs, enhance current programs, and institute changes that make a profound difference to the many low-income people that we serve by providing opportunities to learn and grow, and to stay healthy and independent. Here is a list of grantors from 2013 and the programs they funded.
Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds
Community West Foundation
The McGregor Foundation
East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church
United Way Services of Greater Cleveland
Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation
Thomas H. White Foundation
United Methodist Women National
United Way of Greater Cleveland
Summer of Sisterhood
The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television
Minority Arts and Education Fund
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
United Way of Greater Cleveland