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human trafficking

First person: Inside the local fight against human trafficking

Fresh Water contributor Christopher Johnston steps inside Cleveland's human trafficking scene to uncover some dark realities — and the people and organizations battling them.

"Neighbor Up Spotlight" host Carol Malone

Podcast: a Clevelander 'steps up' to University Hospitals and a local jobs pipeline beefs up

This episode of "Neighbor Up Spotlight" welcomes Amanda Harris, who tells her successful employment story that was made possible by an innovative program — Step Up to UH. Also, Alicenne Passavanti explains how like opportunities are expanding into the hospitality industry.

Phlebotomy Technician Program instructor Tenia Lee at NewBridge

Building bridges: connecting citizens to leading local employers

NewBridge Cleveland's adult job training programs have taken off since the center for arts and technology's 2010 opening, expanding offerings and tripling enrollment in its health-tech programming.

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

Northeast Ohio agencies prepare for booming 'silver tsunami'

As some 76 million baby boomers retire, they are stirring a “silver tsunami” across the country, testing public and nonprofit agencies as well as the housing market. Fresh Water checks in to see how Northeast Ohio is preparing for the trend.

Marija Pomagaj - A shrine traditionally found in Slovenian churches. Featured on the west side of the church

Four cornerstones: historic ethnic churches thrive in a modern world

Fresh Water explores a quartet of Cleveland's ethnic houses of worship that endure in traditions of faith, history and culture.

Women's March on Cleveland

PHOTOS: Women's March

Fresh Water managing photographer Bob Perkoski was on hand to capture these evocative images from last Saturday's demonstration in Downtown Cleveland, which was attended by some 15,000 people.

social security

Closer look: the local impact of Social Security reform

While Congress floats a proposal to raise the full Social Security retirement age to 69, the impact will hit hardest in Cleveland's urban neighborhoods, where life expectancy is as low as 70—nearly nine years shorter than the national average.

Dawn Arrington and her family conduct a Food and Amenity Exchange on her front porch

New podcast focuses on ordinary Clevelanders doing extraordinary work

“Neighbor Up Spotlight” focuses on members of Neighbor Up, a network of approximately 2,000 Greater Cleveland residents making positive change in their own backyards.

Circle the City with Love movement last July

Circle the City with Love goes international ahead of presidential inauguration

Sr. Rita Petruziello, organizer of the hugely successful Circle the City with Love event last July, is organizing another gathering to celebrate unity on a grand scale.

Todd Kennedy, a member of the Grant Making Committee, and Cynthia Lewis, grants manager, promote Neighborhood Connections at a neighborhood festival

Small grants lend big support to residents' art and culture projects

Seventy-two diverse projects are set to bloom across Cleveland and East Cleveland courtesy of more than $200,000 in grants from Neighborhood Connections and partner organization Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Bruce Smith, Broderick Johnson and Gracie Riggins

Cleveland insider: meet three stalwart volunteers

Three long-time area volunteers reveal what drives them to give so generously, how they've soldiered through the tough times and the ways in which their efforts pay back – and then some.

Kids from Kinsman planting trees

Climate Ambassadors: street-level environmental activism

Orchestrated by regional organizations and led by residents, this grassroots initiative tackles climate change where it has a disproportionate impact: amid lower income citizens.  

This is Cleveland

How big is Cleveland's heart?

In this special op-ed for Fresh Water, Brandon Chrostowski, founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, gives Clevelanders powerful and sobering reminders on the heels of the city's remarkable summer of 2016.  

La Placita

La Villa Hispana: an economic and cultural Latino hub

Years in the making, plans for La Villa Hispana – a center celebrating Latino heritage and commerce in the Clark Fulton neighborhood – will be unveiled next month at a City Planning Commission meeting.

Lara Mielcarek directing inmates at Cleveland's Northeast Reintegration Center

Artist Rehabilitation Coalition leverages the Bard to inspire inmates

Cleveland actor Lara Mielcarek's fledgling coalition is bringing Shakespeare – and a new dimension of life – to area inmates.  
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