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big-brothers917 North Ridge Rd., E., Suite A.
Lorain, Ohio 44055
(440) 277-6541
(888) 222-7371
(440) 277-6583 (Fax)

Executive Director: Orlando Grant

To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships
  • Avoidance of risky behavior
  • Educational success
catholic628 Poplar Street
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 366-1106
(877) 566-1106
(440) 366-5645 (Fax)

Lorain County Director: Bonita Shumpert


Catholic Charities, which has been a part of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland since 1912, has grown and evolved as the needs of the people have changed. Catholic Charities Community Services Corporation (CCCSC) provides services for children and families, older adults, people seeking employment and training, and individuals with emergency needs living in Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Wayne, and Summit counties.

Catholic Charities Community Services Corporation continues the mission of Jesus by responding to those in need through an integrated system of quality services designed to respect the dignity of every person and build a just and compassionate society. To fulfill our mission, we will be guided by these values: Dignity of Person, Concern for the Poor, Justice, Stewardship and Hope.

Services offered include:

Youth Prevention Services Programs including:

  • Teen Mentoring:  specialized mentoring program for teens involved with multiple services including juvenile court, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and/or Children Services.
  • Employment Mentoring:  mentoring program that teaches critical job readiness skills and career development skills.
  • Success For Youth: Specialized support program that focuses on skills development classes and case management for juveniles involved with the court system.

Help Me Grow:

  • Home visitors provide first time expectant or new parents with ongoing health and child development information using the latest evidence based best practices for home visiting.


el_centro2800 Pearl Ave.
Lorain, Ohio 44055
(440) 277-8235
(440) 277-9236 (Fax)

Executive Director: Victor Leandry

El Centro is a Hispanic-Latino non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to enhance the socio-economic status of the Greater Lorain County community by providing essential social, educational, cultural, and community development services.

El Centro currently offers programs to the Lorain County community. They include: Money Management, Adult Supportive Services, Latino Family Violence Prevention, Youth Leadership, Employment and El Dorado Senior Program. Additionally, El Centro is an Ohio Benefits Bank site and provides tax preparation assistance at no cost to those with an income of less than $60,000.

Services provided:

  • Payee services to assist adults with severe and persistent mental illness with money management
  • Interpretation services for clinicians treating Spanish-speaking clients
1gathering-hope-house173 North Ridge Rd. East, Suite 102
Lorain, Ohio 44055
(440) 233-7400
(440) 233 -7569 (Fax)

Executive Director: Betty Weaver

Gathering Hope House is a safe place where our strengths lie in “making recovery happen.” Recovery is the belief that an individual who has a mental illness can lead a purposeful and fulfilling life despite the symptoms of their illness. Recovery does not mean the illness has disappeared or is in remission. It means that over time, through what for many is a lengthy and challenging process, individuals come to terms with their illness. It’s about learning about it, accepting it, and the moving beyond it. By believing in themselves, learning about and understanding their strengths as well as their limitations, our members come to realize that they have the capacity to find purpose and enjoyment in their lives. The recovery model sees individuals with mental illness as active participants in their personal recovery journey.

lucy-idol-centerP.O. Box 162
435 Nicholson Avenue
Vermilion, Ohio 44089
(440) 967-6724
(440) 967-4495

Executive Director: John “Tad” Peck

The Lucy Idol Center for the Handicapped Inc, provides services designed for each client through a comprehensive program; consisting of diagnostic assessment, adjunctive therapy, psychological services, nursing services, physical therapy, music, socialization, recreational therapy, and transportation for thirty plus (30+) adults with multiple disabilities.

“It is our goal to help prepare disabled individuals to function as independently as possible in social, personal and developmental aspects of their lives, as all people are capable of personal growth and development regardless of any existing disabling condition.”

The Lucy Idol Center helps individuals to obtain an existence as close as possible to the norms and patterns of the mainstream of society. This process is carried through by assisting individuals to acquire and maintain those life skills that enable them to cope more effectively with the demands of their own personal lives and their environment by raising the level of their physical, mental and social functioning.


The Nord Center
6140 S. Broadway , Rm. 1120B
Lorain, Ohio 44053-3821


Executive Director:  Clare Cygan-Young

The mission of NAMI of Lorain County is to support, educate, and advocate, improving the quality of life and ensuring respect and dignity for those who suffer from disabling brain disorders.

new-sunrise-properties1100 North Abbe Rd., Suite A.
Elyria, Ohio 44035
440.365.9602 (fax)

Executive Director: Michael Kearney

The organizational mission of New Sunrise Properties, Inc., (New Sunrise) is to increase the housing available to citizens of Lorain County who are: 1) severely mentally ill; 2) homeless; 3) low-income; or 4) otherwise needy, by providing them with the opportunity to obtain decent, safe, and affordable permanent housing. In order to reside in the agency’s supportive housing, persons must: 1) have a diagnosis of long-term mental illness as defined by either the OMHAS Board or the State of Ohio 508 certification criteria at the time that an application for housing is submitted to New Sunrise; 2) is a low-income person, or otherwise needy. New Sunrise offers housing opportunities in various neighborhoods within the cities of Lorain, Elyria, and North Ridgeville. We continue to look for expansion opportunities within these and neighboring communities.

safe-harborP.O. Box 718
Lorain, Ohio 44052
(440) 244-1853 (Lorain)
(440) 323-3400 (Elyria)
(866) 213-1188 (Toll Free)

Executive Director: Virginia Beckman

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive range of family-focused services for Lorain County victims of domestic violence. Such services provide the tools to maximize their opportunity to survive, obtain physical and mental well-being and independence, and minimize the trauma involved in coping with family violence. We endeavor to be a part of collaborative community efforts to provide a responsive system of care for victims while also raising awareness.

2096 North Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035

(440) 934-3613
(440) 934-3615 (Fax)

Program Director: Cassandra Shella

The Mission of Volunteer Guardianship Program of Lorain County is to enhance the quality of life of indigent, incompetent older adults in Lorain County by providing trained, qualified volunteer legal guardians to serve as concerned, caring advocates and surrogate decision makers when no less restrictive alternative to guardianship is available.

The Mission of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry is to promote shalom (peace, well-being) and justice (right relationships) through a Christian ministry of service and advocacy with those who are oppressed, forgotten, and hurting. LMM’s Adult Support & Advocacy programs – Volunteer Guardianship Program of Lorain County, Services to Adult Care Homes, and Adult Guardianship Services – serve and advocate with vulnerable adults who are mental and/or physical impaired, alone, displaced, exploited or otherwise neglected.