“Give hope, get hope.
Those four words are the basis of a faith-based non-profit in Cleveland that’s worked the past two years to break the cycle of despair that exists in some Northeast Ohio neighborhoods.
Whether it’s through donations of clothing and food or letters of hope sprinkled throughout the city, Cleveland Hope Exchange, with the help of its hundreds of volunteers, is working to combat that hopelessness by meeting the needs of the community.
“Cleveland Hope Exchange exists to break the cycle of despair that’s rooted in poverty,” said Megan Gallagher, executive director. “When we think about poverty, we know there is helplessness, hunger, human trafficking, homelessness and addiction. They’re all intertwined, and where there’s helplessness there is hopelessness. We believe we can actually break that cycle of despair by inserting hope into the situation.”
The group is in the middle of its annual Hope Week: seven straight days of volunteer and community work all over Northeast Ohio.
On opening day, the group partnered with the Indians’ Travis Hafner to hold a free baseball camp for 75 children.”