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Y Haven 10th Anniversary "Steps and Stages Benefit" raises funds for transitional housing

Photos by Plain Dealer Photographer Martha Mueller Neff

Y Haven benefot photo
Ty McBee of Cleveland Heights and Sharon Hunt of Maple Heights.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson welcomed the crowd and congratulated performers who took part in the 10th annual Steps and Stages benefit on Nov, 7, an event that raises funds for the YMCA's transitional housing unit known as Y Haven.

In accordance with the mission of the YMCA, Y-Haven seeks to promote the balanced development of spirit, mind and body for the most fragile members of the community: the homeless.

Over 300 guests noshed on food donated from local restaurants and bid on dozens of silent auction items.

Following dinner, the men of Y Haven put on a play, as they have done for nine prior years, that illustrates the challenges homeless men face on the streets of Cleveland.

Y-Haven seeks to help homeless men 18 and older, make the life changes necessary to exist self-sufficiently.  In addition to providing transitional housing, Y-Haven is a resource for recovery services, treatment for mental illnesses and educational/vocational training.

In May, the Y-Haven Men’s Choir performed a musical invocation at the City of Cleveland Senior Day, presided over by Mayor Jackson.

Alan and Bev Israel of Moreland Hills.

 

Stacey Barrett of North Ridgeville and Cathy Calvert of Akron.

Eric and Jody Bell of Shaker Heights.

 

Executive director Chip Joseph of Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood with Terry and Bob Luria of Shaker Heights.

Mike and Terrese Shaut of Shaker Heights flank Henrietta Garrett of Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood.