Affordable Care Act Enrollment
Deadline for enrollment is March 31. For more information, please click here.
Bit 'O Luck Raffle
On Friday, March 14 at 8:30 a.m., join us for this fun-filled morning raffle to help support the Garfield Heights Green Up Project. For more information, please click here.
Does someone in your family have a problem with drugs or alcohol? A new Garfield Heights Families Anonymous Meeting offers free help to people whose loved ones are struggling with addiction. Families Anonymous is a 12-Step Program for anyone concerned about the drug and alcohol abuse or behavioral problems of a relative or friend.
Many recovery programs are available for addicted loved ones when they are ready to seek help and recovery. However, Families Anonymous is for you - the parent, spouse, brother, sister, or any other emotionally involved relative or friend. Your identity is protected at all meetings as anonymity is an underlying principal of the program.
Families Anonymous meetings are every Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center, located in the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.
For information, send an e-mail to GHaddictionhelp@gmail.com, or call 216-475-1103.
Canine Officer Jax Protected with Vest Donation
Garfield Heights K9 Officer Jax is now protected by a bullet and stab-protective vest thanks to a donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. A combined donation from the Massachusetts-based non-profit organization, a local resident and the Elno Family Foundation made it possible to purchase the protective vest.
Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, Mass. The organization’s mission is to provide bullet and stab-protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5-year warranty. Vested Interest in K9s Inc. was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, the organization has invested about $550,000 and provided more than 580 law enforcement dogs with protective vests in 38 states including Alaska and Hawaii.
The organization orders the Armor Express vests, made in Central Lake, Mich. exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Mass., which also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Agencies with new K9 graduates as well as K9s with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests. The program is available to U.S. employed, certified K9s who are at least 19 months old.
For more information, visit www.vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978. Donations are accepted by mail at Vested Interest in K9s, P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA, 02718 or via the website.
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance
The Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment ends on March 31.
Free enrollment assistance is available every Tuesday through March from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Garfield Heights Library, 5409 Turney Road.
Information also is available online at www.healthcare.gov or by phone at 800-318-2596. Social Services Director Kathy Rush-Parrson also can assist callers at 216-475-3244.
New Garfield Heights Quarterly E-Newsletter
The city of Garfield Heights now has a new E-Newsletter.
“In the Know” will be created quarterly and includes a variety of news stories about city programs and services, as well as a message from Mayor Vic Collova.
To view the Winter 2014 edition of the “In the Know” E-Newsletter, click here.
A limited number of printed copies also will be available at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road.
Green Up Project Fundraiser
A Bit ‘O Luck Raffle and Breakfast to benefit the Garfield Heights Green Up Project is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Friday, March 14. Green Up volunteers have been planting and maintaining the landscaped areas of the city’s municipal properties and have made huge improvements.
Top prize for the Bit ‘O Luck Raffle is $1,000. Advance sale only tickets for the main raffle and breakfast are $25. Additionally, $10 tickets for the Pot ‘O Gold Raffle are available in advance. Top prize is $500.
Tickets are available at the Garfield Heights Civic and Recreation centers. For information, to purchase raffle tickets or to donate to the Garfield Heights Green Up project, call Chris Piazza, 216-587-2786.
Unique Gift Items and Cards for Sale
A variety of unique gift items and inexpensive greeting cards are available for purchase at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Talented crafters meet daily to crochet scarves, hats, baby blankets and booties, etc, and also to create unique decorative and household items.
These items are sold for reasonable prices in the Craft Room store at the Civic Center. There are cards for 25 cents; gift bags and wrapping paper prices range from 25 cents to $1; and bows are 75 cents and $1.
Shoppers will be impressed with the selection of items inside the Craft Room store. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Thursday. For information, call the Civic Center at 216-475-1100 or visit www.garfieldhts.org.
Walkway of Recognition
Create a memory that will last a lifetime by purchasing an engraved brick to be placed on the city’s new Walkway of Recognition behind the Welcome Wall at the Turney Road fire station. The initial order deadline is April 30.
For more information or to access the brick order form, click here.
Marymount Hospital Community Service Award
Garfield Heights Family Resource Center Manager Ruth Pollack received the 2013 Marymount Hospital Community Service Award during a recognition ceremony Oct. 1.
“Ruth is a longtime Garfield Heights resident and well recognized advocate for the underserved, particularly children,” said Marymount Hospital President Joanne Zeroske.
“Ruth literally answers calls for help at the family resource center.”
She assists area residents with a variety of problems including drug addicts seeking rehabilitation; people needing financial assistance; adults and seniors who are scam victims; domestic violence victims; and youth from the court diversion program. She has facilitated the expansion of the food bank; creation of Heroin anonymous meetings; development of education programs for parents; and is working to establish a Boys and Girls Club for area youth.
Ruth previously worked for the Garfield Heights City Schools helping students and their families through crisis intervention. She recently published a book, Everything I Need to Know I learned In a Dysfunctional Family, her personal story of growing through a painful childhood that included abuse, mistreatment and neglect. She sincerely hopes sharing her story will help others. Ruth has volunteered countless hours feeding and distributing items to the homeless population in Greater Cleveland; empowering women experiencing domestic violence; motivating and encouraging young people; and inspiring addicts to face their demons and challenges. In 2004, Ruth received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
“Those who know Ruth know she is the gold standard for service,” Zeroske said. “We in the Marymount community are so fortunate to count her among our ranks.”
Ruth and her high school sweetheart, Gary, have been married for 35 years and they have three children and six grandchildren.
Ruth Pollack and guests at the
Community Service Award presentation ceremony.
Ruth Pollack with Joanne Zeroske.
From left, Marymount Hospital Community Outreach
Program Manager Lacey Zimmerman, Garfield Heights
Family Resource Center Manager Ruth Pollack and
Marymount Hospital President Joanne Zeroske.
Food Bank Days and Times
Garfield Heights offers two monthly food banks for residents only at the Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road. Pre-registration is required. The daytime food bank is from 1-2 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. The evening food bank is from 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.
People needing assistance can register between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Civic Center. Proof of residency, income and birthdates of all household members must be presented at registration. Food bank participants can not register on distribution day. They must be pre-registered.
Donations to the Garfield Heights food bank can be made at the Civic Center. Food and money are accepted.
Prescription Drug Drop Box Located at Police Department
Garfield Heights residents now have a place to dispose of their unused and expired prescription drugs. Police Chief Bob Sackett said the city is participating in a county-wide Prescription Drug Drop Box program. A box now is located in the lobby of the Garfield Heights Police Department, 5555 Turney Road, and will be accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
“Anyone can drop off any unneeded or outdated prescription medication, no questions asked,” Sackett said. Needles, liquids or other medical waste is not accepted.
Cuyahoga County purchased the boxes for any police department that requested one. The Cuyahoga County Sheriffs department will help collect and weigh the drugs and will keep records of what is being disposed. Creation of the county program was spurred by a successful Drug Take Back Day sponsored twice yearly by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Paper Recycling Bin at GH Civic Center
A paper recycling bin, open to the public, is now located at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, near the Historical Society parking lot across from the new library.
Accepted items include newspaper, catalogs, magazines, office paper, mail, phone books, cardboard, brown paper bags, and hard and softbound books. Bins also are located at all of the Garfield Heights City Schools. Residents also can recycle their paper curbside.
Help and Resources for Families Just a Phone Call Away
Ruth Pollack answers calls for help at the new Garfield Heights Family Resource Center.
Located at the city’s Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, the center offers information about drug treatment, counseling, support groups, prevention and other assistance to troubled families.
“We are offering all sorts of local resource information that can assist our families and their needs,” Pollack said.
A longtime Garfield Heights resident, Pollack has many years of experience working with children, teens, adults and their families. For many years, she was employed by the Garfield Heights City Schools district where she worked as a truancy prevention specialist, prevention coordinator, program coordinator and learning support specialist.
Pollack implemented programming to reduce learning barriers in the classroom and dealt with topics such as bullying, character education and improving social skills. She also worked with school personnel responding to student discipline concerns by facilitating conflict mediations and crisis intervention. She has spent much of her career working with at-risk students to help them crate and achieve personal goals.
“It is with honor and zest for our community that I take on my new role as manager of the Garfield Heights Family Resource Center,” Pollack said.
Pollack and her husband, Gary, have been residents of the city for 22 years. They have three adult children. Pollack has donated many volunteer hours to the community. She also chaired the community relations board, and is a former member of the zoning board of appeals and the planning commission.
The Resource Center is maintained with grant funding obtained by the Garfield Heights Municipal Court.
Confidential messages can be left at the Garfield Heights Help-Line, 216-475-1103. People in need are encouraged to schedule an appointment, but drop-in visits to the Family Resource Center are also welcome. To view the Fox 8 news article, please click here.
Heroin Anonymous Meetings offer help and hope for those suffering from addiction and there are now two weekly meetings in Garfield Heights.
Heroin Anonymous Meeting
Every Tuesday 8-9 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
14600 Turney Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137
Meet in the school next to the church
Heroin Anonymous Meeting
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Family Resource Center Accepting Donations
The newly established Garfield Heights Family Resource Center is accepting donations to support efforts to help at-risk youth and families. The program was developed with grant funding to provide resources to families in crisis. Since it began in September, hundreds of people have contacted coordinator Ruth Pollack for assistance.
“We have been able to help many residents in need through the resource center and are already making a difference in our community,” Pollack said.
Located at the Garfield Heights Civic Center, the resource center offers non-therapeutic, non-clinical services to youth and families including family mediation, drug and alcohol dependency and mental health referrals, and support groups for teens and parents. Anyone who contacts the center will be linked to resources provided by various agencies and programs in Cuyahoga County.
Pollack also works with young people assigned to the Garfield Heights Municipal Court Youth Diversion program, which provides a second chance for non-violent offenders. They are assigned community service and participate in a youth support group with Pollack and Diversion Manager Jennifer Huncharek.
Help is just a phone call away. To be connected to resources provided by the Family Resource Center or to make a donation to support its programs, call (216) 475-1103 or e-mail email@example.com.