CLI (Community, Life, & Innovation) purchased its second uptown Norwalk property on Friday.
CLI will renovate the first floor of 38 W. Seminary St. to provide community-based services and activities. The second floor will be renovated as offices. CLI intends to devote the vacant lot at 36 W. Seminary St. to outdoor public events.
CLI is especially excited about partnering with the city and other local businesses to expand events at and around nearby Suhr Park, CEO John Schwartz said.
"Providing more and new community resources to the overall community benefits people with disabilities too — especially because it creates new networks," Schwartz said.
CLI's project budget is $225,000 (including $50,000 for the initial purchase) and is being financed through Civista Bank
CLI previously purchased and renovated the storefront at 16 W. Main St. in Norwalk.
Both projects are part of CLI's strategic plan to expand the scope of its traditional mission to include community development.
For more information or to find out how to partner with CLI on this or future projects, email email@example.com.
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Thanks to the generosity of the local Willard community, the soap sold really quickly and the group was able to raise $370! CLI is always looking for ways to give back to our communities.
It was nice to deliver a bus full of PPG volunteers from the Huron plant to the Edison Birthplace Museum Monday, September 12th, for PPG’s Colorful Communities program. The employee volunteers joined with paint contractors to revitalize the National Historic Landmark with 50 gallons of donated PPG Paints. Here’s a photo of everyone arriving in one of our buses. CLI is always looking to support local good deeds. It is members like PPG Paints that makes the Firelands communities so great!
We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! This site is the result of a team of internal staff members and several area residents working together over the past 3 months.
The website design and development was completed by Jennifer Smith of Norwalk. Keely Grant of Milan, volunteered her time to take many photos for the website.
Our internal crew who assisted with ideas, content, photography and their time include: Holly Binkley, Lisa Cossin, Rebekah Magee, Jaime Perry, John Schwartz, Jen Swicker, and Julie Tyler.
Our goal with this new site is to provide our visitors an easy way to learn about our services, our employees and highlight our busy life in the nonprofit sector. We hope you find the new website is easy to use and is informative!
As the saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The employees at Christie Lane Industries, the sheltered workshop operated by the Huron County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in this northern Ohio community, have a different take on that adage. When the going got tough, the tough elected to make stylish ceramic tiles.
The economic downturn has been difficult for Christie Lane and other sheltered workshops around the state. As industrial and manufacturing companies left Ohio, so did the jobs they supplied to the sheltered workshops. Many struggled to keep employees with disabilities busy.
Artist Albert Greenlief and Lynda Stoneham, director of the Artists' Open Studio Inc. of Christie Lane Workshop, show off the organization's 2009 calendar
The 2009 Artists' Open Studio calendars, featuring art created by adult clients of Christie Lane Workshop and Industries, have found quite an audience.
"The calendars are a fundraiser, but they've really turned out to be more than that. It's a way to represent the artists," said Director of Artists' Open Studio Lynda Stoneham, a 22-year veteran art teacher at Christie Lane.
Just as Christie Lane Industries employees prepared to honor incoming President Barack Obama, with American flags and red, white and blue balloons, they honored one of their own: Mark Straka, appropriately enough, for his dedication to his work.
Straka, 30, received the third annual Mary Hornsby Most Valuable Worker of the Year Award, named after Christie Lane Industries’ production manager of more than 30 years.
“I thought someone else would get it,” said the obviously modest Straka, who attended Shawnee School and EHOVE. “I got up and I smiled.”
Nichelle Borders brings a smile to the faces of the county auditor's staff when she delivers interoffice mail through her job with Christie Lane Industries, so they decided to bring a smile to her recently.
Borders showed up with the mail and the staff surprised her with a birthday card, cupcakes, a song and a shirt with Border's signature lines as she delivers mail "I am happy" and "I am cute."