Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Ambassadors are dedicated to helping the homeless population of Downtown Cleveland get out of their current situation and into permanent housing. When the Alliance was formed in 2005, the property owners of Downtown decided to hire a full-time social worker as part of the Ambassador team. Since that time, DCA has been able to establish relationships with the homeless population and work with several individuals to get out of their situation and into permanent housing and job training.
For many, the simple issue of not having proper identification
is all that stands between them and getting the help they need. Our
full-time social worker works with individuals to get their birth
certificate, ID, transportation to doctor appointments and other
In 2008, Downtown Cleveland Alliance formed GeneroCity Cleveland as a more coordinated effort to both increase funding for the homeless of Downtown and reduce panhandling in the center of the city. The partnership, which includes the property owners of Downtown Cleveland, the City of Cleveland and the faith-based community, created a visible public awareness program and fund raising strategy which included the installation of 12 bright green donation receptacles throughout Downtown. These receptacles (which are old parking meters) collect change from pedestrians which is used to provide services to homeless individuals Downtown.
To date we have collected over $2000 from the meters. The money collected allows us to help individuals obtain IDs, birth certificates and other items such as winter coats, socks, medical supplies and transportation. Look for these donation meters when you are Downtown. For a map of where they are located, click here
Downtown Cleveland Alliance provides transportation to individuals via the Generocity Bus. Especially in the winter, it is hard for individuals to get to their appointments without transportation assistance. DCA has a fifteen-passenger van that we use to give people rides to doctor appointments, job training and other services that will help them improve their situation. By calling 216-621-6000, any homeless individual in Downtown can call our operations center and request a pick up.
Winter Wine & Ale Fest
In 2010, Downtown Cleveland Alliance created a new signature holiday event (Winter Wine & Ale Fest) which not only celebrates the start of the holiday season but provides for the homeless population of Downtown.
The ticketed tasting event features a delectable lineup of Ohio wines and craft beer and follows the official downtown holiday lighting ceremony on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. All proceeds from the event went towards the services provided through Generocity Cleveland. In its first year, Winter Wine & Ale Fest raised over $6,000 for the Homeless!
Winter Wine & Ale Fest immediately follows Winterfest, Downtown's kick-off to the holiday season. Spend your whole day enjoying the neighborhoods and getting festive, then end your night by helping the GeneroCity Program and having fun.
Your assistance in providing these services is much appreciated. If you would like to support the efforts of Generocity Cleveland, you can do so one of two ways:
All donations are tax deductible. For confirmation of your donation, please email Marilyn Gossett at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in ways that you can help the homeless population of Downtown please contact us