New Horizon Home: A New Beginning

On a chilly December evening, friends, parishioners and staff of several partner organizations came together toLand Bank Staff welcome Ms. Tauri and her three children into their new home in Slavic Village.  The home renovation was made possible through the partnership between the Cuyahoga Land Bank, The City Mission, Renew Communities, Hope Church and Cuyahoga Valley Church.
Staff and volunteers had thought of every last detail down to pink and purple painted walls for Tauri’s daughters, a playpen in the living room, a fully decorated Christmas tree and stockings draped over the handrail.  Tauri’s son beamed from ear to ear as he warmed a mug of cocoa in the kitchen packed with people there to celebrate with him and his family. “Thank you, thank you to everyone,” Tauri exclaimed to the crowd at the welcoming celebration.  “This home is a blessing!”
Most recently, Tauri and her family had been living at Laura’s Home, a Women’s Crisis Center run by the City Mission.  They came to the City Mission when Tauri and her family became homeless.  At Laura’s Home, Tauri found the opportunity to begin a new chapter in her life and for her family.  Classes and counseling helped Tauri Land Bank Staff gain the skills and confidence needed to find a job at the local library.
Tauri credits her faith in God for the positive change in her life.  “If I do go into another depression, I don’t have to stay there,” says Tauri.  “God will provide for us!  I’m not in it by myself,” she stated.
Almost two years ago, the City Mission and the Cuyahoga Land Bank had a vision to bring their missions together, housing and ministry, to develop a countywide, church-sponsored, permanent affordable housing initiative. Last spring, sponsored by Church on the Rise, the first family to benefit from the program moved into their new home.  Tauri’s home is the second house completed through the partnership.  The third family and house has been identified and is in the planning stage.  “Our goal at the Cuyahoga Land Bank, is to find a new life for vacant properties and it brings a special joy to see both the house and the family that will live in it get an opportunity at a fresh start,” said Cuyahoga Land Bank President, Gus Frangos.  “Seeing this family in their new home – what more could we want for the holidays?”

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