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ENDORSE Left to Right Mr. Fred Bolotin Esq., Rabbi AL Joseph Mr. William Denihan, & Dr. Mendel Singer 2012 West 25th Street, Suite 600 Cleveland, OH 44113 Info & Referral: (216)875-‐7776 Business line: (216)875-‐0266 Fax: (216)861-‐2574 www.namigreatercleveland.org
Executive Director Michael B askin, LISW, CEAP President Christine Young, MSSA, LSW Vice President Mark Weintraub, Esq. Treasurer Dianna Bell Secretary Christine Stadler Parliamentarian Mary Spada Board of Directors John Cipolla, Esq. Tyffani M. Dent, PsyD Sakeenah Francis Faye G ary, EdD, MS RN Ben Miladin, MSW Elliot Myers Esther Pla, R N, BC R. Jeffrey Pollock, Esq. Jodie M. Ross Jeffrey M. Staats, M.B.A. James Vernon, MPA, PCC-‐S Board Emeritus Lovell John Custard Alan Riga, Ph.D Medical Advisors Kathleen A. Clegg, M.D. Lori D’Angelo, Ph.D. Philipp Dines, M.D. J. Jin El-‐ Mallawany, M.D. Norah Feeney, Ph.D. Tom Ference, Ph.D. Bill Fikter, M.D. Mary Gabriel, M.D. Keming Gao, M.D. Richard R. Hill M.D., Ph.D. Ewald Horwath, M.D. George E. Jaskiw, M.D. Evanne Juratovac, Ph.D. RN P. Eric Konicki, M.D. Joseph A. Locala, M.D. Gary T. Pagano, M.D. Kathleen M. Quinn, M.D. Luis F. Ramirez, M.D. Rakesh Ranjan, M.D. Robert J. Ronis, M.D., M.P.H. Patrick R unnels, M.D. Martha Sajatovic, M.D. John Sanitato, M.D. Robert T. Seagraves, MD, Ph.D. Doug Smith, M.D. Thomas P. Swales, Ph. D. George Tesar, M.D. Megan Testa, M.D. Cynthia S. Vrabel, M.D.
November 21, 2016 Rabbi Alan Joseph, Director Yesh Tikvah
P.O. Box 18959 Cleveland Ohio 44118
Dear Rabbi Joseph, I am pleased to write this letter of support for Y esh Tikvah, an organization vital to our community and a partner with The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland (NAMI GC). As we see in the work we do with our clients, so many are without the means to afford counseling. Part of our vision at NAMI is that all people have a right to be able to access professional m ental health services. Yesh Tikvah allows that!!! Since 2012, Yesh Tikvah has been providing the means, so that individuals and families can access psychotherapeutic services that could change the course of lives.
Yesh Tikvah’s work is professional and discreet, protecting the integrity and privacy of clients. They’ve developed an effective application process for individuals in need, and provide a supplement to pay for counseling to ensure clients participate and take financial responsibility for their part, which ensures better outcomes for all. Rabbi Joseph and his staff, along with a dedicated board of directors have filled a huge gap in a system that is inaccessible for many. There is nothing else like this offered anywhere in our community. Yesh Tikvah provides an essential link in our community that changes the lives of individuals and families. We will proudly continue to cross refer, work together and develop an effective working relationship with t hem so that people who might not otherwise, can access mental health services. W e look forward to working with Rabbi Alan and this wonderful organization, Yesh Tikvah! Sincerely, Michael Baskin Executive Director
The community’s voice on mental illness. Outstanding NAMI Affiliate in 2014
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Mr. Michael Baskin, Rabbi AL Joseph & Dr. Mendel Singer
FOUNDER DIRECTOR Rabbi Aryeh Leib Joseph
Rabbi Joseph is a well k Â nown community activist in the Cleveland community. He was motivated to found Yesh Tikvah when he saw firsthand how the prohibitive costs of therapy prevented many from getting crucial help they needed. Rabbi Joseph is imbued with a strong sense of mission and is passionate about achieving his goal: to promote emotional stability and health for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. Rabbi Joseph is also trained in and very knowledgeable of the parameters, eligibility criteria, and availability of social service programs and government funding. He actively assists eligible candidates in obtaining Medicaid coverage.
Dr. Meir Pollack Chair Mrs. Chaya Gitty Kohn Treasurer Mrs. Jessica (Chavi) Cohen Secretary Mr. Avi Meystel Rabbi Eli Dessler Mrs. Suri Goldman Mrs. Marylin S. Berger
ome(Michael) Pollack lcMeir weDr. Dr. Meir Pollack resides in Beachwood Ohio with his wife and family and has lived there for the past 15 years. He is a clinical gastroenterologist, currently at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Pollack understands how vital an organization like Yesh Tikvah is to the community, especially in regards to raising a family in todayâ€™s society. We are happy he has agreed to serve as Yesh Tikvahâ€™s chair. With his leadership of Yesh Tikvah we are certain that we will assist even more people to afford mental health services.
l ewelBarry farRabbi Kislowicz, Ed.D We were honored to have Rabbi Barry Kislowicz, Ed.D, Principal of Fuchs Mizrachi on our board. We wish him and his family much success in his future endeavors in Israel.
Rabbi Naftali Burnstein Rabbi Burnstein serves as Rabbi of the Young Israel of Greater Cleveland, located in Beachwood. He is on the Rabbinic Board of Cleveland Kosher and is a member of the Vaad HaChinuch of the Hebrew Academy. He is held in high regard in the community, and his sagacious counsel is sought by a broad spectrum of individuals and institutions alike. Rabbi Burnstein is particularly attuned to the challenges in marital harmony faced by many in the community.
Rabbi Boruch Hirschfeld Rabbi Hirschfeld is the Dean of Torah Life Institute and serves as Rabbi of the Ahavas Yisrael Shul in Cleveland Heights. His guidance is sought on virtually every halachic and communal issue within the Cleveland community and he has gained national acclaim and recognition for the clarity and depth of his halachic rulings. Rabbi Hirshfeld is actively involved in assisting couples with resolving conflict and maintaining healthy and productive marriages.
Mrs. Marilyn S. Berger Ed.M., M.A. Marilyn S. Berger is a Psychology Assistant who has worked in private practice in clinical psychology for the last twenty five years. She does individual therapeutic work with children, divorce mediation and psychoÂ educational evaluations. Mrs. Berger holds degrees from Princeton, Rutgers and Cleveland State Universities. Under the auspices of the Orthodox Mental Health Professionals of Cleveland, Mrs. Berger recently organized a five session training seminar for the Orthodox Rabbinate on issues related to mental health. Marilyn is highly respected in the community for her professionalism and devotion to the welfare of her clients and their families. She has played a pivotal role in the founding and development of Yesh Tikvah. 8
Susan O. Scheutzow Esq. Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz
Susan has practiced health care law for thirty years, and has a wide range of experience with nonprofits and health care. She has authored numerous law review articles and monographs and her published works include “Ohio Health Care Provider Law,” which is used by health law attorneys across the state. Susan is a fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association, and has received numerous recognitions and awards. Susan is very sensitive to the needs of individuals suffering from mental illness, and is a Member of the Board of Hugs 4 Families.
Dr. Mendel E. Singer Ph.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University & Vice Chair of Education Dr. Singer is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and has served on the faculty since 1995. He is a well published researcher with over 50 publications in peerreviewed journals, and has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and other federal and national funders. He is an internationally reputed expert with many publications in comparative and cost effectiveness research. Dr. Singer serves on the advisory board for Jewish Family Services’ Families atRisk division, and has been active in their Know Abuse program which educates teens about healthy relationships. Dr. Singer also began the Jewish Community Health Initiative at CWRU to help Jews lead healthier lives. He has been honored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for his work with the Jewish community. 9
Yesh Tikvah is committed to subsidizing mental health counseling for individuals who are unable to pay for these services. Yesh Tikvah provides funding to individuals in the community with discretion, dignity, and fiduciary responsibility.
Reviews are taken from website www.greatnonprofits.org, which rated Yesh Tikvah as one of their "great" non-profits for 2016.
RACHEL’S I remember the days of my life being a long, dark tunnel, with its walls closing in on me. With the passageway getting narrower and narrower, the light at the end was that much harder to see. It appeared to be shrinking, and I just felt like screaming on a daily basis. I just couldn’t breathe anymore… I was bleeding with raw inner pain, so hurt and so bitter and so alone. A married woman without a husband. Or rather, a widow with a live husband.
I was in a tremendously troubled relationship, where every penny I spent was examined and dissected. Thanks to the funding from Yesh Tivkah, I was able to see a competent, genuinely caring therapist. My therapist helped me understand the extent of my own suffering. No, she did not convince me to get divorced. She let me talk. She gave me permission to think of divorce as an option. She empowered me to assert myself in a healthy way with After the fact, my husband, and to not allow myself to be stepped it seems almost upon anymore. She spoke to my Rabbi, explaining the ludicrous, this magnitude of my suffering caused by my husband’s seesaw of emotional mental illness. She allowed me to make my own decisions, while supporting me emotionally. existence that was
my life for over seven long years. But thanks to Yesh Tivkah, I have emerged from that tunnel.
I remember the even longer nights. So many nights of endless quarreling, and so, so very many tears. So many arguments lasting hours and hours, while being cursed and yelled at, stepped on, manipulated, and threatened. Of him at midnight during an argument, physically blocking the doorway and not letting me in until I apologized. After the fact, it seems almost ludicrous, this seesaw of emotional existence that was my life for so many years. But thanks to Yesh Tivkah, I have
The life of a single mother, recovering from years of abuse and manipulation, is no picnic. The hushed criticism, the insensitive comments, the offers for help from others that never came through… The grieving, the pressures, the children’s questions and worries, and most of all – the loneliness. Some days the long, uphill struggle seemed insurmountable, that I couldn’t take another painful step. But my therapist was continuously there for me, validating my struggles and helping me gather my strength, time and time again.
I can picture those long days of tiptoeing around his fragile ego, of trying to micromanage every situation to make his life perfect and prevent the inevitable storms. Of trying to keep the house perfectly clean, to keep the kids acting like angels, or better yet, in bed before he came home, lest they annoy him and provoke his anger. I remember my constantly clenched stomach, always thinking up white lies to avoid disagreement. Of the times that I wanted to hug my daughter and hide her as he raged at her for typical toddler behavior. Of trying to be that perfect eishes chayil, (a women of valor) and create a beautiful home of peace and shechina (glory) – and yet somehow never succeeding. My continued efforts to be a perfect wife only served to perpetuate his power and control.
emerged from that tunnel.
I have now come to a better place, where I am not only able to survive – but to thrive. Thanks to a wonderful organization that helped me benefit from a wonderful therapist. ( תלכו מחיל אל חילmay you go from strength to strength) 15
TENT Purim 5776
Our first â€œTent Eventâ€?, held on Purim, was a huge success. One of our goals was to generate greater awareness of Yesh Tikvah for both prospective clients and donors. We accomplished this through large event attendance, distribution of informative flyers at the tent, and publicity before and after Purim. It proved to be an effective fundraiser with volunteers on hand to answer questions and take donations from attendees. Yesh Tikvah gained much exposure through articles on the event in the Hamodia and Cleveland Jewish News.
Earlier this year, Yesh Tikvah launched a pilot program to fund therapy for teens. Until now, Yesh Tikvah served clients 18 years of age or older, but the need to serve teenagers was becoming more and more apparent. The program was very successful and we are excited to share with the community that through the generosity of the CareSource Foundation we have been able to expand the initial pilot program. To qualify, applicants must have explored free or cheaper options (additional rules can be found on the website and in the guidelines). For applications, please email Rabbi Joseph at email@example.com or call 216-403-2726. All information is kept strictly confidential.
Yesh Tivkah is succeeding in our mission to make sure no one in the community lacks access to counseling due to lack of funds. Weâ€™re looking forward to growing and reaching an even larger demographic. Our goals for the next year start with the administrative aspect. As we grow, we would like to put solid infrastructure into place. To this end, we are working on a database to streamline our procedures for a quicker turnaround that will also allow us to use our resources more efficiently. In addition the database will track our programs, to show areas of success, and where we can improve.
Thank you for growing with us!
thank you to all our donors for their generous support.
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