The Cleveland Observer Resource Blog

By Lexy Jensen

At times, seeking help can feel overwhelming.

We at The Cleveland Observer are dedicated to informing our community, which is why we have compiled the following list of free and low-cost local resources for assistance with the fulfillment of basic needs.

We are optimistic that this list can serve as a resource for those in need, and plan to expand it in the future.



Brother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Run by a team of volunteers, Brother Hubbard’s Cupboard aim is to aid Clevelanders.

6001 Woodland Ave # 1 Cleveland, OH 44104
Open Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
(216) 391-7231

Cleveland Kosher Food Bank

The Cleveland Kosher Food Bank has been a leader in the community, having frequent fundraising events and consistently bringing awareness to the fight against hunger.

2004 S. Green Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44121
Open Thursdays, 5-6 p.m.
Call 216-382-7202 or email
The pantry is currently only serves zip codes: 44121, 44122, 44124, and 44118.

The Cleveland Kosher Food Bank asks attendees to bring a photo ID and grocery bags.

Friendly Inn Settlement

The Friendly Inn Settlement promotes wellness, supporting self-sufficiency, and respectfulness. Its mission is “to improve the quality of life by cultivating, planting, and nurturing individuals, families, and communities to participate in the world economy.”

The Friendly Inn Settlement currently only serves individuals and families that live in the Carver Park, Outhwaite, or King Kennedy communities. ID and proof of residency are required.

2386 Unwin Rd Cleveland, OH 44104
Open Wednesdays, 12 noon-1:50 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1:50 p.m.
Phone: (216) 431-7656

Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ

The Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ is a historic congregation of the United Church of Christ, helping Tremont individuals and families.

2592 W 14th St. Cleveland, OH 44113
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Phone: (216) 861-7388.
Serves zip codes 44113 and 44109.

Redeemer ICH Crisis Center

The Redeemer ICH Crisis Center offers numerous services to serve and support their community, including a “Family Food Bag” program. The Redeemer ICH Crisis Center serves those who live within the geographic area of the center and asks that those who wish to partake provide a current piece of mail to prove address, size of family and birth dates, sources of income, and a photo ID.

2970 W 30th St, Cleveland, OH 44113.
Open once a month; please contact for more information.
(216) 281-0808.

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St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland

St. Herman House’s mission is “to shelter and support homeless men on the path to well-being and independence and meet the basic needs of people in our community”

4410 Franklin Blvd Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 961-3806 or email

Norma Herr Women’s Center

The Norma Herr Women’s Center aims to provide a highly personalized housing plan that will assist local women in achieving health, employment, or education.

2227 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 479-0020 or (216) 674-6700.

Zelma George Family Shelter (Salvation Army)

The Zelma George Family Shelter is an emergency shelter accommodation for families and a Salvation Army resource.

710 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 781 3773
or email

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland is an emergency shelter accommodation for families that also provides counseling and services for case management. Family Promise of Greater Cleveland has served the Greater Cleveland area for over 25 years.

2592 W 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 771-9600.

Haven House For Veterans

Haven House For Veterans is an emergency shelter accommodation for adult male veterans that also provides meals.

3468 E 142nd St., Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 491-4730.

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Needs Cleveland

Needs Cleveland is a non-profit center whose motto is “Helping others help themselves.”

7710 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Open Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The email address is

Twice Blessed Free Store

Twice Blessed Free Store is located in the Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland and is a “free store” with clothing and other resources for those who need them.

9900 Madison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
Open Saturdays, 9:20 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store & Donation Center (LOW-COST)

This branch of the Salvation Army is located at 5005 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103, and is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.



Pride Among Daughters & Sisters Inc. (PADS)

A local Cleveland organization, PADS assists women and girls with having access to menstrual products.

(216) 906-9093

I Support the Girls

I Support the Girls is a national organization that delivers hygiene products to survivors of domestic violence, people going through menopause or perimenopause, those who are homeless or cannot otherwise afford hygiene products, and non-cis individuals who cannot afford or safely purchase hygiene products.

Please visit their website for information on how to request aid:

God’s Vision Foundation

God’s Vision Foundation holds distributions every few months that can be registered for via its website.

14911 Westropp Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Call (216) 512-1463 or email

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