North Coast Community Homes is Northeast Ohio's leading provider of homes for people who have disabilities.
Since 1984, we have developed and managed more than 200 homes in 6 counties for 1,000 men and women.
NCCH works with county boards of DD and mental health, and with families to find and develop customized,
accessible homes for people with developmental and other disabilities and for those living with severe mental
illness. We're a not for profit organization which relies on generous donors and volunteers like you for support!
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NCCH and NCAH are Making Waves on the Radio!
On Saturday, January 14, at 3 p.m., North Coast President and CEO Suzanne Seifert discussed the ways those who want to grow older in their own homes – to “age in place” – can achieve that with the help of North Coast Accessible Homes.
North Coast Accessible Homes (www.NorthCoastAccess.com) will provide you a free in-home assessment so you can find out just what it will take to keep Mom and Dad at home and avoid the high cost of institutional care. Get started by clicking the audio file below and listening to “Our Aging World” today!
Then, on Tuesday, January 17, at 9 a.m., NCCH VP of Resource Development Dick Russ talked about how North Coast is changing the lives of more and more people who have disabilities or who desire to "age in place" on “The Sounds of Ideas” on 90.3 WCPN Ideastream. Host Mike McIntyre invited guests from North Coast Community Homes and North Coast Accessible Homes, to begin a Community Conversation on these issues.
Noted architect and designer Cee Cee Hodgson discussed how design will affect the aging process, and how it may allow older people to remain in their own homes longer and longer. Mary Namy, a retired business owner with Multiple Sclerosis who uses a wheelchair revealed the profound changes in her life since moving from the confines of a nursing home and into a specially customized home designed by North Coast Accessible Homes.
You can listen to the audio file here.
The discussion is in advance of North Coast’s special event called “Empowered. By Design.” That will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 4-7 p.m. at the Calfee Building, 1405 East 6th Street in downtown Cleveland.
“Empowered. By Design.” will bring together 3 prominent architect/designers and local community leaders to envision a future in which the way we design our homes will further enhance the lives of those living with disabilities, or who are facing age-related lifestyle decisions.
Registration for the special event is available online.
Annual Meeting features leading Accessibility Architects, Designers
The 2016-2017 Annual Meeting of North Coast Community Homes and North Coast Accessible Homes will explore the future of Accessible Design, and how it can empower people with disabilities as well as the growing number of people facing age-related lifestyle decisions.
“This is a conversation our entire community must engage in,” said Suzanne Seifert, Ph.D., President and CEO of NCCH, which since 1984 has developed more than 200 customized homes across Northeast Ohio for people who have disabilities. “Three of the country’s most innovative architects and designers in this field will be leading the discussion, and we invite everyone to join us and offer their ideas.”
The event will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2017, in the newly renovated lobby of the Calfee Building, at 1405 East Sixth Street in downtown Cleveland. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 4 to 5 p.m., with the Community Conversation on Accessible Design following from 5 to 7 p.m.
Panelists include Cornelia C. (Cee Cee) Hodgson, a Cleveland architect guided by the principle that environments affect people’s behavior. Hodgson is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, and an industry leader in senior living. “People must open their minds to the possibilities,” says Hodgson. “Rather than surrender to their limitations, they can say, ‘I’m going to modify my world to help me do more of everything in my own home.’”
Noted architect and author Deborah Pierce of Newton, Massachusetts will also join the panel. Pierce’s best-selling book, The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages & Abilities is called a “terrific guide” by the Wall Street Journal, and creates ways to make accessibility functional, beautiful, and empowering.
“The future of Accessible Design means thinking about everything differently,” says Pierce, whose firm, Pierce Lamb Architects specializes in design for varied developmental disabilities. “What North Coast Community Homes and North Coast Accessible Homes are initiating is absolutely exciting and essential for any community planning for its future needs.”
Rounding out the panel is Doug Steidl, recently retired Dean of the Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design. Steidl, who is also the former National President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was the driving force behind KSU’s internationally acclaimed $50 million CAED headquarters building, with innovative design features that act as a bridge between the university and city.
“All design is personal,” notes Steidl, “and architecture is more about the person using the building or the home. Design should be what makes you, you, something that can actually inspire. In the case of people with disabilities, or facing age-related challenges, the word to remember is freedom.”
Those attending the Annual Meeting on January 26 will be encouraged to take part in the Community Conversation with the panelists, who will entertain questions, challenges, and ideas. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join a working group tasked with exploring the potential of innovative Accessible Design in Northeast Ohio.
Those interested in attending may RSVP here.
NCCH Co-Founder Dies at 82
Dr. Michael A. Donzella, whose vision in 1984 led to the founding of North Coast Community Homes, died on November 21 at the age of 82. A memorial service was scheduled for Monday, November 28.
Donzella’s idea of developing a network of community based homes where people with developmental disabilities could live as independently as possible, has grown today to more than 200 such homes serving 1,000 men and women in six Northeast Ohio counties.
"All of us at North Coast Community Homes express our sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Mike Donzella," said Suzanne Seifert, Ph.D., President and CEO of NCCH. "We are honored to carry on the vitally important work which he was largely responsible for beginning more than 30 years ago."
“Without Mike Donzella there would be no North Coast Community Homes,” said attorney Glenn E. Billington, who created the legal entity NCCH in 1984, and is also considered a co-founder of the not-for-profit organization. At the time Donzella was Superintendent of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, a post he held for 30 years.
Recognized as a leading figure nationally in the disabilities field, Donzella came to Cleveland in 1972 from his home state of Illinois where he had compiled an impressive record of service and leadership. He immediately continued championing the cause of people with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Board of DD building in downtown Cleveland now bears his name, and the legacy of his service extends throughout the state.
“Mike was instrumental in establishing not only NCCH, but the Community Fund Management Foundation,” said Steve McPeake, the former President & CEO of North Coast Community Homes who recently retired after more than 30 years leading the agency. “And the model of independent supportive housing which was adopted by the State of Ohio in 1993 was an original idea of Mike when he created NCCH,” McPeake added.
Following his retirement from the county board in 2002, Donzella worked as a consultant in the DD field, and remained an active supporter of NCCH, playing in the organization’s golf tournament every year, including 2016. He is survived by his wife Rosemary, four children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donzella family suggests donations in his memory be made to North Coast Community Homes.
NCCH Residents Welcome Major Donors
North Coast Community Homes residents rolled out the welcome mat Friday for representatives of the local company which made a major contribution to the mission of NCCH. It was all smiles at the NCCH home on Columbia Road in Westlake, where a team from TravelCenters of America / Quaker Steak & Lube unveiled a bronze plaque on the outside of the home, recognizing the company’s financial support.
“We are pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile mission in our community,” said Tom Liutkus, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations of TravelCenters of America, a Fortune 500 company which is headquartered in Westlake. The company, through its Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants was the presenting sponsor of Ride for the Record, a large North Coast Community Homes fundraising event in August.
Suzanne Seifert, Ph.D., President and CEO of NCCH, acknowledged the company’s support, and welcomed their team to the home. “Everyone who visits our home will see the plaque and know of the generosity of TravelCenters of America in furthering our mission. We are most grateful,” Seifert announced.
Several of the men who reside at the Columbia Road home took part in the ceremony, and later welcomed the corporate team to tour their home, which is customized to allow the men, who all use wheelchairs, to be as independent as possible living with their disabilities.
North Coast Community Homes has developed more than 200 such homes for people with disabilities in 6 Northeast Ohio counties since 1984, including 7 homes in Westlake.
NCCH Appoints New Chief Operating Officer
North Coast Community Homes’ Chief Financial Officer, Michelle Marshall, has accepted the opportunity to become North Coast Community Homes’ next Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2017. Current COO, Bill Bray, will continue with his present responsibilities until his retirement at the end of the year.
Michelle has consistently delivered high-impact results for NCCH since 2008. She is very familiar with North Coast Community Homes’ different operations, operations staff, board, and priorities. Over the past eight years, Michelle has “moved the needle” in the finance area in various ways including: integrating systems to improve NCCH’s communications and reporting, supporting continuous operational improvements and cost reductions, and upgrading our credit rating. Michelle’s relationship building successes with partner agencies have been crucial to NCCH’s ability to deliver on its mission.
Prior to joining NCCH, Michelle served in finance and accounting roles for companies including those involved in construction and property management. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration as well as a non-profit management certification.
Suzanne Seifert, NCCH President and CEO, is excited to partner with Michelle in leading NCCH forward and growing the organization’s future.
Big Crowd Supports Local Charity's World Record Attempt
A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered Sunday, August 28th, to support a Guinness World Record attempt for the benefit of a leading Northeast Ohio charity. North Coast Community Homes, which since 1984 has developed more than 200 homes for 1,000 men and women who have disabilities, staged Ride for the Record in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.
While the new Guinness World Record for most motorcycles started simultaneously was not achieved, members of the riding community helped raise more than $70,000 during the six hour event which included live performances by The Spazmatics, stunt riders and motorcycle displays, beer and food vendors, raffles, prizes, and giveaways.
“Although the world record was not broken, we consider Ride for the Record a success in every way,” said Suzanne Seifert, President & CEO of North Coast Community Homes. “So many more people are now aware of the vital services we provide to the most vulnerable people in our Northeast Ohio community, and we are deeply grateful for their participation and support.”
Seifert and NCCH Life Trustee Ian Abrams accepted a $22,000 check from Quaker Steak & Lube, Presenting Sponsor of the unique event. They also thanked the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, other generous sponsors, and the many volunteers who contributed their time to make Ride for the Record a success. Plans for another attempt at the world record of 1,446 motorcycles in 2017 are already underway.
Those who were not able to attend this year’s event can still support the mission of North Coast Community Homes, which has developed and maintains homes for people with disabilities in more than 60 cities in six Northeast Ohio counties, by visiting ncch.org/donate.
Quaker Steak & Lube® Presents Ride for the Record
Quaker Steak & Lube® is proudly presenting The Ride for the Record Bike event on Sunday, August 28th to benefit North Coast Community Homes, an organization local to Northeast Ohio, building homes for people with disabilities.
Ride for the Record will take place in the parking lot at the Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, where thousands of motorcyclists will join together to attempt a new Guinness World Records® for most motorcycles started simultaneously. The current record is 1,446 motorcycles, set in 2014 in the Philippines.
The event kicks off at 11am and ends at 5pm with the record breaking attempt at 2:30pm. Ride for the Record will feature all day fun and activities including live entertainment from the Spazmatics and stunt bike performances, motorcycle displays, food vendors, raffles, giveaways and prizes.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased through www.Ride4Record.org or at the gate. Walk-ins and non-riders are welcome to attend this exciting event. All proceeds will benefit North Coast Community Homes which since 1984 has developed more than 200 customized homes in over 60 Northeast Ohio cities for 1,000 men and women who have developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, and other disabilities. For more information and donation opportunities visit ncch.org/donate.
New President & CEO Appointed
The Board of Directors of North Coast Community Homes has named Suzanne Seifert, PhD, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Seifert succeeds the recently retired Steve McPeake, who led the organization since shortly after its founding in 1984.
“I feel privileged to be the next CEO for North Coast Community Homes,” said Seifert. “It is an organization deeply respected in the community for living its mission of providing high quality housing for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and other disabilities. I look forward to supporting that mission wholeheartedly and building on NCCH's robust foundation in collaborative ways. To that end, I also look forward to reaching out to the community and hearing thoughts and ideas about working together in more ways.”
Seifert, who comes to NCCH with broad experience in non-profit management, will officially begin on July 11. Her appointment comes after a comprehensive nationwide search. NCCH Board Chair, Frederick L. Hunt, Jr., stated, “Suzanne brings a wealth of leadership experience to North Coast Community Homes. We are very excited about her vision for the future of NCCH and the important mission that we serve.”
The newly appointed President and CEO has held executive positions with Volunteers of America Greater Ohio, Cleveland Reads, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, KeyCorp, and TRW. Seifert earned both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Case Western Reserve University.
North Coast Community Homes is Ohio’s premier developer and manager of homes for people who have developmental disabilities, mental illness, and other disabilities, with some 230 properties serving 1,000 residents in six Northeast Ohio counties.
2016 NCCH RubberDucks Outing
It was an unforgettable and completely enjoyable evening on Saturday, June 18, for more than 170 mental health consumers and other guests in Summit County, as they were treated by North Coast Community Homes to a night out at Canal Park on Main Street in downtown Akron.Organized by NCCH, and supported by foundations and individuals, the event brought residents from nearly all of NCCH’s 21 homes throughout Summit County, as well as men and women from Reymann House, The Commons at Madeline Park, Tarry House, NAMI, Community Support Services, and other agencies.
The evening began with chartered buses picking up the guests from their homes and apartments, and dropping them off at the door of the Duck Club, the private luxury loge at Canal Park. There they were treated to dinner, soft drinks, a great game between the Akron Rubber Ducks and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, spectacular fireworks after the Akron victory, and a bus ride right back to their homes! Our mental health residents tell us it’s an evening they look forward to all year, one that helps them get out into the community and become more a part of it, and we here at North Coast Community Homes are happy to meet their expectations. Go Rubber Ducks!
Thank You 2016 Golf Sponsors
A special thanks to the following organizations/individuals for sponsoring our 21st Annual Golf Classic:
Akhia Public Relations
Erie Title Agency
F.C. Borisuk General Contractors
Fairport Asset Management
First Merit Bank, N.A.
O'Brien Law Firm
One View Communications
Joan & Rick Rivitz
Ciuni & Panichi
Rich Heating & Cooling
Bauer's Organic Lawn Care
GPS Fire Equipment
YPS Integrated Systems
Barberton Tree Service
Snow Brothers Appliance
Spangenberg, Shibley, & Liber
Tom Schaefer Plumbing
Western Reserve Advisors
Ted Stone Painting
Ajax Commercial Cleaning
Silco Fire Protection
Three V Cement
*There is still time to sign-on as a sponsor and/or to register to participate in the tournament. Click here to register!
The Finleys' Kilimanjaro Climb
Board Chair Pat Finley and his 79 year-old father Tom climbed the tallest freestanding mountain in the world in June 2014! They selected NCCH as their charity of choice. Learn about their journey and support their climb here.
Actual photo of the Finleys at the summit. L-R Their guide, Elias, Tom Sr. and Pat. More photos here.
Video of trekking team congratulations.
Video of Tom Sr. thanking trekking team.
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