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Denison Avenue United Church of Christ

Denison Ave UCCArrival:  6-9 pm
Departure:  7:30 am
Offered are food, showers, phone & internet access, phone charging and a warm place to sleep.

Also offered:  coffee and a warm place, 10 am-1 pm every day but Monday and Thursday.

Pastor Nozomi Ikuta
(216) 631-0904 • [email protected]
9900 Denison Avenue • Cleveland, OH 44102

The Metanoia Project

Arrival:  6 pm
Departure:  8 am

Open 7 days a week in several locations.

The Metanoia Project hospitality centers provide a place to sleep, a meal, showers, education, clothing and services to the unsheltered on the near west side.  We share clothing and personal care items with them while they are open throughout the winter.

(216) 505-0661
[email protected]

The holidays are a happy memory

. . .  and now winter truly sets in.

tent in snow

While most of us can stay warm and safe at home, that’s not the case for everyone in our community.  Simply finding a place to get out of the cold can be a challenge, let alone getting enough to eat and being able to find health care or warm clothing.

There are so many in need and so many needs.  It can be overwhelming to all of us.  “What can I do to make a difference?” people ask.

Well, each of us individually may not be able to solve the problems leading to homelessness in our community.  But we CAN make a difference, even if to only one person.

What We’re Doing

Weekly Visits

At Trials for Hope, an amazing team of volunteers visits the unsheltered twice every week, visiting over 40 people each week:

Tuesday: 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 -10:00 pm


Community Collaborations

Trials for Hope is always working on new collaborations as well as supporting established ones that help our unsheltered family.  Check out our What & Why page for more info.

Special Christmas Items

homeless winter bags St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s youth group, with the help of donations from Rockside Family Dental Care and Pastor Barb, put together bags that went out to our unsheltered men and women.

They just loved the toiletries, food and McDonald’s gift cards!!

unsheltered stockings
Chelsea, her mom and Michael filled 200 Christmas stockings with treats for our unsheltered family, including candy, key chains and nail clippers. 

What We’re Sharing

We have been working very hard to make bags with unsheltered-friendly foods for our outside family.

Every month each person in our outside family receives canned goods, meat, t.p., paper towels, disinfecting cleaner, dish soap, laundry soap and hand soap.

The Need is Present All Year,

But the Items Change by the Season

Winter Needs for Our Unsheltered

  • below-zero sleeping bags
  • cough drops
  • scarves, winter hats & gloves
  • emergency blankets
  • men’s jeans, sizes 30-40
  • men’s underwear, sizes S-XL
  • adult hoodies, sizes S-2X
  • tents
  • canned meats like tuna, chicken and Spam
  • handheld can openers
  • all-day bus passes
  • playing cards
  • hand & foot warmers


emergency blankets


How You Can Help

Become a sponsor.

Are you or your church or community group willing to sponsor our efforts financially? This is how we purchase many of the items needed specifically for our unsheltered family.

Join Us!

Interested in joining us on the visits, sharing meals or donating food or other desperately needed items? We’d be thrilled, and our unsheltered family would be truly grateful.
Call us: (216) 920-2205
Or email us: [email protected]

Together, we can make a difference.  

Right here. Right now. 


The bad news:  with the rise of food insecurity and a drop in family incomes, many of our neighbors lack enough food, clothing and personal hygiene items to get by.  The good news:  there are as many ways to help the people in our community as there are needs: 
  • Give Immediate-Need Supplies
  • Volunteer Your Time
  • Host a Donation Drive/Fundraiser
  • Donate
  • Spread the Word
  • Bring a Friend

It’s easy to make a difference in our community.

In addition to Volunteers, Sponsors, Grantors and Board Members, Trials for Hope is always happy to welcome Donors. It’s easy to donate, either once or with a monthly donation.

Simply click the button below to learn about different ways you can donate, through PayPal, debit card or credit card. You can designate the donation for any expenses incurred, or you can earmark it for what is close to your heart.

Either way, your generosity will always make a difference.

We deliver monthly


“It shouldn’t be a luxury to eat.”

~ Jonathan Gray, TfH founder

5,000 lbs non-perishables

We distribute food bank food to camps, homebound seniors, schools, community centers and more.

2,000 lbs fresh produce

Thanks to our retail program, we are able to deliver fresh produce to hundreds of families.

1,500 lbs frozen meats

These are delivered directly to families, homebound seniors, individuals and group homes.

25,000 trial-sized personal items

Includes toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, hand wipes, sanitzer, deoderant, soap and more.

What We Do


We host five monthly farmers markets with fresh produce, meats and non-perishables at no cost to those we serve. 


We personally offer two meals a month and help with two more every month, all year long.  In 2019 we served more than 960 hot meals at community meals with area partner churches.


We distribute 300 toiletry bags every month containing soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste and more.


Trials for Hope is Cleveland Food Bank-certified, so we are able to help at schools, camps, homebound seniors and many more places. We purchase and give away 2,000-4,000 pounds of food each week.
In 2019 we served 4,932 families with 3-day pantry fillers.


We connect those with excess medical supplies, canes and walkers, diapers and baby care items with those who need them.


We serve those in need directly where they are — camps, shut-ins, needy families, community homes — bringing supplies and sharing time, a warm heart and a listening ear.

Our Impact

“If Jon didn’t help, I’d have to send someone from the neighborhood to the store, and they don’t always come back after I give them the money.”
Miss Tammy
Lakeview Terrace Apartments
“It’s not the food but the time that Jon spends with us, and he listens to what we need.”
Marginal Road Encampment

our Partners