Helping Individuals Live, Learn and Earn in Our Community
The Metzenbaum Foundation
The Metzenbaum Foundation was established in 2008 with the donation of estates from Harvey J. Dick and Irene Trask. The purpose of the foundation is to enhance the quality of life for Geauga County citizens with developmental disabilities and to promote public awareness of the needs and abilities of such individuals throughout the community.
The Metzenbaum Foundation has contributed to a better quality of life for the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities clients through the sponsorship of extraordinary medical and dental expenses, respite care, therapies, educational programs and equipment, home modifications and recreational programs.
Whatever your specific area of interest, The Metzenbaum Foundation will ensure your donation impacts the areas that are most significant to you. Thank you for helping us provide an environment where individuals served can Live, Learn and Earn on our community!
The Metzenbaum Foundation awards grants to both individuals and groups. Grants for individuals must be sponsored by an employee of the Geauga County Board of DD. Grants to groups must be focused on serving groups of individuals who are part of the DD system.
For more information, please contact Sherri Hensley at (440) 729-9406.
Families and Friends of Metzenbaum Center
Families and Friends of Metzenbaum Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization comprised of family members, professionals and interested persons wishing to serve on behalf of individuals who have developmental disabilities in Geauga County.
Our mission: Provide mutual support for those who care for our special children and financial support to enrich the lives of the students and clients we serve.
Each year, we host a major fundraiser, the Quilt and Craft Auction, usually held the first Saturday of November. The proceeds of this fundraiser go to individual programming areas by request in an effort to supplement needs not typically budgeted for in funds from the county board budget.
Maple Leaf Residences
Maple Leaf Community Residences, Inc. (MLCRI) is a non-profit Ohio corporation created for the sole purpose of providing and maintaining residential housing in the community for Geauga County individuals with developmental disabilities. Its Mission is "to provide quality, safe, affordable residential housing to persons with developmental disabilities" residing in Geauga County, Ohio.
MLCRI owns 18 homes located in Chesterland, Novelty, Munson, Burton, Hambden, Chardon, Russell, Middlefield and Bainbridge, serving over 50 individuals with developmental disabilities.
The County Board works closely with MLCRI in order to locate, purchase and maintain small community houses for individuals with developmental disabilities who are on Supported Living and IO Waivers. Currently, MLCRI maintains 18 homes throughout Geauga County. The houses are purchased with funds from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODoDD) and the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (GCBDD). GCBDD currently contracts with MLCRI to act as landlord to the individuals living in the homes. For more information about MLCRI, please visit its website at http://www.mlcr.org/.
The Metzenbaum Center is proud to be a partner and supporter of DDC Clinic. We work closely with them to provide the best possible care for our clients.
DDC Clinic - Center for Special Needs Children is a non-profit primary care and research facility, serving patients with complex medical needs. It was established to help children with rare genetic disorders that are difficult and time-consuming to diagnose and treat. DDC Clinic was founded on the concept of medical home, as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the principle that no child would ever be turned away from the medical care he or she needs because of the family’s ability to pay.
DDC Clinic provides medical services for patients with over 70 different rare conditions. It is recognized as a leading international medical facility for such complex disorders as:
• Prolidase deficiency
• Cohen syndrome
• Ganglioside GM3 synthase deficiency
• Glucose-galactose malabsorption
• TMCO1 defect syndrome
• SAMS association
To learn more, visit its website at: www.ddcclinic.org.
The Metzenbaum Foundation
Families & Friends of Metzenbaum Center
Maple Leaf Residences
Family Home Based Support Service (FHBS) Program
The FHBS program is administered by the Metzenbaum Foundation which is funded by the Board. FHBS supports families in caring for their child/relative in the home.
Services eligible for funding include:
· Respite care
· Adaptable housing modifications
· Adaptive equipment
· Special diets/supplements
· Educational tools