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Annual Meeting Remarks from Thomas P. Royer


Message from Thomas P. Royer, President CEO Presented at Beech Brook’s 166th Annual Meeting September 13, 2018 Moving upstream and adaptation have been the themes for Beech Brook this year and will be for the foreseeable future. Both CMSD and Julius Simmons are pioneers who offer tangible examples of how moving upstream can be so effective, catching children and families before they are washed away. Beech Brook’s School-Based program is just one example trying to get out in front, before children fail to thrive, whether that be in school, in the community or at home. I have talked several times about violence in our schools and communities. But we have another problem that needs to be addressed through better prevention and early intervention initiatives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there were more than twice as many suicides in the United States as there were homicides in 2016. The Center for Disease Control reported a 28 percent rise in suicide-related deaths between 1999-2016.

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Beech Brook celebrates 166 years of service to children and families


Beech Brook will honor the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) with the agency’s Community Partnership Award at its 166th Annual Meeting on Thursday evening, September 13, at the Beech Brook campus, 3737 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike. CMSD Superintendent Eric Gordon will accept the award on behalf of the district. Beech Brook also will present its highest individual honor of the year at the annual meeting to Julius L. Simmons, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W.-S., of Shaker Heights. Simmons will receive the Suzanne Brookhart Harrison Award for Exceptional Service to Children for his 56 years of commitment to children and families.

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Beech Brook receives Bruening Foundation grant to expand S.T.E.P.S. Program


Beech Brook has been awarded a $328,382 Strong Start grant from the Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation to support a major expansion of its S.T.E.P.S. program, announced Tom Royer, Beech Brook President/CEO. S.T.E.P.S., which stands for Security, Touch, Eyes, Play and Sound, is a research-based program which supports early brain development by teaching parents simple, enjoyable and purposeful interactions and techniques which have been shown to have a positive impact on cognitive functioning, says Royer.

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Beech Brook to host 7th 5K Run/1 Mile Walk


Beech Brook will host its 7th annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in partnership with Fleet Feet Sports. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Fleet Feet store at Landerwood Plaza, 30679 Pinetree Rd., Pepper Pike.

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Debra Rex to retire as President/CEO


The Beech Brook Board of Directors has announced the retirement of President/CEO Debra Rex, M.A., M.Ed., effective November 17, 2017, according to Philip M. Dawson, board chairman.

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Debra Rex wins OACCA Award


Debra Rex Wins Statewide Award Beech Brook President/CEO Debra Rex was presented with the annual George Stevens Award for Service to the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA) at their statewide conference in Columbus in late April. The award is named in honor of OACCA founder George Stephens, who believed in the need for a strong, unified voice for private child-caring agencies, such as Beech Brook. He established the organization in 1973 as Ohio’s first statewide child advocacy organization for Ohio’s at-risk children, families and community providers.

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Beech Ball Raises More Than $180,000


More than 380 guests attended this year’s fundraiser for Beech Brook, held April 28 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. Although the final results are not yet available, it appears that the agency has already netted nearly $189,000 in support for its child abuse prevention and early intervention programs for children and families.

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Statement regarding the Death of Steve Stephens


It was with a mixture of sadness and relief that Beech Brook learned of the suicide of Steve Stephens. Every suicide is a tragedy, but we also share a sense of relief with the rest of our community because we are longer fearful that Mr. Stephens will take more lives. We are deeply grateful to the law enforcement officials who vigorously pursued this case. Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by these senseless acts of violence.

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Beech Brook Offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 18


As we have said previously, we are shocked and horrified by the events involving Steve Stephens, especially the tragic murder of Mr. Godwin. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this time of grief. Beech Brook is cooperating fully with law enforcement in its investigation. Our offices were closed on Monday, April 17, out of concern for the safety of our staff, clients and visitors to our sites. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 18 will additional security measures in place.

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Statement regarding Steve Stephens


We were shocked and horrified yesterday to learn about the situation involving the threats by Steve Stephens and the tragic shooting of Mr. Godwin. Our hearts go out to his family during this time of grief. Beech Brook’s offices will be closed today out of concerns for the safety of our staff, clients and other visitors to our sites.

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Beech Brook Awarded Funds Through Victims of Crime Act


Beech Brook has been awarded $443,905 through the Victims of Crime Act. These federal funds, administered through the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, will support and provide resources for children and families who have been victims of or impacted by a crime.

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Beech Brook’s 164th Annual Meeting to Focus on Preventing Abuse and Neglect


Beech Brook will host its 164th Annual Meeting this Thursday, September 29, 2016, on its campus at 3737 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. Guest speaker for this year’s event is Amy Templeman, director of the Washington D.C.-based program Within Our Reach.

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The Penders win Philanthropist Leadership Award


Long-time Beech Brook supporters and well-known community philanthropists Kathy and Jim Pender have been selected to receive the 2016 Philanthropist Leadership Award, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Cleveland. The award will be presented at the AFP annual awards luncheon in November.

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6th Annual Fleet Feet 5k to Benefit Beech Brook


Fleet Feet 5K Run and Walk to benefit Beech Brook PEPPER PIKE, OHIO – Fleet Feet Sports will host the 6th annual 5K Run to benefit Beech Brook on Sunday, May 8, 2106. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Fleet Feet store at Landerwood Plaza, 30679 Pinetree Rd., Pepper Pike. Walkers are also encouraged to join in the event to walk, and there will be a 1-mile course for those who prefer a shorter distance.

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Beech Brook Will Focus its Resources on Community-Based Prevention and Early Intervention


Residential Programs will be phased out by June PEPPER PIKE, OHIO – Beech Brook today announced plans to expand its focus on community-based prevention and early-intervention programs designed to strengthen and support families and children, with a goal of keeping children safe and building strong families. By fully focusing its resources on prevention and early intervention, Beech Brook hopes to help more children before their problems become severe enough to require removal from their families.

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Hope Grows Here


Over the past couple years, Nicole Shefrin, the executive director of Fostering Hope, and her team have done a fantastic job of providing gifts and parties for the children at Beech Brook as part of their mission to enrich the lives of kids in out-of-home settings. photo 1Their newest project, Hope Grows Here, is a 40’ x 40’ therapeutic garden on Beech Brook’s main campus in Pepper Pike.

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Beech Brook President/CEO Receives National Leadership Award


Debra Rex, president and CEO of Beech Brook, has been honored with The Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. The Nordlinger Award, presented Oct. 16 at the Alliance’s national conference in Pittsburgh, recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of quality services for children and families.

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