Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Westhaven Youth Shelter and Youth Re-Entry Program have combined to form Next Step. The programs merged in order to provide a continuum of care to better serve vulnerable youth in Cleveland. Next Step will ultimately provide older youth who are without a home or a stable living environment with shelter care and independent living. Plans are underway to also provide transitional housing in the near future. Next Step will ensure that youth who are hurting and forgotten do not fall through the cracks and miss out on services they so desperately need. In addition to meeting the basic needs of housing, food and clothing, these gender-specific services also include counseling, independent-living skills and job placement.
Next Step is currently providing shelter care and supervised, cluster-site, independent living for females in the former Westhaven building located at 3020 W. 104th, Cleveland, Ohio. The upstairs of the building has been newly remodeled to provide safe, comfortable housing for young women.
Supervised, cluster-site, independent living for male clients will continue to be provided at 11849 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, Ohio. Next Step also offers scattered site apartments at various locations throughout the city once a participant demonstrates the skills to live more independently.
LMM is deeply committed to the welfare of people in Cleveland and is listening and responding to their needs—in this case, the needs of our youth.