Annual Charles R. See Forum on Reentry

LMM hosted the Charles R. See Forum on Reentry at The City Club earlier this month, which featured keynote speaker Ms. Susan Burton, author of Becoming Ms. Burton and founder of the Los Angeles-based A New Way of Life. Ms. Burton and the panel discussed important topics around reentry including barriers when returning to community, lived experience, empathy and more. Didn’t get a chance to catch the event? Click the button below

Portraits of Strength

The Portraits of Strength gallery, created by Lydia Bailey, features photos and stories of LMM staff members who have overcome extreme challenges in their lives, now using their experiences to help others. Their adversity has turned to strength with their work going to the full sense of vocation.

Great Food, Better Story

Freshwater Cleveland recently published The Metro45 Cafe Food Truck: A social enterprise on wheels, a story highlighting the work of Metro45, a social enterprise operated by LMM.

Seeds of Change Reentry Edition

In honor of #CLEReentryWeek2022, LMM is excited to share our latest edition of Seeds of Change, which is entirely focused on the agency’s reentry efforts! Click the button below to read about LMM’s involvement with reentry throughout the agency’s history, our current reentry efforts, how you can get involved and more.

Youth Drop-In Center

The Youth Drop-In Center is a community initiative in partnership with A Place 4 Me to prevent and end youth homelessness. The center, the first of its kind in Cuyahoga County, offers a space where young people seeking housing instability can find respite. Click the button below or visit our Youth Resiliency Services page to learn more.

Returning Citizens are a Valuable, Untapped Part of the Workforce

LMM Workforce Development Program Director Malika Kidd recently wrote an op-ed highlighting the challenges of reentry and the importance of second chances. Click the button to check out the op-ed in the Plain Dealer.

Talking Reentry with The Sound of Ideas

LMM’s own Malika Kidd joined ideastream’s Sound of Ideas segment to discuss her own impactful story, highlight the challenges of reentry, and touch on the Apart documentary. 

Be an Agent of Change for Homeless Families

Families are the fastest-growing segment of people experiencing homelessness in the United States. Click the button below to learn more about LMM’s Breaking New Ground campaign, an affordable housing initiative dedicated to housing and supporting families experiencing homelessness.


Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) is a 50 year-old non-profit providing innovative social enterprise job-training, civic engagement strategies and safety net services for the city of Cleveland and across northeastern Ohio. Our mission leads us to operate programs that change lives, transform communities and enliven community engagement.

COVID-19 Preparedness

LMM has been following the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and advancing our safety and business continuity plans in coordination with city and county governmental partners and within the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization. Click here to learn more.

Notes from LMM

A Summer with LMM: Morgan Edwards

Hello everyone! My name is Morgan Edwards and I am LMM’s Advocacy Intern for the summer of 2022. I am from Worthington, Ohio (near Columbus) but I have family in the Cleveland area and have always loved visiting the city and appreciated it for its diversity and...

The First-Ever People’s Reentry Assembly

As part of Reentry Week, LMM hosted the first ever People’s Reentry Assembly on April 30, 2022. The program was a community-wide effort, spearheaded by the Greater Cleveland Reentry Leadership Coalition’s Advocacy and Policy Committee which is co-chaired by Margie...

The 2022 Charles R. See Forum, Recap

On April 29, 2022 LMM hosted the second Charles R. See Forum on Reentry, which honors Mr. See’s 44 years of service at LMM and his work leading the innovative Community Re-Entry program. The forum was endowed thanks to several generous donors, with the goal of...

A Reflection on LMM’s Friend-to-Friend Program

She was a woman from California – at that time a resident of Northeast Pre-Release Center, an Ohio Department of Corrections prison in Cleveland.  I was with a group of people spending a day learning about the work of Lutheran agencies in Cleveland – we were in the...

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