About Our Chapter
Safe Families for Children would not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer families. We have host families who open their homes to vulnerable children. And family friends who support families in need by providing transportation, facilitating family visits, providing tangible resources to host families and so much more. We also have a group of parent mentors that serve our parents in need and a group of volunteer family coaches who monitor the care of a child while he or she is in a host home. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a host family, family friend, or family coach!
City Church – Cleveland Hts. & Ohio City
Grace C&MA Church – Middleburg Heights
North Olmsted Evangelical Friends Church – North Olmsted
ReNew Communities – Berea
West Side Alliance Church – Cleveland, OH
Tom Csora - Regional Catalyst
Tom's been with Lydia Home/Safe Families since 2007.
A native Ohioan, Tom and his family moved to Cleveland in August 2014 after living and ministering to the people of Chicago for 13 years.
Tom holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering and a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Theological Seminary. He helped start a Christian Community Center in Chicago’s neighborhood of Rogers Park serving the most needy of that community through basketball, Discipleship, and family counseling.
He served with Safe Families for Children in Chicago and now is living out his passion to see Safe Families start in Cleveland and in Pittsburgh where he lived for a brief time and met the woman of his dreams Karin Csora.
Tom is also the Sr. Pastor of Grace Church Old Brooklyn in Cleveland, Oh. This role of pastor coupled with his role at SFFC will hopefully increase his effectiveness at the church and create new opportunities with pastors across the region.
He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children Samuel, Isabela, Noah, and Caitlyn. He likes playing sports when time permits and seeing the urban community open more basketball courts.
Rebecca M. Quella, MSW, LISW - Volunteer Family Coach Supervisor
Rebecca is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Cleveland State University and felt called to work with marginalized children and families. She went on to receive a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, where she obtained the clinical training to provide extensive mental health services and wrap-around community support services.
Her practice has included case management and therapeutic interventions for children, adolescents, adults, families and groups within the systems of social services, criminal justice, and numerous metropolitan school districts.
Rebecca finds joy in seeing hope restored, families renewed, spending time around the table with old and new friends, and exploring the beautiful city of Cleveland, Ohio, where she now lives with her husband, Stephen, and their two children.
Alana Dennis - Church Engagement Coordinator
Initial Safe Families Team Member for Cleveland. Pivotal in launching SFFC in her church and reaching out to the local community.
Alana Dennis is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Child Life Specialist, having worked many years with children with special needs as well as those who experienced trauma. She holds a BM in Voice/Music Therapy from Ohio University, a MS in Child Development from Erikson Institute, and a Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is currently pursuing study in Counseling with CCEF/Westminster Seminary.
Alana desires to see Christ followers demonstrate his love well as they welcome strangers and make them friends. She and her husband and their three young children love hosting new friends.
Geoffrey Lake - Advisory Board Member
Masters in Social work - CSU,Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution University of Mass., B.A. Psychology University of Connecticut
Geoff Lake grew up in southeastern Connecticut, he met his wife Lyzz in Boston, and moved to Cleveland to support her nursing career.
Geoff’s career in human services started in Connecticut, where he worked for Big Brother Big Sister. In Boston, Geoff supervised Therapeutic Foster parents, working with complex and fragile foster children. In Cleveland, Geoff worked briefly as a child therapist, before joining the Cleveland Clinic. At Cleveland Clinic, Geoff has worked in Pediatrics, and later in adult Neurology/Neurosurgery. Geoff is now a manager in Case Management at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus.
Geoff and his wife Lyzz helped found City Church in Cleveland. They love being part of a bible teaching community, where Jesus in preeminent. Further, they are very excited to be part of Safe Families. Geoff and Lyzz have hosted a pair of siblings, as well as two other children, sharing the Love of Jesus, by opening their home to a child in need is exactly in line with how God welcomes us into his family.
Geoff enjoys riding his bicycle, and if he could have a superpower, he would like the ability to change the coefficient of friction at will.
Jennifer Mesko - Advisory Board Member
Jennifer Mesko is a civil litigation attorney at Tucker Ellis LLP. She and her husband have been in Cleveland since 2008 and have fallen in love with the city. Jenn went to Wheaton College (IL) for undergraduate and Case Western Reserve for law school. Her husband, Nate, is an orthopedic oncologist at Cleveland Clinic.
She has joined the Advisory Board because of her passion for families and children in crisis.