Cleveland Chapter

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Our Families

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!

Our Churches

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

Our Team

Alana Dennis - Director

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.

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.