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Women’s Wellness Foundation is a vibrant, faith-based, all volunteer mission and ministry that serves women in crisis during transition. We provide invaluable mentoring, resource linkage and a clean & sober home, Dinami House, for women who are reorienting to the community after incarceration, who may also have addiction challenges. We also supply basic and essential items like clothing, feminine & hygiene products, toiletries and miscellaneous items. Our services are available to any woman in need and there are no eligibility requirements.

We provide programs that strengthen women emotionally, spiritually and physically. Our distinct environment for women includes housing, community-based services and an outdoor adventure therapy program.  This unique combination of recovery housing and adventure therapy has historically been available only to those who could afford private, sober, housing facilities.  For the first time ever, WWF is blessed to provide this kind of program for women in reentry.  Our goal is to provide women with opportunities and skills to deal with difficult situations so they can draw upon their experiences in our programs to conquer those challenges.   We give women hope for their future and practical tools to bridge the gap between incarceration and self-reliance.

Women’s Wellness Foundation is a member of the Ohio Association for Non-profits and the Ohio Recovery Housing Network.

Our Mission

Women’s Wellness Foundation provides an alternative to recidivism for women leaving incarceration by providing transitional housing, basic hygiene and personal products, programs that focus on healthy relationships, education, employment and life skill resources and linkage. We provide a bridge to a second chance life of sustained hope and confidence. We believe women in reentry and recovery have unique challenges best addressed in a single-sex environment, conducive to honesty and openness, delivered by women who have overcome similar experiences.

Our Vision

Our Vision is that all women in reentry and recovery have access to basic needs and peer support services that remove barriers to a successful transition back to the community. We want to reduce the recidivism rate of women back to prison to zero.

Our Core Values

  1. We build WWF with people who have strong Christian faith and are committed to The Word of God.
  2. We act on the conviction that the women we serve will always be our first priority.
  3. We apply the highest standard of excellence in delivery of services and programs when we interact with the women we serve.
  4. Every person is treated with the same high level of respect and dignity.
  5. We go to extreme lengths to provide a safe and habitable environment for the women we serve and the staff who provides the services.

Meet The Team

cindyAs one of the founding members of Women’s Wellness Foundation, Cynthia Rios is in year 8 of recovery from a substance abuse addiction.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University, a certificate in Project Management from Kent State University is CDCA certified.  Cynthia is the former co-chair of Women’s Ministry at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH and a former member of the Faith Based Outreach Committee for the ADAMHS board of Cuyahoga County.  Cynthia is the Director of Corporate Compliance at a LunaLiving, a substance abuse and behavioral health clinic in Geauga County.

Email: cynthia@womenswellnessfound.org

leangelaLiving in Cleveland for nearly 30 years, LeAngela believes it’s safe to call it home.  Her heart is rooted in the fiber of commitment, dedication and resilience of its residents to rebuild their communities.  She is passionate about giving back to her community and volunteers in efforts that help restore confidence to women, reunite families and help her community reclaim its rich, historic reputation. “It’s my desire to utilize my professional and life experiences to provide hope to and develop relief programming to those who need it most in my community.” LeAngela is highly motivated and committed to being a blessing to others.

LeAngela earned her BS degree in Finance from Jacksonville State University and is currently pursuing an MPA at Cleveland State University, specializing in non-profit management.  As a member of the Development team at CSU, LeAngela brings a wealth of knowledge in fundraising to WWF.  She’s formerly served as church administrator at True Vine Baptist Church, where she’s worshipped for many years and is also past Co-Weekend Chair of Tres Dias, a global Christian community that changed her life.   Also a licensed manicurist, LeAngela enjoys giving pedicures more than her clients enjoy receiving them – it’s therapy for her.  She is the proud mother of two wonderful adult sons, Antione and Aaron and one adorable grandson, Chandler.  LeAngela is fortunate to be a resident and a small part of the rebirth of the Historic Glenville neighborhood in Cleveland, OH.

Email: leangela@womenswellnessfound.org

gina-velez-wwf-1Gina joined WWF as the Vice Board Chair in January 2016. Gina is a Training & Development Business Partner for a local utility and is excited to partner with the Board of WWF to provide training and assistance to further the mission of the WWF.

Gina brings over 15 years of experience in human resources, training, and organization & employee development. She holds an Associate degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Coaching Certificate from the Association for Talent Development and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Psychology from Capella University.

In addition, she holds a certificate from Case Western Reserve University in Women’s Leadership, is a graduate of the Hispanic Alliance Leadership Development Institute, the YWCA Women’s Leadership Boot Camp, is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator practitioner, and Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator.

Email: gina@womenswellnessfound.org

leahLeah is an Employment Family Service Specialist for Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services.  She has also worked in the Salvation Army Harbor Light program and interned at Zelma George Family Shelter.  She has built a career in helping clients develop case plans, providing guidance and cognitive behavioral guidance and facilitating faith-based, strength programming for women.

Leah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sociology at Cleveland State University.  She also holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Human Services from Cuyahoga Community College.  She is also CDCA certified. Leah is a member of United Temple Church, where her father leads the congregation.

Email: leah@womenswellnessfound.org

deborahDeborah joined Women’s Wellness Foundation in September, 2015 and is committed to its mission. Currently a senior at Ashford University, San Diego, CA, Deborah is pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Communications Studies and a minor in Marketing. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society since 2015. With a GPA of 3.84 and on the Dean’s List for since 2014, Deborah will earn her BA is May, 2017. In November, 2016, she will begin studying for a Master’s Degree under the Smart Track Program at Ashford University in Organizational Management with specialization in Organizational Leadership.

Deborah has been employed at Dave’s Market in Akron, Ohio for six years gaining experience in various positions including her current position as front-end cashier. Additionally, She has significant years of experience within the grocery industry, hospital organization and government entities. In her different roles within these organizations, she has gained experiences in communication skills, written skills, critical thinking, decision-making, analytic and resolution skills.

Upon completion of her degrees at Ashford University, Deborah will become a more active board member helping Women’s Wellness Foundation achieve its goals; to participate in insuring the organization becomes a vigorous effecting change in the lives of women of all diversities and help them achieve their full potential.

Email:  deborah@womenswellnessfound.org

patricePatrice joined the board of WWF February 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI. and works in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Patrice became deeply interested in helping women after completing an undergraduate internship at a local addiction recovery facility in Holland. Through that internship, Patrice met many strong and resilient women and was moved by their stories. While Patrice thought they were amazing women despite their addictions, she learned many of them did not feel the same. They often felt defined by their addictions and past mistakes. She knew she wanted to help them change their perception. That’s the reason Patrice is committed to helping women empower themselves. With God’s help and anointing, Patrice helps women in recovery understand that no matter what has happened or what they have done, there is a Great God that loves them deeply and will help them if they allow Him. One of Patrice’s favorite scriptures is Isaiah 59:1, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened at all that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness that it cannot hear.”

Email:  patrice@womenswellnessfound.org

Gladys Burnettgladys@womenswellnessfound.org

Pam LeSure, Minister | pam@womenswellnessfound.org