When Ebony Naylor received her cosmetology license two years ago, she figured she’d mark the achievement by herself. The eight women who had mentored her for a year had other ideas.
“We were just in our normal meeting room, [but] they surprised me and [we] celebrated,” she says.
Naylor and her mentors came together through the Community of Hope, a nonprofit that helps youth who have aged out of the foster care system. From its office near Cleveland State University on Euclid Avenue, Community of Hope works to surround young adults with networks that can guide them toward successful, independent lives.
Read FreshWater's article "A place at the Table: How the Open Table Model is opening doors for CLE's foster care youth," featuring the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.