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Cadence Care expanding in Niles

NILES — Cadence Care Network, formerly Homes for Kids, is in the process of renovating an empty building owned by the organization into a coffeehouse and cafe to provide resiliency programming and employ at-risk youth.

Matt Kresic, CEO of Cadence Care Network, said the planned cafe will be located at 39 N. Main St., across from the McKinley Memorial, and operate six days per week.

Work crews have been remodeling the large two-story yellow building, which at one time had been a beverage business. Cadence Care had previously purchased the building.

He said plans are to get the project completed in March or April.

The cafe will be open to the public and include a small meeting room that can be reserved to host breakfast and lunch meetings.

Total project cost is $675,182 with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services providing a state capital grant $391,637, with a required match. Kresic said donations are also being sought to defer additional costs.

UCI Contractors of Brookfield is doing the project.

Kresic said officials were successful in securing funding to help plan for offering services and programs for youth.

“We are looking to use it (the cafe) for job training program for the kids. The goal is to provide the kids we serve to have an opportunity to have job skills by working there for a period of time and then leave for a better job,” Kresic said.

He said Cadence Care has been in Niles for 30 years.

“We feel this will be good for the Niles community,” he said.

Proceeds from the cafe will be for programming with at least 10 students working and making coffee and crepes and other food items. There will be a manager and adults also taking part teaching job-training skills.

The downstairs of the building will be the cafe and the upstairs administrative offices for staff.

Work includes installing a kitchen,

Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz said city council recently approved a $5,000 grant of the Community Improvement Corp. for Cadence Care Network for the sidewalk, facade and sign for the front of the business. Cadence Care Network had submitted an application for the grant.

“What the CIC has done in the past two to three years is for the city to have small grant programs which are incorporated into the yearly budget. Small businesses, such as Cadence Care, can improve their properties in the downtown area,” Mientkiewicz said.

He said there are signage grants up to $5,000, landscaping grants up to $5,000 and sidewalk replacement grant up to $2,500.

“This is a way for the city to work hand-in-hand with local small businesses. This will help to attract and retain small businesses in the downtown area,” Mientkiewicz said

He said he is excited about Cadence Care’s initiative.

“We are glad the city can provide a small piece of the puzzle to help them. That is what this program has been set up to do,” he said.

Kresic said the organization changed its name noting it does more community-based mental health services than foster care. He said program helps youth dealing with mental-health issues, such as anxiety.

“This will allow us to give back in a different way and also to serve kids in a way that is meaningful. This will help provide youth with work ethic and skills to help them be proud. We want to provide them a safe place to do that, to help train them and allow them to feel comfortable,” Kresic said.

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