JoAnn and Bob Glick of Hunting Valley have gifted MetroHealth $500,000 toward the expansion of two programs aiming to serve vulnerable youth in Cleveland.
The Glicks committed $250,000 each toward the MetroHealth Autism Assessment Clinic and the system’s Students Are Free to Express project.
As the only autism assessment clinic on Cleveland’s west side, and the only clinic in Ohio, MAAC accommodates the language and cultural needs of Hispanic patients and families. The Glicks’ donation will enable the program to add a speech/language therapist, a social worker and a bilingual psychologist to its current full-time staff of three. This will reduce the program’s wait list and allow it to serve more children.
The SAFE project is a mental health initiative within MetroHealth’s school health program. Besides immersing students in the arts, the SAFE program provides health care services to children while they are at school and helps them navigate serious mental health challenges while teaching them to find healthy outlets for their emotions.
“The Glicks’ gift will allow the SAFE Project to recruit a full-time evaluation assistant and program coordinator, develop evaluation metrics, increase the pool of visiting professional artists, provide education presentations/workshops for families, and expand programming to include more students at each school,” according to an Oct. 10 MetroHealth news release. The program is offered at three schools within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District: John Adams High School, Harvey Rice Wraparound School and Lincoln-West High School.
In the release, JoAnn Glick said she and her husband chose to support these two programs “because they are both fulfilling an unmet need and improving the lives of Cleveland’s children, on the front lines.”
Bob Glick noted in the release these programs are working and can be expanded and replicated by other health systems to increase access.
“We hope our investments not only help kids in Cleveland but that they inspire others to join us in supporting Cleveland’s kids and families,” he said.
“Clevelanders are fortunate to have JoAnn and Bob Glick in their corner,” MetroHealth President and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros said. “We are grateful that the Glicks have chosen to be our partner in bringing critical services to the community. Ensuring the health and well-being of our residents, especially our young people, is one of the most important parts of MetroHealth’s mission.”
Bob Glick was the founder and former CEO and chairman of Dots, LLC, which was a specialty women’s apparel retail chain, and JoAnn Glick was a registered nurse.