May Dugan Center Is Building A Bridge to Serve Victims of Trauma and Violent Crime with The MetroHealth System

The trauma our clients have experienced has affected myriad aspects of their lives, often disrupting their education, emotional development, sense of security, and increasing their risk of both mental health problems as well as detachment from the community. Many struggle finding and maintaining employment in a safe, healthy environment. These consequences are not unexpected; according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice, 68% of victims of serious violent crime (rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault) experienced socio-emotional problems: moderate to severe distress, significant problems with work or school, significant problems with family or friends, “including more arguments than before the victimization, an inability to trust, or not feeling as close after the victimization” (Langton and Truman. “Socio-Emotional Impact of Violent Crime” Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2014).  In addition, as the University of San Francisco Trauma Center reports: “the adverse experiences affect health through diverse biological pathways, leading individuals who have experienced trauma to be more vulnerable to injury and illness are more reluctant to seek health care”(Jyoti Madhusoodanan, April 12, 2016:  May Dugan is a safe place for individuals to seek support and work on their recovery. Our experience suggests that screening patients for this trauma and planning safety interventions is both safe and effective.

We are pleased to partner with a system already addressing the initial physical and psychological impact of trauma. The Trauma Recovery Services within The MetroHealth System in 2013 already provides “professional risk assessment and counseling, educational materials, support groups, and peer visitation services (using volunteer trauma survivors).” They have immediate contact with 2,000 trauma patients and families, and have developed the most active peer visitation program of its kind in the US. When their patients access available resources, “they have measured success in greater patient engagement and self-efficacy.”

May Dugan and MetroHealth system have robust internal supports for victims of crime. In addition to these internal resources, both agencies share an effective system of community partners, including the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Frontline Services. As a community team, Metro has the opportunity to provide comprehensive referrals for victims.  By partnering with The MetroHealth System, a safety net hospital with a strong history of providing excellent medical services to our community. Like May Dugan, their mission is to serve individuals regardless of the ability to pay. Together, we can provide a continuity of care to secure better outcomes and lower recidivism for our most vulnerable neighbors.







May Dugan Center 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

On December 1st, one of the tallest trees in Ohio City lit up the corner of Bridge Avenue and Randall as hundreds of our neighbors and supporters helped us celebrate our 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The evening was filled with the holiday spirit thanks to joyous performances from the Urban Community School Choir and our very own Rhythm and Roots Senior Music Group. We would like to recognize and thank our Planning Committee, Staff and Volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to make this year’s event such a great success, including all of you who joined us afterwards at JukeBox for the post Tree Lighting Event.

Check out the photos from this year’s event on May Dugan Center’s Facebook Page!

Last but not least, we would like to recognize and give a special thanks to our Sponsors for their support of our Center and Mission!



Q & A: Rick Kemm

Executive Director Rick Kemm of The May Dugan Center in Ohio City - Photo © Bob Perkoski,


Rick Kemm is the kind of guy you might spend an hour chatting and laughing with before you realize where the time went. But amid anecdotes and smiles, the executive director of the May Dugan Center is sure to convey the community’s needs and why he’s the one capable of catalyzing change. Decades ago when he became a manager at the American Red Cross in Cleveland, an area resident confronted Kemm, angry that he had been chosen for the job as opposed to a Puerto Rican. Kemm didn’t back down.

Continue reading the full article at Fresh Water Cleveland 

2014 Neighborhood Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony was held on Thursday December 4th! Students from the Urban Community School performed Christmas Carols for nearly 400 of our near west side neighbors! Those in attendance were also treated to a special performance by cheerleaders from the Breakout Charter School!

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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, one of the biggest trees in Ohio City once again serves as a beacon of hope for the holidays! 

We would like to thank all of our 2014 sponsors!

Featured  Sponsors: Cargill Salt Co. and Forest City Enterprises & GIE Media

Supporting Sponsors: Julie Rehm & Bruce Szabo,  Voss Aerospace Industries

Helping Hand Sponsors: Ginny Petrie, Rick Weigle & Key Bank, American Tank & Fabricating Co., Tucker Ellis LLP, and The Alpha Group

Good Neighbor Sponsors: Donald P. Kazmaier, Tracey & Jerry Bradnan, Rick A. Kemm, Jeff & Ashley Neuman, Frantz Ward LLP, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Dollar Bank, Ohio City, Inc, and OE Connection.

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2013 Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Rick Kemm, welcomed more than 50 individual supporters, donors, elected officials and community members to the 2013 meeting. The Honorable Judge Kathleen Keough swore in one new board member, Jasmin Santana, and reappointed three Members, Derrick English, Jr., Matthew Kosarko and Rick Weigle. Out-going Board President, Dr. Julie Rehm, introduced Patrick Reynolds as our newly elected president.

We were honored to have ADAMHS Board CEO, Bill Denihan, give this year’s remarks. His impassioned speech centered on the recent heroin epidemic and proposed cuts to community mental health/case management providers.

Following Mr. Denihan, The MDC Committee Chairs reported on the successes of each department. Four individuals received this year’s “Piece of the Rock” Award for their outstanding commitment and dedication to the May Dugan Center. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Joseph Barna, SIOR; Thomas Stickney, Esq.; Councilman Brian Cummins; and Sue Marasco, Ph.D. In addition, Bruce Smith, Sue Nerlinger and Julius Nuriddin were awarded with our community service awards.The meeting concluded and attendees were treated to a delicious meal provided by Bruno’s Ristorante.

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