Healthcare

Basic Health program offers multiple services to Cleveland’s underserved

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FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | DOUGLAS J. GUTH | MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016

The nonprofit May Dugan Center has been addressing the basic needs of low income West Side residents for 70 years. New times create new necessities, to which the center has continued to answer the call, proponents say. May Dugan’s Basic Health program is a multi-faceted effort offering screenings and medical guidance for Cleveland’s underserved and uninsured. These benefits are intertwined with ongoing food and clothing distribution and support services the nonprofit is already providing.

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The basics: May Dugan serves families in need with food, clothing and medical help

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FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | KARIN CONNELLY RICE | MONDAY, AUGUST 08, 2016

Sue Nerlinger likes to keep active. “Sitting around drives me cuckoo,” she says. “I can’t stand sitting around.” So, when a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in 2000 threatened to slow her down, she kept working as an optician for W.A. Jones Optical with University Hospitals until the company closed in 2010.  Nerlinger’s twins were just 10 years old at the time, and with the job behind her, she needed to get food on the table and was having a hard time making ends meet. She turned to the May Dugan Center’s Basic Needs Program, which provides food, fresh produce and clothing to Cleveland’s west side residents in need.

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Turning back from the edge

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FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | BRANDON BAKER | THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

In Peter Katsilis’ profession, true success is marked by client relationships coming to an end.  The licensed bilingual social worker at the May Dugan Center sees about six clients per day, including many who are experiencing homelessness in the greater Cleveland area. Others might be looking for a job or escaping a tragic situation. Katsilis has helped many achieve their goal for a better life since he started working for the Ohio City non-profit three years ago, but like many area health and human service workers, he can’t settle on any one choice as the best success story.

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The very Irish history of Cleveland’s west side philanthropy

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FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | BRANDON BAKER | THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016

Charleen Reynolds-Cuffari can make anybody understand the kind of woman her grandmother was before uttering a word. Asked to describe the late May Dugan’s personality, the Kamm’s Corners resident narrows her eyes and raises a tightly clenched fist, forcing you to catch her drift. “I had the tough grandmother,” Reynolds-Cuffari says. “She ruled with an iron fist.” May’s parents, James and Annie, instilled that toughness in their children after emigrating from Ireland in 1883 and settling in Cleveland after stops in Quebec and Detroit. May had three brothers, and at least two other siblings who died during infancy.

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