Our organization has changed our name, but our mission is the same.
As Re:Source Cleveland we remain committed to our core mission and embrace an inclusive approach to support and empower all resettled families, irrespective of their status. Our organization is a resource to this region to continue to grow and thrive for years to come.
Fourteen years ago The Refugee Response was founded to serve the newcomer populations of Greater Cleveland. In this period, the nature of immigration to the US and our region has changed. The scope of our work has grown and our reach has expanded to include newcomers not only from refugee resettlement programs but asylees, humanitarian parolees, and those who have arrived as refugees and are now residents and citizens. We are committed to helping the broad community of newcomers to Greater Cleveland.
Resources of Our Work
Our new name, Re:Source Cleveland, honors our last 14 years as The Refugee Response and exemplifies our belief that newcomers are a source of strength, vitality, and enrichment to our region.
Our original name, The Refugee Response, has served us extraordinarily well because of the foresight and clear-eyed intentionality with which our founders started and named this organization. As we broadened our reach year-over-year to work with more and more refugees in the Cleveland area, it became clear that our seven programs were serving and helping a more expansive group of newcomers. In turn, we are making this change to be more inclusive and to meet the greater, yet still focused, need.
The Re:Source Logo
The emblematic Re:Source brand logo draws reference to batik printing: a richly hued printing technique that is synonymous with culture – celebrating nature, honoring virtues, and recording narratives. As newcomers, one’s geographical home may have changed, however the heritage and traditions they bring with them remain a vital imprint on the new life they establish.
Within the logo, the confident resiliency of a soaring bird represents traveling with intention and resolve. The stem of wheat, circular forms [grapes], and crystals [salt] reference the warm gesture of welcoming one to a new home with a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and salt:
“Bread, that this house may never know hunger. Salt, that life may always have flavor. And wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”
The logo imagery creates an inherent thread to the mission of The Ohio City Farm: nourishing the community with local food and empowering resettled newcomers in Northeast Ohio by providing them with valuable training and employment.