Serve

In our building…

The Co-op Nursery School at Heights Christian Church provides creative learning experiences for pre-school children in well-equipped, cheerful rooms. We offer a Reggio-Emilia-inspired cooperative preschool designed for children ages 2-5. Experienced teachers work closely with families to create a nurturing, play-based learning environment that fosters joy and encourages young children to explore, create and experiment.  Parents aid professional staff in guiding early socialization and readiness activities throughout the school year.  Find out more at www.shakerpreschool.com.

The Shaker Heights Youth Center counsels, supports, and successfully teaches Shaker Schools’ students in an alternative educational setting.  Serving over 180 children and youth in grades K-12, they offer prevention services for suspended and expelled students, leadership and mentoring programs, in-school support to students who are experiencing academic or social problems, and a summer enrichment  program for K-4.

The HCC Thrift Shop, open Thursdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a resale shop accessed from the Winslow Road entrance.

The Getaway is a partnership with the City of Shaker Heights offering a safe space for senior high youth after school. The Getaway is  located in our Fellowship Hall (lower level by Winslow Road entrance) and open each school day from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. Professional staff, games, homework help, a nutritious meal, and the opportunity to socialize and use charging stations and wifi are provided. This drop-in program is offered free of charge to any 9th-12th grade Shaker student.

…in the community…

Our Giving Garden, tended by volunteers, provides vegetables to  the temporarily homeless older adults at Fairhill’s Senior Guest House , area food banks, neighbors, and the occasional animal.

Our Community Garden (across Daleford Rd from the church) provides garden plots for members of the community. Sign up begins in April of each year.  A small fee is assessed to help with upkeep.

Campbell Court, a vital ministry of the church since 1985, provides affordable housing for seniors. It is an expression of cooperation with the community, the City of Shaker Heights, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Since the spring of 2007, we have given a Peace Award to a deserving junior or senior at Shaker Heights High School. This scholarship award of $500 is in keeping with HCC’s designation as a “Shalom Congregation” dedicated to teaching, working and witnessing to “peace with justice.”

Our Community Advisory Board gathers leaders from HCC, local Jewish congregations, and Masjid Bilal of Cleveland (one of the first mosques designed and built by African American muslims) for fellowship and collaborative events.

…and around the world

Heights Christian Church’s Outreach Committee distributes four percent of the church’s income budget each year.  Information regarding our Community Outreach Grants is available here.