Summer Youth Program – TBC KIDS

The summer program is off to a great start with over 60 youth ages 5-13 participating in a variety of activities four days a week. Our summer program is generously supported by Neighborhood Connections, Huntington Bank, Assumption Church and Sisters of St. Joseph , along with youth volunteers from Youth Unlimited and several community volunteers. During the month of July, youth participated in a series of field trips to the zoo, Botanical Gardens, Federal Reserve Bank, Aquarium and the County Fair.

Adult Education Summer Classes

The Thea Bowman Center adult educations classes are in session until the third week in August. The Center is providing an opportunity for students to continue to work towards passing the current GED® test over the next few weeks and before the new requirements take place in January 2014. Interested students may come to the center Monday- Thursday and participate in classes from 1- 3 p.m. or 5:30- 7:30 p.m. The Thea Bowman Center congratulates the 18 students who have already successfully passed the General Educational Development (GED®) exam.

PNC “Grow Up Great” Program

The PNC Bank in partnership with the Thea Bowman Center and the Oakfield Child Enrichment Center completed its third year of the PNC “Grow Up Great” Grant Program in mid-June. The “Grow Up Great” Grant Program” is hosted by PNC Bank volunteer employees who come weekly to the Thea Bowman Center to work with pre-school age children on school readiness. The Center is grateful to the PNC Bank employees who are committed to the school readiness program to enhance learning skills for each child in the project. The “Grow Up Great “Program will resume in September.

Second Annual Jazz Brunch

The 2nd annual Jazz Brunch was held on June 9th and featured the awesome music of “Horns and Things”. The Jazz Brunch is a wonderful fundraising event organized and sponsored by staff, friends and neighbors of the Thea Bowman Center. This celebratory event had over 200 people in attendance.  All enjoyed a soul food buffet prepared generously by volunteers, and the great music of Ken LeeGrand   and an all-time favorite, J.T. Lynch, of “Horns and Things”. The essence of the event is a time for neighbors and friends to come together to celebrate the past, present and future of the Thea Bowman Center.

TBC Receives Grant Supporting Free Tax Service

Free tax assistance through The Ohio Benefit Bank will once again be available at Thea Bowman Center (TBC) located at 11901 Oakfield Avenue with the driveway located off East 120th and Union Avenue. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Association of Food banks, home of the Ohio Benefit Bank, TBC will be able to expand tax-filing service for the 2012-2013 tax season.
“As an Ohio Benefit Bank counselor and a member of the Mt. Pleasant / Union Miles community, I know that our area will benefit from having the free tax preparation available to us. Money doesn’t grow on trees, so learning to best use our free resources, right in our own neighborhood, allows us to keep our vital financial and time resources for other needs i.e. bill paying, transportation and/or saving and investing. And that truly is a benefit.”
The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBBTM) is an innovative online service that connects Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, child tax credits, and education credits and federal financial aid (FAFSA). Ohioans can visits sites like and check out our calendar and contact info for the location of where to file their federal and state taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at The Thea Bowman Center offers food support through the Hot Meals and Food Pantry program; adult education including adult literacy and GED classes;
Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed or complete other benefit applications through the OBB can call Delena Warr at 216 -491-0699 for appointments Monday through Saturday, January 15 to April 15, 2013.