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Fall 2016 “Voice of The Village” is Now Available

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Anniversary Community Resident News


We are excited to bring you the latest edition of the "Voice of The Village" newsletter!

In This Edition, We Cover:

Welcoming our new President & CEO, Danny Williams

Bidding farewell to Harvey Shankman after 27 years of remarkable leadership

Celebrating 120 years of continuous programs and services to Cleveland's seniors

And so much more...

Enjoy it here!

Danny Williams named President & CEO of Eliza Bryant Village

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Community Resident News

Danny Williams named President & CEO of Eliza Bryant Village

williams-headshot2 Eliza Bryant Village's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Danny R. Williams, JD, MNO has been selected to serve as the next President and CEO. Williams will join Eliza Bryant Village on January 1, 2017. He will succeed Harvey Shankman, who will retire on December 31st, after providing 27 years of remarkable leadership.

Williams has spent his professional career serving the Greater Cleveland community, with over 30 years of experience in the legal, nonprofit and community health field. Since 2006, Williams has served as the Executive Director of The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, now known as Circle Health Services, a federally qualified health center that serves thousands of medically underserved patients annually.

"We are delighted to have Danny Williams join Eliza Bryant Village as we celebrate our 120th Anniversary of providing outstanding healthcare, programs and services for seniors along the continuum of care. We are confident Danny will work well with our Board and dedicated staff to help The Village continue to grow in providing high quality services to help seniors as they age," said Jean Allen-Jenkins, Eliza Bryant Village Board of Trustees Chair.

Williams will succeed Harvey Shankman who will retire at the end of the year. Shankman played an instrumental role in leading the growth and evolution of Eliza Bryant Village, with the creation of the adult day and transportation program; opening of 149 units of senior housing with the Eliza Bryant Manor, Amasa Ford Lodge and Garden Estates; and establishment of a renal dialysis center on The Village's campus.

"Harvey's legacy of dedicated service and visionary leadership is to be celebrated and appreciated. We remain grateful to him for being an advocate for Cleveland's inner-city seniors. We wish him well in retirement and on his new journey," said Allen-Jenkins.

“I have truly been fortunate to serve The Free Clinic during a period of great transition in health care. The organization is well positioned to continue to provide high quality medical, dental and behavioral health care to Greater Clevelanders well into the future under its new operating model and new name, ‘Circle Health Services,’” said Danny Williams.

“While it was a difficult decision to leave the many colleagues and friends I have worked with over the last 10 years, I am confident Circle Health Services will continue to thrive and grow. I look forward to joining Eliza Bryant Village and helping the Board implement its vision of meeting the safety net needs for our growing senior population," said Williams.


Eliza Bryant Village, founded in 1896, is the oldest continuously operating African American-focused long-term care facility in the United States. Annually, it serves more than 1,200 seniors through programs including: Senior Independent Housing, Adult Day Programs, transportation services, and nutritious meals, The Rehab Center, Skilled Nursing Care and The Center for Dialysis Care at Eliza Bryant Village.

Eliza Bryant Village is only one of seven skilled nursing facilities in Ohio designated as a critical access facility. For the past 120 years, The Village has been an anchor in the neighborhood and a safety net for frail and vulnerable seniors living in Cleveland and surrounding communities.


Official Press Release - Danny Williams named President & CEO of Eliza Bryant Village

Auxiliary II Hosts Their Annual Holiday Mart

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Community Resident News

Auxiliary II Hosts Their Annual Holiday Mart!

On Saturday, October 29th, Auxiliary II hosted their Annual Holiday Mart at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. The Holiday Mart included shopping from various vendors, a luncheon, fashion show, and raffles.

Residents and tenants from Eliza Bryant Village joined in on the festivities, as well as our own board member, Donald Williams, who strutted down the runway in nice fashions. It was a great time for everyone in attendance!

We thank Auxiliary II for hosting such a fun event, bringing together supporters of Eliza Bryant Village. Funds raised from this event supports essential programs and services for our seniors at The Village! To find out more about our auxiliaries, visit here.

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Eliza Bryant Village Kicks Off 120 Years of Service to Seniors!

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Anniversary Community Resident News

Eliza Bryant Village Kicks Off 120 Years of Service to Seniors!

This past week was celebratory for The Village as we kicked off our 120th anniversary on Sunday, August 28th and Thursday, September 1st (our official incorporation date)! 120 flierA Cake & Ice Cream Social Residents, families, board members, staff, and the community joined us for an afternoon of music and art with the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Museum of Art! The afternoon featured a violin duo and brass trio along with the Eliza Bryant Village Chorus made up of The Village's own residents. Guests also enjoyed making flag pennants in celebration our our anniversary outside at the Studio Go bus! The event concluded with cake for all and an exhibit with art created by our residents from Skilled Nursing and Adult Day.

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On Thursday, residents, staff, and some members from the community cake together to enjoy cake and ice cream in recognition of our official incorporation day! Harvey Shankman, President & CEO, along with Deborah Enty, COO and Administrator, greeted everyone and led guest in singing the "Birthday Song." Guests mingled, enjoyed cake and ice cream, and celebrated 120 years of Eliza Bryant Village's service to seniors!

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We can not thank our guests enough for celebrating with us! We had a great time and enjoyed getting to know more of the community members who support us!

Stay tuned for more celebrations around The Village's 120th Anniversary!

“Living the Mission” Day for John Carroll University at Eliza Bryant Village

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John Carroll University's Living the Mission Day at Eliza Bryant Village!

On Thursday, August 25th, Eliza Bryant Village welcomed approximately 65 John Carroll first year students to assist in various service projects around The Village. This was a part of John Carroll University's "Living the Mission" Day where all John Carroll first year students engaged in an activity as part of orientation week.

The volunteers were extremely helpful as The Village worked to prepare for the upcoming 120th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff to be held on Sunday, August 28th. They assisted in cleaning our grounds; painting and playing bingo with our residents; and preparing for our anniversary celebration kickoff by helping to fold programs and create poster board welcoming our guests.

Our residents truly appreciated their time in The Village and many of the students were excited to come back in the Fall for their weekly service commitment through the Center for Service and Social Action at John Carroll University.

Thank you to the organizers, JP Graulty and Samantha Cocco, and the first year John Carroll students! We wish them the absolute best as they embark upon their post secondary journey!

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Skoda Minotti & KeyBank hosts their Day of Service at Eliza Bryant Village

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Skoda Minotti's Day of Service at Eliza Bryant Village!

On Thursday, August 11th, Eliza Bryant Village partnered with Skoda Minotti for their Day of Service! 20 volunteers came out for two hours to assist with cleaning our Nursing Home unit, hosting a game of bingo, and replacing nail polish for our residents.

Our seniors were pleased to have the employees of Skoda Minotti come out to The Village! Many exclaimed their appreciation!

We thank Skoda Minotti for selecting Eliza Bryant Village as a site for their Day of Service! We look forward to partnering with them again in the future!

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KeyBank's Day of Service at Eliza Bryant Village!

On Friday, August 12th, Eliza Bryant Village was delighted to host 60 KeyBank volunteers who graciously gave their time and energy to help us beautify The Village and host our 2016 Senior Olympic Games! Our Chief Operating Officer, Deborah Enty, welcomed the volunteers and thanked them for their service.

Volunteers helped to wipe down windows, doors, and rooms in all of our housing units; treat our housing tenants to a game of bingo; disinfect areas in our Adult Day area; and set up and host the Olympic Games which our seniors thoroughly enjoyed! One of our seniors asked a volunteer to come back to Eliza Bryant Village! The volunteer couldn't deny that she had a great time and would be more than willing to come back and spend some time with our seniors.

We are extremely thankful for KeyBank's help, and truly thank them for taking time to get to know our seniors through conversations and putting smiles on their faces!

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We Appreciate Our Volunteers! Thanks to Skoda Minotti & KeyBank for Their Support!

The Asian Community Dance Performance Comes to Eliza Bryant Village!

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Community Resident News

On Saturday, July 30th, our residents was treated to an Asian Community Dance Performance! Special thanks to The Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association and NEON for bringing this event to The Village!

Residents enjoyed refreshments and a performance from groups of youth in various Asian dance forms.

This event definitely touched many of our total care and immediate residents who rarely come out of their rooms. One of our seniors expressed that the girls were "so cute they looked like dolls." Another resident was in awe with how much the "music was soothing."

We are extremely grateful for The Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association and NEON and this event, allowing our residents to gain exposure to various art forms throughout Cleveland!

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