Cleveland – March 1, 2020 – YWCA Greater Cleveland and Cogswell Hall have completed a strategic merger effective March 1, forming a single organization that leverages the expertise of both toward helping to solve homelessness in Cleveland. The two organizations entered talks in June of 2019, upon the retirement of Cogswell Hall Executive Director, Diana Cyganovich. At that time, YWCA Greater Cleveland was engaged to support the Cogswell Hall organization through a management contract while the two organizations explored a long-term partnership.
Cogswell Hall and YWCA’s leadership sees this coming together as a transformational one – an opportunity that is much more than a mere transaction. “This merger will leverage Cogswell Hall’s and YWCA’s respective expertise, assets, and approaches to better deliver on the promise of our work and the success in our community,” said Margaret Mitchell, CEO, YWCA Greater Cleveland.
“YWCA Greater Cleveland will provide the same high standard of services and quality for Cogswell residents to support their permanent housing and self-sufficiency. In a time where the supply of quality housing and essential services continues to be in high demand but limited supply, the two organizations see a shared future as a stronger way forward to achieve our shared mission,” she said. The combined organization will serve clients and the greater community through a unified housing continuum based on a trauma-informed approach – from emergency shelter through permanent models, noted Mitchell.
Cogswell Hall and YWCA have a shared history as charities founded by dynamic women leaders in the mid-1800s – visionary women who established a tradition of service to those on the margins of society that has remained core to both organizations. “Today, Cogswell Hall and YWCA individually strive to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Together, we share a vision of providing access to quality housing for all those living in Northeast Ohio,” said YWCA President & CEO Margaret Mitchell.
About Cogswell Hall
Cogswell Hall is a permanent solution to homelessness that offers quality, low-income housing with social services, builds community, and advocates for disabled and economically disadvantaged individuals, for 140 years. Today Cogswell Hall provides 41 low-income adults a dignified, quality, affordable, permanent home with on-site case management, emotional support, family-like meals, and help in setting and pursuing life goals.
About YWCA Greater Cleveland
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Greater Cleveland was established in 1868. It is the seventh oldest YWCA in the country and one of the oldest continuously operating nonprofits in Cleveland. For 150 years, YWCA has fought to bring shelter and structure to the vulnerable, to build greater racial equity and to provide a space where women’s leadership is valued and promoted.