November 19, 2022, Maple Heights City School District held the grand opening of the Community Resource Room and provided turkeys and food bags to over 100 families in the Maple Heights City School District. The Community Resource Room is a space to help families within the Maple Heights community who have difficulty making ends meet until the next paycheck.
The Maple Heights City Schools Community Resource Room was the idea of Homeless Liaison Rosalin Wynn, who saw an opportunity to help the families in the community bridge a gap to help them get from one paycheck to the next and to help families recover from unforeseen circumstances. Wynn reached out to the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator Angelique Shy, and they went to work on making the Maple Heights City Schools Community Resource Room a reality.
Before establishing the Community Resource Room, Shy and Wynn assisted individuals and families within the District to recover from everything from housefires to evictions. They provided not only community resources but tangible items such as clothing, hygiene products, household products, infant items (clothing, diapers, wipes, etc.), and nonperishable food items. In providing these items on an as-needed basis, they saw the need to have an established place where these items were accessible all the time.
After much work, they presented a formal proposal to the district administrative team, and the Maple Heights City School Board Members supported the notion that the Community Resource Room to help meet the needs of the families within the District. This laid the foundation for the Community Resource Room.
Motivated to help, Maple Heights High School students had a canned food drive and donated 50 turkeys to the Community Resource Room grand opening. Students from Maple Heights Educational and Career Advancement Center Program helped to pack and organize the over 100 bags of food and other necessities that families will receive during the grand opening. The partnerships the Community Resource Room built from the City of Maple Heights, MyComm, FoodBank of Greater Cleveland, and the area churches also provided food and funding to support tomorrow's grand opening.