Kiwanis receives grant to support youths in crisis

by Sue Serdinak

The Bath-Richfield Kiwanis was recently awarded a $3,700 grant from the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families and the grant will help pay for supplies, a patio and gathering place at Shelter Care’s Safe Landing Youth Shelter.

Shelter Care provides crisis and emergency services to youth, ages 11-17. The shelter can house up to 12 youths. The staff provides emergency services, individual and group counseling and educational support for runaway, abused, homeless and court-assigned youth.  

The patio will be available to the youth that are in residence and the staff of the facility.

Profit from the Kiwanis Memorial Day weekend pancake breakfasts will support this shelter. Locally owned Plumbing Tech sponsored the cost of the food for this event.

Kiwanis sponsors a Key Club based at Revere High School. That group sold flowers at the Sunday and Monday breakfasts, and part of the profit will also support the Safe Landing Youth Shelter.

Kiwanis is the sponsor of Richfield’s annual Community Day on August 11 and some of the profit from that event will support the Safe Landing Youth Shelter.

Bath-Richfield Kiwanis holds meetings every Thursday, and most meetings have a guest speaker. More information can be found at

The hotline for Safe Landing Youth Shelter is 330-630-5600. ∞

Flipping the pancakes on the famous rotating disk is (right) Jeff Sprungl.  Helping are (l-r) Mike Pantaleano, Denny Bloomer and Jerry Baley. Photo by S. Serdinak

Photo (main/above): The Bath-Richfield Kiwanis prepared pancakes and sausage on Memorial Day and the day before. Working in the kitchen (l-r) are Jason Erdie, Jerry Martin, Shannon Graham and Marybeth Kaczmarek. Photo by S. Serdinak.