Thank those who made Northeast Ohio “a better country” this year

CLEVELAND – This Thanksgiving day, we give thanks to the people and organizations of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio who are working to make it a better country.

This Thanksgiving Day at 4:00 p.m. on News 5, we aired a special presentation of some of our favorite stories from our A Better Land series and provided updates on what some of these groups and selfless champions are up to right now.

Watch our full special in the video player above, and rewatch these stories below:

The man who lives in poverty gives to those in need

The man who lives in poverty gives to those in need

It’s not often that someone in need helps others. News 5 met a man working to restore dignity to all by giving away more than just food and toiletries.

To read the whole story click here.

Nearly 150 years later, the Friendly Inn continues to lend a helping hand to families

The Friendly Inn treats needy strangers like family

The Friendly Inn Settlement was founded by the Women’s Temperance Union League in 1874 to provide community service to families in need.

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Students in Lorain build confidence and community through ballroom dancing in the classroom

Students in Lorain build confidence and community through ballroom dancing in the classroom

The students in Lorain are back in the classroom and are given another chance to build confidence by rattling, sliding, and sliding through the school day a little.

To read more of this story, click here.

Cleveland woman turns pain of losing best friend into passion to help others through trauma of gun violence

CLE woman uses gun violence experience to help others

A Cleveland woman who lost her childhood best friend to gun violence turns her personal pain into a passion to help others affected by the trauma of gun violence.

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Beat the Streets Cleveland Chapter uses the art of wrestling as a tool to teach children life lessons

Beat the Streets Cleveland Chapter uses the art of wrestling as a tool to teach children life lessons

The city of Cleveland is investing more than $15 million this year to run its department of recreation. That budget has been increased by nearly $1.4 million starting in 2021. The money includes the maintenance of 21 recreation centers, an arts center, 32 pools, two soccer complexes and a baseball complex.

To read the whole story click here.

Hope blooms in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood once below, but not outside

Hope blooms in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood once below, but not outside

Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. And for one Cleveland neighborhood, the changing of the seasons brings with it a resurgence of pride.

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The East Cleveland home that was once owned by Rockefeller serves as a safe haven for homeless, runaway teenagers

A Better Land: Broken Connections, Inc.

An East Cleveland woman is serving as a beacon for local teens who are homeless and have nowhere to go. Her nonprofit organization, Broken Connections, offers a loving lifeline to teens with no options desperate to get back on track.

To read the whole story click here.

Bessie’s Angels is expanding the safety net for teens emerging from foster care

Bessie’s Angels is expanding the safety net for teens emerging from foster care

A milestone birthday often brings with it a little uncertainty for teenagers living in foster care. At 18, they age out of the system.

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Cast it Forward offers catching opportunities for those who might otherwise not have the opportunity

Cast it Forward offers catching opportunities for those who might otherwise not have the opportunity

Ignite a spark by throwing a line – a Northeast Ohio man breaks down barriers and shares a lifelong passion with strangers. But after spending hours with them on the open waters of Lake Erie, they become something much more.

To learn more about this story, click here.

The school administrator starts an after-school dance program that helps students thrive

The school administrator starts an after-school dance program that helps students thrive

A West Park Academy guard didn’t let his title stop him from finding ways to help students at his school. He realized the kids at school needed an outlet to thrive, so he created one that became a huge source of inspiration while making Cleveland “A Better Land.”

To read the whole story click here.

Small business owner supported by the refugee agency in Northeast Ohio

How a Small Business Owner from Afghanistan Made a Win in Northeast Ohio

In 2019, Zianawaz Anjwazkhan came to the United States to pursue the American dream. He moved to the US after living the first 20 years of his life in Afghanistan in search of his next big idea.

To read the whole story click here.

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