Village Project expands, hopes to move to larger location by Sept. 1

The Village Project is growing, and organizers hope to move into a new building Sept. 1.

Formerly known as the Village Food Project, the nonprofit organization is renovating over 3,500 square feet of space at 27378 West Oviatt Road in the same building as Thomas and Thomas Photography, near Donald Drive.

Since its founding more than two years ago, the Village Project has served more than 6,000 nutritious meals and provided extended care to about 55 families experiencing cancer in Bay Village and Avon Lake.

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Village Project founder Barb Harrell knows view from client side, too

When Barb Harrell founded the Village Project in Bay Village more than two years ago, she never imagined her family one day would become clients of the nonprofit agency.

That changed a couple of years ago when two of her family members were diagnosed with cancer. The experience has given her a unique understanding of some of the anxiety, concerns and problems facing the organization’s other clients. She also experienced a sense of relief associated with receiving help offered through the program, she said.

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The Village Project assists cancer patients, families (with video)

Nearly everyone has lost a loved one to cancer.

For families dealing with the illness, the constant trips to hospitals for treatment, the heartbreak of watching a loved one suffer and the stress of mounting expenses can make living a semi-normal life impossible.

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