Bay Village-Based Village Project Aims To Expand Reach

The Morning Journal – April 5, 2014.   When Barb Harrell started the Village Project, a nonprofit organization in Bay Village assisting cancer patients and their families, she never thought she’d end up being one of its clients.
But that’s exactly what happened after her husband, Jeff, was diagnosed with cancer, making her not only the nonprofit’s executive director, but also one of its patrons.

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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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Village Food Project changes name, mission

The Village Food Project in Bay Village is changing its name and mission.

It has for the past two years brought nourishment and care to individuals and their families who have been touched by cancer.

The response to this service has been remarkable, according to organizers. To continue growth and better describe its purpose, the Village Food Project reestablished Feb. 21 and incorporated as the Village Project.

The mission has been expanded to provide nourishing meals and “extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer.” Read more

Bay Village Community Council names citizen/project of the year

The Bay Village Community Council named Andrea Sheppa as the 2013 Bay Village citizen of the year and the Village Food Project as the 2013 project of the year.

Sheppa, a retired math teacher from the Lakewood school system, was honored for her years of service to Bay Village schools, most recently for raising money for new marching band uniforms. Read more

Village Food Project in Bay Village to deliver meals to cancer patients

The Village Food Project, a recently formed volunteer organization, plans to deliver nutritious, precooked meals to cancer patients and their families in Bay Village beginning this month.

Barb Harrell, an employee of Bay Presbyterian Church, serves as the Food Project’s executive director and founded the organization after learning about a similar program operated by the Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, Calif.

The idea is to provide at least three nutritious meals per week to cancer patients who may be too ill from chemotherapy or radiation treatments to cook their own meals.

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