Founder and CEO Brandon Chrostowski says he realized that education and training were only one facet of a former prisoner’s efforts to move forward in life. Those who have been arrested and jailed often have no support system, or family and friends willing to help, when they are released.
They need a safe place to live while pursuing their education.
“Homeless shelters are meant to be a short-term living solution,” Chrostowski said via email. “But living in a shelter isn’t ‘living’ so much as it is survival.”
So Edwins’ extensive network of financial contributors, led by Chrostowski, set a goal of creating a dormitory complex in the restaurant’s nearby Buckeye neighborhood.
The goal is to create housing by converting existing structures at East 130th Street and Buckeye Road into a complex that includes sleeping and study areas, a kitchen and facilities for fitness training, plus parking and a green space.
Read the full article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer here.