Thanks to Neighbor Up and the Cleveland Climate Action Fund;

For awarding BCH and it's East Cleveland Urban Forest and Farm Project a grant in 2019!

With the help of Neighbor Up and the Cleveland Climate Action  Fund, along with community stake holders, Allandale is the first of many previously vacant lots that will be included in ECUF's East Cleveland Garden tour in the summer of 2020.

The garden tour will bring artists, gardeners and community members together to turn abandoned homes into art installations and vacant lots into beautiful landscapes for our guests to enjoy.

The East Cleveland Urban Forest and Farm Project grew out of BCH's African-American initiative and is a reflection of our commitment to creating community based opportunities for Restorative Arts.

Our African-American initiative recognizes African Americans escaping slavery in the southern states as the earliest recorded refugees in Cleveland.  The initiative also recognizes the need for services in this community and more specifically in East Cleveland where community members live with the daily trauma of seeing their neighborhoods demolished around them as violent crime increases in the void.

​On Arbor Day, April 26th, we met the Allandale Avenue neighbors and participated in the ground breaking for a project that took back an abandoned lot, and re-gifted it to the community as a place of respite for community members.

​The register for the next volunteer day  at 1854 Allandale, email [email protected] bethlehemcleveland.org

Community Based Music Education Program

Youth Register now for free music lessons!

​​In January of 2020 we will begin offering free music lessons for students aged 10 - 17. Instruments will be provided at no charge.

This six month program culminates in three special performances in June of 2020 as our students come together as the Global Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Students interested in learning to play, violin, cello, trombone, trumpet, bassoon, pecussion; or in receiving vocal or songwriting instruction email [email protected]













Songwriting Instructor Lourdes Perez
Have You Always Wanted to Take Yoga?
Women's Yoga Class for Modest Dress​
Yoga has been around for 5,000 years. Burn calories, lower your blood pressure, relax your mind, and meet new friends in this first yoga class for women in modest dress.  Child care is available on site.

To register for this class email [email protected]

Meditation In Schools, MIS

Improving Test Scores, Improving Behaviors

A two-year study of 250 students attending American University and surrounding colleges in Washington, D.C., found that the implementation of a formal meditation program produced beneficial effects for health, brain functioning and cognitive development compared to controls.

High-quality evaluations document that secondary schools that have implemented Quiet Time, a program based on Transcendental Meditation have significantly improved in key areas:  high school graduation rates, test scores and GPA, increased attendance and decreased suspensions for high school students.

Responding to Trauma, Reducing Stress

Every person and every community experiences stress, but we can all agree that some communities have increased levels of stress; the stress of neighborhood violence, poverty, the effects of racism and pressures to acculturate deeply affect readiness for learning.

High levels of stress contribute to youth attention deficits, anxiety, depression, obesity, high blood pressure, and impaired cognitive function. When the trauma of daily life becomes too much, urban youth too often choose
violence, substance use, or gang affiliation to mask their symptoms and alleviate their pain.

Urban youth need practical tools for reducing their stress, anger, and anxiety,while strengthening their personal capacity to learn, make positive choices, and achieve their dreams.

Educators need evidence-based and cost-effective tools for
providing relief from chronic stress to students, faculty, and staff.  Studies are showing direct links between meditation and health benefits. A study led by researchers at John Hopkins found that just eight weeks of meditation training was as effective as medication in treating depression, anxiety, and pain. At Harvard, scientists using neuro-imaging technology showed how meditation positively affected the brain activity of the chronically stressed, a condition that the Benson-Henry Institute reports is related to more than 60 percent of all doctor’s visits. 

If you would like BCH to make a presentation to your students and faculty regarding the benefits of implementing an MIS program in your school, please email: [email protected]

In 2020 You are invited to our office warming party!
We have been couch surfing for a while now! BCH began it's journey as a street based, volunteer run project only able to operate due to the generosity of our allies, but in 2020 in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, we hope to officially open our doors and we want to celebrate with you. So keep checking back for details!
1854 Allandale Volunteers