Executive Director Ione Parry has been involved in the Broadway neighborhoods for over 35 years beginning when her husband, Peter Parry, assumed the pastorate of Jones Road Congregational Church in 1978. In 1987, she launched The Jones Road Church outreach ministry when the church’s first community hunger meal was organized. After in-depth training by The Cleveland Foundation’s Project Access, Ione determined that creating a new, non-profit organization was the most effective way to increase the impact of the established programs. In 2008, Jones Road Family Development Corporation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and now serves as the sponsoring organization of these programs.
In 2018, the organization successfully completed its 15th annual Literacy Through the Arts summer camp six-week camp for neighborhood children that seeks to build young readers by giving them access to training in the arts—and providing nutritious meals! Through the summer camp, after school tutoring programs, with job opportunities for teenagers, and so much more, Jones Road Family Development continues to enrich and bless the neighborhood. The Literacy Through The Arts Summer Academy can attribute much of its success to more than 50% of the students returning each year and the many parents and families who support the programs.
Mission & Vision
To empower and nurture families, advance education, and encourage active involvement in building community.
A Broadway area that is vital, alive with hope for the future, and is a desirable place for the people of Cleveland to live and grow.
Support Families to Support Themselves: We believe strong families make strong communities. We focus on the nurture and support of families with a passion for helping families to help themselves.
Community Involvement: We bring the community together by including dimensions of community involvement in all of our programs.
Christ Centered: We serve to share the love of Christ.