Cleveland Jewish Orphan Asylum is founded in Cleveland, Ohio and is residence to 80 children. By 1900, the orphanage cares for 400 children in a home located at E. 55th Street and Woodland Avenue.
Jewish Day Nursery opens and joins Bellefaire in 1945. It later changes its name to JDN Early Childhood Center to better reflect the programming and diverse student-base.
The orphanage hires its first psychiatrist.
The cornerstone of the new campus is laid at the agency’s current location on Fairmount Boulevard in Shaker Heights. The orphanage is renamed Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau, now known as Bellefaire JCB.
The agency begins offering therapeutic services for troubled youth and those needing a stable living environment.
Admissions are opened to children of all faiths.
Jewish Big Brother Association partners with Bellefaire. In 1973 the program opens to include mentoring of girls, and amends its name to Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Association in 1983.
In response to studies by Mt. Sinai Foundation, Cleveland Foundation and professional advisors, the agency opens Monarch School for Autism with 12 students. Today, the school serves over 100 students, from preschoolers to young adults, from Ohio and beyond. It is now one of many programs offered by Monarch Center for Autism, which includes adult residence and therapeutic treatment, transitional education, and vocational and life skills training.
Bellefaire JCB executives create the administrative oversight company Wingspan Care Group. Partner agencies include Bellefaire JCB, Applewood Centers and Monarch Teaching Technologies (MTT) — a spin-off, for-profit technology company that produces educational software for children with autism.
Today, Bellefaire JCB is among the nation’s largest, most experienced child welfare agencies providing a variety behavioral health, substance abuse, education and prevention services to approximately 21,700 youth and their families each year through its more than 25 programs, including:
Outpatient and School-based Counseling
Homeless and Missing Youth Program
Prevention and Early Intervention (SAY – Social Advocates for Youth)
Domestic and Hague-accredited International Adoption
Residential Treatment including Crisis Stabilization, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, and Transitional and Independent Living