Thrive Mahoning Valley Aids those Displaced by Hurricanes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, some 300 Puerto Ricans relocated to the Mahoning Valley and a new organization is helping to acclimate them to the area.

Thrive Mahoning Valley, through support from the Raymond John Wean Foundation and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., officially launched Monday.

Through the organization’s website,, users can find information about employment, housing, education, child and senior care, mental health and transportation, among other topics. The site is bilingual, translated into Spanish by Lorene Swartz, who has spent a decade working with Latinos  in the Mahoning Valley and abroad.

“The long-term goal for the organization is to assist any future populations that have a need to relocate to the Mahoning Valley by maintaining a quality collection of resources that can be translated into any language for which there is a need,” said co-founders Christopher Tennant and Justin Mondok in a release.

Tennant and Mondok are graduates of the Wean Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program.

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