In 1998, Renee Jones, Founder of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center started a weekly empowerment program at the Bishop Cosgrove Center a Catholic Charities facility. The program was called the Mastermind Alliance designed to get homeless individuals off the street, off of public assistance and onto a program of self respect and self sufficiency. In 1999, a black tie gala celebration was held to celebrate 78 people who had moved from homelessness to self sufficiency. Renee felt if investing one day a week can produce such great results what a great impact could be made if there was a center that tailored programs to the needs of the people that were served, she envisioned a new community center that would be able to address the needs of the community and empower its community to have a better quality of life. With the help of five vision partners who provided the funding and many dedicated volunteers that dream became a reality, in October of 2002 the Renee Jones Empowerment center was opened and continues to serve people in the greater Cleveland area.