Mantles & Makers

Mantles and Makers is a capacity-building, non-profit organization that supports people and organizations serving Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC)  and other marginalized communities through technology and human capital.

Mantles and Makers is pursuing a future that brings forth sustainable solutions towards wellbeing that is contextualized by the local community and prioritizes Black and Brown people.  To do so we need agile sustainable structures, mastery of technology, and networked human capital sharing expertise to generate solutions.  

While the future is increasingly better stewarded by local context, and Black and Brown people become more visibly the global majority, opportunities and institutions to support these futures are few and far between.

Our Vision

We subscribed to an optimal well-being model that contributes to the conditions for community wellness and holistic being.  Patterned after the 8 dimensions of health, Mantles and Makers designs programming and support for the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational (i.e. entrepreneurial), and social wellbeing of marginalized communities and people.

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A wellness approach to mental health recovery.

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Spiritually, we do all things with love and work to stand in the gap where there is absence or need.

Emotionally, we are building and refining the skills and ability to understand our feelings and the feelings of others while embracing joy and addressing challenges as they come.

Intellectually, we study, correct, and document our history and culture for self-reflection and to support a foundation of knowledge.

Physically, we do the work to nurture our bodies and maintain our most healthy physical condition through knowledge and wise decisions.

Environmentally, we understand and navigate the earth as a member of the ecosystem and do our best to take care of the world around us for ourselves and future generations.

Financially, we learn about money and finances to use these tools for our purpose and not the other way around.

Occupationally (Entrepreneurially), we are able to be the source of new ideas, goods, and services and can create new opportunities.

Socially, we believe that we are part of a village with local, regional, national, and global reach and seek to be in community with our village.

Services and Programs:
Our services and programs include local demonstration projects, affinity-centered support and networking, and backbone assistance.

Our current portfolio includes a community-based makerspace, Fab House, and the BIPOC Makers Collective in partnership with Nation of Makers.

Learn more about our portfolio at their respective websites:
Fab House
BIPOC Makers Collective


Chenoa Miller is the Project Director for Mantles and Makers, home of Fab House. 

Chenoa C. Miller is a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio currently residing in the Glenville neighborhood. Miss Miller is a graduate of Glenville High School and is currently attending Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman College of Urban Affairs for Urban and Regional Studies with a concentration in Public Management. Miss Miller’s role as a public servant began in 2018, as a volunteer AmeriCorps Member focused on educating urban and rural scholars on preventable ways to combat health disparities. She has continued this role by volunteering at the CPF’s Safety Career Pipeline Summer Program as well as contributing to other grassroots efforts that center positive youth development, workforce readiness, and violence prevention.

Additionally, Miss Miller also has spent 3 years focused on making Cleveland’s digital future more equitable through her work with DigitalC as Community Engagement Coordinator.

Chenoa’s a passion for her new position is grounded in the belief that Glenville’s community as well as ever community has the right to bright technological future through the road of digital equity regardless of age, abilities, or zip code. She is looking forward to providing support to Mantles and Makers, as well as serving the greater purpose of bringing technology to everyone.


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