Civilian Public Service Unit (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Jump to navigation Jump to search
CPS man opening door for patient.
Scan courtesy Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen IX-13-2-2

The Cleveland (Ohio) State Hospital. Civilian Public Service Unit No. 69 was opened here under the administration of the Friends in December 1942, but was discontinued a year later. The Mennonites reopened the unit in April 1945, and remained in charge until it was terminated in October 1946. During the time that the unit had its full quota of men, they were given complete charge of the male infirmary, housing approximately 365 infirm and untidy mental patients. During the period when the Mennonites had charge of the unit, a total of 45 men were assigned to it. Women's summer service units under the direction of the Mennonite Central Committee served at the hospital in 1945 and 1946.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for peace: a history of Mennonite Civilian Public Service. Akron, Pa.: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1953

Cite This Article

MLA style

Gingerich, Melvin. "Civilian Public Service Unit (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 19 Aug 2022.,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=113288.

APA style

Gingerich, Melvin. (1953). Civilian Public Service Unit (Cleveland, Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 August 2022, from,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=113288.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 627. All rights reserved.

©1996-2022 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.