Euclid Emily Hampshire Holody, 41
Emily Hampshire Holody and her husband, Jonathan, grew up in Peninsula before moving to Cleveland for graduate school at Cleveland State University. For 12 years, they lived off West 65th Street. Holody thought they would live there forever, until one day her husband took a job as director of planning and development for the city of Euclid.
“He brought me here and I saw the lakefront and the rest is history,” says Holody. “I fell in love.”
For the last seven years, her family has lived in a Tudor house with the lakefront nearby and the beach club their family joined across the street.
“Some of the neighborhoods have beach clubs that date all the way back to the ’40s and ’50s,” Holody says. “Our four daughters love it and just love being on the water.”
The family first joined East Shore United Methodist Church in 2013, where Holody runs community meals on Wednesdays. Then, last summer, when George Floyd was killed, ministers and a few members of the church gathered together to organize a rally for change in the community.
Holody, who felt drawn to the energy of the community, became more involved in organizing around social justice issues, voter registration and COVID-19 testing. Those community activities led her to become president of her church group, Faith In The City.
“I like Euclid for a number of reasons. You get both the suburban and urban feeling,” Holody says. “It’s not a far drive from downtown and with all the changes and development happening in the city, it feels as though we are all working to make it a better community and place for all.”