Pastoral Counseling Service consolidates in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood

pastoralcounselingservice-750x420-copyPastoral Counseling Service (PCS), Highland Square



Pastoral Counseling Service (PCS) is open for business at its new location at 611 W. Market St. in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood.

The agency provides mental health and addiction treatment services for children and adults. The new location consolidates PCS administrative offices, formerly located on Bowery Street and the Barbara M. Vassel Comprehensive Care Center, formerly located on Park Street.

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Refugee employees prove profitable for local businesses


Story by Chris Miller


Many of Akron’s resettled refugees were restricted from working during their time in the camps. Now that they’ve resettled, they’re excited to enter the workforce and form a sense of identity and independence, says Tiffany Stacy, regional manager of employment services for the International Institute of Akron (IIA).

“A lot of our clients come from situations where they were refugees in countries where they did not have the right to work, so for many years they couldn’t work; all they could do was live off the food rations they were given,” she adds. “That has an effect on people; it’s demoralizing. You don’t feel a sense of control over your own destiny. When people get here, they’re very excited to get a job, they’re excited to work for something, to have a purpose. They come alive, their demeanor often changes.”

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“Helping Students Succeed” an APS Family Engagement program



Akron Public Schools and some of its community partners are teaming up to bolster the support by engaging more and more families in their children’s education.  Family participation has been found to be a key a ingredient in student proficiency and excellence. Without family support, many students can and often do struggle.


Greenleaf Family Center has partnered with Akron Public Schools (APS) as its sponsor for the “Helping Students Succeed” fundraising event Friday, October 21, 2016, at St. George Family Center in Akron, Ohio.


The event is open to the public and benefits the APS programs that keep parents engaged with their children’s education.

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Three Communities Launch 100-Day Challenges to End Youth Homelessness


Austin, Cleveland and Los Angeles will set ambitious goals to end homelessness among young people in their community.

A Way Home America (AWHA) today announced that Austin, Cleveland and Los Angeles will launch 100-day challenges to accelerate efforts to end youth homelessness in their communities. Selected through a competitive application process, each community will receive support from The Rapid Results Institute (RRI) to drive toward this ambitious goal over 100 days starting September 7.

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Summit County Children Services School Supplies Program Receives Support from ‘Youngest Donor Ever’

maya-and-school-supplies-2Maya Burke


Little Maya Burke may not even be one year old yet, but she’s already made a grown-up impact on the lives of many children in the care of Summit County Children Services.

To celebrate their recent adoption of Maya through Summit County Children Services, her parents Amanda and Vanessa Burke decided to have a party for family and friends to meet and celebrate Maya. They called it Maya’s ‘Gotcha Day.’  And instead of toys for Maya, they asked their guests to bring school supplies – which would be donated to Children Services’ annual School Supplies Program which helps hundreds of children in agency care get a solid start to the new school year.

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