Daily Archives: August 8, 2013

Haven of Rest’s Summer Basketball Camp: 
Teaching Inner City Youth to Shine 
On and Off the Court – 2011-09-03

By: Katie Sobiech

When hearing the words “Haven of Rest” many recognize it as the area’s largest homeless shelter, but many aren’t aware that they do much more than the enormous task of feeding and clothing the homeless.

Every year they also have activities reaching out to our city’s youth; one of these events being “Hope Basketball Camp”.

This past month was their 19th year doing this.

During the boys’ week they had a visit from coach Dan Peters, player Chauncey Gillian, and Tim Carroll – graduate assistant from the University of Akron’s men’s basketball team. During the girls’ week they had a visit from Taylor Ruper and Rachel Tecca, both players on the University of Akron women’s basketball team. Each group gave the campers some encouragement and advice.

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True North Ministries: 
Fighting for Troubled Youth (Part Two) – 2011-08-26

By: Katie Sobiech

True North Ministry (TNM) has a big heart for troubled youth across Ohio.

As a result of working one-on-one with teens through their mentoring program, activities, Bible studies and detention center/jail ministry, they’ve learned a lot about youth culture.

Throughout this time spent they’ve noticed a “unique” issue interfering with the lives of the youth that they see…

Gangs

They do exist, even here in Summit County.

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True North Ministries: 
Fighting for Troubled Youth (Part One) – 2011-08-19

By: Katie Sobiech

“You know, you Christians like coming in here and doing your Bible thing but what are you doing on the outside?” a guard at a local detention center asked Becky Retzer, Founder of True North Ministry (TNM), one day.

“He was talking to Christians as a whole but happened to say it to Becky. She left saying ‘I don’t know what are we doing? Why are we seeing young people come in every weekend and once they’re released they’re back in quickly?’” Melissa Yovichin, Development Director of TNM, shared.

Questions arose in Retzer’s heart, such as ‘How do we change this? What do we do on the outside? What does it look like?

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Association of Fundraising Professionals: 
Providing Education and Tools for Successful Philanthropy 
(Helping Others Make Their Mark) (Part Two) – 2011-08-12

By: Katie Sobiech

The AFP’s biggest event of the year is National Philanthropy Day on November 18th.

“We honor people who need to be honored in our community,” Allen said. “It’s so near and dear to my heart.”

Sponsors are recognized and the audience gets to see what the program has done in the last year.

“The children in philanthropy are my absolute favorite,” Allen said, “One nine year old child raised money for the Children’s Hospital. She was like a little adult on a step stool reading her speech.”

The same girl raised over 1,300 pounds of food for Harvest for Hunger – the equivalent of over one thousand meals.

“She’s amazing, she’s my hero,” Allen said, “She’ll rock your world.”

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Association of Fundraising Professionals: 
Providing Education and Tools for Successful Philanthropy 
(Helping Others Make Their Mark) (Part One) – 2011-08-02

By: Katie Sobiech

Rick Andrielli, owner of Akron’s Hilton and Doubletree Hotels, had no idea that touring the Akron Rotary Camp a couple of years ago would stir up a brand new mission in his heart.

“Rick and his wife toured the camp built for kids with special needs and he said it was deplorable. He said ‘These kids need to stay at a Hilton’,” Suzanne Allen, President of the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), said.

Andrielli didn’t let the dust settle on his heart. He did something about it. He contacted the AFP and said, “I want to start raising some money”.

“He said that the children needed to stay in places where they felt safe and comfortable – not in 1950’s cabins,” Allen said.

Since then, he’s renovated three of the five cabins.

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