Monthly Archives: October 2014

Akron Police Department Develops New Team to Tackle Biggest Local Issues (Part Two)


By: Katie Cassaro

With all that’s been going on with the Akron Police Department’s (APD) new Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), police are encouraging the community to step up and speak up.

Getting insight from the community has helped tremendously in fighting crime, as police can’t always be the eyes and ears everywhere.

“What’s interesting is, I’ll receive emails from people, or they’ll come from the Mayor’s office or our Chief’s office, of problems that we’re not even aware of,” Captain Sylvia Trundle said.

More than ever, the APD is linking up with the community to work together.
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Inner City Ministry Makes Courageous Move to Improve Neighborhood (Part 3)




South Street Part Three

By: Katie Cassaro

Though the thought of working in ministry may seem like a dream, it can come with many unseen heartaches and disappointments.

Combine that with dealing with plenty of what you didn’t initially sign up for – such as administrative duties and other time-stealing tasks – and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and even discouraged.

South Street Ministries, going strong since 1997, knows. Continue reading

University of Akron Department of Student Life Collects School Supplies for Students Experiencing Homelessness

By Rachel Breece, Child and Family Development Specialist


Project RISE Staff Members Help Unload Supplies
and Get Information About the Collection Effort.


Project RISE from Akron Public Schools

This fall, the University Of Akron Department Of Student Life held their fourth school supplies collection drive for Project RISE. Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) is a federally funded program through Ohio Department of Education.  It is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth who are experiencing homelessness.

The collection effort was coordinated by Alison Doehring, the assistant director of the Department of Student Life. From July to September, the school supplies were collected on campus. The donations came from students, staff and faculty members. All in all, almost 3,000 items were collected for children experiencing homelessness. Continue reading

Akron Police Department Develops New Team to Tackle Biggest Local Issues (Part One)


By: Katie Cassaro

With never-ending calls pouring in daily to the Akron Police Department (APD), have you ever wondered what some of their biggest concerns for this area are?

We recently visited the APD to get the inside scoop, and found there’s something big that they’re working on to greatly improve our area.

Their Neighborhood Response Teams (NRT) came together this past spring thanks to a grant, and much good has come from it.
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Inner City Ministry Makes Courageous Move to Improve Neighborhood PART 2


By: Katie Cassaro

South Street Ministries (SSM) has come a long way since the last time we caught up with them.  Their building is hardly recognizable on the inside anymore, as they’ve remodeled it to house a community café and meeting space for recovering addicts, citizens being integrated back into society after jail/prison, or anyone just trying to stay out of trouble and improve their life.

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