Children Services awards 2017 ‘Champions for Children’

 

Summit County Children Services, with support of its Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), recently hosted the 8th Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast to recognize and thank volunteers, businesses, organizations and community leaders for their support of Summit County Children Services and the children and families in Summit County.  The slogan for this year’s Child and Family Awareness Month was “A Family is the Sunshine in My Day.”

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A Calling That Has Changed Her Life

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As OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry) bids a fond farewell to Dottie Achmoody upon her retirement from her role as CEO on March 31, we look back at her extraordinary accomplishments and the impact she has had not just at OPEN M but on the greater Akron community.

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Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health

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Campaign Spreads Awareness, Combats Stigma on Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect people of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.

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It Takes a Village

Key Steps to Reading Success program improves children’s reading abilities

 

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Summit Education Initiative (SEI) knows that:

  • schools want to engage families;
  • families want their children to be successful; and
  • books at home make a difference in children’s learning and development

 

Along with SEI, Shelley Houser, a literacy coach for The University of Akron Center for Literacy, had to determine how to incorporate all three ideals into one program. The goal? Reduce the number of children in need of a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP) across Summit County.

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Project DAWN provides free training and a life-saving drug to combat the Opioid Epidemic

Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is a community-based drug overdose prevention and education project. Participants receive training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose, distinguishing between different types of overdose, performing rescue breathing, calling emergency medical services and administering intranasal Naloxone. The project seeks to provide free training, as well as a kit containing the potentially life-saving drug naloxone (aka, Narcan), to combat the serious problem of opioid overdose deaths.

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