Families Experiencing Homelessness (Project Rise) in Collaboration with First United Methodist Church and the Magical Theatre Company
On April 17th, several families experiencing homelessness were able to experience a special Dinner Theatre Event hosted by Project Rise and First United Methodist Church in Akron. This special event was part of the Project Rise PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Program.
Posted in Charity, Community, Education, Homelessness, Poverty, Youth
Tagged Akron Ohio, Akron Public Library, Akron Public Schools, Education, Families, First United Methodist Church in Akron, Homelessness, Local shelters, Magical Theatre Company, Project RISE, Project RISE PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Program, Students
Scholarships raise awareness for substance abuse and recovery
— The Summit WAPS-FM introduces the Rock and Recovery™ Scholarship Program, a new opportunity for high school seniors in the Akron Public School district focused on raising awareness for substance abuse and recovery issues.
College – and career-bound high school seniors whose lives have been impacted will be invited to share their creative voices this spring as part of the unique application process.
Posted in Community, Education, Youth
Tagged Addiction, Akron Ohio, Akron Public Schools, Mental Health Trauma, Recovery Resources, Rock and Recovery, Scholarship Program, Substance abuse, The Summit WAPS-FM
Story by Mark Ford
Many negative things have been written about today’s youth- how they are self-(or selfie) centered and lazy. In today’s blog, though, we’d like to share a different side of local teens as they serve with one of our partner ministries, Project Shine.
Project Shine’s mission is “to connect individuals to Christ through basic home improvement and ministry in our communities, while spiritually investing in our participants.” Area youth commit to serve for a week (late afternoon Sunday through Friday evening) where they are challenged both physically in their work teams, as well as, spiritually during daily devotions and praise and worship times.
Posted in Charity, Community, Neighborhoods, Youth
Tagged Akron Baptist Temple, Akron Ohio, Arlington Memorial Baptist Church, communities, First Glance, Goss Memorial Church, home improvement, Hope UMC, Hope United Methodist Church, Kenmore, Lakeside Christian Church, Neighborhoods, Park UMC, Project Shine, Riverwood Chapel, summer youth missions, teens, The Chapel in Kenmore, The Love Akron Network, Volunteers, Youth
Bhutanese Refugees face a ticking clock of self-sufficiency
laden with many hurdles and challenges along the way
Story by Tom Crain
Durga, Nirmala, Bishnu, and Kailash Ghimirey
Durga Ghimirey is one of 120,000 Bhutanese refugees being relocated around the world. He is a member of the Lhotshampas, the unlucky ethnic group in Bhutan who fell victim to ethnic cleansing.
As a teen, he fled to India, then was trucked to Goldhap, one of seven refugee camps in Nepal. Here, he spent nearly two decades highlighted by his marriage to wife Bishnu and raising two children, daughter Nirmala and son Kailash. He and his family lived in a cramped bamboo hut without running water or electricity. He received rice rations once a month having to make them last, earning extra money to pay for supplemental food or having his family go hungry. He and his family experienced several bouts of life threatening starvation and illnesses, and witnessed other camp residents dying all around them.
Posted in Community, Neighborhoods
Tagged Akron Ohio, bhutan, Bhutanese, ethnic group, India, Kent State University, Lhotshampas, Nepal, refugee camps, Refugees, Terry Kuhn, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
(Editor’s note: this originally appeared in the
Love Akron Network Ford’s Focus)
By Pastor Mark Ford
The other day I almost fell out of my chair while watching a national newscast because, to my surprise, the name of a pastor friend from California was mentioned. Pastor Rick Cole, Lead Pastor of Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, was being interviewed for a human interest piece. Pastor Cole revealed to his very large congregation that he had made a decision to become homeless for two weeks and live on the streets incognito. With only a backpack, he spent 14 days sleeping in alleyways, eating what and when he could, and listening to people’s stories. He said the experience changed his life forever. For those two weeks, he climbed into the world of the invisible and ignored and personally experienced the loneliness and indignity that homeless people endure every day.
Posted in Community, Homelessness, Neighborhoods
Tagged Akron Ohio, Capital Christian Center, Community, Dr. James Kennedy, Homeless, John Howard Griffin, Ministry, Neighborhoods, racial justice, St. Francis of Assisi.