(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.
By Staff Report
Santa and kids on the CVNP Polar Express
All Aboard! Thanks to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad, Project RISE took a trip to the “North Pole” on the Polar Express December 10th, 2014. The Project RISE Staff accompanied nearly 60 people including families and liaisons from local shelters, and doubled up families. The train departed the Akron Northside Station for a fun filled 2 hour round trip.
Every child received a sleigh bell and a golden ticket as they boarded the train in cozy pajamas. Car No. 3 was completely filled with smiling faces as Ranger Pamela Machuga read “The Polar Express” book by Chris Van Allsburg. The elves took the lead in singing Christmas carols as all participants enjoyed a nice cup of hot cocoa and a delicious, fresh baked cookie. Santa also made an appearance aboard the Polar Express.
Project RISE takes great pride in being able to bring enrichment programs to the children who are experiencing homelessness in the Akron area.
This program is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness. During the 2013-2014 school year, Project RISE Identified and served close to 1,500 students experiencing homelessness.
For more information on Project RISE and how you can help, please contact Debra Manteghi at 330-761-2969 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Charity, Community, Education, Homelessness, Poverty, Youth
Tagged Akron Ohio, Akron Public Schools, Children, Community, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, enrichment programs, homeless shelters, Homelessness, Polar Express, Project RISE, Scenic Railroad, Students, Summit County Ohio, Youth
Derran Wimer, Executive Director of the Summit Education Initiative, reported on the progress of the Findley Adopt-a-School initiative at The Love Akron Network’s annual breakfast on September 30th. We are very pleased to offer you the text of Mr. Wimer’s report.
Posted in Charity, Community, Education, Food, Neighborhoods, Poverty, Uncategorized, Youth
Tagged Adopt-a-School, Akron Ohio, Akron Public Schools, Attendance Rate, Children, Community, Education, Families, Findley Community Learning Center, Grade Level Performance, Mathematics, Neighborhoods, Reading, Students, Summit County, Summit Education Initiative, Teachers, Volunteers, Youth
Story By: Katie Cassaro
Tackling the issue of prostitution in the Akron area is no small feat, in part because it requires an undercover mission.
The Akron Police Department’s (APD) Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) is now allowing officers to focus on this issue more than ever before.
Posted in Community, Education, Neighborhoods
Tagged Akron, Akron Ohio, Akron Police Department, Community, Drugs, Narcotics, Neighborhood Response Team, Neighborhoods, Northeast Ohio, Prostitutes, Summit County Ohio
Story By: Katie Cassaro
Sitting in Captain Sylvia Trundle’s office at the Akron Police Department (APD) with Officer Adam Lemonier, and hearing their stories, makes you truly appreciate our local heroes.
These men and women put their lives on the line daily to improve our reality – often with little, or no, recognition.
Officer Lemonier, part of the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), has been with the APD for 15 years now. He can’t say enough good about the NRT unit.