Project RISE 8th Annual Harvest Dinner for Local Families Experiencing Homelessness
This November, Akron’s Salvation Army hosted the 8th Annual Project RISE Parent RISE-ing Harvest Dinner for the students and families experiencing homelessness. The Harvest Dinner gives these families and youth the opportunity to celebrate this festive time of year with food, fun and friendship. The evening included arts and literacy activities, parent-child activities, Thanksgiving dinner, giveaways, and entertainment.
The dinner was held in the gymnasium of Salvation Army. The tables were festively decorated with cornucopias and leaves. The room was buzzing with excitement and fellowship!
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By Dorothy Markulis
The need for food doesn’t end with the holidays and one Akron church is tackling that need daily, head on.
Akron Bible Church, 783 Brown St., started delivering holiday food baskets in 1980 with a distribution of 12 baskets. Now that ministry has grown to thousands of baskets delivered all year.
“In 2009 our pastor had a vision of a year-round ministry of providing food,” said Henri Etta Fletch-Lockhart who with her husband, Rev. Larry Lockhart, directs the ministry. She and her husband are the primary volunteers.
Story by Scott Myers and Katie Cassaro
Last week we looked at some statistics about homelessness in Summit County from the Continuum of Care’s 2013 Point in Time Count. Let’s look a little more closely at a few more statistics.
Total Number of Homeless Individuals in Summit County
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
824 740 820 859 857 813 862 870
Until 2014 the numbers seem to depict a pretty stable system with some random variation. 20103 and 2013 show essentially the same number, as do 2009 and 2012.
On the other hand, the two highest counts occurred in the two most recent years. Does this indicate a trend? Continue reading
Posted in Community, Homelessness, Neighborhoods
Tagged Children, chronic substance abuse, Chronically Homeless, Community, Food, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Housing, Living Outdoors, mentally ill, Neighborhoods and tagged Akron, Point in Time Count, Project RISE, Shelters, Transitional Housing, Unsheltered, Veterans, Victims of Domestic Violence
Story By Dorothy Markulis
John Hairston is boldly going where no man has gone before – at least, not in the Akron area, or for that matter, Ohio.
In September 2013 the educator founded the Next Frontier Academy featuring agricultural-based curriculum.
As a guidance counselor and high school history teacher, Hairston, 60, saw many students withdrawing from education.
“The students were more focused on their cell phones than learning in the classroom,” Hairston said. Continue reading
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Tagged Academy, Agricultural-based Curriculum, Akron, Blended Learning, Classroom, Cooking, Cultivate and Harvest, Education, Entrepreneurship, Farming, Food, Grades 7 through 12, Greenhouse, Healthy Living, Hydroponics, Independent Living, Land, Nutrition, School, Science, Students, Youth