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Suburban and Rural Poor Stranded – Overcoming Difficulties Accessing Healthcare and Food

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AMHA partners to bring services
to Twinsburg community Part 2

Story by Lyndsey Schley

 

Vaccines and WIC aim to keep babies healthy

Women, men and young children came and went from the impromptu waiting room outside the WIC Clinic at Pinewood Gardens April 30th. Children played with a bead maze while their guardians filled out forms.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides services for pregnant women, recent mothers and children up to the age of five. These services include a food program, health care referrals and nutritional education.

The clinic was formed three months ago, after AMHA realized community members were traveling to Akron for their WIC appointments, Morehouse said. Macedonia was closer, but it was not on the bus line.

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Salvation Army hosts 8th Annual Project RISE Harvest Dinner for Local Families Experiencing Homelessness

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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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Need for ‘Baskets of Love’ is Never-ending

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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.

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A Closer Look

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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

The Next Frontier Academy

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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