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Inner City Ministry Makes Courageous Move to Improve Neighborhood (Part 3)

 

 

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South Street Part Three

By: Katie Cassaro

Though the thought of working in ministry may seem like a dream, it can come with many unseen heartaches and disappointments.

Combine that with dealing with plenty of what you didn’t initially sign up for – such as administrative duties and other time-stealing tasks – and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and even discouraged.

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Inner City Ministry Makes Courageous Move to Improve Neighborhood PART 2

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By: Katie Cassaro

South Street Ministries (SSM) has come a long way since the last time we caught up with them.  Their building is hardly recognizable on the inside anymore, as they’ve remodeled it to house a community café and meeting space for recovering addicts, citizens being integrated back into society after jail/prison, or anyone just trying to stay out of trouble and improve their life.

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Love Akron!

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Robert DeJournett, Director of Community Relations & Diversity, Summa Health Systems and Chairman of the Board for the Love Akron Network, welcomed the nearly 700 people at the 3rd Annual Love Akron Awards breakfast Sept. 30. The event, held at the John S. Knight center, brought together a mix of businessmen and women, nonprofit organizations, ministry leaders and local philanthropic groups, as well as political leaders.

“The theme for this morning is simply, Servant Hearts. These two words capture the essence of Love Akron’s mission,” said The Rev. Dennis Butts, Associate Pastor at The House of the Lord.

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Seeking a Safe Haven: Stories from a Local Homeless Shelter Part One – 2013-10-16

Andre Broom, 52, is no longer homeless, but he often returns to the Haven of Rest Ministries to help others who are in a similar situation. Eric (below) says he doesn’t drink or do drugs, but ended up in a homeless shelter because of finances. Photos: Dale Dong

Jim is a homeless Vietnam vet who’s trapped in a Catch 22. He gets a pension each month, but due to extreme pain, he self-medicates using heroin, although he clarifies that he’s not strung out. And because he tests positive for illegal drugs, he can’t receive any pain management treatment through his veterans’ benefits. So he self-medicates and the cycle continues.

“They won’t manage my pain because I’m a drug addict,” says Jim (who requested that we not publish his real name due to some of his admitted activities). He gets his check each month, finds a hotel room for a week or two, then runs out of money and returns to the streets. And to places like a local homeless shelter, where we had the opportunity to speak with him and a number of residents.

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Summit County Community Partnership Brings Awareness & Solutions to Drug Abuse Issues (Part 1 of 2) – 2013-08-16

By: Katie Sobiech

Last week, the Katie Couric Show, featured the topic of prescription drug addiction, bringing awareness to many.

Guests revealed how what starts as a doctor’s visit for pain or prescription medications can so easily spiral into heroin or other addictions, due to heroine being less expensive.

More and more attention is being brought to this issue, as well as the overall abuse of all kinds of drugs.

Whether it’s across the nation, or locally, coalitions are forming and people are coming together to bring awareness and find solutions to the drug issues plaguing our communities.

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