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Several Generous Akron Community Members Collected Resources for Families Experiencing Homelessness

ExplorerZoneKidsStudents From Explorer Zone with the Donated Items.


This December, several generous community members collected resources that were donated to Project RISE. Some of the resources were distributed during the annual gift distribution at Akron’s homeless shelters and some will be given out at future events.

Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) is a federally funded, collaborative effort by the Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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Project RISE Takes Families Experiencing Housing Transitions to the Akron Art Museum


On July 29th, Project RISE took a group of 30 mothers and children experiencing homelessness on a special field trip to the Akron Art Museum. The attendees were residents of the Safe Landing Shelter for teen girls, Catholic Worker and ACCESS, Inc. Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education), is a federally funded program that aims to remove educational barriers to homeless children. The program offers supplemental educational services and other programs to students and families experiencing homelessness.

Participants started off the field trip with a guided tour of several areas in the art museum, showcasing many different styles and types of artwork.

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By Dorothy Markulis

Project RISEWe’ve all seen the homeless men on street corners with cardboard signs asking for a hand-up or a hand-out but most of us are unaware of the unseen homeless: the more than 1,200 homeless children in Akron assisted by Project R.I.S.E.

“This year we identified 1,200 homeless students in our district,” said Debra Manteghi, district homeless education liaison and project manager of Project R.I.S.E. – Realizing Individual Strength through Education – for the Akron Public Schools.

The numbers are increasing. The prior school year worked with 1,000 homeless children.

And if you think homeless children is a new problem, think again.

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