On Wednesday, December 19th, OPEN M will once again open its doors for their “Christmas for the Love of Children” program. Each year OPEN M partners with the Akron Public Schools counselors to identify the most in-need families within the district. This year over 580 children in nearly 200 different families were identified through APS, as well as OPEN M’s internal programing. Continue reading
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As OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry) bids a fond farewell to Dottie Achmoody upon her retirement from her role as CEO on March 31, we look back at her extraordinary accomplishments and the impact she has had not just at OPEN M but on the greater Akron community.
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OPEN M Ministry Spreads Christmas Cheer
Story by Aimee Juarez
As you may know, last week was our Christmas for the Love of Children food and gift distribution. In the days following the event, the entire staff here was beaming with Christmas spirit and joy. It seemed to touch each of us equally, but in different ways. For many of OPEN M staffers, the pure bewilderment of the parents and anticipation of each child’s excitement was the most impactful.
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Story By Dorothy Markulis
Community Works Connection, a division of OPEN M, is giving those living in poverty a road map to a better life.
Last November, OPEN M established a new program to give those in poverty a way out, through full employment: Community Works Connection.
“There are huge obstacles,” CWC Project Director Bob Titus explained.
Often coming from multi-generational poverty, clients in the project have no concept of how to get and retain full-time employment.
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Gracious Acts of Service Span Three Generations
(Courtesy of OPEN M- Opportunity for People Everywhere In Need Ministry)
Captain Sylvia Trundle was seeking ways for the police department to partner with OPEN M after having worked as a patrol officer in the Summit Lake neighborhood. She began using OPEN M as a resource in her job, but that became just the beginning of her involvement and support. She began supporting OPEN M with her time and resources, and she invited two very special ladies in her life to join her – her mother, Kay Hine, and her grandmother, Sylvia Phillips.
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