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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Five)

By: Katie Sobiech

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Now that we’ve discussed what works, what doesn’t, and the waves of change that are beginning to crash in on the reentry world in Summit County, it’s time to address a huge barrier. This wall has barricaded ex-felons in, giving them hardly any other options but to go back to their criminal lifestyles over the years.
This barrier is employment.
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Continuum of Care Continues Work to End Homelessness in Summit County (Part Two)

Homeless on the streets

 

 
With some pretty big changes coming to the Continuum of Care (COC), new questions and hope begin to arise:
Will Transitional Housing in Summit County become a thing of the past?

Is Permanent Supportive Housing better?

Should those who are homeless have to address mental issues, addictions and any other issues they have in order to stay in government funded housing?

All of these things have been addressed by those who serves our area’s homeless population day in and day out.
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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 2 of 3) – 2013-08-23

By: Katie Sobiech

When hearing the words “drug abuse,” prescription drugs may not be one of the first things that come to mind, but the Summit County Community Partnership (SCCP) is aware that prescription drug abuse is a large and growing issue.

“We know that one of the fastest growing groups of addicted people are those who are using prescription drugs not prescribed for themselves in many cases,” Darryl Brake, Executive Director of the Summit County Community Partnership, said.

Research has shown that many individuals with the problem are abusing left-over pills from prescriptions for themselves or from friends or family.

“When we get prescription drugs, a lot of times they’re not used up and we’re healthy again. But some think it’s a good idea to hang onto those in case they have the problem again. The drug is then available. The problem with that is that those that are addicted to prescription drugs get them a number of different ways. One of which is from family and friends, either by asking for them or stealing them,” Brake explained.

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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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