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A Calling That Has Changed Her Life

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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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Shelter aims to keep struggling families and pets together

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Homelessness. The numbers, sadly, continue to rise, and Akron is not immune to that increase.

Not having permanent shelter, particularly during the brutal winters this area has experienced during the past two years, has to be disconcerting, to say the very least.

Some families with children and pets risk being separated from one another because many homeless shelters do not accept both men and women — let alone an animal. Continue reading

Project RISE Takes A Ride On The Polar Express

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Santa and kids on the CVNP Polar Express

All Aboard! Thanks to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad, Project RISE took a trip to the “North Pole” on the Polar Express December 10th, 2014. The Project RISE Staff accompanied nearly 60 people including families and liaisons from local shelters, and doubled up families. The train departed the Akron Northside Station for a fun filled 2 hour round trip.

Every child received a sleigh bell and a golden ticket as they boarded the train in cozy pajamas. Car No. 3 was completely filled with smiling faces as Ranger Pamela Machuga read “The Polar Express” book by Chris Van Allsburg. The elves took the lead in singing Christmas carols as all participants enjoyed a nice cup of hot cocoa and a delicious, fresh baked cookie. Santa also made an appearance aboard the Polar Express.

Project RISE takes great pride in being able to bring enrichment programs to the children who are experiencing homelessness in the Akron area.

This program is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.  During the 2013-2014 school year, Project RISE Identified and served close to 1,500 students experiencing homelessness.

For more information on Project RISE and how you can help, please contact Debra Manteghi at 330-761-2969 or dmantegh@akron.k12.oh.us

Akron Police Department Develops New Team to Tackle Biggest Local Issues (Part Four)

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Story By: Katie Cassaro

Tackling the issue of prostitution in the Akron area is no small feat, in part because  it requires an undercover mission.

The Akron Police Department’s (APD) Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) is now allowing officers to focus on this issue more than ever before.

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Akron Police Department Develops New Team to Tackle Biggest Local Issues (Part Three)

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Story By: Katie Cassaro

Sitting in Captain Sylvia Trundle’s office at the Akron Police Department (APD) with Officer Adam Lemonier, and hearing their stories, makes you truly appreciate our local heroes.

These men and women put their lives on the line daily to improve our reality – often with little, or no, recognition.

Officer Lemonier, part of the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), has been with the APD for 15 years now.  He can’t say enough good about the NRT unit.
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