We Gathered…..

With over 600 volunteers and 160 service providers, funders, and participating agencies collaborating on this one day, good things are bound to happen. The following agencies, service providers, and funders were present in some way on the day of the event.
Acme Fresh Markets Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Akron Bar Association Akron Children’s Hospital Akron City Hospital Akron Community Foundation Akron Community Health Resources, Inc. Akron General Medical Center Akron Health Department Akron Police Department Akron Public Schools - Project R.I.S.E. Akron/Summit County Continuum of Care for the Homeless Akron Summit Community Action Agency Akron Summit County Public Library Akron Urban League Alexis, Stylist Amanda, Stylist Anne, Stylist Asera Hospice Care Ashley, Stylist Austin, Stylist Becky, Stylist Betty Eberly Berean Christian Stores Brenda, Stylist Caring for Kids Charter One Bank Chi Eta Phi Sorority Childhood Immunization Coalition Chrissy, Stylist Christ United Methodist Christine, Stylist Choices Cintas Citizens Bank City of Akron Mayor, Donald Plusquellic City of Barberton City of Cuyahoga Falls Clearview United Methodist Commonwealth Properties Community Legal Aid Services Community Services for the Deaf Cordell, Stylist Country Diner - Ed Dividian County of Summit Cuyahoga Falls Church of Nazarene Cyndi, Stylist Cynethia, Manicurist Deanna, Stylist Domestic Relations Court of Summit County Downtown Akron Partnership Edie Weisand Eleanor, Stylist Essex Elementary P.T.A. Family & Community Services, Inc. First Congregational Church of Akron Fifth Third Bank Gentiva Gerry, Stylist GOJO Industries Greenleaf Family Center Greentown United Methodist Church HM Life Opportunity Services Holy Family Parish Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Hudson United Methodist Church Humane Society of Greater Akron/ Pawsibilities Interfaith Hospitality Network Invacare HCS Jack & Sue Bailey Jenny Dixon Johnson & Associates Judge Allison McCarty Kaiser Permanente Karen, Stylist Keesha, Stylist Keith & Susan Novak Key Bank Kids Kuts & Teen Scene Kimberly, Stylist Klassic Kuts Lakemore United Methodist Church Lenscrafters Leipold Tire L’Oréal Margaret, Stylist Marsha, Stylist Maureen, Stylist Mature Services MedAssist Mel, Massotherapist Melissa, Stylist Michelle, Stylist Midtown Apartments Mobile Meals Mustard Seed Development Center Mr. & Mrs. Steven Gibbs Walda Davis My Office Products Nazareth Housing Development Corporation North Sprinfield Preschool Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services Ohio Multi-County Development Corp. Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission Oriana House, Inc. Paige, Stylist Patricia, Stylist Pauline, Manicurist Pearle Vision Planned Parenthood Portage Path Behavioral Health Power Media Regal Cinemas Ricky, Stylist Ritzman’s Pharmacy Saint Hilary Parish Salon Renewal Sanford, Barber Sasha, Stylist Shannon, Stylist “Auntie Shelly”, Stylist Social Security Administration St. John - St. Paul Lutheran St. Paul’s Episcopal Stitches and Screens Custom Embroidery Summa Health System Summit County Animal Control Summit County Board of Elections Summit County Children Services Board Summit County Department of Community & Economic Development Summit County Department of Job and Family Services Summit County Executive, Russell M. Pry Summit County General Health District Summit County Prosecutors Office Tamicka, Stylist Tara, Stylist The Akron Beacon Journal The Beauty Lounge The Job Center The K & D Group The Komen Angels The Ohio Benefit Bank The Pink Ribbon Project Tiffany Breast Care Center Tim Jolly Insurance Toni, Stylist Totemania Tracey, Stylist Tri-County Independent Living Center TRIAD Communications, Inc. Trinity Biotech Unison United Disability Services Vanessa, Stylist Veterans Administration Veterans Service Commission Violet’s Cupboard Walda Davis Walgreens Walmart-Vision West Akron Board of Trade White Pond Villa All of our Volunteers!

We Served…
657 guests walked through the doors of The Chapel on Fir Hill on April 28th. Some came with children which brought our numbers to over 700 guests served. Some came for a hot meal and some food to take home, others came for everything we had to offer. No matter what the need, we welcomed our guests with open arms.

Statistics
Services Provided: Housing Consultations ..................................................... 406 Internal and External referrals to agencies......................1,555 Medical Related Services ..................................................483 HIV Tests, Deaf/hearing Impaired, DME, General Medical, Prescriptions, Vaccines, Visions Services, PSAs’ and Smoking Cessation Legal Assistance ..................................................................44 Blankets ............................................................................175 Bus Passes .........................................................................807 Goodwill Clothing Vouchers ............................................340 Goodie Bags ......................................................................657 Meals Served ..................................................................1,600 Bags of Food......................................................................657 Haircuts .............................................................................300 Total Volunteer Hours ....................................................3,760 Guests Served: Women ..............................................................................277 Men ...................................................................................363 Not reported ........................................................................17 Age: 17 and under ........................................................................ 7 18 to 25 ..............................................................................69 26 to 54 .............................................................................437 55 to 64 ..............................................................................92 65 and up .............................................................................27 Unknown ..............................................................................8 Not reported ........................................................................17

($2,421) ($10,200) (6,570 lbs)

We Planned…
On April 29, 2008, The Akron/Summit County Continuum of Care for the Homeless held the first annual Project Homeless Connect Akron. In December of 2008 we started all over again with the planning of our next event to be held on April 28, 2009 at The Chapel. Five months and many meetings later, our second annual Project Homeless Connect Akron came to a close with many success stories to tell. The following agencies played vital roles in the planning process of the event this year.
The Salvation Army The Chapel Info Line, Inc. The City of Akron Summit County County of Summit ADM Board Legacy III Shelter Care, Inc. - Safe Landing Youth Shelter Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties The American Red Cross Summit County Chapter North Coast Community Homes Open M ACCESS, Inc. Goodwill Industries Fair Housing Contact Service United Way of Summit County Tarry House HM Life Opportunity Services Community Support Services Community AIDS Network Tri-County Independent Living Center Community Health Center Pain into Power Haven of Rest Ministries Allife Total Wellness

We Reflected...
What Our Guests had to say:
99% felt the event was worth their time. 99% indicated they would attend the event again 84% indicated they learned about new services in our community. 85% indicated they received the services they came for. “Keep helping people. We need you so much! God Bless you and thank you!” “I think it is a wonderful thing that people did today for people in need.” “I appreciate the respect and honor of the personnel.” “The young lady that took me around was the best!”

“Everything was wonderful. The volunteers helped a lot and all services we needed help with were found. Today was great! I’m leaving with a smile!”

“This event is a good source of help to needy in society. All volunteers are very pleasant, helpful, and kind.”

“I feel that everyone was very nice and friendly. I thank you for everything you did for me today.”

“I’ve worn these for three months. It is great to get a hair cut, shower and some new clothes. Thanks for being a blessing to me.”

What our volunteers had to say:

“They were all very loving, kind and thoughtful folks, down on their luck but high on hope and gratitude for what they were able to receive on Tuesday. Just a remarkable day for them…and an even more remarkable day for me.”

“In 23 years of doing hair I have never had so many happy, and grateful clients in one day! What a wonderful day it was!” “My experience from Project Homeless was one of the better ones of my life. I only did, I think maybe 10 haircuts, but I fell in love with all of them.”

We Planned… We Gathered… We Served… We Reflected...

“She told me that I had made her day, but I corrected her and let her know that she had made mine.” “I was on cloud 9!!! Thanks to all of you for allowing me to be a part of Project Homeless! I feel so humbled by having done such a small part to help change peoples lives for just one special day.” “Any preconceived ideas I had about homelessness are shattered. Each person was a true life lesson for me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be there.”

“The experience was a very powerful way of bonding with the Akron community.” “What a blessing to be there and see the men’s response to a nice hot shower. Several of the men brought their new clothes they received and put them on after they had showered. After they showered they threw their old clothes away.

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