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  • Basic Needs: Early Childhood

    If you are looking for pregnancy support, have a young child at home or need financial assistance to make ends meet, finding help is easier than ever. Learn about programs and organizations committed to providing basic needs to growing families in Stark County. Because no baby should go without the necessary items for a healthy and safe start to life.

    • Basic Needs: Childhood

      In order to grow up happy and healthy, kids need a roof over their heads, food on the table and access to quality medical care. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for many of Stark County’s youngest residents. Find local organizations connecting children in our community with the basic items they need to thrive. Together, we can help keep our kids safe and supported.

      • Basic needs: youth & teens

        For adolescents in Stark County, growing up can be a challenge – especially when money is tight and support is not available at home. When youth and teens are struggling to meet their most basic needs, there are many local organizations they can turn to for help. Discover ways to access food, clothing and shelter for adolescents across Stark.

        • Basic needs: adulthood

          Stark County offers a wide range of basic needs services from food, medicine and family assistance as well as targeted services for veterans, those in substance abuse recovery, homeless persons, parents and more.

          • Basic Needs Information & Referrals

            Looking for help, but not sure where to turn? At Stark Help Central, we have a vision for the future of Stark County where every child, parent, friend and neighbor has the resources to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. Find local organizations dedicated to lifting up local families in times of need.

            • School referrals for basic needs
              In order for a child to learn and thrive, it is important that their basic needs are met. When children are hungry or homeless, they are not prepared for success in school. Fortunately, many Stark County school districts have resources in place to provide access to food, clothing, shelter and more.
              • Homeless shelters and homeless support services near you
                For young people in Stark County, homelessness can impact their lives at any age. Whether they are leaving foster care, juvenile detention facilities or difficult family situations, every child deserves a safe and stable place to call home. Reach out today for help finding affordable housing.
                • Clothing Assistance

                  If you or someone you know is in need of clothing assistance in Stark County, there is a network of community resources you can turn to for support. Whether you need baby, back-to-school, professional or everyday clothing, clothing resources are available here at home.

                  • Hard times: early childhood

                    Young children need proper nutrition and medical care in order to grow, develop and thrive. When a household is in financial crisis, it can have serious, long-term health, social and behavioral implications throughout their lives. Fortunately, families in Stark County are not alone in facing these challenges. There are local agencies dedicated to providing food, clothing, shelter and cash assistance to those who are experiencing hard times.

                    Even parents who are employed with steady incomes may struggle to make ends meet when they have child.

                    • Hard times: childhood

                      When families are dealing with a financial crisis, children are impacted whether we realize it or not. Most everyone in Stark County experiences the practical and emotional impacts of money troubles at one point or another, and it can be helpful to open up an honest dialogue with the entire household about the challenges. Talking about hardships could help children cope and even bring families closer.

                      Although financial challenges affect everyone, they can still take a major toll when they hit close to home.

                      • Hard times: youth & teens

                        When your family faces a job loss, medical issue or another significant financial setback, you might be shocked, confused and unsure where to turn. Fortunately, there are resources for young people and families who need emergency financial assistance in Stark County.

                        • Local transportation

                          For many Stark County residents, public transportation services are essential for their basic needs, including trips to work and medical appointments. Fortunately, local transportation resources are available to support low-income individuals as well as those with permanent disabilities. Find routes and contact information for public transportation providers near you.

                          • Child neglect
                            When a parent or caregiver fails to provide the basic needs for a child to grow up happy and healthy, it can cause serious long-term effects. For healthy development, children need food, clothing, safety, shelter and emotional support, especially during the early years of their lives.
                            • How students and families can find help for basic needs
                              Resources for basic needs are available for Stark County students during the school year. Watch this video to learn more.
                              • How much sleep do I need?

                                Getting enough sleep is critical for healthy and happy development, but it can be difficult to know how much you need. Because sleep needs vary for newborns, infants, toddlers, children, teens and young adults, it’s important to know what’s recommended for you.

                                • Hard times: young adults

                                  The transition to adulthood presents many new and often daunting challenges – from finding affordable housing to navigating the job search. If you find yourself struggling with the demands of bills, budgets and money management, don’t be discouraged. Community resources are available to support you toward a better financial future.

                                  • Health care support
                                    All residents should have access to safe and effective health care, regardless of age or income. If you are a teen, young adult or the parent of a young child, affordable, quality care is within your reach. Get the medical, dental, prescription or mental health coverage you need for a happy and healthy tomorrow.
                                    • Cash Assistance

                                      Is your family in need of financial support? Everyone faces difficult times at one point or another. Fortunately, there are many local organizations in Stark County committed to lifting up community members in times of hardship. If you need cash, food or medical assistance, reach out for help today.

                                      • Public Benefits Assistance: Application & Eligibility

                                        Navigating life’s challenges is difficult enough. We’re here to make finding help for basic needs simple. Learn how to apply for cash, food and/or medical assistance and get started today. Cases are processed in the order they are received, so it is important to start the process as soon as possible.

                                        • Stark County CARE Teams cover basic needs so students can focus on academics
                                          Together, these professionals brainstorm ideas for ways to support children so they can do their best while they’re at school.
                                          • There is No Health Without Mental Health
                                            Mental health in an important part of your overall health – it’s not just physical health. Learn more and get Stark County resources on mental health.
                                            • Telehealth is here!
                                              Whether you are new to professional mental health support or have been in treatment before, telethealth is here to help.
                                              • Homeless services: adults 26+

                                                For adults who are homeless or facing the possibility of homelessness, Stark County has people who want to help. Start here and contact the organizations below to find assistance with basic resources and temporary housing locations.

                                                • You’re Not a Bad Parent if Your Child Needs Support for their Mental Health
                                                  If your child comes to you with an issue that may be impacting their mental health, you might feel guilty. However, they simply need your support.
                                                  • How to Find Warming Centers This Winter
                                                    When freezing temperatures do occur, those who need a warm place to stay can watch for news regarding local warming centers.
                                                    • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to

                                                      In 2023, 2-1-1, Stark County’s helpline, transitioned to 

                                                      Closing the Stark County information system and online database—that was run by United Way of Greater Stark County—and moving resources to helps streamline the process for community members looking for resources and information.  

                                             can help you find community resources available to you and your family. The searchable community resource website is supported by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR),

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                                                        • Help managing funds: payee services

                                                          If you or a loved one needs help managing Social Security funds, pension checks or veteran’s benefits, support is available. Find local organizations providing assistance to Stark County residents as they allocate money for clothing, food, housing, medical expenses, personal care items, rehabilitation and utilities.

                                                          • Support for children with developmental disabilities

                                                            Caring for a child with developmental disabilities can be a significant financial and emotional challenge. Stark Help Central has gathered together some of the most common resources to help you provide the care your child needs. From transportation and child care to cash, food and employment support, learn about the resources available to you.

                                                            • Get your resource listed on

                                                              Are you a resource provider who is not represented on our website? If you have information on your organization, programs, services or related topics that you would like to see represented, please submit your request using the form below. In order for a resource to be considered, it should be open to the community and support the needs of Stark County, Ohio, residents.

                                                              • Special education services
                                                                Every child with developmental disabilities has a right to receive a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment possible. Learn how school districts across Stark Country are supporting students with functional needs through a variety of educational programs and services.
                                                                • Self-advocacy: youth & teens

                                                                  As youth, teens and young adults become more independent, it’s important that they have the confidence to speak up for what they need, without fear of judgement. When young people leverage their powerful voices, they are better able to communicate their needs and improve their experiences. Learn about where to turn in Stark County for help building self-awareness, confidence and understanding.

                                                                  • Transportation: young adults

                                                                    Early adulthood marks an exciting and challenging time as young people move toward independent living and financial freedom. But without dependable transportation, young adults face obstacles in finding and sustaining meaningful employment. Reliable transportation is important for accessing opportunity and staying connected to the community. Discover what local programs and services are available to address your transportation needs.

                                                                    • Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

                                                                      Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are required to receive special education services in Stark County public schools. These important documents are put together by the teaching staff, parents, school administrators and the students themselves, to prepare for success in school. Included in these plans are details about the child’s learning needs, services required from the school and ways to monitor the student’s progress.

                                                                      • Medical health providers

                                                                        If you are unsure of where to go for medical issues or don’t have a primary care physician, there are hospitals, medical centers, and urgent care facilities throughout Stark County. They can help you stay in good health, address any concerns or illnesses, or tend to more immediate needs and minor injuries. Affordable resources for medical and mental health services are available near you.

                                                                        • Transportation for students
                                                                          Reliable transportation to school and extracurricular activities is critical for academic success. Yet some young people do not have safe, dependable ways to get to and from school. Cost-effective and convenient options are provided through public and private transportation services. Find out how these local resources can meet your daily transportation needs.
                                                                          • Managed care plans
                                                                            After Medicaid approval, you’ll need to pick a managed care plan to receive your health care, which includes medically necessary services and more.
                                                                            • Mental health screening
                                                                              If you think you or someone you know might benefit from mental health services, an interactive online screening is a good place to start. This quick and easy quiz can help determine if professional mental health support is the right fit for your needs. All responses are confidential and anonymous, and can help connect you with helpful community programs, organizations and resources.
                                                                              • Respite care
                                                                                Primary caregivers for anyone from children with special needs to senior citizens sometimes need short-term relief. Find respite care near you.
                                                                                • Employment opportunities for military and veterans
                                                                                  Members of the armed services offer great value to the workforce. Yet many transitioning to civilian life may need support to find a job. If you’re a veteran who needs direction, taking advantage of local skills training and job placement programs can prepare you for rewarding a career.
                                                                                  • Occupational & physical therapy

                                                                                    Occupational and physical therapists support children with disabilities by developing fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills and sensory control. Stark County schools must provide this service when a child’s education needs demonstrate their necessity. Using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and classroom modifications, therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other intervention specialists to help children reach their full educational potential.

                                                                                    • Suicide prevention for Stark County children, teens and young adults
                                                                                      If someone you know is hurting, don’t stop encouraging them to seek support. There is a community rooting for them to keep going.
                                                                                      • Know your rights
                                                                                        In Stark County, rights are in place to make sure every student has access to quality education – regardless of physical, cognitive or social barriers. It is important for parents and students to be aware of and understand these rights, so you can effectively self-advocate for the services and supports you deserve.
                                                                                        • Developmental disabilities: early childhood

                                                                                          Caring for children with developmental disabilities presents unique challenges. For children up to age 3, Stark County Early Intervention (EI) provides services for families to help children reach their full potential. Using a team approach, developmental specialists and therapists, who are specific to the needs of the family, work with caregivers and children to coach, teach specific techniques, and provide appropriate resources to parents and caregivers. Learn more about the programs and services available for young children with developmental disabilities.

                                                                                          • From a Mom Who Knows: Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

                                                                                            I love to take my children out of the house. Whether it is shopping, the park, going for a walk around the neighborhood, to church, or on an adventure- we are always on the go. However, as a parent of two special needs daughters, both with different needs, this can be a challenge. Having one child with physical disabilities means we must make sure the location is accessible and can be accommodating to our specific needs.

                                                                                            • Navigating the Holidays and Mental Health

                                                                                              While the holidays are celebrated as “the happiest time of the year,” it doesn’t always feel that way. If you, or a loved one, is struggling, the holidays can be hard. If you’re feeling alone, know that there are places in Stark County where you can turn for support and help.

                                                                                              The Holidays and Mental Health

                                                                                              Struggles with mental health and the holidays can equal extra stress. Navigating the two at the same time can be difficult.

                                                                                              • Stark County Educational Service Center Provides Schools with Helpful Resources
                                                                                                The Stark County Educational Service Center provides schools with helpful resources that support student educational, health and emotional needs.
                                                                                                • Aging out: emotional & mental health support

                                                                                                  Children who are part of the foster care system in Stark County will eventually reach the age of 18 and age out of the program. Just like anyone else, these young adults may have medical and mental health care needs. But unlike other young people, once they age out of foster care, they no longer have the same financial and emotional backing at home.

                                                                                                  Unfortunately, these young people rarely receive the emotional and behavioral health services they need because of a lack of insurance and family support.

                                                                                                  • Foster & adoption: early childhood

                                                                                                    Every baby should grow up in an environment where they are loved and protected. However, sometimes young children are placed in unfortunate situations that jeopardize their safety and well-being. Whenever a parent is unable to provide adequate care, a child may be removed from their home and paired with a foster or adoptive family.

                                                                                                    Currently, many children in Stark County are in need of fostering or adoption, especially children with functional needs and sibling groups.

                                                                                                    • CARE Teams

                                                                                                      School can present many challenges for students. Whether they are struggling in class, experiencing issues in the home or having a hard time socially, CARE Teams are available to help. Each CARE team is different, but they are typically made up of school guidance counselors, administrators, teachers, clinical staff, family support specialists and mental health professionals. With different skills and backgrounds at the table, each member of the CARE Team contributes a unique perspective to address student issues with wraparound resources.

                                                                                                      • Mental health resources

                                                                                                        Are you ready to seek treatment for a mental health condition? We know there are many reasons why reaching out for support might not be the easiest choice. But we also know it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your emotional wellness. And now there are alternatives to meeting with a counselor in person! Telehealth is now available for virtual mental health support.

                                                                                                        If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of sadness or hopelessness,

                                                                                                        • Being Kind to Others & Yourself Can Improve Your Mental Health
                                                                                                          Kindness is linked to mental health. And we sure could use more of it during the pandemic. Here are simple ways to add more kindness into your life.
                                                                                                          • Childhood mental health services

                                                                                                            In some instances, a child who has experienced trauma or another mental health challenge may struggle to cope as they get older. If your child seems to be battling feelings of hopelessness, sadness or difficult behaviors, consider seeking the help of a mental health provider in Stark County.

                                                                                                            You can ask your child’s pediatrician for referrals and guidance throughout the process of seeking services. This may include direct counseling for the child or family and community-based treatment.

                                                                                                            • Reflections, 2020-2021

                                                                                                              Do you roll your eyes when you hear the words ‘self care’? Yeah, me too, and we are hearing it now more often than ever. For 20 years much of our community’s training emphasis has been on understanding both the devastation of trauma and the healing power of Resilience. Who knew that, unknowingly, we were preparing ourselves for 2020 – when our entire world would
                                                                                                              experience a collective and ongoing traumatic pandemic.

                                                                                                              The stability and predictability that had structured our lives?

                                                                                                              • Removing Barriers to Owning a Small Business

                                                                                                                StarkFresh serves the people of Stark County through a variety of ways, all in the name of their mission: “Tackling the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty.” Many in the county know StarkFresh for its grocery store located in downtown Canton on Cherry Ave. NE or its mobile grocery market that travels throughout the area; though the programs offered through StarkFresh go past the scope of bringing food to people in need.

                                                                                                                • CHANCE Program Helps People with Substance Use in Stark County
                                                                                                                  The CHANCE Program gives individuals in Stark County a chance to address substance use through intensive treatment. Learn more about this program.
                                                                                                                  • Mental Health Awareness Month Tips: 4 Ways to Participate

                                                                                                                    Mental Health Awareness Month is observed every May in the United States. It’s a time to recognize that our mental health is part of our overall health, fight stigmas surrounding mental health issues, learn about various issues and policies, and more. Whether or not you are personally dealing with a mental health issue, it is important to find ways to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month.

                                                                                                                    Here are four Mental Health Awareness Month tips so you can participate and support those around you.

                                                                                                                    • Stories of Self-Advocacy
                                                                                                                      Watch these videos from Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities to find out how young people with disabilities are advocating for themselves.
                                                                                                                      • Becoming resilient is a daily practice
                                                                                                                        Resiliency daily practices and tips to help you build a strong foundation of character. Face life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.
                                                                                                                        • 6 Ways to Help a Loved One Through Addiction

                                                                                                                          Addiction leaves countless individuals and their loved ones reeling from its devastating impact. As a disease, addiction is frequently misunderstood and stigmatized. Beyond the stereotypical images of substance use, addiction can have behavioral and psychological effects.   

                                                                                                                          If you’re helping someone with addiction issues, the first thing is to know there is always hope and a way forward.   

                                                                                                                          Understanding Addiction as a Disease

                                                                                                                          To provide meaningful help to a loved one struggling with addiction,

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                                                                                                                            We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy, at any time and without notice, simply by posting the changes on our site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

                                                                                                                            What Information Is Collected and How We Use That Information:

                                                                                                                            We do not collect personally identifying information from users of this website.

                                                                                                                            • Mental Health Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic

                                                                                                                              This year, we’ve faced a pandemic unlike anything in our lifetimes. As we get closer to a vaccine for coronavirus, many people in Stark County are still feeling the stressful effects. Fortunately, the stress response is normal during a crisis.

                                                                                                                              Are you looking for ways to manage feelings of stress and anxiety? Here are some common questions we have received related to mental health, coping with COVID-19 in the community,

                                                                                                                              • The Stark County Legal System
                                                                                                                                Find the right court or local government program for your specific legal needs. Learn about the Stark County legal system.

                                                                                                                                Team Jesus Church

                                                                                                                                New Way Food Pantry

                                                                                                                                3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:00pm-7:00 pm (Doors open at 4:00pm)

                                                                                                                                • Photo ID is required
                                                                                                                                • Prayer and ministry support is available but not required to receive food
                                                                                                                                • Other services include toiletries (when available), lay financial counseling, and referral assistance
                                                                                                                                • Recipient’s gross household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines
                                                                                                                                7096 Hills and Dales Rd NW
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44708
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                                                                                                                                Goodwill Industries

                                                                                                                                Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items. The Ken Weber Community Campus has walk-in services available Tuesdays and Thursdays for community resource connections. For further information on what Goodwill has to offer, please call our main campus or visit our website.

                                                                                                                                Thrift Store Locations

                                                                                                                                Main Campus: (330) 454-9461
                                                                                                                                Main Campus: (330) 454-9461
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                                                                                                                                Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank

                                                                                                                                Network of food pantry and hot meal sites.

                                                                                                                                350 Opportunity Pkwy.
                                                                                                                                Akron, OH 44307
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 535-6900
                                                                                                                                Learn more

                                                                                                                                Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank (Canton)

                                                                                                                                Keith D. Monda Family Food Pantry

                                                                                                                                The Foodbank is proud to serve the community with a food pantry in the Stark County Campus. Community members in need will have regular access to fresh fruits and vegetables, shelf-stable pantry items, bread and dairy products.

                                                                                                                                Order Ahead: Monday from 1pm-3pm
                                                                                                                                Visit between Friday at 2pm and Monday at 9am to place your order in advance.
                                                                                                                                Also open every Tuesday from 9am-3pm,

                                                                                                                                1365 Cherry Ave. NE
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44714
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 535-6900
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                                                                                                                                Alliance Community Pantry

                                                                                                                                After being met outside to register, they pull up and load their cars with a grocery basket of canned and boxed food, meat, produce, baked goods and cold food that have been gathered by pantry volunteers.

                                                                                                                                215 E. Market St.
                                                                                                                                Alliance, OH 44601
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                                                                                                                                Stark County Hunger Task Force

                                                                                                                                Network of more than 30 food pantries throughout Stark County

                                                                                                                                Emergency food pantry at the Goodwill Community Campus
                                                                                                                                408 9th St SW Canton, OH 44707

                                                                                                                                Monday: 9:15am – 2:25pm
                                                                                                                                Wednesday: 9:15am – 3:35pm
                                                                                                                                Friday: 9:15am – 1:35pm

                                                                                                                                408 9th St. SW
                                                                                                                                Suite 1637
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 455-6667
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                                                                                                                                Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank

                                                                                                                                Formerly Stark County Diaper Bank

                                                                                                                                Offer support to families in times of need by providing access to diapers through a network of community partners.

                                                                                                                                Also provide community partners with:

                                                                                                                                • Pad and Tampon Packs
                                                                                                                                • Adult Incontinence Supplies
                                                                                                                                P.O. Box 35452
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44735
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 488-7558
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                                                                                                                                First Christian Church – Canton

                                                                                                                                • Common Goods clothing ministry
                                                                                                                                • Monthly food distribution in partnership with the Akron-Canton Food Bank
                                                                                                                                • Partnered with The Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank


                                                                                                                                6900 Market Ave N
                                                                                                                                North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                                Phone: 330-456-2600
                                                                                                                                Phone: 330-456-2600
                                                                                                                                Hours: Common Goods: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11am-2pm. Every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month: 5-7pm Food Distribution: 3rd Friday of each month: 9-11am
                                                                                                                                Learn more

                                                                                                                                Perry Helping Perry

                                                                                                                                A community-based organization that exists to provide needed support for Perry residents

                                                                                                                                Food pantry, clothing, school supplies and more

                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 737-1281
                                                                                                                                Learn more

                                                                                                                                Breath of Life Tabernacle

                                                                                                                                Canned goods and fresh groceries available every 4th Saturday of each month


                                                                                                                                1133 10th St NE
                                                                                                                                Massillon , OH 44646
                                                                                                                                Main Line: 330-833-2263
                                                                                                                                Main Line: 330-833-2263
                                                                                                                                Hours: 4th Saturday of the Month 12:00pm-2:00pm
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                                                                                                                                Canton City Health Department

                                                                                                                                Helping to prevent the spread of disease, promote healthy practices and protect the health of Canton City residents.

                                                                                                                                Request Narcan Kit via mail by submitting form here:

                                                                                                                                • WIC
                                                                                                                                  • Effective March 16, Canton City WIC services are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click here for details. **At this time, infants and children do not need to be present in our office when staff issue food benefits to your WIC Card.*
                                                                                                                                • Nursing Division (until further notice)
                                                                                                                                    • Facial coverings are required for all clinics for those over 2 years of age.
                                                                                                                                420 Market Ave.
                                                                                                                                North Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 489-3231
                                                                                                                                Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
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                                                                                                                                Salvation Army of Massillon

                                                                                                                                Serving the Massillon community:
                                                                                                                                Hot meal program
                                                                                                                                Food pantries
                                                                                                                                Rent assistance
                                                                                                                                Utility assistance
                                                                                                                                Programs for adults and youth

                                                                                                                                315 6th St. NE
                                                                                                                                Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 833-6473
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                                                                                                                                Salvation Army of Alliance

                                                                                                                                Serving the Alliance community:
                                                                                                                                Hot meal program
                                                                                                                                Food pantries
                                                                                                                                Rent assistance
                                                                                                                                Utility assistance
                                                                                                                                Programs for adults and youth

                                                                                                                                57 West Main St.
                                                                                                                                Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 823-5188
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                                                                                                                                Salvation Army of Canton

                                                                                                                                Serving the Canton community:
                                                                                                                                Hot meal program
                                                                                                                                Food pantries
                                                                                                                                Rent assistance
                                                                                                                                Utility assistance
                                                                                                                                Programs for adults and youth

                                                                                                                                2023 Christmas Sign-Ups begin October!  

                                                                                                                                The Salvation Army Canton Citadel will take the first 30 Christmas phone applications from 1pm-3pm on the following date:

                                                                                                                                October 4th-6th

                                                                                                                                October 11th-13th

                                                                                                                                October 18th-20th

                                                                                                                                October 25th-27th

                                                                                                                                Please call to apply 330-453-0158


                                                                                                                                420 Market Ave. S
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 453-0158
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                                                                                                                                YWCA Alliance

                                                                                                                                We improve Alliance area women’s lives, stand up for justice, and strengthen communities with a focus on three impact areas: equipping youth, economic stability and advancement and senior nutrition and health

                                                                                                                                Provides transitional housing for women, a clothing boutique, employment and transportation assistance, youth programs, and Meals on Wheels for the senior community

                                                                                                                                239 East Market St.
                                                                                                                                Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 823-1840
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                                                                                                                                Refuge of Hope

                                                                                                                                Providing meals, clothing, and medical care for men, women, and children
                                                                                                                                Also provides shelter to homeless men – call the Stark County Homeless Hotline 330-452-4363

                                                                                                                                715 2nd St.
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44704
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 453-1785
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                                                                                                                                CommQuest Massillon

                                                                                                                                Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, family housing, male residential addiction treatment, driver intervention program

                                                                                                                                Learn more

                                                                                                                                Catholic Charities

                                                                                                                                Emergency rent and utility assistance for Stark County residents: call Monday – Friday between 9 and 10 a.m.

                                                                                                                                Through tangible assistance and other essential services, Catholic Charities affirms human dignity, meets basic human needs, strengthens families, builds communities, and empowers others to transform their lives.

                                                                                                                                800 Market Ave. N
                                                                                                                                Suite 1150
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 491-0896
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                                                                                                                                Stark County Job & Family Services

                                                                                                                                Report child abuse: 330-455-KIDS / 1-800-233-5437

                                                                                                                                Partner with our customers, community and other service providers to protect children and vulnerable adults, stabilize and strengthen families, and encourage self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.

                                                                                                                                Cash assistance
                                                                                                                                Food assistance
                                                                                                                                Medicaid & Medical
                                                                                                                                Non-emergency transportation
                                                                                                                                Child care services
                                                                                                                                Work experience program
                                                                                                                                Foster care & adoption
                                                                                                                                Kinship care
                                                                                                                                Child support services

                                                                                                                                221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                                                Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                                                Local: (330) 452-4661
                                                                                                                                TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                                                                                                ABLE (Adult Basic Literacy Education)

                                                                                                                                Adult college and career readiness programs offered through Canton City Schools.

                                                                                                                                Canton City Schools, 116 McKinley Ave. NW
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 438-2559
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                                                                                                                                Healthy Start

                                                                                                                                Medicaid-funded program providing basic medical coverage for pregnant women and children up to 19 years old:

                                                                                                                                • Doctor visits
                                                                                                                                • Hospital care
                                                                                                                                • Vision services
                                                                                                                                • Prescriptions and more
                                                                                                                                Stark County Job & Family Services, 221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                For questions: (330) 451-8861
                                                                                                                                For questions: (330) 451-8861
                                                                                                                                To apply: 1 (844) 640-6446 (OHIO)
                                                                                                                                Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 1 (800) 324-8680
                                                                                                                                Medicaid Consumer Hotline: 1 (800) 324-8680
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                                                                                                                                George Dunwoody Foundation

                                                                                                                                Support programs and mentorship for parents to become better informed about their child’s needs.

                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 268‐2916
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                                                                                                                                Summit Regional Human Trafficking Task Force

                                                                                                                                If someone needs help, has suspicions or reporting of trafficking in Summit, Stark, Medina or Portage County

                                                                                                                                24/7 Hotline: (330) 252-2614
                                                                                                                                24/7 Hotline: (330) 252-2614
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                                                                                                                                Ohio State University Extension

                                                                                                                                Programming to address the needs of Stark County while also addressing state, national and global issues.

                                                                                                                                RG Drage Campus, 2800 Richville Dr. SE,
                                                                                                                                Suite 100
                                                                                                                                Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 832-9856
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                                                                                                                                Eastgate Early Childhood and Family Center

                                                                                                                                Separate educational facility for preschool-aged children with significant cognitive, physical, behavioral and medical needs.

                                                                                                                                2121 Ashland St.
                                                                                                                                Louisville, OH 44641
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 479-3440
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                                                                                                                                Stark County Family Council

                                                                                                                                Wraparound services for youth and families who have complex, multi-system needs. Visit their website for more information.

                                                                                                                                6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                                                                                North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                                Phone: 330-492-8136
                                                                                                                                Phone: 330-492-8136
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                                                                                                                                Rebecca Stallman Southgate School

                                                                                                                                School districts may refer students with intense needs to this separate public education facility for students ages 5 to 22.

                                                                                                                                3057 Cleveland Ave. SW
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                                                Phone: 330-484-2547
                                                                                                                                Phone: 330-484-2547
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                                                                                                                                Stark County Health Department

                                                                                                                                Serves the public health needs of more than 250,000 people in Stark County:

                                                                                                                                • Emergency preparedness
                                                                                                                                • Environmental health
                                                                                                                                • Health education
                                                                                                                                • Kids safety
                                                                                                                                7235 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                                                                North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 493-9904
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                                                                                                                                Home Helpers

                                                                                                                                Respite care is provided to seniors, working parents, new mothers, and individuals who require recuperative or continuing care. Their services and schedules can be customized to your needs.

                                                                                                                                3730 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                                                                Suite 400
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 892-9329
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                                                                                                                                BeYoutiful Weirdo, LLC

                                                                                                                                Offers a variety of programming to meet the educational, social, emotional and recreational needs of young women 5-17 years of age, hosts an annual Princess Party. Learn more:

                                                                                                                                131 Tremont Ave SE
                                                                                                                                Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                                Phone: (234) 804-6850
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                                                                                                                                Sunrise Vista Behavioral Health

                                                                                                                                At Sunrise Vista, we are capable of providing the medical needs associated with substance abuse disorders in individuals also experiencing mental health related symptoms as long as the individual has a primary mental health diagnosis.

                                                                                                                                1223 Market Ave North
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44714
                                                                                                                                Phone: 234-999-4900
                                                                                                                                Phone: 234-999-4900
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                                                                                                                                Great Lakes Science Center Summer Day Camps

                                                                                                                                Great Lakes Science Center is offering both at-home and at Great Lakes Science Center camp experiences to best fit your family’s needs. Both options have been designed with your child’s health and safety in mind.
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                                                                                                                                601 Erieside Ave.
                                                                                                                                Cleveland, OH 44114
                                                                                                                                Phone: (216) 621-2400
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                                                                                                                                Stark County Homeless Hotline

                                                                                                                                24/7 Hotline: 330-452-4363

                                                                                                                                For referrals to free community shelters and other local housing programs.

                                                                                                                                Please allow enough phone time for specialists to conduct an initial assessment review to find information and programs that work best for your needs.

                                                                                                                                The homeless hotline number is a part of Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery.

                                                                                                                                24/7 Hotline: (330) 452-4363
                                                                                                                                24/7 Hotline: (330) 452-4363
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                                                                                                                                Pathway Caring for Children

                                                                                                                                Helping families to build trusting and lasting relationships for a lifetime:

                                                                                                                                • Individual or group therapy
                                                                                                                                • Support groups
                                                                                                                                • Case management

                                                                                                                                Pathway provides short-term relief (hourly, daily, or overnight) in a foster home or community setting for adoptive families who have a child with special needs. They also offer special workshops and training, support groups, and connection to resources for adoptive parents.

                                                                                                                                4895 Dressler Rd. NW
                                                                                                                                Suite A
                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 493-0083
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                                                                                                                                Help Me Grow-Early Intervention

                                                                                                                                Concerned about your child’s development? Act Early!
                                                                                                                                If you’re concerned that a child may have a delay or disability, it’s important to refer them for Early Intervention as soon as possible. Early Intervention can address all types of concerns, like crawling or walkingspeech delays, or social interaction like playing with other children.
                                                                                                                                Early Intervention is available in every part of the state and to any eligible child,
                                                                                                                                6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                                                                                North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                                Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                                                                                                                Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                                                                                                                Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
                                                                                                                                Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
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                                                                                                                                Help Me Grow-Home Visiting

                                                                                                                                Home Visiting is a voluntary, home-based program offered at no cost to your family.  Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a compassionate approach that offers information and support during pregnancy, and empowers you as the parent with skills, tools, and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of your child through the earliest years – a critical time of development.

                                                                                                                                WHO SHOULD BE REFERRED?

                                                                                                                                Pregnant women and families with young children.Supporting first-time parents with home visiting services for children up to 3 years old

                                                                                                                                WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
                                                                                                                                6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                                                                                North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                                                Phone: 330-492-8136, ext. 1480
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