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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.

          • Clothing and Furniture Assistance

            If you or someone you know is in need of clothing or furniture 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. If you’re moving into a new place can be intimidating when you’re not sure where to find affordable furniture. Below you’ll find places that can help you turn a house into a 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.

                  • 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.

                    • Childhood neglect and abuse
                      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.
                        • 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.
                            • 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.

                              Public assistance applications can take up to 30 days to complete. If you need immediate food, clothing, housing or medical help, please view these other resources:

                              • Transportation Services

                                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 more information for SARTA here.

                                • 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.
                                  • 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.

                                    • 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.
                                        • 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.
                                          • 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.
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                                              • 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.

                                                • 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.
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                                                    • 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.

                                                      • 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.

                                                        • 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),

                                                          • Respite care
                                                            Primary caregivers for anyone from children with special needs to senior citizens sometimes need short-term relief. Find respite care near you.
                                                            • 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.
                                                              • 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.

                                                                  • Developmental Disabilities Family Support

                                                                    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.

                                                                    For more information on how to apply for accessible plates or windshield placards, visit

                                                                    Resources for Individuals &

                                                                    • 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.
                                                                      • 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.

                                                                        • 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.
                                                                          • Foster Children: Aging Out Resources

                                                                            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.

                                                                            • Early Childhood (Ages 0 - 3)
                                                                            • Childhood (Ages 4 - 10)
                                                                            • Youth & Teens (Ages 11 - 17)
                                                                          • 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.

                                                                              • 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.

                                                                                It’s never too early to think about children’s mental health. For women who are pregnant or parents who have young babies at home,

                                                                                • 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.
                                                                                  • Alternative Therapies for Mental Health
                                                                                    6 Holistic Outlets to Improve Your Mental Health & Wellbeing

                                                                                    More and more people are realizing how important our mental health is to our overall wellbeing. While traditional medical treatments play an integral role in maintaining good mental health, holistic mental health outlets provide a complementary approach. Though not a substitute for professional help, these outlets offer unique strategies to improve your mental and overall health

                                                                                    These alternative therapies for mental health range from free,

                                                                                    • 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.
                                                                                          • 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,

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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.

                                                                                              • The Legacy Project of Stark Makes an imPACT

                                                                                                Who We Are

                                                                                                In 2015, The Legacy Project of Stark was founded by Eugene Lingenhoel. As he was delivering backpacks & school supplies at Lehman Middle School in Canton City, the principal, Jeanne McNeal, who is now the principal at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local, asked Eugene if he would be willing to meet with some of her students.  Jeanne saw a need for her students to have a positive role model in their life and saw an opportunity to provide that for them.

                                                                                                • 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,

                                                                                                  • Where to Find Food and Meals for Thanksgiving

                                                                                                    Updated 11.2023

                                                                                                    For some families struggling with poverty and hunger, Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday.  If you are dealing with food insecurity, need help with the expense of purchasing the needed ingredients for a special meal or are struggling with high medical bills, low wages, housing needs or other issues, we have gathered some valuable resources below.

                                                                                                    Stark Help wants to help ensure everyone can enjoy the holiday, especially children.

                                                                                                    • Importance of Safe Places and Caring Relationships for Our LGBTQ+ Young People

                                                                                                      In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, let us take a moment to learn more about what we can do in our personal and professional lives to create safe spaces and caring relationships for our LGBTQ youth (and adults).

                                                                                                      Far too many LGBTQ+ youth do not feel safe and accepted or feel a sense of pride in themselves.  In fact, LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, parental rejection, depression, and thoughts of suicide at significantly higher rates then their heterosexual peers.

                                                                                                      • Your Guide to Pride: 2022 Ohio Pride Events

                                                                                                        Happy Pride Month, Ohioans! Nowadays, Pride celebrations extend beyond the month of June and into the summer, so everyone has a chance to celebrate. If you’re looking for Pride events near you throughout Ohio, you’ve come to the right place.

                                                                                                        No matter how you identify or if you’re an ally, there’s a Pride parade, festival or celebration near you. Be sure to catch a live performance, support local vendors who attend, volunteer for a committee,

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                        Phone: 330-837-5188
                                                                                                        Phone: 330-837-5188
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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 (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
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        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 – 2:35pm
                                                                                                        Tuesday: 9:15am – 3:35pm
                                                                                                        Wednesday: 9:15am – 3:35pm
                                                                                                        Thursday: 9:15am – 2:35pm
                                                                                                        Friday: 9:15am – 1:35pm

                                                                                                        408 9th St. SW
                                                                                                        Suite 1637
                                                                                                        Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                        Phone: (330) 455-6667
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        First Christian Church – Canton

                                                                                                        • Common Goods clothing ministry (Common Goods is closed during certain holidays and when Plain Local Schools close due to bad weather)
                                                                                                        • Monthly food distribution in partnership with the Akron-Canton Food Bank
                                                                                                        • Partnered with The Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank


                                                                                                        6852 Market Ave. N
                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                        Clothed in Righteousness

                                                                                                        Services include a hot meal, a free clothing closet boutique, hygiene, a bag of food for homeless individuals, an emergency box of food for housed individuals or families, and supplies for anyone homeless staying outdoors or in their vehicle.

                                                                                                        No identification is required or appointment. Expect a small wait due to how busy we might be.

                                                                                                        55 East Main
                                                                                                        Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                        Phone: (330) 501-8262
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        Canton City Health Department

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

                                                                                                        • Programs: 
                                                                                                          • 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 
                                                                                                            • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinic
                                                                                                            • Childhood Immunization Clinic
                                                                                                            • International Travel Clinic
                                                                                                          • THRIVE
                                                                                                            • Pregnant?
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        Salvation Army of Alliance

                                                                                                        Serving the Alliance community:

                                                                                                        • Hot meal program
                                                                                                        • Food pantries
                                                                                                        • Clothing
                                                                                                        • Shelters
                                                                                                        • Rent assistance
                                                                                                        • Utility assistance
                                                                                                        • Programs for adults and youth
                                                                                                        • Holiday/Christmas assistance – visit to apply
                                                                                                        57 West Main St.
                                                                                                        Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                        Phone: (330) 823-5188
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        Salvation Army of Canton

                                                                                                        Serving the Canton community:

                                                                                                        Hot meal program
                                                                                                        Food pantries
                                                                                                        Rent assistance
                                                                                                        Utility assistance
                                                                                                        Programs for adults and youth


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

                                                                                                        Salvation Army of Massillon

                                                                                                        Serving the Massillon community:

                                                                                                        • Hot meal program
                                                                                                        • Food pantries
                                                                                                        • Clothing
                                                                                                        • Shelters
                                                                                                        • Rent assistance
                                                                                                        • Utility assistance
                                                                                                        • Programs for adults and youth
                                                                                                        • Holiday/Christmas assistance – visit to apply
                                                                                                        315 6th St. NE
                                                                                                        Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                        Phone: (330) 833-6473
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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
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                        Learn more

                                                                                                        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 – Transportation to and from Medicaid-qualified appointments, including doctor visits, dental visits, vision appointments and more.
                                                                                                        • Child care services
                                                                                                        • Work experience program –
                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                        Massillon AHEAD, Inc.

                                                                                                        AHEAD Inc. is a non-profit organization supporting the social, emotional, and educational needs of families in the Massillon community.

                                                                                                        1237 16th St NE
                                                                                                        Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                        Phone: (330) 830-3900 ext. 50221
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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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                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                        Vantage Aging

                                                                                                        For nearly 50 years, VANTAGE Aging has promoted successful aging by providing programs to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place and live independently with dignity.

                                                                                                        Meals on Wheels and Home Wellness-  Health and wellness are important to the success of aging in place, and our Home Wellness Solutions and Meals on Wheels programs build on that concept by helping people remain at home by providing home-delivered meals, wellness checks,

                                                                                                        2363 Nave Rd SE
                                                                                                        Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                        Main Line: 330-515-5605
                                                                                                        Main Line: 330-515-5605
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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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                                                                                                        Veterans’ Outreach

                                                                                                        Veterans’ Outreach has a Direct Aid Program which helps veterans with their most immediate needs, up to $200 per veteran per year.

                                                                                                        Veterans’ Outreach operates the Freedom Food Pantry for veterans.

                                                                                                        Veterans’ Outreach offers clothing, hygiene, and household goods to veterans through our VO Depot Thrift Store.

                                                                                                        17 Colonial Drive
                                                                                                        Youngstown, OH 44505
                                                                                                        Phone: (330) 755-5792
                                                                                                        Hours: Monday - Wednesday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Service Hours 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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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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                                                                                                        Stark County Health Department

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

                                                                                                        7235 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                                                        North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                                                        Phone: (330) 493-9904
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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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