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  • Emergency shelters

    If you are going through a housing crisis or find yourself homeless, emergency shelter is available throughout Stark County. Various organizations offer overnight sleeping accommodations and temporary shelter.

    Contact a location below or call the Stark County Homeless Hotline at (330) 452-4363.

    • Child labor

      While Stark County has made significant progress in addressing and preventing child exploitation, there are still children working in hazardous conditions, illegally and for low or no wages. Find resources to report child labor and support services for affected children.

      • Bullying: childhood

        Bullying is the act of persistent, unwanted, repeated intimidation and harassment. It can take place in school, in social situations and even online. No matter the setting, bullying is detrimental to everyone involved. Beyond the physical harm, bullying causes emotional scars that are deep, painful and difficult to overcome. Find resources for bullying and learn who to reach out to if you or someone you know is being bullied in Stark County.

        • Migrant working
          People who work outside of their home country are especially susceptible to human rights violations. They are often forced to work in unsafe, unsanitary environments and face abuses that go largely unseen and unreported. Find local resources to support these underrepresented employees.
          • Domestic violence: young adults

            Seeing or experiencing domestic violence can negatively affect youth well into adulthood. In fact, young adults who have been exposed to abuse in the home are more likely to repeat the cycle of violence. By accessing support and services that teach healthy relationship skills, Stark Help Central believes that we can empower young people in our community to stand up for integrity, nonviolence and respect.

            • 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,

              • Bullying: youth & teens

                Bullying among adolescents can take many forms. As children get older, how they bully becomes more sophisticated and harder to identify. In addition to taunting, threats or physical attacks, the rise of social media has introduced another category of bullying – cyberbullying. As teens have more and more access to social media, gaming and the internet, bullies use these platforms to harass and humiliate others. Find programs and resources in Stark County to help support young people who are affected by bullying.

                • Domestic Violence and Abuse

                  If you or someone you know has suffered from or witnessed violence in the home, it is important to remember that you are not in this alone. There are numerous resources throughout Stark County that are committed to providing survivors of domestic violence with confidential support, treatment, education and empowerment.

                  • Immediate assistance

                    If you or someone you know is in crisis, it is important to seek help immediately. No matter if you’re struggling with depression, substance use, relationship problems or family turmoil, free and confidential support is available. You are not alone and talking to someone could help save a life.

                    • Early childhood emotional abuse
                      Although emotional abuse hurts just as much as physical abuse, it can be harder to identify. The marks are left on the inside, and small infants are too young to report the abuse themselves. Find programs and services dedicated to supporting children in Stark County who are struggling with emotional abuse.
                      • 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,

                        • Abuse & neglect: early childhood

                          Although they may not understand or be able to express what’s happened, infants can still be deeply affected by abuse and neglect. This early trauma can hinder a child’s physical, mental and emotional development, compromising their sense of safety and security. To help combat the negative impacts of early childhood abuse, it is important that babies and small children get the early intervention and support they need. Find local child protective services dedicated to survivors of abuse and neglect.

                          • 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.
                            • Domestic violence: youth & teens

                              Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of children have been exposed to domestic violence by the age of 17. Witnessing violence can have long-term impacts on these adolescents, putting them at higher risk for substance use, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and even further domestic violence. Find resources to help prevent violence in the home and support young people experiencing domestic violence in Stark County.

                              • Human trafficking: early childhood

                                Human trafficking is not just an adult problem. It can happen to anyone, and young people are often the most vulnerable. If you are concerned a child you know may be at risk, it is important to report your concerns right away. Children are affected all over the world and right here in Stark County. Learn what you can do to help put an end to human trafficking in our community.

                                • Human Trafficking
                                  The growing rates of sexual exploitation in Stark County are due in part to our prominent interstate system, sports facilities, strip clubs and hotel developments – common environments for this hidden crime. Find resources to help combat sex trafficking in Northeast Ohio.
                                  • Mental & emotional support: childhood abuse & neglect
                                    If you know a child that has experienced or is currently experiencing abuse or neglect, it is essential that they find a path to safety right away. Help young survivors of abuse find the counseling services they need to start the journey toward recovery.
                                    • Early childhood physical abuse
                                      When a baby is abused, it can have severe consequences including developmental issues, brain damage or even death. If you are concerned that an infant, toddler or young child may be suffering from physical abuse, reach out for help, advice and support.
                                      • Human trafficking: young adults

                                        Young people with limited support structures, education and opportunities for advancement can fall victim to traffickers that promise a way out, only to end up in far worse situations. Victims could be your family, friends or neighbors, so it is important to understand the problem. Learn how to spot the signs of human trafficking, report your suspicions and help victims find a path to safety.

                                        • Runaways
                                          A young person may want to leave home for many reasons. They might be rebelling against their parents or fleeing a dangerous family setting. But unfortunately, couch surfing or living on the streets could increase the likelihood of exploitation and other dangerous situations.
                                          • Abuse & neglect: childhood

                                            Any intentional action that causes significant harm to a child is considered abuse. It can come in the form of physical, sexual or emotional damage, and is very rarely an isolated incident. Because child abuse is frequently carried out by a close loved one, it is essential that advocates in a child’s life pay attention and report suspicions. Find local resources dedicated to preventing and treating childhood abuse and neglect.

                                            • Sexual abuse & rape crisis services

                                              According to RAINN, every 98 seconds, someone experiences sexual assault. This could include actions such as harassment, rape or sexual violence. For a young person who has suffered sexual abuse, the effects can be long lasting, leading to physical, emotional and psychological harm. Find rape crisis services and sexual abuse support groups available in Stark County.

                                              • Abuse & neglect: youth & teens

                                                Today, teens have rates of abuse and neglect that are as high as or higher than those of young children. To make matters worse, this abuse often comes from the hands of family members – the very people responsible for keeping them safe. Teenagers are often more vulnerable than they let on, masking the internal turmoil they’re experiencing. Find local programs helping to support these young people on their path toward understanding and recovery.

                                                • Suicide prevention: youth & teens

                                                  Learn what you can do to support your friends, family and classmates who are hurting. Suicide is a leading cause of death for adolescents ages 10 to 24 and an unfortunate reality in our community. Together, we can help prevent teen suicide. Call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you need immediate assistance.

                                                  • Human trafficking: childhood

                                                    Children are susceptible to human trafficking because they are young, vulnerable and easily manipulated. Often, they are victimized by the very people who are responsible for their care. Runaways and children from marginalized populations are especially at risk for child labor, sexual exploitation and other forms of human trafficking. Learn how to report suspicions and support young victims in Stark County.

                                                    • Human trafficking: youth & teens

                                                      Teens are vulnerable to trafficking regardless of socio-economic status, gender, race, education or citizenship. There is a generally a feeling that human trafficking is a crime affecting far-off places, but unfortunately, human trafficking incidents happen right here in Stark County. Because of their emotional immaturity and sense of invincibility, young teens are especially at risk. Learn how to prevent, report and support teenagers affected by human trafficking.

                                                      • 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.

                                                        • Are you in crisis?

                                                          If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text one of the hotlines below. Counselors and intake specialists are available to offer free, confidential support whenever you need it.

                                                          In emergency situations, dial 911 and request a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained officer.
                                                          • Mental & emotional support: domestic violence
                                                            The emotional damage associated with domestic violence and abuse often outlasts the physical impact. So, for those transitioning from victim to survivor, the aftermath often includes ongoing mental trauma and emotional stress. Remember, recovery looks different for everyone, so you have to take the time to discover what works best for you.
                                                            • Mental health service providers

                                                              For Stark County families to grow stronger and healthier, it is important that everyone has the support they need to maintain their emotional well-being. There are hundreds of mental health, substance use and trauma recovery resources available here in Stark County, including individual, family and faith-based services.

                                                              • 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 Central.com wants to help ensure everyone can enjoy the holiday, especially children.

                                                                • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to StarkHelpCentral.com

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

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

                                                                  StarkHelpCentral.com 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),

                                                                  • March 1st is Self Injury Awareness Day

                                                                    The UK organization LifeSIGNS started dedicating March 1st as Self Injury Awareness Day in 2002. Now, 20 years later, it is a national awareness day for many countries, including the U.S. Self-injury goes by other names, including self-harm and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and encompasses a large range of actions that one takes to cope with extreme emotion, release tension from these emotions, or take back a perceived loss of control. While teens tend to be the most likely to self-injure,

                                                                    • The Importance of Getting an Opioid Overdose Kit

                                                                      As the opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio continued to grow, the Stark County Opiate & Addiction Task Force was created in 2011 to help educate the community and provide necessary resources on opioids. In 2014, Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) was created by the Ohio Health Department to bring together educational and naloxone distribution programs during the opioid epidemic. In order to prevent opioid overdose and to further harm reduction strategies, these organizations provide free overdose kits for anyone in Ohio who wants one.

                                                                      • 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.

                                                                        • 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,

                                                                          Suicide & Crisis Hotline

                                                                          The new three-digit dialing code, 988 Lifeline, connects callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. When you call, text or chat using the 988 Lifeline, you’re connected to trained counselors that are part of the 988 Lifeline network, made up of more than 200 local crisis centers. Counselors are trained to provide emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.  

                                                                          The 988 Lifeline is available 24 hours a day,

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                                                                          COMPASS Rape Crisis

                                                                          24/7 Confidential Hotline: 330-452-1111

                                                                          Mental health, counseling, and case management services for all survivors of rape and sexual assault

                                                                          Confidential Hotline
                                                                          Hospital Advocacy
                                                                          Justice System Advocacy

                                                                          408 9th St. SW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44707
                                                                          24/7 Phone: (330) 452-1111
                                                                          24/7 Phone: (330) 452-1111
                                                                          Hours: 24/7
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                                                                          Aultman/Alliance Community Hospital

                                                                          Health care facility dedicated to improving the health of Alliance residents and surrounding communities.

                                                                          Emergency care with no appointment necessary.

                                                                          200 East State St.
                                                                          Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                          Phone: (330) 596-6000
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                                                                          Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

                                                                          A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is an event that negatively impacts the health, safety or wellbeing of an individual with developmental disabilities. If you or someone you know is experiencing a major unusual incident, call the 24-hour hotline to report the event.

                                                                          MUI Hotline: 330-477-4477

                                                                          The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities exists to connect individuals and families with the services they need for health, safety, education and a high quality of life.

                                                                          2950 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44708
                                                                          Phone: (330) 477-5200
                                                                          Intake: (330) 479-3582
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                                                                          Child Protective Services

                                                                          If you suspect a minor child is living in a dangerous situation, call the 24/7 child abuse hotline immediately.

                                                                          Hotline: (330) 455-5437
                                                                          Hotline: (330) 455-5437
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                                                                          Coleman Crisis Services

                                                                          If you need immediate help, or are experiencing a mental health crisis, professional and confidential consultation is available. Call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide.

                                                                          Walk-in Clinic: 24/7 Crisis Services

                                                                          Call-in Clinic: 24/7 Crisis Services

                                                                          2421 13th Street NW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44708
                                                                          24/7 Phone: (330) 452-6000
                                                                          24/7 Phone: (330) 452-6000
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                                                                          Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

                                                                          24/7 Phone #’s
                                                                          Call or text: 988
                                                                          Chat on website: www.988lifeline.org
                                                                          Or call: 330-452-6000 

                                                                          The new three-digit dialing code, 988 Lifeline, connects callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. When you call, text or chat using the 988 Lifeline, you’re connected to trained counselors that are part of the 988 Lifeline network, made up of more than 200 local crisis centers. Counselors are trained to provide emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.  

                                                                          Hotline: (330) 452-6000
                                                                          Hotline: (330) 452-6000
                                                                          Textline: Text 4hope to 741741
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                                                                          Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI)

                                                                          24-hour Crisis Hotline: 330-453-SAFE (7233)

                                                                          Provides emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence in Stark County and surrounding communities

                                                                          • Emergency Protective Shelter
                                                                          • Outreach and Aftercare
                                                                          • Legal Advocacy
                                                                          • Transitional Housing
                                                                          • Medical Advocacy
                                                                          • Peer Support

                                                                           

                                                                          Hotline: 330-453-SAFE (7233)
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                                                                          Alliance for Children & Families

                                                                          Emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing (referrals through Homeless Hotline) for individuals and families.

                                                                          Programs:

                                                                          • Permanent Supportive Housing Project
                                                                          • Emergency Shelter
                                                                          • Affordable Housing
                                                                          • Ending Domestic & Family Violence through STAMP
                                                                          • Financial Literacy
                                                                          • Health and Wellness
                                                                          624 Scranton Ave.
                                                                          Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                          Phone: (330) 821-6332
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                                                                          Occupational Safety and Health Administration

                                                                          Report emergencies and cases of unsafe working conditions, health or safety violations.

                                                                          Essex Place, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd.
                                                                          Suite 203
                                                                          Independence, OH 44131
                                                                          Phone: (216) 447-4194
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                                                                          Secret Safe Place for Newborns: Mercy Medical Center ER

                                                                          Confidential emergency shelter and medical care within three days of birth.

                                                                          1320 Mercy Dr. NW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44708
                                                                          Phone: (330)-489-1000
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                                                                          Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter

                                                                          Emergency shelter for men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

                                                                          Hotline: (330) 823-7223
                                                                          Hotline: (330) 823-7223
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                                                                          American Red Cross: Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter

                                                                          We help communities in Northern Ohio prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. We are able to make a difference in our local communities because of the generosity of our donors and support of our volunteers. Together, we provide the following programs and services:

                                                                          • Disaster Services
                                                                          • Volunteer Services
                                                                          • Blood Donation Services
                                                                          • Lifesaving Skills Training
                                                                          • Military or Veterans Assistance (mental health counseling, emergency assistance and job services)
                                                                          • Home Fire Campaign
                                                                          408 9th St. SW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44707
                                                                          Phone: (330) 453-0146
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                                                                          Charlotte & Main

                                                                          Furnishings and household goods can be the missing piece that turns housing into homes.

                                                                          Our Mission is to provide these items for: Young Adults aging out of foster care and entering into independent living Domestic Violence survivors exiting emergency shelters Veterans escaping homelessness
                                                                          4201 Hills and Dales Rd NW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44708
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                                                                          Stark County Community Action Agency

                                                                          Emergency HEAP Appointment Line: 330-617-1055
                                                                          Summer & Winter Crisis
                                                                          PIPP

                                                                          Offers employment services, financial support and career counseling to the Stark County community.

                                                                          Head Start
                                                                          HEAP
                                                                          HWAP (Home Weatherization)
                                                                          Work Force Development

                                                                          1366 Market Ave. N
                                                                          Canton, OH 44714
                                                                          Phone: (330) 454-1676
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                                                                          Aultman Hospital

                                                                          The largest hospital in Stark County.

                                                                          Emergency Room provides services for individuals with urgent health care concerns. Also a place for parents to safely and legally give their babies up.

                                                                          Aultman Serenity Program provides medical forensic nursing care to individuals impacted by violence. Including individuals that have experienced: abuse and neglect, domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault.

                                                                          Offer grief support groups, more details online here.

                                                                          2600 6th St. SW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44710
                                                                          Phone: (330) 452-9911
                                                                          Emergency Room: (330) 363-6203
                                                                          Emergency Room: (330) 363-6203
                                                                          Hours: 24/7
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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 – 2:35pm
                                                                          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
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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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                                                                          Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health & Recovery of Alliance

                                                                          Provides outpatient psychiatric, counseling, and case management services to children, adolescents, and adults

                                                                          Mental health & illness, addictions, dual disorders, behavioral issues, trauma

                                                                          Closed Friday, clients directed to Canton if an emergency or direct care needed

                                                                          1844 W State St
                                                                          Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                          Phone: (330) 493-4553
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                                                                          Cleveland Clinic at Mercy Hospital

                                                                          Emergency health care services available 24/7.

                                                                          Child delivery and support services in Stark County:

                                                                          • Maternity and mother/baby care
                                                                          • Breastfeeding support
                                                                          • Neonatal special care nursery
                                                                          • High-risk pregnancy support

                                                                          Cancer Support Group: Group of current or former cancer patients and their caregivers, family members and friends. Meets Thursdays at 6 pm.

                                                                          Seeds of Hope: Supporting individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one.

                                                                          1320 Mercy Dr. NW
                                                                          Canton, OH 44708
                                                                          Phone: (330) 489-1000
                                                                          Cancer Support Group: (330) 430-2788
                                                                          Cancer Support Group: (330) 430-2788
                                                                          Seeds of Hope: (330) 489-1143
                                                                          Seeds of Hope: (330) 489-1143
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                                                                          YWCA Canton

                                                                          Provides emergency shelter to the homeless and tools to help them get back on their feet and become self-sufficient

                                                                          Also provides early care and education services to children that enhance their development and prepare them to be successful as they transition to kindergarten

                                                                          To be placed in housing you must first register with the homeless hotline by calling 330-452-4363

                                                                          231 6th St. NE
                                                                          Canton, OH 44702
                                                                          Phone: (330) 453-7644
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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 – 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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                                                                          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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