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  • Employment resources
    Whether you are a young person looking for a part-time job, a parent who is out of work or an individual with disabilities planning for independence, resources are available to help you navigate the job search.
    • Employment services: young adults

      Securing meaningful employment is key to achieving independence and financial freedom. For young adults starting out in Stark County, it can be helpful to get assistance from community employment programs. Taking advantage of job-seeking classes, skills training and job placement services will help increase the likelihood of getting a good, stable job. Find local resources that help prepare young people for employment success.

      • Re-entering the community
        Re-entering the community after jail time is no easy task. After being released, young people often struggle to find a place in society and require critical services and supports. They may benefit from programs to help rebuild family relationships, reintegrate into school and access public benefits, housing and employment.
        • 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)
        • Foster & adoption: childhood

          Many Stark County community members choose to expand their families through fostering and adoption. For children who need a stable home, the permanent care of adoption or the temporary safe haven of fostering can help. Even if you are not sure if fostering or adoption is the right path for you, find information to help you learn about the options available.

          Most children who are eligible for adoption in Stark County are over the age of six and have experienced some level of trauma,

          • LGBTQ+ mental health
            Bullying, fear of rejection and the chronic stress associated with having a seemingly stigmatized identity can put significant strain on an LGBTQ+ teen’s mental health. In fact, research shows that LGBTQ+ youth have much higher levels of suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers.
            • Youth & Teens (Ages 11 - 17)
          • 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.
            • Improve Family Dialogs with StarkMHAR Conversation Cards

              Once your family is seated around the dinner table, the typical conversation starter is: “So, how was your day?”

              And the typical answer? “Fine.”

              Getting your child to say anything more can be a lot of work.

              But what if you stopped thinking of the child’s attitude as the problem, and started with the question? What if there were some truly interesting questions you could ask your family? And what if they were excited to think about them and answer?

              • 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.
                • 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.

                  • 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.

                    • 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.

                      • 3 Reasons Why Nature is Good for Your Mental Health

                        During the pandemic, everyone seemed to realize the importance of getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Think about how much lighter you feel after taking your dog for a walk. Or how energized your mind is after a hike in the woods. Or even consider the boost you get from a warm, sunshine-filled day. It should be no secret how nature helps our mental health.

                        Let’s explore just a few of the ways nature and mental health are connected.

                        • 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.

                          • 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,

                            OhioMeansJobs Stark County

                            Northeastern Ohio’s premier workforce development and training centers that connects job seekers with employers by providing numerous resources in a single location

                            Serving Stark County employers and job seekers with access to all community partner programs, education, training, counseling and employment opportunities.


                            822 30th St. NW
                            Canton, OH 44709
                            Phone: (330) 433-9675
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                            Equal Employment Opportunities Commission

                            Protecting individuals from discrimination at work based on age, gender, disability, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.

                            218 Cleveland Ave. SW
                            Canton, OH 44702
                            Phone: 330-438-4307
                            Phone: 330-438-4307
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                            Re-Entry Court

                            Providing transitional support for felony offenders as they return to society, including:

                            • Help with housing
                            • Employment services
                            • Anger management programs
                            • Sex offender treatment

                            Offer a yearlong program with four phases that begins during sentencing and continues throughout the transfer to a correctional facility, during incarceration and as the individual transitions back into the community.

                            201 Cleveland Ave. SW
                            Suite 105
                            Canton, OH 44702
                            Phone: (330) 451-7186
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                            Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

                            Helping to support Ohioans with disabilities as they achieve quality employment and independence:

                            • Customized employment plans
                            • Education
                            • Social Security disability determination
                            816 30th St. NW
                            Canton, OH 44709
                            Phone: (330) 438-0500
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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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                            North American Indian Cultural Center

                            Employment, education and training opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans in Ohio.

                            111 West Ave.
                            Tallmadge, OH 44278
                            Phone: (330) 724-1280
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                            Right Path for Fathers Partnership Program

                            Helps fathers overcome barriers to employment to make consistent, dependable child support payments.

                            122 Cleveland Ave. N
                            Canton, OH 44702
                            Phone:: 330-451-8930
                            Phone:: 330-451-8930
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                            Veteran’s Service Commission of Stark County

                            Provides VA Benefits Assistance, Financial Assistance, Medical Transportation, and Employment Resources to Stark County Veterans and their families.

                            2955 Wise Ave. NW
                            Canton, OH 44708
                            Phone: (330) 451-7457
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                            Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

                            Payments for medical services and lost wages resulting from injury, occupational illness and/or death during the course of employment.

                            339 E. Maple St.
                            Suite 200
                            North Canton, OH 44720
                            Phone: (330) 438-0638
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                            Stark Jobs Platform

                            This site was created as a helpful tool for job hunters in the Stark County area. By breaking down employment opportunities by industry, location, and required qualifications, they hope to provide a comprehensive resource for those seeking jobs in Stark County. View the website here.

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                            Stark County Community Action Agency

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

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

                            Head Start
                            HWAP (Home Weatherization)
                            Work Force Development

                            1366 Market Ave. N
                            Canton, OH 44714
                            Phone: (330) 454-1676
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                            Massillon City School District

                            Career Technical Education – Helping students to develop professional skills and experience to prepare them for future employment:

                            • Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
                            • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
                            • Skills USA
                            • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
                            • Educators Rising
                            • Junior Achievement
                            930 17th St. NE
                            Massillon, OH 44646
                            Phone: (330) 830-3900
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                            Greater Stark County Urban League

                            Helping Stark County residents to develop responsibility, independence and life skills through job readiness and re-entry services.

                            1400 Sherrick Rd. SE
                            Canton, OH 44707
                            Phone: (330) 754-1576
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                            Canton City School District

                            Offers Adult Career & Technical Education – learn more at

                            FREE Classes at Aspire of Stark County:

                            • Earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)
                            • Improve English (ESOL-English for Speakers of Other Languages)
                            • Prepare for pre-employment testing
                            • Study for entrance exams
                            • Brush up on skills for success in college or training programs
                            • Improve your current job skills
                            • Help your children with homework
                            • Gain personal enrichment and satisfaction
                            305 McKinley Ave. NW
                            Canton, OH 44702
                            Phone: (330) 438-2500
                            Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
                            Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
                            ASPIRE: (330) 438-2559
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                            Challenger’s British Soccer Camp

                            Unique opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in our own community.


                            2782 Diamond St. NE
                            Canton, OH 44721
                            Phone: (800) 878-2167, ext. 280
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                            Ohio’s PRC Program

                            Ohio’s Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) program provides work support, and other services, to help low-income parents overcome immediate barriers to employment. It is funded through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Those receiving assistance from other public assistance programs also may be eligible for PRC services. To find out what your county offers and to see if you might be eligible, contact your county department of job and family services.

                            Ohio Works First Directory

                            Stark County PRC Program Plan


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                            Coleman Health Services – Alliance

                            Offers comprehensive, whole person treatment to children, adults and families in the communities we serve – regardless of their ability to pay

                            Delivers mental health, substance use, residential, and rehabilitation services

                            Walk-in Clinic:

                            Mon- Fri 11am – 12pm

                            1410 West State St.
                            Alliance, OH 44601
                            Phone: (330) 823-6932
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                            Coleman Health Services – Canton

                            Offers comprehensive, whole person treatment to children, adults and families in the communities we serve – regardless of their ability to pay

                            Delivers mental health, substance use, residential, and rehabilitation services

                            Walk-in Clinic: Mon- Fri 8am – 2pm

                            400 Tuscarawas St. W
                            Suite 200
                            Canton, OH 44702
                            Phone: (330) 438-2400
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                            Massillon Museum

                            Massillon Museum is an art and history museum in downtown Massillon. Admission is always free. The Museum offers free or low-cost classes, workshops, and events for all ages. A Sensory Room is available for guests on the Museum’s Lower Level.

                            Massillon Museum is proud to be a member of Museums for All, offering reduced membership pricing and program discounts to those receiving SNAP benefits, and Blue Star Museums, offering membership and program discounts to active duty military personnel and their families.

                            121 Lincoln Way E
                            Massillon, OH 44646
                            Phone: (330) 833-4061
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                            CommQuest Canton

                            Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, education and employment services, detox, hot meals, social center

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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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                            YWCA Alliance

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

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

                            239 East Market St.
                            Alliance, OH 44601
                            Phone: (330) 823-1840
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                            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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                            Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown (Canton)

                            For more than 30 years, Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown has united faith communities and civic organizations in Canton, Ohio, in an all-volunteer effort to provide families with food at Thanksgiving. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and contributions, our 501(c)(3) has been able to serve over 1000 families each year. If you’d like to help, please click on the link below.

                            Thanksgiving turkeys will be distributed on
                            ​Saturday, November 18, 2023
                            (the Saturday before Thanksgiving)
                            between 10:00am-2:00pm
                            Distribution will be at the
                            Canton Civic/Cultural Center Portico.
                            Learn more