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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 assistance

      In Stark County, publicly-funded employment services are available to local job seekers who meet set income requirements. Support is also offered for employers and small businesses to help offset hiring costs, so they can expand their workforce with eligible employees. Learn about available community-based work programs and find out if you qualify today.

      • 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.

        • Career counseling
          In the search for fulfilling work, it’s not uncommon for young adults to be uncertain about how to find career options that match their skills and interests. Learn about local employment resources that help young people in Stark County through every step of the process.
          • Employment & developmental disabilities
            Young adults with developmental disabilities possess a range of skills, talents and capabilities that benefit the workplace. However, many of these individuals fear being turned away from suitable employment, simply because of their disability. Learn about local employment services that offer career guidance, training and job placement to people with disabilities.
            • Employment opportunities for military and veterans
              Members of the armed services offer great value to the workforce. Yet many transitioning to civilian life may need support to find a job. If you’re a veteran who needs direction, taking advantage of local skills training and job placement programs can prepare you for rewarding a career.
              • Military education services
                The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers military and veterans access to various educational assistance programs that are aligned with their career interests and goals. They can choose to pursue a college degree via the GI Bill, enroll in online correspondence courses or explore on-the-job training options.
                • 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.
                  • Clothing assistance

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

                    • Help paying for legal assistance

                      Can’t afford an attorney? The justice system in Stark County is structured so that legal support is available, regardless of financial barriers. Find local financial legal assistance resources for low-income individuals who need help protecting their rights without the pricey legal fees.

                      • 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.

                        • Local transportation

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

                          • 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.

                            • Cash assistance

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

                              • 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.

                                • Basic needs information & referrals

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

                                  • October Is Disability Employment Awareness Month

                                    When Adam graduated from high school in 2019 he knew he wanted to get a job. “I want to take food orders like my sister,” he said.

                                    During school Adam worked hard at developing his reading skills and money counting skills, but even with adapted curriculum he still struggled to get some words right and correctly make change. He also enrolled in a Job Training program his Junior and Senior years to develop other skills.

                                    • Resources for parents

                                      Nothing prepares you for parenthood. Parenting has been called the ultimate long-term investment. It’s one of the most complex and challenging jobs you’ll face in your lifetime – and also the most rewarding. Find local resources to help you navigate parenthood in Stark County.

                                      • Advocacy & self-advocacy
                                        By law, students with disabilities must be invited to attend school IEP meetings that consider postsecondary transition goals. With adulthood approaching, there are many choices and decisions to be made – from next steps in schooling to finding a job and learning to live independently.
                                        • LGBTQ+: young adults

                                          Just like anyone else, LGBTQ+ teens undergo a variety of lifestyle changes on their path to adulthood. They face new challenges, from living independently and finding a job to evolving relationships. However, emerging LGBTQ+ adults often find that coming out and coming into their own is an additional source of stress. Learn about the local programs and services available to support these local young people as they develop new coping resources and strategies.

                                          • High school equivalence
                                            Nontraditional students who have not received a high school diploma can pursue similar credit through a High School Equivalence Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Equivalency Development (GED) program. These courses allow students to apply for jobs or pursue a college degree that would otherwise require a high school diploma.
                                            • Substance use assistance
                                              Some young people going through the difficult transition to adulthood may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with life’s challenges. Unfortunately, those who become dependent on alcohol and drugs often have a hard time getting or keeping a job. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available, and recovery is possible.
                                              • Human trafficking survivors
                                                A survivor of human trafficking will face a long and complex journey to recovery. They often need specialized clinical treatment, as well as trauma-informed mental and emotional care. Some may also need prenatal care or childcare support. Find local resources to support these survivors, keep them safe and reaffirm their worth.
                                                • Transportation for people on Medicaid
                                                  For Medicaid recipients without reliable transportation to and from appointments, help is available. The Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) program, administered by Stark County Job & Family Services, provides free transportation services to any Medicaid-covered appointment.
                                                  • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: A mother and son’s 20-year journey
                                                    I teach about people with disabilities and how Stark DD helps more than 3,900 people, including my son, living in Stark County. Read our story.
                                                    • MentorStark Amplifies Mentoring in Stark County

                                                      It’s National Mentoring Month and there’s no better time to tell you how being a mentor changed my life! I have learned from the perspectives of young people. I have witnessed firsthand systemic racism and inequity. I have experienced the roadblocks that get in the way of accessing community resources. I have become a better listener and less judgmental. And I have seen how young people can lead the way, if given a voice and an opportunity.

                                                      • 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.
                                                        • Fighting Hunger and Homelessness During the Holidays
                                                          For Stark County residents who struggle with hunger and homelessness, the holidays can be really difficult to get through. Learn about local resources
                                                          • 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,

                                                            • 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.

                                                              • 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.

                                                                • 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.

                                                                  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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                                                                  Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter: Massillon

                                                                  A non-profit national organization that provides many services to veterans, including job placement and job fairs. (Membership required.)

                                                                  821 Erie St. S.
                                                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                  Phone: 330-880-5499
                                                                  Phone: 330-880-5499
                                                                  Hours: Meeting 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00PM
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                                                                  Stark County Job & Family Services

                                                                  For help with the foster system, emancipation, employment, independent living skills, basic needs referrals and more. Visit the Stark JFS website for more information.

                                                                  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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                                                                  Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter: Alliance

                                                                  A non-profit national organization that provides many services to veterans, including job placement and job fairs. (Membership required.)

                                                                  9540 McCallum Ave. NE
                                                                  Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                  Phone: (330) 823-0868
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                                                                  Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter: Louisville

                                                                  A non-profit national organization that provides many services to veterans, including job placement and job fairs. (Membership required.)

                                                                  128 Indiana Ave.
                                                                  Louisville, OH 44641
                                                                  Phone: (330) 875-5795
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                                                                  Goodwill Community Campus: Employment

                                                                  Helping individuals as they overcome barriers to find and keep good jobs:

                                                                  • Career counseling
                                                                  • Assessments
                                                                  • Work adjustment
                                                                  • Job coaching
                                                                  408 9th St. SW
                                                                  Canton, OH 44707
                                                                  Phone: 1 (800) 942-3577
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                                                                  Stark County Job & Family Services: Medicaid

                                                                  Administers Medicaid and the Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD) programs, which provide health care coverage for individuals with disabilities.

                                                                  221 3rd St. SE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Phone: (330) 452-4661
                                                                  TDD: (330) 451-8879
                                                                  Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                  Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
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                                                                  Stark County Job & Family Services: Employment

                                                                  Provides referrals to employment opportunities and programs in Stark County.

                                                                  221 3rd St. SE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                  Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                  Phone: (330) 452-4661
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                                                                  Stark County Job & Family Services: Clothing

                                                                  Professional uniforms, clothing and accessories for employment retention. 

                                                                  221 3rd St. SE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Phone: (330) 452-4661
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                                                                  Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter: Canton

                                                                  A non-profit national organization that provides many services to veterans, including job placement and job fairs. (Membership required.)

                                                                  Mailing Address:
                                                                  3066 Wicker St NE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44721-2298

                                                                  1935 Vern Hall Ave NE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44705
                                                                  Phone: 330-451-6208
                                                                  Phone: 330-451-6208
                                                                  Hours: Meetings Are Held on the 1st Saturday of each month Time: 10:00am
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                                                                  Stark County Job & Family Services: Children Services

                                                                  Basic needs and protective services for Stark County children and families.

                                                                  402 2nd St. SE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Toll Free: (888) 698-6893
                                                                  Toll Free: (888) 698-6893
                                                                  Local: (330) 451-8032
                                                                  TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                                  Stark County Job & Family Services: Basic Needs

                                                                  Helping individuals in Stark County apply for cash, food and medical assistance.

                                                                  221 3rd St. SE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Phone: (330) 452-4661
                                                                  TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                                  American Red Cross: Veterans

                                                                  Connects veterans to community resources for mental health counseling, emergency assistance and job services.

                                                                  408 9th St. SW
                                                                  Canton, OH 44707
                                                                  Phone: (330) 453-0146
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                                                                  The Stark County Veteran’s Service Commission

                                                                  Provides transportation, financial assistance and job placement services to Stark County veterans and their families.

                                                                  2955 Wise Ave. NW
                                                                  Canton, OH 44708
                                                                  Phone: (330) 451-7457
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                                                                  Stark County Vet Center

                                                                  Offers various resources to Stark County veterans, including mental health services and job referrals when available.

                                                                  601 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                                                  Suite C
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Phone: (330) 454-3120
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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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                                                                  Troop & Family Assistance Center Specialist

                                                                  Offers resources and links to veteran programs for jobs, education, health care, legal and financial services. Contact Jennifer Perez, Contractor.

                                                                  Office: 614-336-4310
                                                                  Office: 614-336-4310
                                                                  Mobile: 614-257-7936
                                                                  Mobile: 614-257-7936
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                                                                  Stark County Job & Family Services: Human Services Division

                                                                  Help with child services, parenting support and basic needs referrals.

                                                                  221 Third Street SE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Phone: (330) 451-8861
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                                                                  Serving Stark County employers and job seekers with access to all community partner programs, education, training, counseling and employment opportunities. Visit the website to learn more.

                                                                  822 30th St. NW
                                                                  Canton, OH 44709
                                                                  Phone: (330) 433-9675
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                                                                  The Salvation Army in Canton: Clothing

                                                                  Clothing Vouchers to Salvation Army Thrift Store for individuals who need clothing due to disaster, domestic violence, homelessness or other circumstances.

                                                                  Referral to Clothing Closet for business attire for job interviews

                                                                  420 Market Ave. S
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Phone: (330) 823-5188
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                                                                  Stark Career Connect

                                                                  Strengthening Stark is a community-wide movement for our growing community. As part of their mission, they are dedicated to getting Stark County residents into better jobs and training through their Stark Career Connect program. Learn more at their website.

                                                                  400 3rd Street, SE, Ste. 302
                                                                  Canton, OH 44702
                                                                  Phone: (330) 453-5628
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                                                                  GlenOak High School

                                                                  Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:

                                                                  • Advancement to nursing
                                                                  • Animation and graphic design
                                                                  • Automotive technology
                                                                  • Commercial photography
                                                                  • Construction trades
                                                                  • Cosmetology
                                                                  • Emergency fire services
                                                                  • Engineering technologies
                                                                  • Entertainment technologies
                                                                  • Health technologies
                                                                  • High school of business
                                                                  • Horticulture
                                                                  • Job training and coordination
                                                                  • Music production
                                                                  • Teacher pathways
                                                                  • Video production
                                                                  1801 Schneider St. NE
                                                                  Canton, OH 44721
                                                                  Phone: (330) 491-3800
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                                                                  United Way Auto Repair Program

                                                                  A partnership between United Way of Greater Stark County and Department of Job & Family Services to help employed parents pay for car repairs to get back on the road. The program offers up to $1,500 in assistance to pay for services performed by ASE-certified mechanics. Click to apply online or learn more.

                                                                  • Must be currently employed or enrolled in college full time
                                                                  • Must be age 18 or older
                                                                  • Must have minor child in the home or pay child support for minor child
                                                                  Phone: 330-491-9971
                                                                  Phone: 330-491-9971
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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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