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  • Legal assistance
    In addition to a wealth of print and online resources, Stark County has many legal advocates available to support young people in the local justice system. These experts – from program providers to pro-bono attorneys, law schools, bar associations and other organizations and individuals –selflessly deliver valuable legal aid to local youth and their families.
    • Child custody legal assistance

      As you consider the best care for a child following a divorce, separation or another difficult family situation, it is important to have appropriate legal representation to guide you through the process. We’re here to help you get started.

      • Legal assistance: young adults

        While youth ages 18 to 25 are still developing into mature and self-sufficient adults, many laws and policies begin treating them as adults at age 18. Poor decisions made during this time can have life-long consequences and may make it more difficult to access employment, housing and other basic needs later on. Seek out local legal assistance for the complex challenges these transition-age youth face, including record expungement eligibility.

        • Juvenile Criminal Case Information
          Young adults who were involved in the criminal justice system as minors will experience a different system as adults. While they retain the right to an attorney and privilege against self-incrimination (among others), the juvenile court system focuses more on rehabilitation and usually offers reduced sentencing options.
          • Child custody: youth & teens

            The family court considers many factors when considering the best custody arrangements for youth and teens. As children get older, their school schedules become more complex and they likely have stronger opinions about their living arrangements. Most judges encourage flexibility when it comes to caring for older children, so they are best set up for success. Find help navigating teen custody cases in Stark County.

            • Legal assistance for adults

              In Stark County, alongside a plethora of print and digital materials, numerous legal champions stand ready to aid adults navigating the local justice system. These dedicated professionals, ranging from program facilitators to volunteer lawyers, law institutions, bar associations, and community members, generously provide essential legal support to adults in the area. If you require legal aid, seek out individuals, initiatives, and resources available to assist you.

              • Child custody: childhood

                Child custody decisions differ depending on many factors, one of which is the child’s age. Children ages 4 to 10 thrive best when their experience in school remains consistent and parental involvement is frequent and structured. Determining the best child arrangements can be confusing, especially during difficult situations such as divorce or separation. Find resources to help Stark County parents and caregivers navigate child custody cases.

                • How Teen Court Benefits Defendants, Participants, the Court and the Community
                  Teen Court is an alternative to traditional juvenile court & prevents recidivism with youth-to-youth accountability. Learn about its impact on Stark County.
                  • Legal assistance and taxes: 26+ adults

                    If you need legal assistance, resources to understand the legal processes and protect your rights or if you face other legal challenges, there is local help available to you.

                    • HOPE Program Addresses Mental Health in Those on Probation
                      Stark County’s HOPE Program is an alternative to prison for those who have a history of mental health issues and are involved in a probation offense.
                      • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to

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

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

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

                        • Stark Attention Center
                          In Stark County, young people who are held by the juvenile justice system experience secure, temporary custody through the Stark Attention Center. In addition to operating a highly-successful educational program, the 30-bed facility rewards youth for demonstrating pro-social behavior and personal responsibility.
                          • Food Assistance

                            Children and families in Stark County, Ohio, need fresh, healthy food. However, they can’t always afford it or don’t have easy access to it. According to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Stark County’s food insecurity rate is 14.2%, which equals about 53,000 people. For children in the area, the rate is 20.5% – about 16,770 kids.

                            Thankfully, there are food pantries throughout the county that provide items to take home.

                            Please note: Dates and times are subject to change,

                            • Homeless services: adults 26+

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

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                                  • 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.
                                    • Utility assistance: adults 26+

                                      If you are having a hard time paying for utilities, such as electricity and water, there may be assistance available in Stark County. These organizations offer a safety net to help you through, while keeping your much-needed utilities services turned on.

                                      • Mental health signs to look for
                                        Sometimes without warning, a child’s behavior takes a noticeable change for the worse. If they become unusually sad or suddenly disruptive, it may be difficult to determine if it’s just a phase or a symptom of something more serious. Understanding the warning signs of a significant emotional issue can help you decide when to seek professional help.
                                        • Find resources in Stark County for young people facing real life issues
                                          With, the search for community resources is confidential, convenient and consistent with target age groups.
                                          • Most Common Misconceptions About Mental Health
                                            Mental Health Assumptions: Fact or Fiction?

                                            Despite all the information available about anxiety, depression, addiction and other mental health issues, many misconceptions persist.

                                            Mental health misconceptions can be dangerous when they keep people from getting the treatment they need. Let’s talk about mental health issues and learn to separate fact from fiction. What are some common misconceptions about mental health?

                                            Fact: Mental Health Issues Are Actually Quite Common

                                            Mental health issues are uncommon,

                                            • Rent/mortgage assistance: adults 26+

                                              If you’re currently having trouble paying your rent or mortgage, have fallen behind on payments or if a change in your income means you’ll soon be unable to meet your payments, there is help. We’ve gathered a list of local organizations that provide rent and mortgage assistance.

                                              • Father’s rights

                                                The bond between a child and their father sets an important family foundation. Community agencies all over Stark County work every day to remove barriers and promote more positive father/child relationships. Even if a father is not the custodial parent, they still have rights when it comes to caring for their children. Find information, programs and organizations dedicated to supporting fathers legally, financially and emotionally. Because stronger relationships lead to stronger families.

                                                • Applying for disability

                                                  Do you feel that you or someone you know is eligible for disability services? If you are no longer able to work due to an illness, accident or injury, you may qualify for social security disability insurance in Stark County. Learn how to apply for disability assistance and get started today.

                                                  • 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.
                                                    • Parenting help

                                                      From education and income to physical and emotional health, learn about programs and organizations dedicated to supporting parents in Stark County as they navigate parenthood. Because a strong family foundation can help children succeed at home, in the classroom and in their relationships with others.

                                                      • Affordable & subsidized housing
                                                        Financial hardship can be a key contributor to homelessness. For families and young people with limited income, affordable housing may seem out of reach. Learn about local resources and apartment communities that offer low-rent or subsidized housing in Stark County.
                                                        • Health care support
                                                          All residents should have access to safe and effective health care, regardless of age or income. If you are a teen, young adult or the parent of a young child, affordable, quality care is within your reach. Get the medical, dental, prescription or mental health coverage you need for a happy and healthy tomorrow.
                                                          • Disaster Recovery

                                                            If you recently experienced a disaster and need immediate assistance

                                                            • Call 911 for immediate medical attention
                                                            • Find a shelter if you have evacuated because of a disaster, and need to shelter outside of the hazard area. Search online using the American Red Cross Shelter Finder for help with locating open shelters near you.
                                                            • Text loved ones or use a Wi-Fi connection to update your status on social media to let others know you are safe.
                                                            • 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.
                                                              • Foster and Adoption services

                                                                Are you interested in learning more about adoption services in Stark County? All children have hopes of being welcomed into permanent, loving and committed families. Whether you are pregnant and exploring your options or an aspiring adoptive parent, find local resources to offer support, knowledge and assistance throughout the process.

                                                                • 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.

                                                                  • Mental health: young adults

                                                                    Teens and young adults who have diagnosable mental illnesses may have difficulty managing daily life functions, including securing housing, employment and education without assistance. Fortunately, Stark County has many mental health and independent living programs available to help support young people as they transition to adulthood.

                                                                    • Suicide Prevention: A GlenOak High School Production
                                                                      We partnered with GlenOak High School’s video production department for a video on suicide prevention for teens. Watch it now
                                                                      • 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.

                                                                        • Military and Veteran Resources

                                                                          Enlisting in the military offers young adults the opportunity to serve their country while enjoying rewarding careers. They acquire skills and characteristics that will serve them well throughout adulthood, such as discipline, structure and independence. Military life can be rigorous and difficult, but sometimes transitioning back to civilian life can be just as challenging. Learn about local resources that provide support and assistance for current and former members of the armed services.

                                                                          • 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.

                                                                            • Suicide prevention: young adults

                                                                              The transition to adulthood is a time of significant changes and challenges. As you seek full-time employment, experience changes in your relationships and move toward independent living, life can feel overwhelming. No matter why you are hurting, it is important to remember you are not alone. Find mental health service providers and emotional support resources for young adults in Stark County. Call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you need immediate assistance.

                                                                              • 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.

                                                                                • How to Find Warming Centers This Winter
                                                                                  When freezing temperatures do occur, those who need a warm place to stay can watch for news regarding local warming centers.
                                                                                  • 6 Ways to Help a Loved One Through Addiction

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

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

                                                                                    Understanding Addiction as a Disease

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

                                                                                    • Holiday (Christmas) Gifts for Families in Need
                                                                                      Some local organizations provide assistance during the holiday season to help bring joy to harder times. View our list of those who can help.
                                                                                      • Anxiety and Depression: A GlenOak High School Production
                                                                                        We partnered with GlenOak High School’s video production department for a video on anxiety and depression. Watch it now.
                                                                                        • Get your resource listed on

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

                                                                                          • Where to Find Food and Meals for Thanksgiving

                                                                                            Updated 11.2023

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

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

                                                                                            • 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,

                                                                                              • Gang Violence
                                                                                                While being part of a gang is dangerous, escaping from a gang family may be even more so. Gangs typically don’t want members to leave because there’s a fear of betrayal – that they’ll expose what they know to law enforcement or even a rival gang. While getting out of gang life isn’t easy, it is possible with persistence, support and the right resources.
                                                                                                • You’re Not a Bad Parent if Your Child Needs Support for their Mental Health
                                                                                                  If your child comes to you with an issue that may be impacting their mental health, you might feel guilty. However, they simply need your support.
                                                                                                  • Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

                                                                                                    Mental health is an important part of one’s overall wellbeing. Similar to physical health, early detection of mental health issues can be pivotal in ensuring more effective treatment, a speedy recovery and a better quality of life.  

                                                                                                    However, we must understand that while we can recognize signs of distress, the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues are a complex process best left to professionals. 

                                                                                                    Understanding the early warning signs of mental illness is not your chance to diagnose someone.

                                                                                                    Community Legal Aid Services

                                                                                                    Providing legal counsel and assistance to low-income individuals and families in Northeast Ohio.

                                                                                                    Open Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm daily.

                                                                                                    401 Market Ave N, Suite 103
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Toll-free: 1 (866) 584-2350
                                                                                                    Toll-free: 1 (866) 584-2350
                                                                                                    Local: (330) 456-8361
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    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 Pet Food Pantry

                                                                                                    Temporary pet food assistance for Stark County residents.

                                                                                                    4117 Whipple Ave NW
                                                                                                    Lower Level, Suite D
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44718
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Salvation Army of Alliance

                                                                                                    Serving the Alliance community:

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

                                                                                                    Salvation Army of Canton

                                                                                                    Serving the Canton community:

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


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

                                                                                                    Salvation Army of Massillon

                                                                                                    Serving the Massillon community:

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

                                                                                                    Clothed in Righteousness

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

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

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

                                                                                                    All Saints Temple Food Pantry

                                                                                                    Every 1st and 3rd Saturday, All Saints Pantry Ministry is open to the community at 1:00 PM until food runs out.

                                                                                                    ID required.

                                                                                                    1451 Wilbur Allen Jr Ave SE
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 453-8489
                                                                                                    Hours: 1st and 3rd Saturday, 1 PM until food runs out
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Veterans’ Outreach

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

                                                                                                    Veterans’ Outreach operates the Freedom Food Pantry for veterans.

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

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

                                                                                                    St Joseph Church/St Vincent DePaul Society

                                                                                                    Offers financial assistance for water, gas, and electricity bills to Alliance residents.

                                                                                                    Call and leave a message to make an appointment with a representative.

                                                                                                    427 E Broadway St
                                                                                                    Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                    Phone: 330-821-8834
                                                                                                    Phone: 330-821-8834
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    AT&T: Discounted Internet Services

                                                                                                    INTAKE PROCEDURE Visit website to check service availability and apply for the program. Call the Access Program for more information or with any questions. FEES Service availability and speed may vary by address.
                                                                                                    AT&T will assign the participant to the fastest of these speed tiers available where the participant lives.
                                                                                                    ELIGIBILITY – Must have one household member participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Also known as food stamps.
                                                                                                    – Available for households in the National School Lunch Program,
                                                                                                    Toll Free: (855) 220-5211 
                                                                                                    Toll Free: (855) 220-5211 
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Toys for Tots – Stark County

                                                                                                    Families in need can request a toy for a Christmas present from Toys for Tots. Learn more on the Canton Toys for Tots website.

                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 309-3146
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                                                                                                    Stark County Public Defender

                                                                                                    Legal counsel and representation for low-income residents who are unable to afford a private defense attorney.

                                                                                                    201 Cleveland Ave. SW
                                                                                                    Suite 104
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 451-7200
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Stark County Bar Association

                                                                                                    Referrals for people who have questions or need legal advice but do not know where to turn for a lawyer.

                                                                                                    116 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                                                                                    Suite 400
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 453-0685
                                                                                                    Attorney referrals: (330) 453-0686
                                                                                                    Attorney referrals: (330) 453-0686
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

                                                                                                    Provides a monthly benefit up to $30 (up to $75/month on Tribal lands) for broadband internet. – Provides a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50.).

                                                                                                    INTAKE PROCEDURE
                                                                                                    – Customers can sign up online at or sign up via mail.
                                                                                                    – To learn more or to get a mail-in application, call the ACP Support Center at 1-877-384-2575 from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily.
                                                                                                    Toll-Free: 1-888-225-5322
                                                                                                    Toll-Free: 1-888-225-5322
                                                                                                    Hours: Daily: 9:00am to 9:00pm. Closed federal holidays.
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Legacy of Honor

                                                                                                    Our goal is to serve those who serve us but standing beside them in the everyday. We aim to work alongside other partners to help fill in the gaps. We serve veterans, active duty military, first responders (police, fire, EMS, corrections, communications, ER/Trauma nurses/doctors), and their families.  We offer 3 programs – Operation Bootstrap – help in the everyday, Operation RAK (Random Acts of Kindness), and Operation Access – Peer Support for Trauma and Mental Health for First Responders.

                                                                                                    908 W Main St
                                                                                                    Louisville, OH 44641
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 871-4692
                                                                                                    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Spectrum Discounted Internet Service

                                                                                                    FEES Discounted high-speed Internet service price varies. ELIGIBILITY Qualification Requirements:
                                                                                                    – Resides where Spectrum offers Internet service.
                                                                                                    – A member of the household must be a recipient of The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced cost lunch program OR age 65 or older and receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
                                                                                                    – Has not subscribed to Charter Communications’ Internet services within the last 30 days and is not a current Spectrum Internet customer.
                                                                                                    Phone: (855) 860-9068 
                                                                                                    Hours: Varies by location. Call for details.
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Perry Helping Perry

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

                                                                                                    Food pantry, clothing, school supplies and more

                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 737-1281
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    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


                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Military and First Responders Center

                                                                                                    Horsemanship Sessions: Spend one-on-one time with the horses, and discover how they view the world and what lessons we can learn. Sessions are typically held on Wednesdays. Topics include the power of the herd, the silent language of the horse, the importance of authority, safety from the horse’s point of view, and dealing with an ever-changing environment. We also provide sessions for groups that may be interested. Email Missy for more information or to register.

                                                                                                    5495 Meese Rd
                                                                                                    Louisville, OH 44641
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 935-2300 x 105
                                                                                                    Hours: see website & Facebook - hours change with programming
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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
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Lake Local School District

                                                                                                    Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:

                                                                                                    • Career-based intervention (CBI)
                                                                                                    • Health tech
                                                                                                    • Legal studies
                                                                                                    • Marketing & business management

                                                                                                    Performing Arts Summer Spectacular: A unique six-week theater camp for students entering seventh through 12th grade that culminates in the performance of a musical production.

                                                                                                    436 King Church Ave. SW
                                                                                                    Uniontown, OH 44685
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 877-9383
                                                                                                    Stark Career Compact: (330) 877-4282
                                                                                                    Stark Career Compact: (330) 877-4282
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                                                                                                    The Shorb Market and Connection Center

                                                                                                    We currently have two Fresh Markets in Canton, one at 603 Shorb Ave. NW and one at 3412 Harmont Ave. NE.   These Fresh Markets provides free produce and grocery items to the community at no cost and is another way we live out our vision of healthy homes and holy hearts for all people. People are invited to shop once-a-day as our selection changes daily.

                                                                                                    603 Shorb Ave NW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44703
                                                                                                    Main Line: 330-455-0153
                                                                                                    Main Line: 330-455-0153
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                                                                                                    The Harmont Fresh Market

                                                                                                    We currently have two Fresh Markets in Canton, one at 603 Shorb Ave. NW and one at 3412 Harmont Ave. NE.   These Fresh Markets provides free produce and grocery items to the community at no cost and is another way we live out our vision of healthy homes and holy hearts for all people. People are invited to shop once-a-day as our selection changes daily.

                                                                                                    Main Line: 330-455-0153
                                                                                                    Main Line: 330-455-0153
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Stark County Family Court

                                                                                                    Legal services for child custody, behavioral health and domestic relations cases. Visit their website for more information.

                                                                                                    Intake specialists who work with juvenile offenders and their families to prepare for court cases and provide mediation when possible are available at (330) 451-7317.

                                                                                                    Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/ Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) – Representing the rights and interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in Stark County.

                                                                                                    110 Central Plz. S
                                                                                                    Suite 670
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 451-7415
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                    Learn more

                                                                                                    Stark County Job & Family Services

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

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

                                                                                                    • Cash assistance
                                                                                                    • Food assistance
                                                                                                    • Medicaid & Medical
                                                                                                    • Non-emergency transportation – Transportation to and from Medicaid-qualified appointments, including doctor visits, dental visits, vision appointments and more.
                                                                                                    • Child care services
                                                                                                    • Work experience program –
                                                                                                    221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                    Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                                                    Local: (330) 452-4661
                                                                                                    TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                                                                    Crossroads UMC Free Store & Fresh Market

                                                                                                    The Free Store and Fresh Market provides gently used clothing, household items, and fresh produce to individuals and families in a hospitable atmosphere that affirms the self-worth of each individual.  We have organized separate shopping areas for children’s clothes, toys, and other items as well as an area for household items, women’s and men’s clothing.  Additionally, we have a produce market where our old chapel used to be where people can shop for free, fresh,

                                                                                                    120 Cleveland Ave SW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Main Line: 330-455-0153
                                                                                                    Main Line: 330-455-0153
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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

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                                                                                                    Community Building Partnership

                                                                                                    Community Building Partnership of Stark County, Inc. is Stark County’s community development intermediary and is committed to restoring the health and prosperity of Stark County neighborhoods.

                                                                                                    Healthy Neighborhoods: 

                                                                                                    City of Canton Down Payment Assistance

                                                                                                    Aultman Core Asset Area Down Payment Assistance

                                                                                                    Neighborhood Leaders

                                                                                                    Housing Counseling: 

                                                                                                    Financial Fitness

                                                                                                    Home Buyer Workshop

                                                                                                    400 Market Ave N
                                                                                                    Suite 400
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Office: 330-458-0962
                                                                                                    Office: 330-458-0962
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                                                                                                    Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC)

                                                                                                    The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) promotes healthy development through family strengthening and early education resources:

                                                                                                    • Child care information and referrals
                                                                                                    • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) kindergarten readiness program
                                                                                                    • Professional development resources for educators
                                                                                                    • Home and group-based learning opportunities
                                                                                                    • Developmental screenings and community resource connections
                                                                                                    • Car seat help

                                                                                                    Find a list of child care programs in Stark County here. 

                                                                                                    1718 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44703
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 491-3272
                                                                                                    Phone: 1-877-691-8521
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                                                                                                    Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

                                                                                                    Referrals to organizations offering utility payment assistance.

                                                                                                    180 East Broad St.
                                                                                                    Columbus, OH 43215
                                                                                                    Phone: (800) 686-7826
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                                                                                                    The Concern

                                                                                                    Clothing assistance for residents of Sebring and West Branch Schools. Closed on Friday and Sunday.

                                                                                                    125 West Ohio Ave.
                                                                                                    Sebring, OH 44672
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 938-9737  
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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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                                                                                                    ALS Care Project

                                                                                                    If you, a loved one, or your ALS patient has been diagnosed with ALS, you may CONTACT US for information or assistance from anywhere in the USA or world. Nursing consultation includes assessment of patient problems; nursing recommendations; education on options for breathing and living; and referral to appropriate multidisciplinary healthcare providers for best management of care and patient outcomes.

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                                                                                                    United Way of Greater Stark County

                                                                                                    Offers an Auto Repair Program through a partnership with Department of Job & Family Services

                                                                                                    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to help individuals file free tax returns

                                                                                                    401 Market Ave N
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 491-0445
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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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                                                                                                    Visiting Angels

                                                                                                    Respite care is available to support elderly and disabled adults and their caregivers. This includes temporary care, part-time care, and support care.

                                                                                                    4905 Hills & Dales Rd. NW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 497-5995
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                                                                                                    Tiqvah Hands of Hope

                                                                                                    Tiqvah Hands of Hope is an after-school program serving at-risk students in grades 1-12 within Stark County and the surrounding areas. Tiqvah provides meals and snacks, homework and academic assistance, enrichment opportunities, character development, mentorship, counseling, personal care and hygiene items, spiritual development, clothing boutiques, and social development for students within the program. Tiqvah is offered free of charge to families.

                                                                                                    530 Tuscarawas St W
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 353-9697
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                                                                                                    Hope House 4 Women

                                                                                                    Hope House 4 Women is striving to be the venue in leading women living on the margins of society into a relationship with God as well as providing temporary sober housing, clothing and support.

                                                                                                    2410 12th St. SW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44710
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 956-5594
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                                                                                                    Team Jesus Church

                                                                                                    New Way Food Pantry

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

                                                                                                    • Photo ID is required
                                                                                                    • Prayer and ministry support is available but not required to receive food
                                                                                                    • Other services include toiletries (when available), lay financial counseling, and referral assistance
                                                                                                    • Recipient’s gross household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines
                                                                                                    7096 Hills and Dales Rd NW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44708
                                                                                                    Phone: 330-837-5188
                                                                                                    Phone: 330-837-5188
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                                                                                                    Alliance City Health Department

                                                                                                    Collaborates with public health partners to protect Alliance residents.

                                                                                                    Nursing Programs:

                                                                                                    • Immunizations
                                                                                                    • WIC Supplemental Food Program
                                                                                                    • Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic
                                                                                                    • Tuberculosis Skin Testing
                                                                                                    • HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing
                                                                                                    • Children with Medical Handicaps
                                                                                                    • Cribs for Kids
                                                                                                    • Car Seat Installation/Inspection Station
                                                                                                    • Newborn Home Visitation Program
                                                                                                    • Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
                                                                                                    • Medicaid Enrollment Assistance

                                                                                                    Environmental Health Programs

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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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                                                                                                    Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank (Canton)

                                                                                                    Keith D. Monda Family Food Pantry

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

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

                                                                                                    1365 Cherry Ave. NE
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44714
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 535-6900
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                                                                                                    Celebrate Recovery

                                                                                                    Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups of any kind (addiction, grief, trauma, anger, etc). It is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling people’s lives. Childcare is provided for ages 2 months to 12 years and a FREE dinner is offered at 6pm prior to the meetings.

                                                                                                    711 25th St NW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44709
                                                                                                    Phone Number: 330-492-9290
                                                                                                    Phone Number: 330-492-9290
                                                                                                    Hours: 7pm- Large Group Meeting, 9pm- Open Share Groups
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                                                                                                    Stark County Civil Court

                                                                                                    The Stark County Civil Court collects, records and/or issues this paperwork:

                                                                                                    • Foreclosures, business disputes and personal injury
                                                                                                    • Ohio sales and income tax records
                                                                                                    • Certificates of judgement and subpoenas
                                                                                                    115 Central Plaza N
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                    Phone: (330) 451-7801
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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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                                                                                                    Stark County Fatherhood Coalition

                                                                                                    The mission of the Stark County Fatherhood Coalition is to encourage fathers to take an active and positive role in their child’s life, and to promote and sponsor activities designed to strengthen families.

                                                                                                    The Coalition holds monthly meetings at the Goodwill Community Campus on the second Thursday of each month at 10am. If you would like additional information please call 330-451-8477. You can also visit us on Facebook

                                                                                                    Download the following documents for helpful information:

                                                                                                    Goodwill Community Campus, 408 9th St. SW
                                                                                                    Canton, OH 44707
                                                                                                    Hours: Second Thursday of the month – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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