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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.
    • 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.

      • The Stark County Legal System
        Find the right court or local government program for your specific legal needs. Learn about the Stark County legal system.
        • 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.

          • What to expect in a juvenile case
            With so many different processes and legal terms to learn, juvenile cases can seem confusing, intimidating and overwhelming. However, they don’t have to be. Resources are available in Stark County to help you prepare.
            • What to expect as an adult in the criminal justice system
              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.
              • Preparing for a child custody case

                If this is your first experience in the Stark County court system, it may be helpful to understand what typically happens in a child custody case. It is important to know the etiquette, expectations and processes so you can advocate for your parental rights.

                • Filing a child custody case

                  One of the most difficult aspects of divorce, separation or the absence of a parent is finding the right balance of care for the children involved. Find local Stark County resources available to help you file your child custody case.

                  • 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.

                    • Child custody: early childhood

                      As with all custody cases, the family court carefully considers what is in the best interest of the child when deciding the custody arrangements for very young children (ages 0 to 3). Whenever possible, separation between each parent and the child is minimized to promote bonding and reduce anxiety. Find legal assistance and resources to help families navigate custody cases for infants and toddlers in Stark County.

                      • 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.
                          • 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.

                            • 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.
                              • 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.

                                • 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.
                                  • 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.

                                    • Relationship issues

                                      While there’s no single reason for teen suicide, the emotional pain associated with a breakup can be so severe that young people turn to self-harm. And these issues aren’t exclusive to romantic relationships. Problems with parents and friends can cause just as much stress and pain for a young person.

                                      If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with a difficult relationship, find local counseling and support resources. You are not alone.

                                      • School support resources
                                        In order for a student to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential, it is important that they receive support, not just at home, but also in school. Learn about the programs and services available for students in Stark County.
                                        • 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.

                                          • Mental health signs to look for: early childhood
                                            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.
                                            • 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.
                                                  • Developmental disabilities: medical appointments & services

                                                    It is critical that people with developmental disabilities have access to and take advantage of quality health care services. When Stark County residents with disabilities are healthy, they are better able to participate in everything this community has to offer.

                                                    • Financial independence & responsibility
                                                      In Ohio, when young people with disabilities reach 18 years old, they are considered legal adults and have the right to manage their own finances. At this time, it is helpful to understand the various types of financial resources available to adults with disabilities, including Medicaid. Find local Stark County financial support services and reach out today.
                                                      • 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.

                                                        • 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.
                                                          • Migrant working: childhood
                                                            Children who have migrated are often forced to work in unsafe, unsanitary environments and face abuses that go largely unreported. Learn more.
                                                            • 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.
                                                              • 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.
                                                                • 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.
                                                                  • Mental health medical appointments & services

                                                                    If you think your child may need mental health treatment, discussing your concerns can help you determine next steps. Talk with local pediatricians, counselors or behavioral health specialists for insight, solutions and information about your options. Affordable resources for medical and mental health services are available near you.

                                                                    • Transitional youth services
                                                                      For teens aging out of foster care, the transition to adulthood can be a difficult and uncertain time. It is important that these young people have a plan in place to ensure they have a roof over their head, food on the table and access to transportation and employment.
                                                                      • 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.

                                                                        • Help managing funds: payee services

                                                                          If you or a loved one needs help managing Social Security funds, pension checks or veteran’s benefits, support is available. Find local organizations providing assistance to Stark County residents as they allocate money for clothing, food, housing, medical expenses, personal care items, rehabilitation and utilities.

                                                                          • 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.

                                                                            • 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.

                                                                              • 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.
                                                                                • Armed services

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                    • 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.

                                                                                      • Holiday Gifts for Families in Need 2022
                                                                                        Families looking for help with 2021 holiday gifts can turn to several groups in the Stark County area.
                                                                                        • Where to Find Food and Meals for Thanksgiving

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          Food pantries/resources

                                                                                          Ongoing assistance can be found via food pantries,

                                                                                          • Family & community-based treatment

                                                                                            Whether you are a young person looking for help or someone who is concerned about a young person, there are local organizations that can provide assistance for mental health and substance use. Taking support beyond a traditional office setting can be beneficial for some people.

                                                                                            Community-based treatment allows families to access high-quality services for mental health and substance use with few barriers. Family-based treatment allows those seeking help to get treatment safely in their community alongside their families.

                                                                                            • Holiday and 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.
                                                                                              • Mental health & addiction advocacy

                                                                                                For people with mental illnesses or addictions, it is important to speak up and spread awareness. Not only does this build a healthier sense of self, it could help eliminate the stigma, bring important issues to light and put an end to discrimination. Find tips and strategies for self-advocating in Stark County.

                                                                                                • Mental health: childhood

                                                                                                  Healthy minds are the building blocks for strong family foundations. For children whose parents are affected with mental health issues, or for children with their own mental health challenges, help is available here in Stark County. Find local resources, organizations and support groups dedicated to lifting up families touched by mental illness.

                                                                                                  • Mental health signs to look for: teens & young adults

                                                                                                    It’s not always easy to tell the difference between normal feelings of sadness and stress and the warning signs of mental health issues in teens. Learn what to look for if you think you or someone you know might benefit from mental health support services. Programs, organizations and support resources are available here in Stark County.

                                                                                                    • 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.
                                                                                                      • CARE Teams

                                                                                                        School can present many challenges for students. Whether they are struggling in class, experiencing issues in the home or having a hard time socially, CARE Teams are available to help. Each CARE team is different, but they are typically made up of school guidance counselors, administrators, teachers, clinical staff, family support specialists and mental health professionals. With different skills and backgrounds at the table, each member of the CARE Team contributes a unique perspective to address student issues with wraparound resources.

                                                                                                        • Teens and substance use prevention
                                                                                                          Before substance use becomes an issue in a young person’s life, it is important to start early with prevention and resiliency strategies. Many youth and teens are faced with difficult, challenging situations in life. When they have the necessary skills to overcome adversity, they are better equipped to cope without resorting to drugs or alcohol.
                                                                                                          • Medical health providers

                                                                                                            If you are unsure of where to go for medical issues or don’t have a primary care physician, there are hospitals, medical centers, and urgent care facilities throughout Stark County. They can help you stay in good health, address any concerns or illnesses, or tend to more immediate needs and minor injuries. Affordable resources for medical and mental health services are available near you.

                                                                                                            • Gambling addiction recovery
                                                                                                              Whether for entertainment, quick cash or to impress their friends, teens in Stark County gamble for many different reasons. Sometimes they’ve had an early experience with a frequent gambler. Other times, financial necessity causes them to look for money anywhere they can. No matter how the gambling behaviors start, they often stem from a deeper issue that can be addressed through counseling and support.
                                                                                                              • Early childhood physical abuse
                                                                                                                When a baby is abused, it can have severe consequences including developmental issues, brain damage or even death. If you are concerned that an infant, toddler or young child may be suffering from physical abuse, reach out for help, advice and support.
                                                                                                                • Self-advocacy references & resources
                                                                                                                  Beyond everyday interactions with family and friends, young people are able to self-advocate and use their personal experiences as a springboard for change. For young people who are passionate about raising their voices and telling their stories, they may need help determining the best place to start.
                                                                                                                  • Drugs & alcohol
                                                                                                                    Young people may turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to numb emotional pain from personal trauma or as result of peer influence. Youth substance use is a key contributor to problems at school, poor social relationships, motor vehicle accidents and mental health issues. With professional treatment, recovery is possible.
                                                                                                                    • Counseling for people in the armed services
                                                                                                                      It is not uncommon for members of the military to struggle with a range of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury or addiction. Even after they are discharged, the process of transitioning out of military life presents its own unique challenges. In severe cases, some may even be at risk for harming themselves.
                                                                                                                      • Asking for help
                                                                                                                        It is important for young people to understand their strengths and weaknesses, so they can identify when they need support. If a student struggles to read in class, they may want to ask for their tests to be read out loud. Many educational and social services are available in our local schools, but to be effective, kids need to raise their voices and ask for help.
                                                                                                                        • Infant mortality prevention

                                                                                                                          To help address the growing issue of infant mortality in Stark County, local agencies have come together to form the Stark County THRIVE Pathways HUB. This county-wide initiative brings together community providers, medical resources and social services to help ensure every baby in Stark County is able to celebrate their first birthday. New and expecting parents can reach out today for help improving the health and stability of their growing families.

                                                                                                                          • Counseling helps
                                                                                                                            Without treatment, mental health symptoms can worsen over time and have a significant impact on an individual’s relationships, career and self-esteem. Working with a professional counselor can help you open up about your feelings and get on a healthy track toward mental health and recovery. Find counseling resources available to support young people in Stark County.
                                                                                                                            • Mental & emotional support: domestic violence
                                                                                                                              The emotional damage associated with domestic violence and abuse often outlasts the physical impact. So, for those transitioning from victim to survivor, the aftermath often includes ongoing mental trauma and emotional stress. Remember, recovery looks different for everyone, so you have to take the time to discover what works best for you.
                                                                                                                              • How school districts throughout Stark County are addressing safety concerns
                                                                                                                                The goal in Stark County is to keep every student safe. If students don’t feel safe, they’re not able to perform at their best academically.
                                                                                                                                • LGBTQ+ allies
                                                                                                                                  Being an LGBTQ+ ally is a verb. You must do the work to be a true ally. Find tips & resources to be an ally for Stark County’s LGBTQ+ community.
                                                                                                                                  • 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,

                                                                                                                                      • Mental Health Month: Ways to Stop the Stigma
                                                                                                                                        Find out how to promote understanding, increase opportunities for help and improve the lives of those facing mental health conditions in Stark County.
                                                                                                                                        • 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.
                                                                                                                                          • March 1st is Self Injury Awareness Day

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

                                                                                                                                            • 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.

                                                                                                                                              • Improve Family Dialogs with StarkMHAR Conversation Cards

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

                                                                                                                                                And the typical answer? “Fine.”

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

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

                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                The Salvation Army: Utility Assistance

                                                                                                                                                Vouchers up to $200 for electric bills.

                                                                                                                                                420 Market Ave. S
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 823-5188
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                                                                                                                                                Aultman Emergency Department

                                                                                                                                                For parents who want to safely and legally give their babies up.

                                                                                                                                                2600 6th St. SW
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44710
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 363-6203
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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
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                                                                                                                                                Stark County Family Court

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

                                                                                                                                                110 Central Plz. S
                                                                                                                                                Suite 670
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 451-7415
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                                                                                                                                                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
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                                                                                                                                                Lake High School

                                                                                                                                                Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:

                                                                                                                                                • Career-based intervention (CBI)
                                                                                                                                                • Health tech
                                                                                                                                                • Legal studies
                                                                                                                                                • Marketing & business management
                                                                                                                                                1025 Lake Center St. NW
                                                                                                                                                Uniontown, OH 44685
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 877-4282
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                                                                                                                                                Stark Heroin Epidemic Food Pantries & Assistance

                                                                                                                                                This page contains information about where to find free meals and assistance with groceries. It includes public service agencies as well as private charities and faith-based community outreach programs. Available services and schedules may be subject to change – especially during the winter holidays. Read More

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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
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                                                                                                                                                Ohio Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

                                                                                                                                                Short-term help for gas and electric heating bills. 

                                                                                                                                                1370 Market Ave. N
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44714
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 454-1850
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                                                                                                                                                The Salvation Army in Alliance

                                                                                                                                                Emergency assistance, showers, meals and help with utilities.

                                                                                                                                                57 West Main St.
                                                                                                                                                Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 823-5188
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                                                                                                                                                The Salvation Army in Massillon

                                                                                                                                                Emergency assistance, meal programs and help with utilities.

                                                                                                                                                315 6th St. NE
                                                                                                                                                Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 833-6473
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                                                                                                                                                Crisis Hotline

                                                                                                                                                Free, confidential assistance from qualified counselors.

                                                                                                                                                Hotline: (330) 452-6000
                                                                                                                                                Hotline: (330) 452-6000
                                                                                                                                                Textline: Text 4hope to 741741
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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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                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                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: 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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                                                                                                                                                YWCA Canton: Housing

                                                                                                                                                Emergency shelter, housing placement assistance and permanent supportive housing (referrals through Homeless Hotline). 

                                                                                                                                                231 6th St. NE
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 453-7644
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                                                                                                                                                The Salvation Army in Canton

                                                                                                                                                Emergency assistance, showers, meals and help with utilities. Call at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

                                                                                                                                                420 Market Ave. S
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 453-0159
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                                                                                                                                                Work Experience Program (WEP)

                                                                                                                                                Program participants are matched with local businesses and organizations in exchange for public assistance benefits. View the brochure to learn more.

                                                                                                                                                Stark County Job & Family Services, 221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (888) 698-6893
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                                                                                                                                                Ohio Direction Card

                                                                                                                                                Plastic card carrying monthly food assistance benefits. For Activation, Lost or PIN resets, call the phone number below. 

                                                                                                                                                221 3rd St. SE
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (866) 386-3071
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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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                                                                                                                                                Catholic Charities

                                                                                                                                                Emergency rent and utility assistance for Stark County residents. Call for services between 9 and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

                                                                                                                                                800 Market Ave. N
                                                                                                                                                Suite 1150
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 491-0896
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                                                                                                                                                Right at Home Stark County

                                                                                                                                                Caregivers offer in-home care for those who need help around the house, assistance recovering from a hospital stay, or scheduled check-ins during the week.

                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 479-0033
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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 State University Extension

                                                                                                                                                Programming to address the needs of Stark County while also addressing state, national and global issues.

                                                                                                                                                RG Drage Campus, 2800 Richville Dr. SE,
                                                                                                                                                Suite 100
                                                                                                                                                Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 832-9856
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                                                                                                                                                Promoting recovery through peer support, education, advocacy and networking.

                                                                                                                                                Respite care at Foundations is based on short-term, in-house stay for those struggling with mental health and addiction recovery issues.

                                                                                                                                                116 Cleveland Avenue NW
                                                                                                                                                Suite 200
                                                                                                                                                Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (330) 454-2888
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