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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.
    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.
          • 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.
              • 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.
                  • 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.

                      • 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),

                        • 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,

                          • 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.
                            • 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.

                              • 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.
                                • 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.

                                  • 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.
                                    • 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.
                                      • 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,

                                        • 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.

                                          • 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.
                                            • 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.
                                              • 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.

                                                      • 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.
                                                        • 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.

                                                          • 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.

                                                              • 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.

                                                                • 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.

                                                                  • 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.

                                                                              • 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.

                                                                                • 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.
                                                                                  • 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.

                                                                                    • Trauma for teens & young adults
                                                                                      When a young person loses a loved one, sees violence in their home, experiences abuse or witnesses a national tragedy, these are traumatic events that can have serious and long-term impacts. Without social support to understand and communicate their feelings, this trauma can manifest into guilt, shame and anxiety. Find resources to help teens and young adults in Stark County cope with trauma.
                                                                                      • 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.
                                                                                        • 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,

                                                                                          • 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.

                                                                                              • 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.

                                                                                                  • 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.

                                                                                                    • 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.

                                                                                                        • 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.
                                                                                                          • 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.

                                                                                                              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
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                                                                                                              Troop & Family Assistance Center Specialist

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

                                                                                                              Office: 614-336-4310
                                                                                                              Office: 614-336-4310
                                                                                                              Mobile: 614-257-7936
                                                                                                              Mobile: 614-257-7936
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                                                                                                              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 
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                                                                                                              MCTV: Broadband Assistance

                                                                                                              A household is eligible if one member of the household meets any of the following:

                                                                                                              • Participates in the FCC’s Lifeline program.
                                                                                                              • Has a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty limit.
                                                                                                              • Participates in Lifeline-qualifying programs including SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, and Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit.
                                                                                                              • Participates in free and reduced-price school lunch program or school breakfast program,
                                                                                                              MCTV: 330-833-4134
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                                                                                                              Comcast: Discounted Internet Service

                                                                                                              INTAKE PROCEDURE: Call or visit the website at for more information. FEES: General price is $9.95 per month. Must meet eligibility criteria such as:
                                                                                                              – Live in an area where Xfinity Internet service is available.
                                                                                                              – Participate in an assistance program such as National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, or Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
                                                                                                              – Have not had Xfinity internet within the last 90 days unless enrolled in ACP.
                                                                                                              Toll Free: (800) 934-6489 
                                                                                                              Toll Free: (800) 934-6489 
                                                                                                              Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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                                                                                                              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.
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                                                                                                              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
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                                                                                                              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
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                                                                                                              Salvation Army of Canton

                                                                                                              The following programs below will be temporarily suspended from November 23rd 2032 – January 1, 2024.

                                                                                                              • Shower Program
                                                                                                              • Food Pantry
                                                                                                              • Lunch Programs

                                                                                                              Serving the Canton community:
                                                                                                              Hot meal program
                                                                                                              Food pantries
                                                                                                              Rent assistance
                                                                                                              Utility assistance
                                                                                                              Programs for adults and youth

                                                                                                              Christmas applications have closed for 2023 Season. Please check out Toys for Tots and/or A Community Christimas for assistance. 

                                                                                                              420 Market Ave. S
                                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                              Phone: (330) 453-0158
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                                                                                                              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.
                                                                                                              Toll Free : (844) 525-1574 
                                                                                                              Toll Free : (844) 525-1574 
                                                                                                              Hours: Varies by location. Call for details.
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                                                                                                              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
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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              Alive Now Services

                                                                                                              Alive Now Services is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded to assist individuals with finding residency and providing personal home care (HPC) services to people with developmental disabilities. We specialize in meeting the needs of both adults and children with severe autism, both verbal and non-verbal.

                                                                                                              1023 Whipple Avenue
                                                                                                              Canton, OH 44708
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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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                                                                                                              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
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                                                                                                              Catholic Charities

                                                                                                              Emergency rent and utility assistance for Stark County residents: call Monday – Friday between 9 and 10 a.m.

                                                                                                              Through tangible assistance and other essential services, Catholic Charities affirms human dignity, meets basic human needs, strengthens families, builds communities, and empowers others to transform their lives.

                                                                                                              800 Market Ave. N
                                                                                                              Suite 1150
                                                                                                              Canton, OH 44702
                                                                                                              Phone: (330) 491-0896
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                                                                                                              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 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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                                                                                                              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 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
                                                                                                              Child care services
                                                                                                              Work experience program
                                                                                                              Foster care & adoption
                                                                                                              Kinship care
                                                                                                              Child support services

                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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)
                                                                                                              Community Action Pathways HUB
                                                                                                              Work Force Development

                                                                                                              1366 Market Ave. N
                                                                                                              Canton, OH 44714
                                                                                                              Phone: (330) 454-1676
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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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI)

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

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

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


                                                                                                              Hotline: 330-453-SAFE (7233)
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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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: 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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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
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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

                                                                                                              537 East Market St.
                                                                                                              Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                                                              Phone: (330) 821-7373
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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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                              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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