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  • Removing Barriers to Owning a Small Business

    StarkFresh serves the people of Stark County through a variety of ways, all in the name of their mission: “Tackling the causes of hunger by creating realistic pathways out of poverty.” Many in the county know StarkFresh for its grocery store located in downtown Canton on Cherry Ave. NE or its mobile grocery market that travels throughout the area; though the programs offered through StarkFresh go past the scope of bringing food to people in need.

    • 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.
      • From a Mom Who Knows: Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

        I love to take my children out of the house. Whether it is shopping, the park, going for a walk around the neighborhood, to church, or on an adventure- we are always on the go. However, as a parent of two special needs daughters, both with different needs, this can be a challenge. Having one child with physical disabilities means we must make sure the location is accessible and can be accommodating to our specific needs.

        • Discover the Early Childhood Resource Center

          With a main office in Canton and additional sites in Akron and Boardman, the Early Childhood Resource Center may be one of this region’s best kept secrets. As part of its mission to promote the healthy development of young children, the organization offers numerous programs aimed at strengthening families; improving the quality of early childhood care and learning experiences; and increasing school and community readiness, while also helping to inform public policy.

          Assisting parents in finding child care,

          • The Legacy Project of Stark Makes an imPACT

            Who We Are

            In 2015, The Legacy Project of Stark was founded by Eugene Lingenhoel. As he was delivering backpacks & school supplies at Lehman Middle School in Canton City, the principal, Jeanne McNeal, who is now the principal at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local, asked Eugene if he would be willing to meet with some of her students.  Jeanne saw a need for her students to have a positive role model in their life and saw an opportunity to provide that for them.

            • 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,

              • Introducing StarkHelpCentral.com
                StarkHelpCentral.com provides information and support to youth, young adults and engaged members of our community.
                • How to be an advocate for youth in your Stark County community
                  Learn how you can find and share resources to be an advocate for youth in your Stark County community.
                  • Developmental disabilities: childhood

                    For school-aged children with developmental disabilities, services are typically provided through specialized instruction in a classroom setting. Additional resources may include occupational, physical and/or speech/language therapies, nursing services and behavior supports. Learn more about the educational programs available for children with developmental disabilities in your home system by consulting your district’s special education department.

                    • Domestic Violence and Abuse

                      If you or someone you know has suffered from or witnessed violence in the home, it is important to remember that you are not in this alone. There are numerous resources throughout Stark County that are committed to providing survivors of domestic violence with confidential support, treatment, education and empowerment.

                      • 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.

                        • 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.

                          • Human trafficking: young adults

                            Young people with limited support structures, education and opportunities for advancement can fall victim to traffickers that promise a way out, only to end up in far worse situations. Victims could be your family, friends or neighbors, so it is important to understand the problem. Learn how to spot the signs of human trafficking, report your suspicions and help victims find a path to safety.

                            • Stark Attention Center
                              In Stark County, young people who are held by the juvenile justice system experience secure, temporary custody through the Stark Attention Center. In addition to operating a highly-successful educational program, the 30-bed facility rewards youth for demonstrating pro-social behavior and personal responsibility.
                              • Importance of Safe Places and Caring Relationships for Our LGBTQ+ Young People

                                In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, let us take a moment to learn more about what we can do in our personal and professional lives to create safe spaces and caring relationships for our LGBTQ youth (and adults).

                                Far too many LGBTQ+ youth do not feel safe and accepted or feel a sense of pride in themselves.  In fact, LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, parental rejection, depression, and thoughts of suicide at significantly higher rates then their heterosexual peers.

                                • Human trafficking: youth & teens

                                  Teens are vulnerable to trafficking regardless of socio-economic status, gender, race, education or citizenship. There is a generally a feeling that human trafficking is a crime affecting far-off places, but unfortunately, human trafficking incidents happen right here in Stark County. Because of their emotional immaturity and sense of invincibility, young teens are especially at risk. Learn how to prevent, report and support teenagers affected by human trafficking.

                                  • Opiate Resources

                                    In recent years, heroin use has been on the rise across the nation, throughout Ohio and in Stark County. According to Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR), 1,444 members of our community were treated for opiate use in 2016 – nearly six times the number treated 10 years earlier. Find resources and programs to help raise awareness, educate the community and combat this growing epidemic.

                                    If you or someone you know is in crisis,
                                    • Pride Events in Ohio
                                      Support the LGBTQ+ community by attending or volunteering at Pride events. Use this list to plan a visit or involvement with an LGBTQ+ organization.
                                      • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to StarkHelpCentral.com

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

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

                                        StarkHelpCentral.com 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),

                                        • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: A mother and son’s 20-year journey
                                          I teach about people with disabilities and how Stark DD helps more than 3,900 people, including my son, living in Stark County. Read our story.
                                          • Introducing the Stark County Mindfulness Walk
                                            StarkMHAR & Stark Parks partnered to create a 1-mile Mindfulness Walk with activities to promote mental health & self-care while enjoying nature.
                                            • The Importance of Getting an Opioid Overdose Kit

                                              As the opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio continued to grow, the Stark County Opiate & Addiction Task Force was created in 2011 to help educate the community and provide necessary resources on opioids. In 2014, Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) was created by the Ohio Health Department to bring together educational and naloxone distribution programs during the opioid epidemic. In order to prevent opioid overdose and to further harm reduction strategies, these organizations provide free overdose kits for anyone in Ohio who wants one.

                                              • Your Guide to Pride: 2022 Ohio Pride Events

                                                Happy Pride Month, Ohioans! Nowadays, Pride celebrations extend beyond the month of June and into the summer, so everyone has a chance to celebrate. If you’re looking for Pride events near you throughout Ohio, you’ve come to the right place.

                                                No matter how you identify or if you’re an ally, there’s a Pride parade, festival or celebration near you. Be sure to catch a live performance, support local vendors who attend, volunteer for a committee,

                                                • Children with incarcerated parents
                                                  Having a parent in prison can have a significant impact on a child’s mental and behavioral health. To help reduce the risk for negative outcomes, such as depression, substance use and criminal behavior, it is important for communities to wrap around children with incarcerated parents.
                                                  • Reflections, 2020-2021

                                                    Do you roll your eyes when you hear the words ‘self care’? Yeah, me too, and we are hearing it now more often than ever. For 20 years much of our community’s training emphasis has been on understanding both the devastation of trauma and the healing power of Resilience. Who knew that, unknowingly, we were preparing ourselves for 2020 – when our entire world would
                                                    experience a collective and ongoing traumatic pandemic.

                                                    The stability and predictability that had structured our lives?

                                                    • Juvenile Criminal Case Information
                                                      Young adults who were involved in the criminal justice system as minors will experience a different system as adults. While they retain the right to an attorney and privilege against self-incrimination (among others), the juvenile court system focuses more on rehabilitation and usually offers reduced sentencing options.
                                                      • Shawna’s Story of Motherhood
                                                        When Shawna and her husband found out she was pregnant, they didn’t know where to start. Yet everything changed when she met a THRIVE health worker.
                                                        • 3 Reasons Why Nature is Good for Your Mental Health

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

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

                                                          • Alternative Therapies for Mental Health
                                                            6 Holistic Outlets to Improve Your Mental Health & Wellbeing

                                                            More and more people are realizing how important our mental health is to our overall wellbeing. While traditional medical treatments play an integral role in maintaining good mental health, holistic mental health outlets provide a complementary approach. Though not a substitute for professional help, these outlets offer unique strategies to improve your mental and overall health

                                                            These alternative therapies for mental health range from free,

                                                            • Mental Health Awareness Month Tips: 4 Ways to Participate

                                                              Mental Health Awareness Month is observed every May in the United States. It’s a time to recognize that our mental health is part of our overall health, fight stigmas surrounding mental health issues, learn about various issues and policies, and more. Whether or not you are personally dealing with a mental health issue, it is important to find ways to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month.

                                                              Here are four Mental Health Awareness Month tips so you can participate and support those around you.

                                                              • 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.
                                                                • 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,

                                                                  JRC – Learning Center and Adult Day Center

                                                                  Educating children and engaging seniors to help enrich our community.

                                                                  The Myrna A. Pastore JRC Campus is located in the old Meyers Lake Ballroom. It houses the JRC Adult Day Center for Senior/Adults and the JRC Learning Center for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age. We have weekly Intergenerational Connections programming for the children and Senior/Adults to interact together!

                                                                  3300 Parkway St. NW
                                                                  Canton, OH 44708
                                                                  Phone: (330) 454-3471
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                                                                  R.G. Drage Career Technical Center

                                                                  Career programs offered at Fairless, Tuslaw, Northwest, Louisville, Minerva and Malvern schools.

                                                                  www.drage.stark.k12.oh.us

                                                                  Offers mandatory career and educational guidance to Stark County youth and adults preparing to take the GED test through Ohio’s test voucher program.

                                                                  4-H Youth Development located here, offering hands-on activities to help youth between the ages of 5 and 19 develop lifelong learning skills. Visit ohio4h.org for more information.

                                                                  2800 Richville Dr. SE
                                                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                  Phone: (330) 832-9856
                                                                  Toll free: 1 (800) 372-4322
                                                                  Toll free: 1 (800) 372-4322
                                                                  4-H Youth Development: (234) 348-6001
                                                                  4-H Youth Development: (234) 348-6001
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                                                                  Catholic Charities

                                                                  Emergency rental  assistance for Stark County residents (under 65): visit ccdoy.org to fill out a pre-screening application 

                                                                  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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                                                                  Canton City School District

                                                                  Offers Adult Career & Technical Education – learn more at www.ccsdistrict.org/adulted

                                                                  FREE Classes at Aspire of Stark County:

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

                                                                  Serves the public health needs of more than 250,000 people in Stark County:

                                                                  7235 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                  Phone: (330) 493-9904
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                                                                  Stark Community Support Network

                                                                  Community safety net linking families to resources and social services.

                                                                  • Community Support Services (Mental Health & Substance/Alcohol Abuse) – Identify, Link, and Support individuals and families through the mental health and alcohol and substance abuse system.
                                                                  • Community Response Team (Trauma Care and Community Violence) – Refer, Assist, and Advocate for individuals and/or families experiencing trauma.
                                                                  • Infant Mortality (THRIVE) – Identify and Support women through their pregnancies to reduce infant mortality.
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                                                                  Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

                                                                  A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is an event that negatively impacts the health, safety or wellbeing of an individual with developmental disabilities. If you or someone you know is experiencing a major unusual incident, call the 24-hour hotline to report the event.

                                                                  MUI Hotline: 330-477-4477

                                                                  The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities exists to connect individuals and families with the services they need for health, safety, education and a high quality of life.

                                                                  2950 Whipple Ave. NW
                                                                  Canton, OH 44708
                                                                  Phone: (330) 477-5200
                                                                  Intake: (330) 479-3582
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                                                                  Community Action Pathways HUB

                                                                  Are you or someone you know pregnant and could benefit from being connected to community services and support? If so, then you have the opportunity to take advantage of this program. The HUB utilizes Community Health Workers that assist in decision making during pregnancy. They link you to services in the community that can help you and your baby.

                                                                  Do you need…

                                                                  • A ride to your doctor’s appointment?
                                                                  • Baby items like a crib or diapers?
                                                                  Phone: (330) 454-1676 x 153
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                                                                  Free Mom Hugs

                                                                  Free Mom Hugs in Ohio can be found at Pride and LGBTQ+ community-focused events across the state. Once you register with the Ohio group, they will connect you with the appropriate local chapter.

                                                                  Free Mom Hugs works to empower the world to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. We embrace people of all faiths, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. Our goal is to change the world simply by showing up.

                                                                  Our goal is not to replace family relationships,

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                                                                  Safer Schools Ohio

                                                                  Tip line to report and reduce violence in Stark County schools.

                                                                  Text or call: 1 (844) 723-3764
                                                                  Text or call: 1 (844) 723-3764
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                                                                  Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Belden Village

                                                                  Mental and behavioral health services for children and families.

                                                                  • Case management
                                                                  • Diagnostic mental health assessments
                                                                  • Medication management

                                                                  Trauma and grief-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and SITCAP services to reduce risk and increase childhood resiliency:

                                                                  • Case management
                                                                  • Diagnostic mental health assessments
                                                                  • Medication management
                                                                  4641 Fulton Dr. NW
                                                                  Canton, OH 44718
                                                                  Phone: (330) 433-6075
                                                                  Trauma Services: (330) 454-7917
                                                                  Trauma Services: (330) 454-7917
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                                                                  Massillon Museum

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

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

                                                                  121 Lincoln Way E
                                                                  Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                  Phone: (330) 833-4061
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                                                                  Spectrum Discounted Internet Service

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

                                                                  Lifecare Family Health & Dental Center provides affordable, accessible and comprehensive health care services to residents of Canton, Massillon and surrounding Stark County Ohio communities. We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), open to persons of all ages regardless of ability to pay and health insurance status. New patients are always welcome. We accept Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance plans. Reduced rates are available for qualifying uninsured patients. Lifecare’s dedicated team of family physicians,

                                                                  2725 Lincoln St. E
                                                                  Canton, OH 44707
                                                                  Phone: (330) 454-2000
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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 www.getinternet.gov/apply 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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                                                                  Help Me Grow-Early Intervention

                                                                  Concerned about your child’s development? Act Early!
                                                                   
                                                                  If you’re concerned that a child may have a delay or disability, it’s important to refer them for Early Intervention as soon as possible. Early Intervention can address all types of concerns, like crawling or walkingspeech delays, or social interaction like playing with other children.
                                                                   
                                                                  Early Intervention is available in every part of the state and to any eligible child,
                                                                  6057 Strip Ave NW
                                                                  North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                  Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                                                  Phone Number: 330-479-3448
                                                                  Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
                                                                  Referral Number: 1-800-755-4769
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                                                                  Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Alliance

                                                                  Mental and behavioral health services for Alliance children and families.

                                                                  SERVICES AT A GLANCE UNDER ALL PROGRAMS

                                                                  Prevention and Consultation: Prevention services are designed to reduce risk factors, increase resiliency and prevent the development of further at-risk behavior. Mental health service providers offer consultation to administrators, teachers, parents or other adults to recommend behavior modification strategies and to provide support or suggestions.

                                                                   

                                                                  Diagnostic Assessment: A mental health professional conducts a diagnostic assessment to determine whether a child or youth has a mental health disorder by gathering information about the child’s life situation,

                                                                  Parkway Learning & Development Center
                                                                  1490 Parkway Blvd
                                                                  Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                  Phone: (330) 823-5335
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                                                                  CommQuest Medication-Assisted Treatment

                                                                  Counseling and medication-assisted treatment options such as Methadone, Suboxone, Sublocade, Vivitrol, Antabuse, and Acamprosate. Mobile programs are also available for Stark County inmates.

                                                                  1341 Market Ave N
                                                                  Canton , OH 44714
                                                                  Phone: (330) 453-8252
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