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  • 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,
    • Public Benefits Assistance: Application & Eligibility

      Navigating life’s challenges is difficult enough. We’re here to make finding help for basic needs simple. Learn how to apply for cash, food and/or medical assistance and get started today. Cases are processed in the order they are received, so it is important to start the process as soon as possible.

      Public assistance applications can take up to 30 days to complete. If you need immediate food, clothing, housing or medical help, please view these other resources:

      • 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,

        • Healthy Pregnancy

          For expecting mothers, preparing for a healthy birth starts long before labor and delivery. From conception until you bring your baby home, get the early and regular prenatal care you need for a happy and healthy pregnancy. There are many affordable prenatal care providers available here in Stark County.

          • Hard times: early childhood

            Young children need proper nutrition and medical care in order to grow, develop and thrive. When a household is in financial crisis, it can have serious, long-term health, social and behavioral implications throughout their lives. Fortunately, families in Stark County are not alone in facing these challenges. There are local agencies dedicated to providing food, clothing, shelter and cash assistance to those who are experiencing hard times.

            Even parents who are employed with steady incomes may struggle to make ends meet when they have child.

            • 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.

              • Suicide Risk and Prevention
                Growing up can be a challenging and isolating experience, but the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. No matter the adversity you might be facing, find the encouragement you need to move forward in a positive direction. Stark Help Central is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of all ages and backgrounds.
                • Stark County CARE Teams cover basic needs so students can focus on academics
                  Together, these professionals brainstorm ideas for ways to support children so they can do their best while they’re at school.
                  • 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.
                    • Stark County Educational Service Center Provides Schools with Helpful Resources
                      The Stark County Educational Service Center provides schools with helpful resources that support student educational, health and emotional needs.
                      • Drugs & alcohol
                        Young people may turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to numb emotional pain from personal trauma or as result of peer influence. Youth substance use is a key contributor to problems at school, poor social relationships, motor vehicle accidents and mental health issues. With professional treatment, recovery is possible.
                        • 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,

                          • 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 much sleep do I need?

                              Getting enough sleep is critical for healthy and happy development, but it can be difficult to know how much you need. Because sleep needs vary for newborns, infants, toddlers, children, teens and young adults, it’s important to know what’s recommended for you.

                              • Basic Needs: Childhood

                                In order to grow up happy and healthy, kids need a roof over their heads, food on the table and access to quality medical care. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for many of Stark County’s youngest residents. Find local organizations connecting children in our community with the basic items they need to thrive. Together, we can help keep our kids safe and supported.

                                • Basic needs: youth & teens

                                  For adolescents in Stark County, growing up can be a challenge – especially when money is tight and support is not available at home. When youth and teens are struggling to meet their most basic needs, there are many local organizations they can turn to for help. Discover ways to access food, clothing and shelter for adolescents across Stark.

                                  • Aging out of foster care

                                    For young people from 16 to 21 in Stark County, independent living services are available during the transition out of foster care. Specialists can help with the coordination of services to help facilitate a happy and healthy journey toward adulthood. Learn more about the social and support services available to teens and young adults in the Stark County foster system.

                                    • Basic Needs: Early Childhood

                                      If you are looking for pregnancy support, have a young child at home or need financial assistance to make ends meet, finding help is easier than ever. Learn about programs and organizations committed to providing basic needs to growing families in Stark County. Because no baby should go without the necessary items for a healthy and safe start to life.

                                      • Basic needs: adulthood

                                        Stark County offers a wide range of basic needs services from food, medicine and family assistance as well as targeted services for veterans, those in substance abuse recovery, homeless persons, parents and more.

                                        • Domestic violence: young adults

                                          Seeing or experiencing domestic violence can negatively affect youth well into adulthood. In fact, young adults who have been exposed to abuse in the home are more likely to repeat the cycle of violence. By accessing support and services that teach healthy relationship skills, Stark Help Central believes that we can empower young people in our community to stand up for integrity, nonviolence and respect.

                                          • Homeless & housing: youth & teens

                                            Youth and teens are considered the highest at-risk group for homelessness in the United States. Each year, in communities like ours, it is estimated that up to two million young people are living on the streets, vulnerable to harm. Every child needs a healthy, safe environment in which to live. Learn what support services can help you or someone you know transition to a more stable living environment.

                                            • 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.
                                              • Behind On Rent & Utilities

                                                If you’re facing financial hardships and need help with rent and utilities to help you stay afloat, Stark County offers various programs to assist. Review the options available and reach out to find out which programs might work best for you.

                                                • 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.

                                                  • 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,

                                                    • 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.

                                                      • 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,

                                                        • Trauma: youth & teens

                                                          Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Whether it is a natural disaster, exposure to violence or abuse, or the death of a loved one, a person’s ability to cope with these experiences can have a lasting effect. When a teen experiences trauma, they may respond differently than a younger child or an adult. Find local resources to help support young people who have gone through trauma and their traumatic stress in Stark County.

                                                          • North Canton Students Use Business to Inspire Positivity in and Outside of the Classroom
                                                            A group of students from Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, started You Choose, a Junior Achievement business to promote positivity.
                                                            • Find an Overdose Kit in Stark County

                                                              Overdose kits include Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray that reverses the effects of opiate overdose. Once administered, it can quickly restore breathing, reverse the effects of opioids, and prevent death. (It’s harmless if given to someone not having an opiate overdose.)

                                                              With the rise in the use of opioids in Stark County, you should know where you can get an overdose kit. This is especially true if someone you know is using opioid drugs—you may save their life.

                                                              • 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.
                                                                • Stories of Self-Advocacy
                                                                  Watch these videos from Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities to find out how young people with disabilities are advocating for themselves.
                                                                  • 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.

                                                                    Interim HealthCare – North Canton

                                                                    Interim HealthCare provides in-home services for those recovering from a hospital stay or for those who need support with daily tasks.

                                                                    1001 South Main St.
                                                                    North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                    Phone: (330) 498-0081
                                                                    Learn more

                                                                    The Pines Healthcare Center

                                                                    This skilled nursing facility offers short-term rehabilitation, subacute, long-term care, and programming for seniors.

                                                                    3015 17th St. NW
                                                                    Canton, OH 44708
                                                                    Phone: (330) 454-6508
                                                                    Fax: (877) 403-4580
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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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                                                                    Empowering people through community services, family structure and function to build healthy self-esteem.

                                                                    1225 Gross Ave. NE, Canton, OH
                                                                    Canton, OH 44705
                                                                    Office: 330-806-6323
                                                                    Office: 330-806-6323
                                                                    Admin Cell: 234-458-4551
                                                                    Admin Cell: 234-458-4551
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                                                                    Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

                                                                    Promotes financial literacy, teen pregnancy prevention, healthy lifestyle behaviors and community service for girls ages 11 to 15.

                                                                    1010 Applegrove St. NW
                                                                    North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                    Phone: (330)-433-9485
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                                                                    Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank

                                                                    Formerly Stark County Diaper Bank

                                                                    Offer support to families in times of need by providing access to diapers through a network of community partners.

                                                                    Also provide community partners with:

                                                                    • Pad and Tampon Packs
                                                                    • Adult Incontinence Supplies
                                                                    P.O. Box 35452
                                                                    Canton, OH 44735
                                                                    Phone: (330) 488-7558
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                                                                    Eric Snow Family YMCA

                                                                    Services for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Before and after school care is available for grades K through 6. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

                                                                    420 3rd St., NW
                                                                    Canton, OH 44702
                                                                    Phone: (330) 458-2403
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                                                                    Stark County Youth Led Prevention

                                                                    A youth-led, adult-guided leadership development group providing a safe place for students to come together to promote, celebrate and encourage healthy decisions regarding substance use.

                                                                    919 Second St NE
                                                                    Canton, OH 44704
                                                                    Phone:: (330) 454-7917
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                                                                    Stark County Community Action Agency

                                                                    Emergency HEAP Appointment Line: 330-617-1055
                                                                    Summer & Winter Crisis

                                                                    Offers employment services, financial support and career counseling to the Stark County community.

                                                                    Head Start
                                                                    HWAP (Home Weatherization)
                                                                    Work Force Development

                                                                    Learn more

                                                                    40 Developmental Assets

                                                                    The 40 Developmental Assets® is a framework consisting of preventative measures, positive experiences and qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. These assets are protective factors that have been consistently shown, by research, to buffer youth from risk.

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                                                                    First Tee Canton

                                                                    A youth development organization that uses the game of golf to teach youth ages 5 – 18 essential life skills and healthy habits. They provide programs all year-round and also do after-school and utilize trained adult coaches that mentor the youth that attend classes. Programs and classes vary depending on the program and season. Scholarships are also available. Learn more:

                                                                    2525 25th Street NE
                                                                    Canton, OH 44705
                                                                    Phone: (330) 452-5331
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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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                                                                    Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

                                                                    Payments for medical services and lost wages resulting from injury, occupational illness and/or death during the course of employment.

                                                                    339 E. Maple St.
                                                                    Suite 200
                                                                    North Canton, OH 44720
                                                                    Phone: (330) 438-0638
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                                                                    Restore Addiction Recovery

                                                                    Restore Addiction Recovery is a Christ-centered, Biblically-based, and Clinically-Supported 12-month residential program for men struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Our services are free and no insurance is needed to join. While in our program, men receive individualized care, including but not limited to: 1-1 counseling, life coaching and life skills, job training and employment through our community work program, mentorship, financial coaching, healthy community, and more. Our goal is to prepare each man for life outside of our doors and have lasting freedom from addiction.

                                                                    2650 Sanitarium Rd
                                                                    Akron, OH 44312
                                                                    Phone: (800) 357-8684
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                                                                    First Christian Church – Canton

                                                                    • Common Goods clothing ministry (Common Goods is closed during certain holidays and when Plain Local Schools close due to bad weather)
                                                                    • Monthly food distribution in partnership with the Akron-Canton Food Bank
                                                                    • Partnered with The Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank


                                                                    6852 Market Ave. N
                                                                    Canton, OH 44720
                                                                    Phone: 330-456-2600
                                                                    Phone: 330-456-2600
                                                                    Hours: Common Goods: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11am-2pm. Every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month: 5-7pm Food Distribution: 3rd Friday of each month: 9-11am
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                                                                    Catholic Charities

                                                                    Emergency rental  assistance for Stark County residents (under 65): visit 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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