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  • 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.
    • 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.

      • 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.
        • Clothing and Furniture Assistance

          If you or someone you know is in need of clothing or furniture assistance in Stark County, there is a network of community resources you can turn to for support. Whether you need baby, back-to-school, professional or everyday clothing, clothing resources are available here at home. If you’re moving into a new place can be intimidating when you’re not sure where to find affordable furniture. Below you’ll find places that can help you turn a house into a home,

          • 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.

            • Transportation Services

              For many Stark County residents, public transportation services are essential for their basic needs, including trips to work and medical appointments. Fortunately, local transportation resources are available to support low-income individuals as well as those with permanent disabilities. Find routes and more information for SARTA here.

              • Developmental disabilities: young adults

                The journey to adulthood can be challenging for anyone, and especially for young people with developmental disabilities. From securing employment and managing health care responsibilities to finding accessible housing and transportation, there is a lot to learn to ensure a smooth transition. To plan for success in the adult world, community resources are available. Learn about the advocates and supporters helping to empower young adults with disabilities in Stark County, Ohio.

                • Hard times: youth & teens

                  When your family faces a job loss, medical issue or another significant financial setback, you might be shocked, confused and unsure where to turn. Fortunately, there are resources for young people and families who need emergency financial assistance in Stark County.

                  • Hard times: childhood

                    When families are dealing with a financial crisis, children are impacted whether we realize it or not. Most everyone in Stark County experiences the practical and emotional impacts of money troubles at one point or another, and it can be helpful to open up an honest dialogue with the entire household about the challenges. Talking about hardships could help children cope and even bring families closer.

                    Although financial challenges affect everyone, they can still take a major toll when they hit close to home.

                    • Hard times: young adults

                      The transition to adulthood presents many new and often daunting challenges – from finding affordable housing to navigating the job search. If you find yourself struggling with the demands of bills, budgets and money management, don’t be discouraged. Community resources are available to support you toward a better financial future.

                      • Resources for parents

                        Nothing prepares you for parenthood. Parenting has been called the ultimate long-term investment. It’s one of the most complex and challenging jobs you’ll face in your lifetime – and also the most rewarding. Find local resources to help you navigate parenthood in Stark County.

                        • LGBTQ+: young adults

                          Just like anyone else, LGBTQ+ teens undergo a variety of lifestyle changes on their path to adulthood. They face new challenges, from living independently and finding a job to evolving relationships. However, emerging LGBTQ+ adults often find that coming out and coming into their own is an additional source of stress. Learn about the local programs and services available to support these local young people as they develop new coping resources and strategies.

                          • High school equivalence
                            Nontraditional students who have not received a high school diploma can pursue similar credit through a High School Equivalence Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Equivalency Development (GED) program. These courses allow students to apply for jobs or pursue a college degree that would otherwise require a high school diploma.
                            • HOPE Program Addresses Mental Health in Those on Probation
                              Stark County’s HOPE Program is an alternative to prison for those who have a history of mental health issues and are involved in a probation offense.
                              • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to 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),

                                • 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.
                                  • MentorStark Amplifies Mentoring in Stark County

                                    It’s National Mentoring Month and there’s no better time to tell you how being a mentor changed my life! I have learned from the perspectives of young people. I have witnessed firsthand systemic racism and inequity. I have experienced the roadblocks that get in the way of accessing community resources. I have become a better listener and less judgmental. And I have seen how young people can lead the way, if given a voice and an opportunity.

                                    • 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,

                                      • 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?

                                        • 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,

                                          • 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,

                                            • 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.

                                              • Men’s Mental Health

                                                Sometimes you might hear the terms mental wellness or mental health and think they mean the same thing. While they are connected, they actually mean two different things. What the difference?  Mental Wellness is your overall mental wellbeing, and everyone has it! Mental wellness is when people can recognize their abilities, cope with typical stress, work and function well.  In order to be mentally well, we have to take care of our minds just like we do the rest of our body.

                                                • 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.

                                                  • 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.
                                                    • 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.

                                                      The Ken Weber Community Campus At Goodwill

                                                      Located in downtown Canton, the Campus is home to Goodwill offices and 20 other non-profit organizations that share collaborative outreach to the community and find efficiencies through shared space and services.

                                                      408 9th St. SW
                                                      Canton, OH 44707
                                                      Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
                                                      Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
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                                                      OhioMeansJobs Stark County

                                                      Northeastern Ohio’s premier workforce development and training centers that connects job seekers with employers by providing numerous resources in a single location

                                                      Serving Stark County employers and job seekers with access to all community partner programs, education, training, counseling and employment opportunities.

                                                       

                                                      822 30th St. NW
                                                      Canton, OH 44709
                                                      Phone: (330) 433-9675
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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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                                                      ICAN Housing

                                                      Connecting people to housing, mental health services and community support in Stark County, Ohio.

                                                      Need help? Click here for first steps.

                                                      1214 Market Ave. N
                                                      Canton, OH 44714
                                                      Phone: (330) 455-9100
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                                                      Stark County Community Action Agency

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

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

                                                      Head Start
                                                      HEAP
                                                      HWAP (Home Weatherization)
                                                      Work Force Development

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                                                      Total Living Center

                                                      Lunch is provided Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinners are provided on Wednesdays and Sundays from 5:20 to 5:35 p.m.

                                                      2221 9th St. SW
                                                      Canton, OH 44706
                                                      Local: (330) 455-3663
                                                      Hours: Lunch Mon., Wed. & Thurs. from 11:30-12:30 and Dinner Friday at 5:20. Grocery distribution 2nd and 4th Wed. 11am - 1pm.
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                                                      Bridges

                                                      Bridges is a voluntary program for young adults in the foster care system who are ages 18, 19 or 20. It provides guidance and support during the transition to adulthood for individuals who are in school, working or have a qualifying medical condition.

                                                      Phone: (614)-490-4357
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                                                      Strengthening Stark

                                                      Strengthening Stark is a community-wide movement for our growing community. As part of their mission, they are dedicated to getting Stark County residents into better jobs and training through their Stark Career Connect program. Learn more at their website.

                                                      The Stark Jobs Platform site was created as a helpful tool for job hunters in the Stark County area. By breaking down employment opportunities by industry, location, and required qualifications, they hope to provide a comprehensive resource for those seeking jobs in Stark County.

                                                      400 3rd Street, SE, Ste. 302
                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                      Phone: (330) 453-5628
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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 – Transportation to and from Medicaid-qualified appointments, including doctor visits, dental visits, vision appointments and more.
                                                      • Child care services
                                                      • Work experience program –
                                                      221 3rd St. SE
                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                      Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                      Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                      Local: (330) 452-4661
                                                      TDD: (330) 451-8879
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                                                      Stark County Vet Center

                                                      Offers various resources to Stark County veterans, including mental health services and job referrals when available.

                                                      601 Cleveland Ave. NW
                                                      Suite C
                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                      Phone: (330) 454-3120
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                                                      Greater Stark County Urban League

                                                      Helping Stark County residents to develop responsibility, independence and life skills through job readiness and re-entry services.

                                                      1400 Sherrick Rd. SE
                                                      Canton, OH 44707
                                                      Phone: (330) 754-1576
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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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                                                      ASCEND

                                                      Formerly Foundations

                                                      Promoting recovery through peer support, education, advocacy and networking.

                                                      Peer ran Respite Unit is based on short-term, in-house stay for those struggling with mental health and addiction recovery issues.

                                                      Free(no insurance necessary or accepted)

                                                      Also offers classes in person or via zoom with a possible $45.00 Walmart card stipend for attending 20 classes.

                                                      Additional locations:

                                                      227 Third St. SE,

                                                      116 Cleveland Avenue NW
                                                      Suite 200
                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                      Phone: (330) 454-2888
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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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                                                      American Red Cross: Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter

                                                      We help communities in Northern Ohio prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. We are able to make a difference in our local communities because of the generosity of our donors and support of our volunteers. Together, we provide the following programs and services:

                                                      • Disaster Services
                                                      • Volunteer Services
                                                      • Blood Donation Services
                                                      • Lifesaving Skills Training
                                                      • Military or Veterans Assistance (mental health counseling, emergency assistance and job services)
                                                      • Home Fire Campaign
                                                      408 9th St. SW
                                                      Canton, OH 44707
                                                      Phone: (330) 453-0146
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                                                      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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                                                      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
                                                      #300
                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                      Phone: (330) 491-0445
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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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                                                      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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                                                      Goodwill Industries

                                                      Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items. The Ken Weber Community Campus has walk-in services available Tuesdays and Thursdays for community resource connections. For further information on what Goodwill has to offer, please call our main campus or visit our website.

                                                      Thrift Store Locations

                                                      Main Campus: (330) 454-9461
                                                      Main Campus: (330) 454-9461
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