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Freedom House: Helping local women facing addiction

Freedom House Founder Eva Hartwell hugs a program participant at a celebration for the nonprofit.

Freedom House for Women has served the Summit County community for 16 years, offering substance use treatment and supportive services to help decrease the barriers of addiction and homelessness. Founded by Eva Hartwell in 2004, Freedom House for Women fights side-by-side with its clients to help alleviate their struggles with addiction challenges in the hopes of improving the lives of families and individuals, combating the stigma of addiction, and reducing the number of overdose deaths in the county. 

To help maintain the family unit and prevent an influx of homelessness, Freedom House helps its clients remain in public housing, in addition to offering temporary housing for women who are homeless and within early recovery. 

Akron Community Foundation has helped fulfill the mission of Freedom House for Women by providing funding for program services and resources for basic needs, supporting families and single women who are struggling with eviction and homelessness due to addiction and behavioral issues. Freedom House for Women is willing to take strides to support its clients and hopes to remain a thread in the fabric of the community. 

To learn how you can support their mission, contact Freedom House for Women directly at 330-785-9720 or visit their website to offer support through financial or non-monetary gifts. 

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