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Gay Games 9 provides international catalyst for change
Gay Games 9 provides international catalyst for change
By Thom Callahan, Akronist contributor The streets of Akron and Cleveland set an international stage in Northeast Ohio in August 2014 when visitors, athletes and allies from around the globe arrived for Gay Games 9. "We’re a relatively small community, so...
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Grant to diversion program changes teen lives
Grant to diversion program changes teen lives
As a retired Akron police officer, John Bailey has seen his share of criminal activity. Much of this activity is the result of repeat offenders with tumultuous backgrounds, some stretching as far back as childhood.  Now, as a part-time deputy with the...
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Collaboration helps teen moms earn their GED
Collaboration helps teen moms earn their GED
Pregnancy changes everything. That’s what nearly 75 teenage girls in Kenmore are discovering as they navigate the challenges of motherhood with the help of Teen Moms. The program, which started with just a few girls meeting in the back of a funeral home,...
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Grant brings hope to mothers battling depression
Grant brings hope to mothers battling depression
It’s 2 p.m. and Amanda is just waking up. She’s been sleeping a lot lately – sometimes 12 or more hours a day – and she can’t seem to find the energy to care for her young children. She knows she needs help, but it isn’t until a home visitor from...
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Grant leads women and families to freedom in East Akron
Grant leads women and families to freedom in East Akron
While families all over greater Akron gather around their fireplaces this holiday season, a chilling fact remains: Local women and children living in poverty are being displaced from their homes due to chemical dependency and substance abuse. Last year, Akron...
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Grant helps women take control of their finances
Grant helps women take control of their finances
A few short years ago, Gabrielle Blackshear was a single mom struggling to support her family. Like many young women, she had poor credit and did not understand how to live on a budget or manage her finances. All of that changed, however, when she found...
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Homeless moms get new lease on life
Homeless moms get new lease on life
Imagine waking up at 3 a.m. every day to get to work. This is a reality for many of the clients at H.M. Life Opportunity Services in Akron who have recently escaped homelessness and have no individual method of transportation. To get to work, these clients...
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Grant helps teens recognize signs of dating violence
Grant helps teens recognize signs of dating violence
Sept. 11, 2007, is a day Akron resident Nikki Washington will never forget. It was on this day that Nikki took back her independence and walked through the doors of the Battered Women’s Shelter with her five children. From the outside, Nikki looked like a...
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