News

Record Cold Forecast for Akron Area

Jan 29, 2019

By Community Support Services

Media Release

Contact: Michael Gaffney
  Director of Marketing & Development
  (330) 701-8080 (cell)
  michael.gaffney@cssbh.org

Date:  January 28, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AKRON AREA HOMELESS CENTERS PREPARE
FOR IMPENDING BRUTAL COLD

(AKRON, OHIO) – As the National Weather Service warns that Wednesday, January 30, 2019 could be one of the coldest days on record, Akron area organizations charged with aiding the homeless are working to ensure that everyone will have access to shelter. 

Community Support Services, Inc. operates the Homeless Outreach and Intake Center at 111 E. Voris Street, Akron; bringing supportive services for persons experiencing homelessness under one roof. Individuals who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, have symptoms suggestive of severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder, and who is not already active in mental health and/or addiction treatment is eligible to utilize all the services at the Center. If a homeless individual does not meet program criteria, outreach workers will attempt to connect the individual with other community agencies and services. The Homeless Outreach office can be reached at 330-762-4663.

Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market Street, Akron, is accepting admissions at all hours in preparation for the cold.

The City of Akron has opened warming centers at the following locations:
• Mason Park Community Center, 700 E. Exchange Street
• Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave (North Hill)
• Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier Street
• Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton Street (near West Side)
All these warming centers will be open from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.

According to Bob Stokes, President and CEO of Community Support Services, “Recent studies have shown that approximately 700 homeless individuals die each year due to hypothermia. With this dangerous polar vortex forecast this week, we are reaching out to the homeless men and women throughout our community in as many ways as we can to give them this potentially life-saving information.”

Community Support Services, Inc. is a leader in behavioral healthcare for Summit County and the surrounding region. The agency provides comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, and support for recovery, primarily to persons most in need, to enhance the quality of their lives.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Since 1988, Community Support Services, annually, has provided life-changing services for more than 3,000 individuals living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. The agency offers community-based case management, supported employment, supported housing, assertive community treatment (ACT), counseling, and other wellness promoting services.
Today, Community Support Services also offers healthcare through a primary care clinic, which is open to the community.

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