Project RISE, Community Action Deliver Winter Coats

Project RISE, Community Action Deliver Winter Coats
Posted on 03/01/2018
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(courtesy Side Leader)

Akron Summit Community Action Inc. (ASCA) delivered 1,500 new winter coats for homeless children in need to Akron Public Schools (APS) Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) program.

Project RISE is a federally funded program through the Ohio Department of Education, a collaborative effort of APS, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

“Our partnerships with Akron Public Schools and Project RISEconnect us to others as we continue to achieve our overall mission,” said Malcolm Costa, CEO and president of ASCA.

During the 2016‐17 school year, Project RISE served 1,850 students experiencing homelessness. The organization’s members work with sheltered families, as well as families who stay temporarily in a series of other people’s homes, typically making use of improvised sleeping arrangements, ASCA officials said.

“So many students lack quality winter wear, and our families struggle to supply warm clothing for growing kids,” said Rachel Breece, Project RISE special programs coordinator.

Distribution for the coats began last Monday at a Project RISE annual dinner held for both sheltered families and doubled-up families.

The coats will also be distributed through a partnership with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Downtown Akron. The church’s food pantry and resource room is open for Project RISE families three times per month so that parents with children in need of coats can pick them up when they get their groceries from the food pantry.

“Our students are incredibly excited to pick out their coats, and our staff members are grateful that Akron Summit Community Action Inc. not only acknowledged this huge need but took the initiative to meet the need. We are incredibly thankful for such amazing partners,” said Shannah Carino, Project RISE district homeless liaison and McKinney Vento specialist.

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