Amanda and Josh with their four kids

Safe Spaces: One Akron Family’s Life After Eviction

by April Sharp I first met Josh and Amanda in late 2019 when they began coming to the church my family attends. Their son Israel is in the same class as my son Chace, and Israel, like Chace, is on the autis...

On the Street | Jared

interview by Lisa Kane Name: Jared Age: 36  Hometown: Litchfield Township, Ohio Lisa: Where did you grow up? Jared: I grew up on a maple syrup farm. Well, our family farm was next door to w...

On the Street | Faces of the Homeless, March 2019

by Lisa Kane Today I’m at the Homeless Charity on Broad Street. I’m meeting a friend to talk about an amazing project he has going. (More to come on that next month!) We are talking about gardens and garden...

After Tent City: What’s next for the Homeless Charity?

by Rosalie Murphy The tent city near the Middlebury Triangle was, for some, merely a way station between homes. Other residents lived there for months. At its peak, more than three dozen people lived in ten...

On the Streets | Faces of the Homeless, January 2019

by Lisa Kane This story has a happy ending! Destiny is a sweet, pretty girl who just got into an apartment. She spent almost her entire pregnancy living in a tent. She already has one beautiful son, and gav...

I’ll be Home(less) for Christmas: A Reflection

by Clyde Alan Hensley It’s odd how the snow always seems so white and pure on Christmas Eve. The snowflakes have a warm dampness. The streets become empty toward 4pm or so. Akron quiets down as most people a...