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Akron, Ohio

REACH OPPORTUNITY CENTER AT SUMMIT LAKE TO OPEN JULY 1st

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 06-27-2014

Residents of the Summit Lake neighborhood can look forward to their newest community asset as a result of the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, which will officially open on Tuesday, July 1st.  The Reach Center is a result of a $4 million grant awarded to the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) through their Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities (CFCF) program.  One of ten grants awarded by HUD, this was the 4th largest award in the country and was provided to construct an early childhood, adult learning and job training center.

 

AMHA’s Executive Director Tony O’Leary credits the collaborative efforts of valued partners to AMHA’s success in securing this transformational funding.  “The City of Akron and the Akron Public Schools serve as lead partners in this exciting effort,” said O’Leary.  “Akron is providing a 99 year ground lease to AMHA for the land adjacent to their recreation center and the Akron Public Schools will operate the two kindergarten classrooms.”

 

“The only way to properly address the needs of our community is through collaboration,” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.  “There is no single item, building, or class that will fulfill the needs of our community.  That is why it is so important that we work together on projects such as this -- that we pool all of our agencies and resources -- so that our residents have a multi-purpose facility to serve all of their needs.”

 

            The Reach Center is adjacent to the City of Akron Recreation Center and will house four Head Start classrooms, two Akron Public Schools kindergarten classrooms, a kitchen, two computer labs, two adult learning classrooms, a multi-purpose room and several client meeting rooms.  AMHA residents will be able to access the center via the Towpath Trail.  Services are available to all residents of the Summit Lake neighborhood and are not exclusive to AMHA residents.

 

Early Childhood programs and services to be offered include:  Akron Summit Community Action, who will provide Head Start classes (Two Head Start and two Early Head Start).   Akron-Summit County Public Library will provide story times.  Greenleaf Family Center will offer SPARK Ohio, a program to support low-income families in preparing their 3 and 4 year-olds for kindergarten, and a Teen Parenting Program. Child Guidance and Family Solutions will offer its Incredible Years Program (a program geared towards reducing various behavioral problems through positive parenting strategies for children from birth to age 6). Finally, AMHA’s own Early Childhood Initiative will provide Parents as Teachers™ home visitation services and offer early childhood family outreach events.  

It is a known fact that the transition to kindergarten is often a difficult one for both children and their parents.  “By establishing relationships with families when their children are infants, and being able to be part of their transition to school, we will contribute to kindergarten readiness and success in school, and in life” said David James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools.

Programs will also be available for school aged children including two Akron Public Schools kindergarten classes.  Boys and Girls Clubs will also offer after school and summer programming.

In addition to early childhood and youth programming, adult learning and job readiness programs will be offered in an effort to strengthen families and promote self-sufficiency.     Through Project Learn, adults will be able to acquire a GED and improve their chances of obtaining post-secondary education.  The GED program is conducted to align with Bridges out of Poverty.  In addition, the Akron-Summit County Public Library will offer computer training classes.  Summit County Job & Family Services will provide job-readiness training.  Goodwill Industries of Akron will offer its two-hour “Know Your Skills” course, which assists with resume writing, interviewing and networking.  Greenleaf Family Center has offered to provide adult education classes, such as Financial Literacy and Credit Repair.

A community celebration and open house is scheduled for Sunday, June 29th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for residents of the Summit Lake neighborhood to tour the new facility, sign up for free memberships (the first 100 members will receive free t-shirts) and enjoy food, fellowship and entertainment.

For more information on the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, please visit www.reachsummitlake.org.

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          June 27, 2014 (Akron, Ohio) - Residents of the Summit Lake neighborhood can look forward to their newest community asset as a result of the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, which will officially open on Tuesday, July 1st.  The Reach Center is a result of a $4 million grant awarded to the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) through their Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities (CFCF) program.  One of ten grants awarded by HUD, this was the 4th largest award in the country and was provided to construct an early childhood, adult learning and job training center.

AMHA’s Executive Director Tony O’Leary credits the collaborative efforts of valued partners to AMHA’s success in securing this transformational funding.  “The City of Akron and the Akron Public Schools serve as lead partners in this exciting effort,” said O’Leary.  “Akron is providing a 99 year ground lease to AMHA for the land adjacent to their recreation center and the Akron Public Schools will operate the two kindergarten classrooms.”

“The only way to properly address the needs of our community is through collaboration,” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.  “There is no single item, building, or class that will fulfill the needs of our community.  That is why it is so important that we work together on projects such as this -- that we pool all of our agencies and resources -- so that our residents have a multi-purpose facility to serve all of their needs.”

 The Reach Center is adjacent to the City of Akron Recreation Center and will house four Head Start classrooms, two Akron Public Schools kindergarten classrooms, a kitchen, two computer labs, two adult learning classrooms, a multi-purpose room and several client meeting rooms.  AMHA residents will be able to access the center via the Towpath Trail.  Services are available to all residents of the Summit Lake neighborhood and are not exclusive to AMHA residents.

Early Childhood programs and services to be offered include:  Akron Summit Community Action, who will provide Head Start classes (Two Head Start and two Early Head Start).   Akron-Summit County Public Library will provide story times.  Greenleaf Family Center will offer SPARK Ohio, a program to support low-income families in preparing their 3 and 4 year-olds for kindergarten, and a Teen Parenting Program. Child Guidance and Family Solutions will offer its Incredible Years Program (a program geared towards reducing various behavioral problems through positive parenting strategies for children from birth to age 6). Finally, AMHA’s own Early Childhood Initiative will provide Parents as Teachers™ home visitation services and offer early childhood family outreach events.  

It is a known fact that the transition to kindergarten is often a difficult one for both children and their parents.  “By establishing relationships with families when their children are infants, and being able to be part of their transition to school, we will contribute to kindergarten readiness and success in school, and in life” said David James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools.

Programs will also be available for school aged children including two Akron Public Schools kindergarten classes.  Boys and Girls Clubs will also offer after school and summer programming.

In addition to early childhood and youth programming, adult learning and job readiness programs will be offered in an effort to strengthen families and promote self-sufficiency.     Through Project Learn, adults will be able to acquire a GED and improve their chances of obtaining post-secondary education.  The GED program is conducted to align with Bridges out of Poverty.  In addition, the Akron-Summit County Public Library will offer computer training classes.  Summit County Job & Family Services will provide job-readiness training.  Goodwill Industries of Akron will offer its two-hour “Know Your Skills” course, which assists with resume writing, interviewing and networking.  Greenleaf Family Center has offered to provide adult education classes, such as Financial Literacy and Credit Repair.

A community celebration and open house is scheduled for Sunday, June 29th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for residents of the Summit Lake neighborhood to tour the new facility, sign up for free memberships (the first 100 members will receive free t-shirts) and enjoy food, fellowship and entertainment.

For more information on the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, please visit www.reachsummitlake.org.

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For further information, contact:
Christine Yuhasz
Director of Strategic Engagement, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Phone: 330-376-9466
E-mail: CYuhasz@AkronHousing.Org

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