We Can’t have Hope and Healing Without Pride

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00August 19th, 2019|

"The mission of Akron Pride is to unify and affirm the LGBTQ community and allies in celebrating our diversity and recognizing our likeness. We will promote acceptance of all individuals by defending human equity.” At Hope and Healing we seek to educate the community on our services, promote a culture of equality, and provide resources [...]

Battered Women’s Shelter 2nd Annual Fall Festival

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00August 13th, 2019|

Join us for a fun-filled fall festival to support the Battered Women's Shelter The Battered Women's Shelter and Allstate Insurance partner together every year for the Purple Purse Challenge. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge is an annual friendly fundraising competition in October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is dedicated to breaking [...]

Dueling Pianos Fundraiser to be held this year on September 6th

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00August 10th, 2019|

September becomes a magical time of year around the Battered Women’s Shelter for our staff, clients, and community partners simply because the start of the month means that Dueling Pianos season is upon us. Whether you’re considering attending your first Dueling Pianos fundraiser, or thinking about coming back to attend again, it is a phenomenal [...]

Vivacious Volunteers!

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00August 8th, 2019|

There are few feelings greater than those that come with helping other individuals thrive and overcome some of the most difficult and trying times in their lives. At Hope & Healing, the role of volunteers is essential to providing appropriate and exceptional level of trauma informed support and care for each survivor.  The opportunities for [...]

Summit Campus Opens Crisis Line Call Center

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00July 18th, 2019|

As you know Hope & Healing Survivor Resource Center houses three agencies and until this summer each has been fielding hotline calls separately. Beginning in July the Summit Shelter will have a designated Hotline Room running. This designated Hotline Room will have trained Hotline Triage Advocates answering the hotline for Summit Battered Women’s Shelter, Rape [...]

Battered Women’s Shelter receives big news from an honored guest.

By |2019-08-21T11:34:11-04:00May 6th, 2019|

Photo credit: Akron Beacon Journal The month of February offered a significant amount of public attention for the Battered Women's Shelter, and at its height was a visit from Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each year HUD provides funding for thousands of transitional, homeless prevention, [...]

Meet our new youth advocate coordinator

By |2019-08-21T11:34:11-04:00March 4th, 2019|

Shakee Bellamy is originally from Newark, New Jersey, but moved to Cincinnati prior to his senior year of high school. He graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor's in Social Work and is currently attending the University of Akron pursuing his masters in social work. "My passion for assisting people and enhancing their [...]

Meet Our New Summit Shelter Manager

By |2019-08-21T11:34:11-04:00February 12th, 2019|

Emily Wergner joined the Battered Women's Shelter in March as the Summit Shelter Manager. Emily was born and raised in, Medina, Ohio and recently moved back after spending 20 years in Chicago working in social services. Emily comes from an organization called La Casa Norte, a homeless service agency in Chicago. She started in direct [...]

Hope & Healing

By |2019-08-21T11:34:11-04:00January 1st, 2019|

You may notice that the words Hope and Healing have been creeping into the vocabulary of the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center over the past few years. Allow me to explain this change. For over 40 years the RCC and BWS have grown their services in response to the needs of domestic violence [...]