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 [...]

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 [...]

Bar Outreach

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00July 29th, 2019|

Hope & Healing Rape Crisis Center staff and volunteers will be canvassing bars and other establishments that serve alcohol in Summit County for the first Bar Outreach Project in 2019. Representatives of Rape Crisis Center will be educating bar staff on how they can help prevent Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) and keep their patrons [...]

Meet Our New Assistant Director in Medina County

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00July 20th, 2019|

Medina receives increased leadership with the addition of Kathryn (Kate) Sass, who returns to the Rape Crisis Center after eight years. After receiving her Master’s Degree from the University of Toledo, Kate went on to begin her work with survivors of violence at the Domestic Violence Shelter in Key West Florida in 2007. That laid [...]

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 [...]

New Vision And Leadership For The Rape Crisis Center Of Medina And Summit Counties

By |2019-08-21T11:34:10-04:00May 6th, 2019|

The Center for Hope and Healing (operating the Rape Crisis Center and Battered Women’s Shelter), is very pleased to announce that Sandy Parker has joined the Rape Crisis Center as the new Director. Sandy began her journey with the RCC on Monday, May 6, 2019. Sandy replaces Cindy Bloom, who left the organization in 2018 [...]

Akron Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (ASAKI)

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

The RCC Summit Services Manager attends ASAKI.Photo Credit: Plain Dealer The ASAKI unit is a grant-funded, community collaboration between Rape Crisis Center, Akron Police Department, Summit County Prosecutors Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), and Victims Assistance Program. This unit investigates cold case sexual assaults and provides services to survivors. The initiative [...]

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 [...]