ACCESS ShelterACCESS, Inc. was formed as a grassroots effort in 1983 to meet a need in Akron, Ohio that was not being adequately addressed by existing agencies. An Akron Catholic Commission survey conducted in the early 1980's reported that emergency shelters in Akron received approximately 625 requests for shelter each month, with only 150 available beds. As a result of this survey, the Akron Catholic Commission organized concerned members of the community to form the core of the Akron Citizen's Coalition for Emergency Shelter Services. ACCESS was incorporated in the State of Ohio in March of 1983. The vision of ACCESS was to be an independent, non-profit organization that would provide shelter services for homeless single women and homeless women with children.
The original ACCESS emergency shelter opened in November of 1984 in the former convent buildings of St. Bernard's Church in downtown Akron. Shelter availability was increased by 43 percent in 1996 when ACCESS moved into a new facility on West Market Street. The agency further expanded in 1997 to include a transitional housing program called Step II for eight single women, located in the previous emergency shelter facility.
A voluntary Board of Trustees manages ACCESS, Inc. and is responsible for furthering the purposes of the agency and for the proper and effective conduct of its business. The Board is also charged with the hire of the Executive Director who is responsible for implementing agency policies and procedures.
Mission Statement ACCESS is dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless women and children in our community. The agency encourages the development of self-esteem and the attainment of self-sufficiency through its commitment of providing a holistic, safe and supportive environment, and through its programs of housing, advocacy and empowerment.
Programs and Services
Cy Pres Award DonationThe generous donations are used to underwrite and support the many services and programs that ACCESS offer to homeless women and children. ACCESS believes in empowering women in the community to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Without community support, ACCESS would not be able to provide the life changing programs currently available.
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