Shalonda moved to Akron from St. Louis, Missouri. At the time, her children were 14 and 11-years-old. They came here to escape an abusive relationship and to get a fresh start in a new environment. They were hesitant to enter shelter life, having heard frightening stories about the conditions and treatment of clients in some shelters. They were surprised when they were accepted and welcomed by the staff. Although adjusting to the rules was initially challenging, they felt comfortable and safe at ACCESS.
When Shalonda came to ACCESS she was grateful to discover new things about herself, ways to become a better person and a better parent. Her children were enrolled in school. She received help with clothes, food, and housing. She was able to take many values and apply them to her home life after her family transitioned out of the shelter.
Big or small, every donation to ACCESS and the homeless women and children it serves will be greatly appreciated.