ACCESS Inc. makes modifications to remain open

ACCESS Inc. makes modifications to remain open

May 07th, 2020

AKRON — ACCESS Inc. officials announced they have updated procedures and are still accepting women and children experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 1984, more than 21,000 women and children have been served by ACCESS Shelter, with more than half of those individuals being children, according to organization officials. The shelter provides safe housing but also encourages the development of self-esteem while working on self-sufficiency through its holistic and supportive programming.

While working with the Summit County Continuum of Care to set up a homeless quarantine center at The Chapel in Akron, ACCESS also has organized space within the shelter in the event advanced quarantine/isolation is needed among residents.

“We know during these stressful times when community members have been laid off or are out of work, there will come a time when people will have to choose which necessary bill to pay — and rent might not be an option,” said Jackie Hemsworth, executive director at ACCESS. “And when that happens, we will be here for women and children in our community. To our donors, partners and friends, we are incredibly grateful for your unwavering support to our mission and to our shelter residents.”

To protect the health and safety of residents and staff, ACCESS has adopted the following procedures:
• canceled all nonessential resident programming and all volunteer opportunities within the shelter;
• increased hand sanitizing stations to allow for more frequent hand washing and good hygiene;
• enhanced cleaning procedures and frequency of cleaning;
• implemented social distancing measures that include interval dining times and spacing out single women to reduce the number of people staying in one room;
• encouraged limited outside travel;
• conducted daily temperature checks for all residents and staff entering the building;
• provided personal protective equipment to both staff and residents; and
• because staff members have to leave the shelter, its team is limiting exposure to public places.

ACCESS is still accepting donations from its Amazon Wish List and currently has the most need for new twin sheet sets and disinfectant supplies. To make a donation or learn more about the organization, visit

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Big or small, every donation to ACCESS and the homeless women and children it serves will be greatly appreciated.

  • $25 feeds 25 women and children
  • $100 provides 50 days of school transportation for a child
  • $500 provides health care for 10 children

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