ACCESS Shelter shares loss of beloved leader and Executive Director, Lynn Budnick

Feb 13th, 2019

AKRON, OH – (February 13, 2019) – ACCESS Shelter and its community of supporters is deeply saddened to share the loss of its beloved leader and Executive Director Lynn Budnick.

After bravely and successfully battling cancer a number of times, a recent recurrence led to Lynn’s passing on February 13, 2019 at The James Cancer Center in Columbus, OH.

Lynn became the Executive Director of ACCESS Shelter in 2008. During her inspiring tenure, ACCESS emerged as a leader in empowerment for homeless women and children while keeping its shelter at capacity, providing safe housing, and building self-sufficiency and self-esteem through its supportive programming.

While at ACCESS, Lynn was awarded both the 2016 Summit County Historical Society Woman of the Year “Courage” award and the 2018 GAR “Glass Half Full” award. She was a mentor and role model for many other female leaders in the community. She will be missed greatly by her Board of Directors, Staff and friends of ACCESS.

While the ACCESS Board of Directors continues the search it began in late 2018 for a permanent Executive Director, Jackie Hemsworth, Director of Advancement has been named the Interim ED. Operations at the shelter will continue without interruption.

Lynn’s family is planning a celebration of life to be held next week. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in Lynn’s name to ACCESS Shelter.

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About ACCESS, Inc.: Access, Inc. is an emergency shelter for women and children in Akron, OH. Opened in 1984, over 20,000 individuals have been served by the agency. ACCESS, Inc. 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.

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