Success Stories


Sharlene grew up in a northeastern suburb of Akron. She describes her childhood as good and stable. Like most people, she had goals and aspirations. Sharlene graduated from high school and shortly thereafter got a full-time position as an administrative assistant at university. She worked there for almost 20 years.

Another goal of Sharlene’s was to have a family. She married and had two sons. When her sons were teenagers, both...


Like many young people, Tiana struggled to find her footing in life. She ended up dropping out of high school. She had two children back to back and then found the strength to return to school to earn her diploma. She had no job and no home. She was drifting from house to house. Finally things started to look up when she found employment at a temp agency. She was...


Tikiya graduated in December of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation she moved to a new city with her 3 children, lured by the promise of housing and employment opportunities. Not long after relocating she was hired, however her living situation became unmanagable. Although she had stable employment, she did not have enough money to afford day care and a down payment for an apartment. She...


Carol was in an abusive relationship for 11 years. The relationship with her fiancé deeply damaged the most valuable relationship in her life, her relationship with her daughter and it almost cost them their lives. After years of abuse, Carol found the strength to take action which led to 3 restraining orders and his conviction. She was brought to Akron by the Cleveland police because she needed to flee. She...


Shrita is a single mother who had been to ACCESS twice before. She was bouncing from shelter to shelter and staying with her mom when she could. Her mother was unable to support her. She needed a place of her own. When she came to ACCESS for the 3rd time she was ready to learn. She was tired of the inconsistency, not knowing where she would sleep at night. She...

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