Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties

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Summit County agencies are working round the clock to create a quarantine facility for the area’s homeless who must be quarantined.

The homeless quarantine center is being set up in the gymnasium at the Chapel in Akron. Officials hope to open it next week.

Leading the effort is the Continuum of Care, a nonprofit of more than 30 agencies that provides services for the homeless.

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The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties has a message for the community: during the pandemic help will be available for people at risk of domestic violence and the Rape Crisis Center will continue serving survivors of sexual violence, said Executive Director Terri Heckman.

Akron's Hope & Healing Battered Women's Shelter
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Workers from Akron’s Hope & Healing Battered Women’s Shelter are visiting Summit County bars in the area’s first Bar Outreach Project to educate people about date rape drugs.

Odorless, colorless and tasteless drugs are sometimes put in alcoholic drinks and are undetectable 36 hours after they have been ingested, the shelter reports.

During the project, the shelter will educate bar employees on ways to protect patrons and detect if their customers have been exposed.

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Some of the services local non-profits provide are in jeopardy if the partial government shutdown continues.

CEO of the Summit and Medina County Battered Women’s Shelter Terry Heckman says the non-profit receives 65 percent of its funding from federal grants.

“The trickle-down effect, I don’t think a lot of people understand. It comes right down here to the non-profits and the clients themselves,” Heckman said.

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BEKEY HEWIT / BATTERED WOMEN'S SHELTER OF SUMMIT AND MEDINA COUNTIES

The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties will begin accepting residents at its new facility on Wednesday. The shelter renovated the old Middlebury Manor Nursing Home in Akron, a move that doubled its capacity to 184 beds.

CEO Terri Heckman says bringing residents from two existing locations to the new facility will help reduce energy costs and overstaffing. The kitchen won’t be ready until late May, but Heckman says meals are being provided by local businesses and community members.

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BEKEY HEWIT / BATTERED WOMEN'S SHELTER OF SUMMIT AND MEDINA COUNTIES

  The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties is in the final phase of renovations for its new facility in Akron, with a goal of being finished by this summer.

The facility -- called "Hope & Healing" -- takes the place of two smaller buildings, which will close down when work on the Akron shelter is completed. The whole project will increase the number of available beds from 92 to 184.