Poverty in Akron has increased to nearly 3 in 10 residents in 2010. This equates to about 57,312 individuals living below the poverty line in 2010. There continues to be a need for families to be encouraged and supported as 71% of families had a female head of household with no husband present.

Each of our urban partners strives to build relationships with those in their community and bring healing to people that have experienced suffering. They welcome any person who has a heart to serve, whether it’s buying supplies for the ministry, cooking a meal, or working alongside kids and teens on a weekly basis.

Connect with and stay informed about how our urban partners are serving in their communities:

South Street is engaging kids through their football program, art program, after school tutoring, bike shop, and urban gardening. They strive to reach the adult community through events and program at The Front Porch Cafe.

Urban Vision serves 850 meals a week and sees over 180 kids come through their doors every week with their afterschool program.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Rahab engages and loves these women as they heal, serving more than 100 women a week through their ministries.

The Garage in Wadsworth reaches about 125 of the hardest to reach teens in their area with middle school and high school clubs, skate park, a cafe, and student leadership opportunities.

First Glance engages over 100 teens a week through their Young Adult, Teen Moms, abstinence programs, and skate park.

Join Urban Initiatives and click on the positions tab to see all of the great opportunities to get plugged in around Akron.
If you want to hear stories about what is happening in the Akron area check out our give it away blog! Give It Away Blog

We hope you’ll find that Grace is somewhere that you can feel comfortable to explore faith, ask questions, grow spiritually, and connect with others. And most importantly, of course, we hope you connect with God!