The Malone University Pioneer football team is collaborating with the YWCA Emergency Shelter program, area moving companies, and concerned business leaders in an all out effort to help greater Canton area individuals transition out of emergency housing. Furniture collection day is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to make a donation of gently used furniture must live in the greater Canton area and schedule in advance for a home pick-up time by calling the Canton YWCA at 330-453-7644. Members of the football team will provide the “muscle,” volunteering their time to carry, load, and unload larger items. Moving companies donating vans and drivers include Buckeye/Richards Moving. DeHoff Realty and the M. Conley Company are underwriting additional moving expenses. Doug Pugh’s Chick-fil-A restaurant is donating lunch coupons to feed the team. Items will be taken to the YWCA’s warehouse and later distributed to persons as they transition from the emergency shelter to more permanent housing. Persons wishing to donate new or used furniture, or to make a monetary donation, please call Judy Miller at 330-453-7644, extension 122.
There is an ongoing need for furniture including dressers, beds, headboards, chairs, couches, dinettes and tables, as well as household items. No large appliances please. The YWCA emergency shelter provides a place to stay for homeless persons and families for a 60-90 day period. During this time, social workers work with individuals and families to assess problem areas and needs, then develop case plans to address these needs. The YWCA has housed women since 1909. In 1986, grant funds were secured to house single women and women with children (boys aged 6 and under) who were in homeless situations. The Ralston-Farrell Family Shelter, opened in 1989, houses families with older males (children or adult). ). The YWCA has seen a need for housing assistance grow from serving 189 individuals in 1986 to 427 individuals last year, 35% of whom were children for 19,188 nights of service.
The New Beginnings program, transitional housing, provides housing for eligible families for a 2-3 year period with long term support services to assist motivated families move out of poverty. Gateway Estates, the YWCA’s newest housing project, offers permanent housing for the chronically hard-to-house in 40 low income SROs (single room occupancies).