The Valor Home for Veterans in Summit Count

The mission of the Valor Home Committee (VHC) is to support veterans and their dependents in and around Summit County, Ohio in their efforts to achieve lasting self- sufficiency.  Critical to this mission is the ability for individual veterans to find and retain permanent housing.  They wish to establish and maintain temporary transitional housing facilities for veterans who are on a path to self-sufficiency.  In addition, VHC will help to support comprehensive individual case management and to facilitate access to community and government resources, as veterans become productive, independent and content members of our community.  VHC wants to serve and respect the individual needs of veterans, so that they may continue to contribute to the community and country, which are grateful for their service.

Freedom House is a sister program of Family and Community Services, Inc. (F&CS) located in Portage County in the city of Kent, OH.  F&CS has established this facility and program of services through a grant from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VHC is a group of Summit County citizens that has formed an Executive Committee to support the creation and operation of a Summit County facility similar to Freedom House.  The Executive Committee has chosen the name Valor Home for the Summit County facility and VHC has been re-named from the former Summit County Community Involvement for Veterans Committee (SCCIVC).

The application process was initiated by F&CS in behalf of VHC to the VA Homeless Provider’s Grant and PerDiem Program.  In a letter dated May 5, 2010, the Valor Home project was conditionally granted funding by the VA.  The new grant will fund 65% the construction costs of the 30-bed Summit County facility, and pay a per-diem amount to help offset the operational costs.  VHC will work to raise the additional 35% of construction costs through sponsorships, donations, volunteer hours and services in kind.  We also have contacted area veteran’s organizations to help with the construction and operational costs.

The VHC has adopted by-laws and will remain affiliated with F&CS.  Once the Valor Home is constructed and open, the VHC Executive Committee will continue to be involved with operations.  VHC intends to support the income and expenses of the facility as well as the progress of our veterans.  Future expansion opportunities and grant programs will be pursued as opportunities arise. Below are a few pictures of what the building will look like.

Visit to find out more ways to help, learn, and donate your time and money towards this effort. You can donate  monetarily through PayPal on or send checks payable to Valor Home to P.O. Box 7498, Akron, OH 44306.

Money Saving Expo

Have you thought about ways to improve your finances lately? Running out of time to file your taxes? Here at F&CS we care about the whole person especially when it comes to personal finances. Our $.A.F.E. program is holding an event to help anyone who is looking for help filing their taxes this tax season. The event will also include lots of different informational sessions and demonstrations on how to save you and your family money. Come to our Money Savings Expo on April 2nd from 12 – 4pm at the new Ravenna High School. It is located at 6589 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, OH.

The Ohio Benefit Bank will be offering free tax filing on a first come, first serve basis. We also will be giving away 2 $25 Walmart gift cards through a free raffle. All you need to do is attend our event, recieve your one free raffle ticket at the door and be present for the 1pm and 4pm raffles. Why wouldn’t you come?!

$.A.F.E. will be offering all four of their financial classes throughout the day. We will have many local exhibitors attending the event and offering their own servies to the community. There will also be hands-on demonstrators for ways to save money practically such as How to Green Your Home by Home Depot, learn how to can and preserve food at home, sewing tricks and techniques, and how to make your own cleaning supplies to name a few. Come and join us for a day of fun, learning, and helping yourself save and spend money wisely!