Sykes: Community Programs Will Improve Quality Of Life For Vulnerable Ohioans
Local organizations receive funds to expand access to oral healthcare, connect ex-offenders with reentry resources

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced state funding for two important community programs that seek to expand economic opportunities and access to healthcare for Akron residents.

AxessPointe Community Health Center, Inc. recently received $350,000 in federal grant money to expand access to oral healthcare in the Akron area. The local community health center was one of 16 Ohio centers that received almost $6.5 million from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

“Oral health is directly connected to overall health,” said Sykes. “More healthy smiles in Akron mean a higher quality of life and improved health for our community, and I am very pleased to see our community health centers will be able to expand access to oral healthcare for the most vulnerable citizens.”  

Also this week, Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order to distribute more than $6.5 million in FY 2017 Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) funds, including up to $100,000 for the Truly Reaching You Prisoner Reentry Program in Akron. 

“Men and women do not have to be defined by their past mistakes, but can move beyond them to take hold of the opportunity to be a contributing member of society,” said Sykes. “By connecting ex-offenders with employment opportunities and other resources, we can give people a fair shot to get back on their feet and help reduce recidivism.”    

Truly Reaching You Ministries is a faith-based organization that focuses on connecting ex-offenders with the resources they need to successfully reintegrate into the community, such as employment training, transitional housing and help rebuilding personal relationships.


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