Community ResourcesPMHA recognizes that the agency cannot fulfill its mission without working collaboratively with community partners. PMHA coordinates with many community partners who provide PMHA residents and program participants with services and programming that help families and individuals maintain stability, live independently and improve their overall quality of life. A list of some of our community partners and resources follow.
PMHA is grateful for our partnerships with these organizations. Together we are helping the residents of Portage County.
Community Action Council of Portage County (CAC)
The CAC operates thirty programs to assist economically-disadvantaged Portage County families and individuals – including utility and rent assistance, home repair and weatherization, and other programs. Learn more at cacportage.net.
Community Legal Aid
Nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income individuals and families in central northeast Ohio, including Portage County. Through Community Legal Aid, these individuals can overcome the chaos brought on by legal troubles. Learn more at communitylegalaid.org.
Family & Community Services (FCS)
Family & Community Services supports many services including food distribution, emergency housing services, veterans’ assistance, services for children, aid for domestic violence victims and full clinical services. Learn more at fcsserves.org/
Portage County Job and Family Services (PCJFS)
PCJFS provides essential services and support that include food assistance (SNAP), child care subsidies, Medicaid, financial assistance to children, youth case management, non-emergency transportation (NET) to medical appointments. Learn more at portagecounty-oh.gov/jfs.
Portage Learning Centers (PLC)
PLC is a nonprofit that administers the Head Start and Early Head Start programs for infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. PLC also operates the federally funded Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs. Learn more at portagelearningcenters.com.
United Way 211 Portage
This United Way program offers “help where you need it” – including service and assistance with food, utilities payments, housing support, legal and tax issues, transportation, substance use disorder, healthcare and more. Learn more at 211portage.org.
Buckeye Health Plan Community Connect
This helpful directory helps people search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food resources, job training and more. Learn more at communityconnect.buckeyehealthplan.com.
Coleman Professional Services
Coleman Professional Services is a nationally-recognized nonprofit offering comprehensive behavioral health, residential, employment and supportive services to the community. Learn more at colemanservices.org.
ASPIRE – Workforce Development – Maplewood Career Center
Maplewood Career Center’s Aspire Program guides adults in Portage County to choose a career pathway, which creates personal growth by refreshing basic skills, achieving an HSE, higher education, ESOL skills, or employment. Learn more at mwood.cc/workforce-development/aspire.
Services & Referrals
Many Portage County organizations offer free and affordable resources to residents. These include:
- Food assistance at food banks
- Access to the WIC (Women’s Infants and Children) Nutrition program
- Free cleaning supplies
- Transportation assistance
- Child care assistance
- Help with utility bills
- Cash assistance
- Unemployment benefits
- Free summer lunch programs
- Emergency assistance for children’s needs
- Children’s back to school clothing vouchers
- Job training and employment search