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Help for Anyone in Need
If you are in need of any kind of assistance, help is only three numbers away. Call 211 (or 216-776-6196) and find people who care about you, who want to help, and who will work to find the resources you need. You also can go to 211summitmedina.org or text your zip code to 898-211.
Reaching out for help is one of the most courageous things you can do.
Know that those of us at Joy Magazine are rooting for you, and we know you have more strength than you have yet to realize. It's not too late to be what you might have been.
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"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." Les Brown
It is time to call 211 and start the ripple of change.
Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties has a 24-hour crisis hotline for getting help dealing with domestic abuse and violence, 330-374-1111.
If you witness abuse and are unsure what to do, there are some ideas about how to help at https://www.breakthesilencedv.org/nine-ways-intervene-you-witness-abuse/ from the BTSADV, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, The National Voice of Domestic Violence.
Child and Adult Protective Services, part of Medina County Job and Family Services, has a hotline to call if abuse of a child or adult is suspected, 330-661-0800.
If animal abuse or neglect is suspected, it can be reported to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on its 24-hour hotline, 330-723-7722.
If you need help with someone who has Alzheimer’s, call 800-272-3900, for free assistance. The help line is available 24 hours a day.
Charitable Organization Verification
Wondering if an organization is a registered non-profit? Go to charitynavigator.org and type in the name of the organization in question. The site provides a complete report on approved 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. A great way to be sure about the organizations you donate to!
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
If you are having trouble being treated fairly by banks, lenders, and other financial companies, (including payday loan companies), there is a place to turn to for help. The CFPB was established by the U.S. government to help protect consumers and provide information on financial matters.
Information on the CFPB website includes a list of financial tips, updates, known scams, complaint form, and guidance on making financial decisions.
The CFPB can be reached at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ or by calling 1-855-411-CFPB (2372); TTY/TDD 855-729 CFPB (2372); more than 180 languages are available. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
Emergency Alert Notifications
To sign up for the free Medina County Emergency Management Agency's emergency alert system, go to Medina County Alerts
You can register landline and cell phones and whether anyone at your business or home would need assistance in an emergency.
The Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) is used to notify the community of various emergency situations ranging from high wind and tornado warnings to hazardous waste and law enforcement warnings.
Helping Everyone’s Loving Pets HELP (formerly People Care Pet Pantry)
Pet owners in need of food for their pets can get help by calling 216-210-5378.
Mental Health Help
ADAMH, Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, has a 24-hour crisis and behavioral health helpline: 330-725-9195.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Health, has a 24-hour helpline: 800-950-6264. Website is: https://namimedinacounty.org/
The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties has a 24k-hour crisis hotline for help dealing with surviving sexual violence, 330-434-7273.
If you or someone you know is considering committing suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255). This is not a time to be silent.
There also is a transgender suicide hotline, Trans Lifeline, 877-565-8860.
For those considering suicide: Please know you are not alone, and there are more people positively affected by you than you realize.
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Veterans return to the everyday world changed and with coping skills that helped ensure survival but do not always fit in with the everyday world. If you have a veteran in your life who is in crisis, please call the Veterans Crisis Line, 800-273-8255, press 1.
If you are a veteran and life is confusing and overwhelming, know that you are not alone, there are answers and ways to cope.
You do not fail by asking for help; you succeed by getting help with learning the new mission.
Please call the Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, press 1. If help is needed for deaf or hard of hearing people, TTY service is available at 1-800-799-4889. If you prefer texting, text a message to 838255. Online chat also is available at https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx
Confidential support is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
If you know of a veteran who returned home from service, then disappeared, and you would like to report it or would like to know he or she is safe, go to missingveterans.com
Missingveterans.com is a website that has profiles and photos of veterans who have disappeared after they have returned home from service. The goal of the website is to ensure veterans are safe and getting the care they may need.