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Stark County, OH (June 4, 2019) – As part of an overall concentration on opportunities that have a positive impact on resiliency, especially among young people, Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) has awarded $2,500 program grants to The First Tee of Canton and Hannah’s House 119.

These two organizations were among several worthy applicants; criteria for applying included being a community-based non-profit with programs for youth that address social factors like education, poverty, and lack of family supports that undermine physical and mental wellness. Funding comes from the StarkMHAR Charitable Fund held at the Stark Community Foundation, which historically has funded two scholarship programs.

The First Tee of Canton is a youth development organization that teaches life skills, core values, and healthy habits through the game of golf. The rules of golf are founded in and reflect the core values of courtesy, respect, judgment, responsibility, sportsmanship, confidence, honesty, integrity, and perseverance. These nine values are seamlessly interwoven within the program of instruction and incorporated into each lesson. The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits represent a comprehensive approach to youth wellness and are organized under three categories—physical, emotional, and social health.

The mission of Hannah’s House 119 is “Connecting with, supporting, and mentoring young people, giving them a fighting chance to rise above their circumstances, while enhancing the quality of their lives, as they learn to make great life choices through guidance and training.” The organization achieves this mission by connecting young, at-risk girls, including mothers, those aging out of foster care, and those involved in sex trafficking to life-changing resources. Mentoring is at the heart of Hannah’s House 119; programming and mentors are committed to offering these youth guidance and opportunities to make a successful transition into adulthood.

Donations to the fund that support these kinds of grants, as well as scholarships, may be made either by mail: StarkMHAR Attn: Emily Provance, 121 Cleveland Ave SW Canton, Ohio 44702 or online at

About Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery is a multi-faceted organization of expert professionals, dedicated volunteers and concerned community leaders close to mental health and addiction needs right here at home. StarkMHAR is responsible for planning, funding and monitoring public mental health and addiction prevention, early intervention and treatment services delivered to the residents of Stark County. It is one of approximately 50 boards coordinating the public behavioral health system across Ohio. StarkMHAR also advocates for residents with behavioral health issues at both the local and state levels and provides educational opportunities for local providers and other community stakeholders. For more online about the work of StarkMHAR, visit