Friday, 01 December 2017 07:28

An Inside Look at Haven of Rest Ministries

For more than 70 years, Haven of Rest Ministries has been serving Akron and beyond, providing faith-based services and programs that cater to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of men, women and children in need. 

Throughout the 70-plus-year history of Haven of Rest, the ministry has not taken a single federal dollar, relying solely on grant money, and more importantly, donations. 

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Back in 1943, Reverend C.C. Thomas and his wife, Marjorie, opened the ministry in a small storefront on North Howard Street. In 1952, Haven broke ground on a new facility on East Buchtel that housed a clinic to treat people suffering from alcohol addiction and withdrawal. The ministry upgraded to a more modern Rescue Mission in 1974. 

After his passing in 1976, Reverend C.C. Thomas was succeeded by his son, Reverend Curtis Thomas. In 2003, Rev. Thomas retired, handing over the leadership to Reverend Ben. W. Walker. In 2011, Reverend Jeffrey Kaiser took over as executive director, and has been running Haven of Rest since. 

Over the past year, Haven of Rest Ministries has served nearly 270,000 and have hosted 59,800 nights of shelter in Akron. Rubber City Radio Group visited the Haven of Rest this week, ahead of the annual WQMX Tree of Lights campaign, and Reverend Jeff Kaiser told us that roughly 6,000 volunteers worked at the facility this last year. 

Currently, there are 30 men in the extended program at the Haven of Rest, and is housing 17 different families, including 27 children, at the Harvest Home

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For nearly two decades, in a tradition that began with the old WSLR at the O'Neil's Building, WQMX has been lighting up Akron with the annual Tree of Lights campaign raising money to help the homeless and needy in our area through Akron's Haven of Rest Ministries Akron,OH. Every donation lights a bulb on the 3 story Tree of Lights on our building. For more information on our charity visit www.havenofrest.org.

TREE OF LIGHTS

How You Can Help:
1) Stop by the WQMX Studios during our 2 -day live broadcast Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd from 9am-7pm at 1795 West Market St. in Akron 44313. Make a donation & say hello to our WQMX staff members

2) Donate online at https://donate.havenofrest.org/for/tol/

3) Call our statewide toll free hotline during the radiothon Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd from 6am until 7pm 1-855-254-2819

Schedule of Events Friday, December 1st
4-7pm- Live Reindeer courtesy of Spring Mist Farms in Brunswick

Schedule of Events Saturday December 2nd
12:30-2:30pm- Photos with Santa & Mrs Claus - suggested donation $5.00
7pm- We Light the Star!

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