Administrative Office: 1253 3rd Street S.E. Canton, Ohio 44707 Phone: 330.453.9199
Mission Statement: Mission Statement P.A.L. Mission provides stable,secure housing and life skills to the at-risk population of homeless youth and young adults up to the age of 25.We believe every young person has the right to live the life God has designed for them.
We strive to provide them with every opportunity to live up to their fullest potential by providing support services that offer safety, knowledge,encouragement and a promising future.
Hello my name is Rebecca and I lived at P.A.L. Mission when I was seventeen, almost eleven years ago. I would like to start by saying thank you so much for giving me the chance to be a part of such a great family. Living at P.A.L. Mission I was able to feel like I had a family; people who cared and wanted me to do good and make something of myself. I was not always the greatest person to be around but instead(sic) of pushing me out the door the staff helped me and showed me they wouldn't give up on me. They helped me find a job and learn the skills I needed to be in the real world. This is a great program! I made wonderful friends and memories and I will never forget all of you for all you did. Thank you and God bless!
Exceptional Service + Exceptional People = PAL Mission
By Jodi Hughey
For foster care adolescents who are reaching young adulthood, the world can seem like a scary place. They face a variety of obstacles as they travel the path to independent living with tasks like securing a job, budgeting money, and keeping healthy. PAL Mission not only offers housing and life-skills training to adolescents leaving the foster care system, they offer support and encouragement and help release the potential within each resident to become independent adults. Jamie Thomas, Tuscarawas Site Manager, explains that PAL Mission provides “the extra step” for adolescents to become enriched adults.
PAL (Preparation for Adult Living) Mission is a non-profit organization licensed by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. A variety of opportunities are officered for the residents, such as independent living classes and hands-on job training at the Bearly Worn Children’s Clothing Store in New Philadelphia. There are also may volunteer opportunities.
According to Thomas, volunteers are very important to the function of the organization. There are two separate boards available for involvement: the Development Board, which oversees fundraising events, and the Women’s Auxiliary Board that works with the residents on special events planning. Volunteers are also needed for Mentoring at the Bearly Worn Store.
Recently, students at Kent State Tuscarawas Campus, under the guidance of Dr. Alice Crume, Prof. Ed Newman, and Dr. Dean Porr, received the chance to become service-learners and utilized their knowledge of interpersonal communication, business management, marketing, and finances. Thomas was enthusiastic about the service-learners and felt it was a positive experience for the students as well as the residents.
Nominated by Dr. Crume, who was impressed with their flexibility and innovative thinking, PAL Mission was presented with the Exceptional Service-Learning Community Partner Award during the Third Annual Service-learning Celebration. Having worked with three different faculty members and several different classes last year, PAL truly showed how a local organization can help our students and itself through service-learning partnerships.
* Used with the permission of author Jodi Hughey, taken from the KSU~Tusc Service Learning Program Newsletter. Vol.1, Issue 1, Fall 2009
To be honest I couldn't wait to get out of the program. I felt I had no freedom and the staff always wanted to know what I was doing. But as I've gotten older I now realize that you really cared for me. I guess because I never had that before I didn't know what it looked like or sounded like. I miss having somone ask me about how my day was and what I did with my friends. I now know how I should be with my own kids. Thanks for teaching me.
The Monday night classes have made me learn to be more responsible and be on time! ~MD
Thank you PAL for believing in me and inspiring me to be all that I'm capable of. I've never had anyone believe in me that way all of you have and it means the world to me. I love you All !
PAL has helped me in finding a foothold in the world, it has given me chances to prove to everyoe that being in foster care helped me and matured me. PAL Mission workers have become my family.
PAL is amazing in all its ways possible. PAL has hepled me get my life on track and made me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to. ~NA
The part of the program that has helped me the most is having people to talk to and to help when I needed it the most. ~MJ
I've said it once and I'll say it again. PAL Mission, and it's staff members, are my family. Though recently I've ran out of touch with them, I wouldn't be where I am now today if not for them and the program. I am still living in the same apartment they set up for me and recently I'm in the process of changing occupations hopefully to something better. If it were not for all the love, care and attention everyone gave to ALL of us, all in the programs, who knows where we'd be. My old phone broke, had to get a new one, so all my contacts were missing-though I hope to get back in touch soon.
To Jill, Stephanie, Patsy and those that have worked for PAL previously and those who might be starting in the future-Thank you. I love you all. You are Angels on Earth, and we have all been blessed. ~CA
PAL gave me the help I needed to become an independent person. They provided the education I lacked to make it in the world on my own. I make smarter financial decions (sic) now and I haven't paid a late fee in five months! ~WE
What really benefitted me from this program is the financial assistance with rent and when Sara was there, she helped me emotionally. ~GM
Comments from some our Program Participants
In 2010, we received a package in the mail which held a framed letter
written to staff. Entitled 'One Person's Trash is Another Person's Treasure',
it recounts the impact PAL Mission had on one lucky young woman.
Click HERE to read her letter.