Freedom House for Women held its five-year anniversary and recognition dinner Saturday evening at the Akron Urban League’s President’s Hall to honor those who have helped the organization’s mission of aiding women and children facing homelessness in the community.
Judge Carla Moore of the 9th District Court of Appeals in Akron spoke to the 75 attendees on hope and recovery.
Among those honored for their dedication and service were: Paula Rabinowitz, Kristy Rider, Quentana Harris, Deborah Golden, Donae Eckert, Alan Thomas, Pamela Hawkins, Emily Wantabe and Dr. Baomei Zhao.
“There are a lot of people in need and it’s all about empowering the individual, and it all starts with housing,” said Freedom House Board President Cuyler Constanzo.
Other supporters attending the event included Jeff White and Dr. Mike Magoline.
Richfield Mayor Bobbie Beshara, the vice president of Freedom House, said: “I think it’s important for women to have the opportunity to go out in the work force and have the training they need.”
Beshara shared a table with Nick Kostandaras Sr. and Michael and Polly Wheeler.
“I feel so proud to have something like this in our community,” Beshara said.
Niiya Isichei and Diamond Grant handed out programs and seated guests, including Jeanette Williams, Joezette Flinn, Ronnie Cameron, Vince Yafanaro and Quintana Pillow.
Eva Moore, founder of Freedom House said: “I’ve been exactly where my own clients have been, and I’ve been able to conquer many barriers because of the kind of services provided by Freedom House.”
Vashni Johnson-Osayande attended classes on budgeting and employment. She said: “They helped me in a major way by revising my resume and with computer training and today I have a job.”