Stark State College
During the fall and spring semesters, Friends of the Homeless has partnered with Stark State College to offer students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program the opportunity to work with our residents in a hands-on learning environment. All students are supervised by their staff advisors, who are licensed occupational therapists. Level One students meet once a week the entire semester, whereas Level Two students work at the shelter 40 hours a week for eight weeks in teams of two, cycling through teams. These students offer our residents life and employment skills classes, touching on parenting, stress-management, budgeting, self-image, social skills, and other relevant topics. These groups are offered multiple times a day, which provides our residents with the opportunity to learn these invaluable skills and still fulfill other appointments and duties required of them by the shelter.