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Victim Assistance Program's Angel Tree Ceremony

Victim Assistance Program’s Annual Angel Tree Ceremony was held on Monday, December 4, 2023 at the Akron Summit-County Public Library Auditorium from 5:30-7:30 PM, as community members, friends, and family members of homicide victims came together to honor the memory of over 1,000 victims lost in Summit County due to violence over the last 25 years.

If someone was unable to attend in person, their loved one’s angel was placed on the trees with care by Victim Assistance Program advocates. The Angel Tree Ceremony was also live streamed and can be viewed below:

If you would like to submit a photo for the 2024 Angel Tree Ceremony memorial video and Wall of Remembrance you may call Victim Assistance Program at 330.376.7022 ext. 218 or email their photo with their loved one’s information to [email protected].

The Angel Trees and the Wall of Remembrance will be displayed at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 South High Street in Akron, throughout the month of December. Family members and friends are encouraged to visit the display to view their loved ones’ angel ornaments and photos.

How VAP can help

Victim Assistance Program’s Navigating Loss Guide


Individual Crisis Intervention

  • We provide this FREE service via phone, chat and in person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No appointment necessary.

Group Crisis Intervention

  • We facilitate group intervention sessions to help communities address the aftermath of a victimization and/or tragedy.

On Scene Response

  • We provide on-scene assistance and work alongside first responders to alleviate the emotional concerns and questions of victims.


Personal Advocacy

  • Our advocates will give you options to make informed decisions about your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
  • Our advocates will educate and inform you on all available community resources.

Court Advocacy

  • Our advocates will support you through the justice system.

Victim Rights Advocacy

  • Our advocates engage in the legislative process to maintain, protect, and enhance the rights of victims of crime and trauma.
  • Our advocates provide education as to your rights as a victim.



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