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Annual Angel Tree Ceremony

Victim Assistance Program’s Annual Angel Tree Ceremony will be held on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the Akron Summit-County Public Library Auditorium from 6-7:30 PM. Guests may arrive at 5:30 PM.Join us as community members, friends, and family members of homicide victims come together to honor the memory of over 1,000 victims lost in Summit County due to violence over the last 25 years.

Victim Assistance Program’s Angel Tree Ceremony is free and open to the public. If someone is unable to attend in person, their loved one’s angel will be placed on the trees with care by Victim Assistance Program advocates. The Angel Tree Ceremony will also be live streamed on Victim Assistance Program’s YouTube (youtube.com/victimassistance0040) and Facebook (facebook.com/victimassistanceprogram) pages. If you are joining us virtually, you can follow along with the event by downloading the event program, which will be posted below on December 6, 2021.

Prior to the event, family members and friends are encouraged to contribute a photo of their loved one for the memorial video and Wall of Remembrance by calling Victim Assistance Program at 330.376.7022 ext. 218 or emailing their photo with their loved one’s information to outreach@victimassistanceprogram.org.

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

24-HOUR CRISIS INTERVENTION

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.

ADVOCACY

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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