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Nonprofit spotlight: Serving Area Military and Veterans

By Denise Sautters
CantonRep.com staff writer
Posted Aug. 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM    

WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?

To assist Military (active, reserve & National Guard) veterans/veterans/widows/widowers with basic everyday living needs — non-perishable food items, hygiene items, paper products, baby needs, cleaning supplies, bed linens. It is also looking to provide “logging kits” such as dishes, silverware and cooking items, for homeless veterans transitioning into housing or for those struggling with housing issues. The SAM Center was founded in March 2015 to assist local heroes and families. It is a community of veterans and military supporters helping each other. It was founded on the belief that it can make the lives of service members, veterans and their widows better. The SAM Center collaborates with other community agencies to ensure programs are not being duplicated, while the gap in assistance is being filled.

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SAM Center rolls out red carpet for veterans, military, families
New outreach center provides support to veterans, military and their families.

By Amy Knapp
IndeOnline.com staff writer
Posted Jul. 4, 2015 at 7:00 AM   

Recently, a Vietnam veteran walked into the SAM Center. SAM Center chief executive officer Melissa Seibert ushered the man, who was suffering from depression, into the center.
She explained to him what the agency could do for him, and welcomed him to the center’s food pantry to choose items including soup.
The veteran was surprised to learn he could make his own choice about the food he wanted, Seibert said. He chose clam chowder.
“He said I made it feel like Christmas,” she said, explaining that clam chowder was his favorite soup and he hadn’t had it in a long time.
The simple act of giving the man a choice meant a lot.
Seibert has many stories about the people the center has helped in its short existence; it opened May 4 and recently hosted a grand opening.

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Serving Area Military
April 20, 2015April 29, 2015 ~ lphill17 ~ Leave a comment
By: Lauren Phillips

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 2.8 billion veterans who served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Ohio has over 600,00 Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The SAM Center (Serving Area Military and Veterans) is located in Massillon, Ohio directly next to the American Legion. The SAM Center will be a place for all service persons to find a place where they can be themselves and no one will judge them. The Grand Opening for the SAM Center is planned for May 4, 2015.

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New outreach center provides support to veterans, military and their families.

By Amy L. Knapp
IndeOnline.com staff writer

Recently, a Vietnam veteran walked into the SAM Center. SAM Center chief executive officer Melissa Seibert ushered the man, who was suffering from depression, into the center.

She explained to him what the agency could do for him, and welcomed him to the center’s food pantry to choose items including soup.

The veteran was surprised to learn he could make his own choice about the food he wanted, Seibert said. He chose clam chowder.

“He said I made it feel like Christmas,” she said, explaining that clam chowder was his favorite soup and he hadn’t had it in a long time.

The simple act of giving the man a choice meant a lot.

Seibert has many stories about the people the center has helped in its short existence; it opened May 4 and recently hosted a grand opening.

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SAM Center provides food, other items to veterans and their families

By Amy L. KnappIndependent staff writer
MASSILLON

Thomas Davenport put his life on the line for his country.

The Navy veteran served in Beruit with American forces during the Lebanon Civil War.

But since returning to civilian life, Davenport has had his ups and downs, struggling with the impact of his time in the Navy and trials in his personal life.

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Things came to a head when his fiancée of six and half years died nearly two years ago and he found himself homeless.

“That took me to an area I didn’t want to be,” Davenport said.

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Nonprofit spotlight: Serving Area Military and Veterans

By Denise Sautters
CantonRep.com staff writer
Editor’s note: Travel to any part of the world and you will be hard pressed to find a more giving community than Stark County. This feature — dubbed “Nonprofit Spotlight” — will showcase one each Tuesday. We hope to give readers an opportunity to know them and learn how they can help.

This week: Serving Area Military, Veterans and Widows

WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?

To assist Military (active, reserve & National Guard) veterans/veterans/widows/widowers with basic everyday living needs — non-perishable food items, hygiene items, paper products, baby needs, cleaning supplies, bed linens. It is also looking to provide “logging kits” such as dishes, silverware and cooking items, for homeless veterans transitioning into housing or for those struggling with housing issues. The SAM Center was founded in March 2015 to assist local heroes and families. It is a community of veterans and military supporters helping each other. It was founded on the belief that it can make the lives of service members, veterans and their widows better. The SAM Center collaborates with other community agencies to ensure programs are not being duplicated, while the gap in assistance is being filled.

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Serving Area Military, Veterans, and Widows
SAM Center@servingareamilitary

The SAM Center was founded in March 2015 to assist local heroes and their families. We are a community of veterans and military supporters helping each other. We formed out of the belief that we can make the lives of service members, veterans and their widows better. The SAM Center collaborates with other community agencies to ensure programs are not being duplicated, while the gap in assistance is being filled. The facility was remodeled by the Founding Fathers and caring volunteers. Local businesses, including the Home Depot, and volunteers donated all materials.

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USW Cares: Local 1123 Partners with Local Veterans’ Service to Provide Thanksgiving Meal Packages

On November 24, United Steelworkers Local 1123 in Canton, Ohio, the Greater Canton Veterans Council and Serving Area Military and Veterans (SAM) organization distributed 40 Thanksgiving meals to area veterans.

Local 1123 President Bob Harper said, “The local union and the Veterans Council each donated $300 and, with an additional $128 in donations, we purchased and packaged the meals. Local grocer Fisher Foods sold the food items to the group at a discounted rate.”

Twenty-five meals were distributed from the Golden Lodge Union Hall in Canton and an additional 15 meals were available at the SAM center in Massillon. Recipients also received a $25 gift card.

Melissa Seibert, executive director of SAM said “All of our clients are so grateful. These individuals were selected from our existing database. We are getting hugs. We have people crying.”

“It was just an idea to bless the veterans in our community,” said Bryan Bowman, president of the recently formed Serving Area Military and Veterans (SAM) organization. “We are just thanking them for their service.”

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