Third Annual "Bike for Mike" Event Set for May 20

All Proceeds Benefit Lydia’s Home and Summit County Jail Reentry Initiatives

Join Broken Chains Ministry (BCM) for its Third Annual Bike for Mike 3-mile Ride and 1-mile Walk on May 20 at 9:00 a.m. at Lake High School (LHS) Stadium in Uniontown, Ohio. The goal of this family friendly event is to raise money for Lydia’s Home, a supportive housing recovery and mentoring program for women located in the city of Green.

The event is co-hosted by LHS students. Pre-sale tickets are available on EventBrite for $20 through May 6, and, from May 7 until race day tickets will be $25. With a $10,000 challenge grant, BCM aims to raise $85,000 for Lydia’s Home – set for grand opening this summer. Some of the funds raised will support BCM’s existing reentry initiatives.


“Lydia’s Home will give women struggling with addiction the opportunity to transition to the community using a faith-based curriculum and mentoring approach,” said Dennis Shawhan, executive director of Broken Chains Ministry. “We’ve seen the drastic increase in opiate use and related deaths in Summit County, and we are dedicated to restoring and saving lives through a supportive housing program that will empower women throughout their recovery and set them up for success long after they complete the program.”

Lydia’s Home is named after a biblical character, Lydia, whose life was transformed by Jesus Christ, and as a result, she opened her home as a place of ministry, worship and hospitality.

“We’re grateful to our community partners, especially Lake High School for hosting this event for the third year and its students for their leadership in organizing the ride and walk,” Shawhan continued.

For more information visit our What We Do page or contact our staff via our Contact page. Register for this event.

Can’t attend but would like to donate? Donations can also be made securely and easily on our Donate page. Checks addressed to Broken Chains Ministry can be mailed to P.O. Box 502 Akron, Ohio 44309.

Thanks and Giving - Our Wish List!

As the warm weather fades away this fall, you can support the mission of Broken Chains Ministry by donating much needed items and small comforts for our clients. 

Our Fall/Winter 2016 Wish List 

NEW Items Needed:   

  • Hoodie's and sweatshirts (men and women)
  • Socks (men and women)
  • Personal care and hygiene products for men (including shaving cream)
  • Personal care and hygiene products for women (including feminine hygiene products)
  • Winter pajamas (men and women)
  • New Bibles
  • Notebooks, pens and pencils
  • Envelopes and postage stamps 

Nearly New Items Needed: 

  • Clean, gently used jackets and coats
  • Good quality paperback books
  • Backpacks
  • Medium to large purses

In this season of giving, your contribution will help meet the most basic needs of our clients, restore hope and support identity restoration. 

If you would like to donate a Wish List item, please contact our Ministry using our Contact page or call 330-643-8663 and a BCM team member will respond as soon as possible to make arrangements to receive your gift.

SAVE THE DATE! Making the Difference Banquet, Friday, Oct. 7

Photo Attribution, Guys Party Center

Photo Attribution, Guys Party Center

Broken Chains Ministry invites the community to attend our 13th annual "Making the Difference" benefit banquet scheduled Friday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Akron at Guys Party Center

This year's banquet will include a delicious meal, social time with friends and a sincerely transformative experience.

This annual event brings our clients, our Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN) partners and the Akron community together to hear success stories from clients. We celebrate their personal victories as they share captivating stories about moving from a life of incarceration to a life of hope, faith and work, with the support and dedication of our faith ministry team. 

Each year as you depart, we welcome you to make a donation to our mission. As always, we hope to see you at this fall’s banquet! For more information, contact us or call 330-643-8663.   

Urbean Cafe Celebrates FIVE YEARS!

On July 1, our Urbean Cafe work force development program proudly celebrated its five-year anniversary!

Led by Director, John Wiseman, the Urbean Cafe is located at The Robert K. Pfaff Metro Transit Center in Akron, Ohio. It supports local vendors and serves nearly 6,000 people each day. 

Since 2011, this program has contributed $1.5 million dollars to the local Akron-area economy! To learn more, visit our Urbean Cafe page! 

Double Your Money With Broken Chains Ministry and Wayside Furniture’s Matching Gift Program

This month, all financial gifts of up to $100 made to Broken Chains Ministry (BCM) will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by Wayside Furniture in Akron as part of the Matching Grant program. The program will match up to $100,000 in contributions to local nonprofit organizations now through Nov. 25.

How it Works

Every donation of up to $100 made by check and sent by mail to BCM now through Nov. 25 will be matched by Wayside Furniture – so, a gift of $10 is $20; a gift of $50 is $100; a gift of $100 is $200!

How to Donate

Now through Wednesday, Nov. 25 Send a check of any amount to Broken Chains Ministry at P.O. Box 502 Akron, Ohio 44309. (Online and cash contributions DO NOT qualify for this program). 

OR Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27 - 29: Bring your donation in person to Wayside Furniture at 1367 Canton Rd. Akron, Ohio 44312, and note Broken Chains Ministry as your charity of choice. 

We have already met 27% of our goal to raise $20,000! Your gift now goes even further to help us make a difference in the Akron community!

To learn more about Broken Chains Ministry, visit For all the details about our program and the positive economic impact to the community, visit


In order to qualify, your tax deductible contribution must reach the BCM office by Wednesday November 25, 2015, or be made in person at Wayside Furniture between Nov. 27-29. Limit one contribution per household or organization.

Join Broken Chains Ministry for National Make a Difference Day, Oct. 24

Make plans now to join Broken Chains Ministry for the 24th national Make a Difference Day on Oct. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteers will gather at 431 Massillon Road in Akron, the location of the first house purchased as part of BCM’s new home ownership program.

“One of the barriers our clients face when returning to the community is finding affordable, quality housing in decent neighborhoods,” said Dennis Shawhan, executive director of Broken Chains Ministry. “Through our new home ownership program, we are now able to offer successful clients an opportunity to purchase a home which is truly life changing.”

This is the first of many homes the organization hopes to purchase as part of the home ownership program. Applicants must meet strict qualifications including full payment of any fines, restitution, and fulfillment of probation or parole. Each application must also be pre-qualified for a mortgage, and be able to provide a down payment.

“When successful participants move through our work force development program, they sustain employment, and by doing so they are able to establish a work history and credit,” Shawhan said. “This helps set them up for success including home ownership.” 

For more information or to contact BCM, email us via our Contact page.

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