Freedom House

Note, this is older info from the old site and my not currently be accurate. Please be patient while we build up the new site.

Mark Frisone, Executive Director of Family & Community Services, Inc. met with the American Legion Post 496 Executive Board late in 2004 to address the needs for emergency shelter for homeless veterans. Mark indicated the shelter would be called "Freedom House" and it would exist to provide emergency shelter to those veterans in a housing crisis, while also providing support advocacy, and referrals to encourage self sufficiency and movement toward permanent housing.

Post 496 Executive Board was the first Post to agree to provide a regular monthly donation toward the creation of "Freedom House".



Our mission is to support homeless veterans in our community in their efforts to achieve greater self sufficiency. Including the ability t secure and maintain permanent housing. Support will be provided through intensive case management and access to community resources dedicated to enhancing self sufficiency, and will reflect the individuals needs of those served.

Over 300 Veterans have been served to date.


1. Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
2. Is a male veteran
3. Lives in or plans to relocate to Portage County
4. Is sober
5. Does not have any active warrants our for an arrest
6. Is not actively psychotic, suicidal or homicidal



Director of Shelter Services: Carole Beaty
Program Manager: Matthew Slater
Veteran's Advocate: Ryan Everett
Chemical Dependency Counselor/After-Care Advocate: Charlie Forsyth



E-Mail Matt Slater

Upcoming Events


Kitchen open 5p to 9p


Super Tuesday Drawing at 8 p.m.

Kitchen Open 5p to 9p


Happy Hour from 4pm to 9pm

Kitchen open full menu from 5pm to 9pm


Bike Night 6:00p to 9:00p

Bikes, Classic Cars, Trucks invited

Kitchen open 4p to 9p

drink and food specials!!!


All you can eat Fish Dinners from 4:30 - 7:30. Carryout is available


Kitchen open 4p to 9p


Queen of Hearts


* 2nd Thursday *
Legion @ 7:30pm
Auxiliary @ 7pm
SAL @ 6:30pm

*1st Thursday
E-Board @ 6:30pm

Rider's Meeting:
1st Tues @ 7:30pm



Contact Info

Portage American Legion Post 496
1945 Mogadore Road
PO Box 308
Kent, Ohio 44240