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 4:30-8pm
Euchre @ 7pm


Taco Tuesday 4:30-8pm
Super Drawing @ 8pm


Weekly 50/50 Drawing @ 7pm


Kitchen open 4:30-8pm
Summer Bike & Car Cruise-In and DJ w/Karaoke 6-10pm


Summer Monthly Dinners


Queen of Hearts @ 3pm


* 2nd Monday *
E-Board @ 11am

* 2nd Thursday *
Auxiliary @ 6pm
Legion @ 7pm

* 2nd Wednesday *
S.A.L. @ 7pm



Contact Info

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