Group Home

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The Portage County Job & Family Services Group Home was licensed in December of 2019. The environment exposes youth to Independent Living curriculum. Youth in the home participate in individual and/or group therapy in support of positive emotional and mental health and appropriate behavior. Programs and services within the group home support education and school, recreation, and foster a home environment.


Referral Process

  1. The Portage County JFS Social Service Worker completes a referral that is sent to the Group Home Program Manager
  2. The Group Home Program Manager and the agency's Clinical Manager conducts an interview with the youth
  3. When the youth is accepted as a resident, coordination efforts occur with medical providers, social service agencies, and the educational system to promote a successful transition into the home


Residents of the group home may participate in any or all of the following services and activities as coordinated by the residents Social Service Worker and/or group home staff:


  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Coordination and support for family and kinship contact, visits, and reunification efforts
  • Onsite anger management group
  • Onsite substance abuse group
  • Case management through OhioMeansJobs CCMEP
  • Participation with Portage County Job & Family Services Independent Living Program


  • Youth Employment
  • Collaboration with Kent State University to maintain the Community Garden
  • Attending Kent State Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Extracurricular activities such as sports or choir
  • Independent Living Classes and Activities
  • Community Outings: Bowling, Whirly Ball, Waterparks and more!


  • Portage County Job & Family Services provides financial incentives for completion of chores
  • A token economy system is used as positive reinforcement

We accept donations!

Any donation given no matter how big or small will be helpful to the growth of the Group Home and the teenagers that we serve. Items donated to the home will be used to help support young adults as they emancipate to independence.

Some ideas for items needed include:

  • Hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, comb, lotion)
  • Independent living supplies (cleaning supplies, toilet paper, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, towels, dishes/silverware/tupperware containers, pots/pans/cooking utensils)
  • Gift cards for local restaurants/fast food
  • Non-perishable food

To donate, please contact the group home at:  (330) 839-8031