Since 1912, we have served thousands of area men, women, and children through a wide variety of ever-changing programs.

Our History

In 1912, our founders Harvey Firestone and F.A Seiberling, along with other community leaders, set out to meet the needs of families in our community by providing them with basic necessities including coal, groceries, clothing, and transportation. With those important steps, the Charity Organization Society of Akron was formed. In 1926 our name became Family Service Society of Akron and was later changed to Family Services of Summit County in 1980. We began to expand our services throughout the county and in 2004, the agency rebranded and changed our name to Greenleaf Family Center.

We have been at the forefront providing services so desperately needed by families in our community for over 111 years. Our original mission continues today. Greenleaf Family Center strengthens families in our community through counseling, education, and support.  We serve thousands of individuals annually who face the challenges of daily living and personal crises that arise from a variety of issues including relationship issues, marital problems, alcohol and drug addictions, and school emotional and behavioral concerns. We also offer vital supports for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community including sign language interpreting services, advocacy and support, American Sign Language classes and information and referral resources. We provide Evidence-Based suicide prevention to schools, agencies, and organizations within the greater Summit County Area in an effort to reach students in potential crisis to reduce suicide risk. Our Moms and Babies First program provides home visiting services to pregnant African American women to improve birth outcomes and ensure healthy pregnancies and deliveries.

We believe that Greenleaf Family Center is the agency in which the community chooses to invest because of our leadership, quality of service and responsiveness. We fulfill our mission of strengthening families in our community through counseling, education, and support by staying true to our core values.

Meet Our Staff Directors