Children's Advantage opens new counseling center in Ravenna

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Children's Advantage held an open house at the new facility on North Freedom Street in Ravenna. Jamie Hoch and his daughter, Riley Lynn Hoch, 5, check out the counseling room hall where toys are located for children.
Children's Advantage held an open house at the new facility on North Freedom Street in Ravenna. Jamie Hoch and his daughter, Riley Lynn Hoch, 5, check out the counseling room hall where toys are located for children.

A former baby bottle factory will now serve as a home base for counseling and case management services for Portage County children.

Children's Advantage recently hosted an open house to show off its new counseling center at 771 N. Freedom St. in Ravenna. The move will separate the counselors from the outpatient and psychiatric services buildings on North Chestnut Street, allowing those services to expand.

Monica Ochoa, director of community based services at Children's Advantage, said the agency made the move because of the need for more space, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children's Advantage held an open house at its new facility on North Freedom Street in Ravenna.
Children's Advantage held an open house at its new facility on North Freedom Street in Ravenna.

"We were bursting at the seams," she said.

The agency also operates a Family Center on New Milford Road in Ravenna Township, which opened in 2020.

Ochoa said 10 counselors work at the center, plus interns and case managers. Many of the case managers work out of local schools, but needed a home base and now have a large area to spread out. In addition to school-based case managers, the agency also employs case managers who work in the community.

Group meetings are expected to start at the new facility this week.

The building, which housed the Evenflo factory for many years, most recently was home to a physical therapy practice. Mayor Frank Seman said the site was once home to Pyramid Rubber and had been in disrepair for years before Children's Advantage fixed the site up.

"They fixed it up and it's a great facility," he said.

Reporter Diane Smith can be reached at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com. 

Children's Advantage CEO Kathy Regal waits in the main lobby during an open house at the agency's new facility on North Freedom Street in Ravenna.
Children's Advantage CEO Kathy Regal waits in the main lobby during an open house at the agency's new facility on North Freedom Street in Ravenna.

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