The Front Porch
The Front Porch is a vision of South Street Ministries and is in partnership with the Akron Leadership Foundation, Faithful Servants Care Center, and various community groups. Originally a Croatian-American social club, the building donated to South Street Ministries in 2008.
From there, after various dreaming sessions, a vibrant café was born, and after years of renovations (with community support), Faithful Servants Care Center and the Akron Leadership Foundation moved in as collaborative partners.
Today, The Front Porch at 798 Grant St. serves many in the South Akron and Greater Akron community with a café, walk-in clinic, reentry support services, leadership development trainings, recovery meetings, and community building. Together, it’s our vision to embody a reality of hope for the community through authentic relationships.
Originally the Miller Avenue United Church of Christ, this church and parsonage has served the Summit Lake community for decades as a gathering place for many.
Presently, the Miller Avenue church is the home to South Street Ministries’ RICH KIDS Enrichment programming, Let’s Grow Akron canning classes and programming, the Front Porch Fellowship, and an annual block party.
Located around the church are a few community houses where South Street staff, friends, and volunteers live intentionally as neighbors.
130 W. South St.
The birthplace of South Street Ministries, 130 W. South Street is the home of co-founders Duane and Lisa Crabbs.
Over the years, 130 W. South has been the home of after school, garden programming, Bike Shop, Bible studies, and has been a place of peace and gathering for youth in the neighborhood as the Crabb’s served those around them.
Today, most youth programming has moved to Miller Ave, but 130 W. South Street, the home that neighborhood kids endearingly call “Mr. Crabbs,” still serves as the home of Bike Shop.