LeBron's I PROMISE Village opening to families in need
The LeBron James Family Foundation gave a glimpse of the historic Akron building that will now serve as the I PROMISE Village, a transitional housing community for Akron families struggling with homelessness, domestic violence, and other challenges.
AKRON, Ohio — For the first time since the announcement of the I PROMISE Village by Graduate Hotels in November, the LeBron James Family Foundation gave a sneak peek of the historic Akron building that will now serve as a transitional housing community for Akron families struggling with homelessness, domestic violence and other challenges.
The completely renovated apartment building, located just miles away from the I PROMISE School at 22 Rhodes Avenue, features newly renovated units that are intended to provide families in need with immediate shelter in Akron so that students can still attend school in the area.
The I PROMISE Village will serve family meals several nights a week, and is equipped with a study space, an enclosed outdoor physical activity area, laundry and supply rooms, as well as a community garden facility in partnership with City Sprouts, where families will learn how to harvest their own fruits and vegetables, which is expected to yield more than 190 pounds of fresh produce for residents to prepare healthy meals.
The village will also offer opportunities for residents to learn valuable skills such as financial literacy, healthy cooking, basic sewing and home repair skills.