Lebron James I PROMISE Village Coming to West Hill!
Nov 13, 2019
LeBron James announces ‘I PROMISE Village’ as housing for Akron students, families in need
The 'I PROMISE Village' by Graduate Hotels will provide housing for students and families struggling with homelessness, domestic violence and other life challenges.
AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James is taking his "I PROMISE" initiative to the next level.
The Akron native and former Cleveland Cavaliers champion revealed plans Monday for the "I PROMISE Village."
This partnership with Graduate Hotels will "serve as transitional housing for I PROMISE families" in the historic Westmont apartment building located within a few blocks of the I PROMISE School in Akron.
“Initially, our work was focused on helping these kids earn an education," James said. "But we’ve found that it is impossible to help them learn if they are struggling to survive -- if they are hungry, if they have no heat in the freezing winter, if they live in fear for their safety. We want this place to be their home where they feel safe, supported, and loved, knowing we are right there with them every step of the way as they get back on their feet.”
With renovations inside the apartments starting immediately, the "I PROMISE Village" is expected to be fully operational by the start of next school year in July of 2020.