OUR Home marked Volunteer Appreciation Month in April with a thank-you basket for each volunteer, filled with treats from the staff. Cindy Shaffer accepts a basket from food pantry coordinator Edna Backs. Volunteers are essential to OUR Home programs. Some work in the food pantry, handling the inventory as well as serving our food clients, and a team from CA Industries assists with stocking the shelves. Family Crisis Network, the domestic violence program, operates a 24/7 crisis line, which is possible only with the assistance of volunteers. Other volunteers help out with various tasks that come up. OUR Home expresses thanks to their volunteers and salutes all community members who give of their time for the many local programs that serve others.
The Mercer County Help Me Grow Family Fun Night that was scheduled for Tuesday April 7th has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30-8:00pm at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Address is 1100 N Main St, Celina OH 45822. To RSVP, please contact your service coordinator and/or home visitor or contact Sandy Dorsten, Help Me Grow Contract Manager at 419-586-1721 ext 1010.
OUR Home received a generous cash gift this week from an anonymous donor. We send our thanks to this person for supporting the work that we do. OUR Home is the hands through which your kindness reaches those in need, and you can be assured that someone will be warmer or safer or healthier as a result of your gift!
Celina Primary School collected items for OUR Home Family Resource Center in Celina, as part of their Random Acts of Kindness Week. Students brought in 557 items in all: non-perishable food items as well as personal hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby wipes, soap, shampoo). OUR Home distributes these items to assist income-eligible Mercer County residents. The agency can also provide emergency financial help with rent, utilities, and medical needs, and they welcome donations from the community toward that assistance.
Recently, Phelan Insurance Agency in Versailles, Ohio, asked their associates to nominate charitable organizations which they support, and each day from December 1 – 25, one organization was given a $50 donation. OUR Home was nominated by Karen Thobe, and we thank her and Phelan Insurance for this honor! The $50 donation will allow us to assist a local family with an emergency need this month, like a heating bill or their rent.
This bountiful collection of laundry soap, shampoo, dish soap, and diapers is a gift from a generous supporter who saw the list of needs online. These personal care items will be distributed through the OUR Home Food Pantry and will ease the budget crunch for families who can’t afford these costly necessities. Thank you, E.G.!
On December 2, 2014 the Mercer County Help Me Grow program held their annual Winter Celebration. This year’s theme was “A Frozen Winter Wonderland” and fun was had by all. The families had an opportunity to enjoy a family home style dinner with all the trimmings. Santa Claus made a visit from the North Pole to talk with the children and they had their picture taken with him.
The families visited several activity stations to enjoy the fun for their readiness for the holidays. Some of the stations were to color, cut out snowflakes; parents helped their children with this project. Barb Hennard from the OSU Extension office assisted the children and families to trace their hands prints and make reindeer antlers, along with reindeer food. The children also had fun making snowmen made with marshmallow, graham crackers and icing.
The families and staff of Mercer County Help Me Grow program would like to extend a big thank you to all the local businesses that donated towards the delicious meal. The following businesses donated food items for the meal Cooper Farms, CJ Highmark’s, KFC Restaurant, Home Bakery, Orchard Tree, Bella’s Italian Grille, and Celina American Legion. Wal-Mart donated a gift card, and for Saint John Lutheran Church for the use of the Fellowship Hall. Along with the staff members and the businesses help made this special time of year a huge success.
The staff and their families of Mercer County Help Me Grow program extend a bright healthy New Year wishes to all.
For information about our program contact Sandy Dorsten, Contract Manager at 419-586-1721 ext.1010, firstname.lastname@example.org or 117 West Fayette Street Celina, Ohio 45822.
Hair Affair Salon in Celina recently sponsored an event benefiting OUR Home Family Resource Center, in which their customers donated a total of 173 personal care items, including soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. These items are distributed by OUR Home through its food pantry to those who need them.
Pictured: Hair Affair stylists presenting the collected gifts to OUR Home director Kathy Mescher: l-r, Allison Bruns, Mescher, Sheri Pohlman and Carly Schlater; not present was stylist Geri Schlater.