US Patriots Club collects food and toys

US Patriots photo

On November 29, members of the US Patriots Motorcycle Club held an event outside Walmart in Celina to collect toys and food for those in need, to be distributed through OUR Home.  Cindy Ellison, who delivered the items on behalf of the club members, said they enjoyed the holiday spirit shown by the givers.  The food items that were delivered to OUR Home’s food pantry will not stay on the shelves for long, but will help feed the approximately 300 people who come to the pantry each month.  The Patriots also brought toys and games, which will go to children in the Mercer County Angel Tree program.


Immaculate Conception donates food

Immaculate Conception Parish members made a generous Thanksgiving donation to OUR Home’s food pantry.  Many bags and boxes of food were gathered at the church on Sundays during November and on Thanksgiving Day.  These items will find their way onto the tables of local families in need; OUR Home provides food for several days to nearly 100 families each month.

When Jesus saw the hungry crowds, he instructed his disciples, “Give them something to eat.”  Jesus still expects his followers to provide for the hungry, no questions asked.  Immaculate Conception Parish and other community groups answer that call through their support of OUR Home’s food pantry.

IC Food

Gifts from the Celina Moose

The Celina Lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose once again supported the Mercer County Angel Tree program with a generous gift.  Jim Monroe and Chuck Staugler delivered enough goodies to fill Santa’s bag several times over!  The wagon, bicycle, and toys were given to the Moose by Tom and Carol Prenger, and will be part of Angel Tree’s wonderland of gifts on December 12.  The Moose Lodge also made a generous donation of cash to help implement the program.


Grant received from Mercer County Civic Foundation

The Mercer County Civic Foundation annually makes grants to non-profit organizations, with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for the people of Mercer County.  The Foundation accepts the gifts of charity-minded donors, and manages and disburses these funds to diverse organizations that serve the community.

The OUR Home Family Resource Center and Family Crisis Network have both been recipients of grants from the Mercer County Civic Foundation for a number of years, and recently received $3000 and $2000 respectively.  These funds are crucial in the operation of the agency’s programs, and serve as matching funds for some of Family Crisis Network’s state grants.

We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Civic Foundation which allows us to provide relief to local families and individuals in need.

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From Left to Right: Maury Cron, Kathy Mescher, Barb Hamilton

Maria Anna Brunner Grant Awarded

Maria Anna Brunner grant

Each year, the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton distribute grants from the congregation’s Maria Anna Brunner Grant Fund “for projects designed to improve the social-economic condition of those suffering from poverty and to empower them to take their place in Church and in society.”  The Direct Services program at OUR Home was awarded a $15,000 grant to be used during the 2014-2015 year.  It will be used both for financial assistance for clients and for the operation of the program.

OUR Home is pleased to partner with the Sisters of the Precious Blood in serving those in need in Mercer County.  Their support of our work continues the support that the Sisters have given to Mercer County families since the congregation first settled in Ohio in the 1840s.

           sisters of the precious blood

Celina Combined Services

Combined ServicesOUR Home Family Resource Center was approved again for participation in the Celina Combined Services Appeal Drive for 2015.  Our agency has been a beneficiary of this community effort for a number of years, and the financial support of the citizens of Celina is valuable to several programs at OUR Home:  the Direct Services program, as we serve the basic needs of food, shelter, and medical assistance for families and individuals in Mercer County; the RAFT program, vital to many local families for its supervised visitation; and Family Crisis Network, the only domestic violence program serving Mercer County.

We express great thanks to everyone who responds to the Combined Services Appeal either at your place of work or via the flyers that appear on your door each September!


Sharing Winter Warmth – Coat Day – November 1, 2014

Just in time for the wintry weather, local families in need of outer wear items to see them through the cold were able to acquire them.  On Saturday morning, November 1, 94 families selected a total of 304 winter coats at our Winter Warmth Coat Day.  We also distributed over 1000 other necessary items like gloves, hats, scarves, and socks.  All the items were free of charge, donated by generous people throughout Mercer County at churches and businesses and through community organizations.

The annual Coat Day event is sponsored by OUR Home and the Celina Kiwanis Club and is supported by volunteers who sorted and hung the coats.  Besides all the donations we received, many other individuals and groups pitched in to provide locations for coat collections, transportation and storage of coats, a store to use for the event, tables and racks to display items, and cleaning and repair of coats where needed.

Thanks to everyone involved!  Special thanks to Stacey Brunswick and Joyce Jansen, who coordinated the project on behalf of the Kiwanis.

coat day

Thank You Valco!

OUR Home would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Valco for their generous donation towards our School Supply program.  OUR Home was able to purchase a number of new backpacks for the children to start the school year.

It is the mission of OUR Home Family Resource Center to provide meaningful assistance to local families who are struggling to meet all their financial obligations, and the school supply program helps out at the start of the school year when families have many extra expenses.  Another benefit of this program is that it boosts the self-esteem of children – they don’t have to start the first day of school without supplies or with a tattered, worn-out backpack.  Sometimes small things can make all the difference between school success and failure.

It is wonderful to partner with local organizations in our services to the community!