Grant Received for Direct Services Program

OUR Home Family Resource Center has been recommended by Catholic leaders in the Mercer/Auglaize County area as “an effective means to alleviate poverty and hunger in (our) local neighborhoods,” leading the Catholic Social Action Office to award the agency a grant of $650.

During Lent, a traditional time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving before Easter, parishes, schools and households in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati participated in the Rice Bowl program.  Along with international humanitarian efforts, a part of the proceeds from that effort are awarded to agencies such as OUR Home which have provided and continue to provide essential services that alleviate poverty and hunger.

The grant will be used in OUR Home’s Direct Services program, which provides food, personal care items, and over $20,000 of emergency financial assistance to local families and individuals each year.

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Help Me Grow Home Visiting Program


Help Me Grow Home Visiting

The Home Visiting program provides expectant or new parents with the information, support and encouragement they need through a voluntary, high-quality home visiting service. Home Visiting aims to educate at-risk parents with the resources to understand and capitalize on the optimal early years of a child’s life. By supporting the positive interaction with children in stable and stimulating environments, the Home Visiting program seeks to create a sturdy foundation for future achievement. Ultimately, this approach is essential to the educational and economic success of Ohio’s children and families.

The Help Me Grow Home Visiting program has four central goals:

  1. Increase healthy pregnancies;
    2. Improve parenting confidence and competence;
    3. Increase family connectedness to community and social supports;
    4. Improve child health, development, and readiness.

 **Please contact the office for questions pertaining to Help Me Grow eligibility at 419.586.1721.

2015 Angel Tree Program

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Angel Tree Program for families that need assistance getting Christmas gifts for their children ages 12 and under. The deadline is November 19th, call (419) 586-4663 for more information or if you’d like to Volunteer your time for this event on December 10th for set up or December 11th for the day of.

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Landfair Church Donation

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Thank you to Landfair Church for their generous donation of personal care items to OUR Home.  Items donated included toothpaste and toothbrushes, numerous hand soap and body washes, as well as shampoo and conditioner.   The items donated will be distributed through the OUR Home food pantry and will be greatly appreciated by families who may not always be able to afford them.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple DVMany people don’t know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help us paint the town purple! Join Family Crisis Network and the National Network to End Domestic Violence on Thursday, October 22 by wearing or displaying purple to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Wearing a Little Purple with their Pink

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Mercer County is “Wearing a Little Purple with their Pink”

October 1st kicks off the beginning of Domestic Violence awareness month. The campaign encourages public, private, and non-profit entities to raise awareness of the issue by embracing the color purple – the symbolic hue for domestic violence awareness – by wearing purple or sponsoring awareness events. Flyers raising community awareness on this topic will be showcased by local businesses throughout this month.

It takes a coordinated effort by all corners of the community – law enforcement, advocates, community groups, and schools – to combat the scourge of domestic violence and declare that it will not be tolerated in our community. All Ohioans are being asked to wear purple on Thursday, October 22 to help generate discussion and awareness of domestic violence and dating abuse.

Since this past January, Mercer County’s Family Crisis Network answered 1,106 hotline calls, provided legal advocacy to 34 clients, and supplied 13 clients and their children with safe emergency housing. Family Crisis Network, one of OUR Home’s family of programs, has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mercer County for more than 35 years. Services include emergency shelter, case management, peer counseling, legal advocacy, and safety planning. The hotline number is 419.586.1133, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All services are free and confidential.

Domestic Violence Census Count Day

DVOur 2015 DV Census Count Day is here! We are excited to capture the needs of survivors in our community to show the importance of funding and legislation to address domestic violence. Today, nearly 2,000 programs across the country count the services they provide to domestic violence survivors. Last year, Ohio served 1,839 victims in just one 24-hour period. We count because all domestic violence survivors count! Take a look at more of last year’s Census statistics.