#Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 23rd – 29th)

Bright & Cheerful Would Be An Apt Description of Our Home Family Resource Center Volunteers and Our Appreciation for Their Time!

#NationalVolunteerWeek is slated for observation April 23rd-April 29th and we thought it important to let our volunteers know just how much they mean to us.

Volunteers serve Our Home in a number of capacities during the year: staffing special events (Coat Drive & Angel Tree), collecting donations (food, coats, back-to-school supplies), unloading food trucks, stocking shelves, manning the food pantry, and taking Crisis HelpLine calls. We would most assuredly be unable to serve all the critical needs of our community without their support…and we are extremely grateful for them all.

Our Home Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide for, serve, and inspire change in individuals and families in all the communities in Mercer County.

Our Home’s work is carried out through a handful of distinct programs: Direct Services & Referral, Family Crisis Network, RAFT (supervised visitation/exchanges), and Family & Children First Council. Each program at Our Home fills a specific niche/need in our county, and all of Our Home’s programs are innately designed to assist residents during times of frustration, fear, separation, or insecurity.

Our Home is located at 117 West Fayette Street in Celina, OH. If you would like to learn more about Our Home’s Programs and/or if you are interested in supporting Our Home as an advocate, a volunteer, or a donor visit www.ourhomefrc.com or call 419-586-4663

Hearty Thanks to Celina Menards & Their Customers!

Menards General Manager, Dom Baumstark, and Assistant General Manager, Jay Lepley, stopped by Our Home Family Resource Center today to deliver the food items Celina Menards customers donated during the store’s March food drive.

We are thankful for the donation and impressed by the wide variety of meats, cereals, juices, and convenience foods the boxes contained – a true testament to the range of merchandise customers can find at our local Menards!

The on-going generosity of individual community members and regional corporations supports much of Our Home’s work toward assisting Mercer County residents during their times of need. The food pantry we operate works to strengthen individuals and families in the community by providing food and personal items to address some of their immediate needs.

AND, even in Mercer County, where the unemployment rate is only around 3%, the chance of food insecurity can be great. A recent assessment by Mercer County Head Start indicated that nearly 8% of the population in this county lives below poverty level.

Our Home is located at 117 West Fayette Street in Celina. The food pantry is offered through Our Home’s Direct Services & Referral Program and operates Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm.

You can support Our Home as an advocate, a volunteer, or a donor. For details regarding our specific programs and needs, visit www.ourhomefrc.com or call 419-586-4663

Thanks Kiwanas Aktion Club!

Easter is a time to celebrate rebirth and renewal through the ancient custom of hiding brightly colored Easter Eggs (real, plastic, and/or foil wrapped chocolate).

It’s also a time when many parents surprise their children with grass-filled pails (or baskets) jam-packed with candies and games. Thanks to Kiwanas Aktion Club, more area parents will be able to do just that!

The local Kiwanas Aktion Club filled and donated Easter Pails that will be distributed to families through Our Home’s food pantry. Distribution begins the last week of March to ensure arrival in time for Easter celebrations. Please note: Quantities are limited.

Our Home is located at 117 West Fayette Street in Celina. The food pantry is offered through Our Home’s Direct Services & Referral Program and operates Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm.

There are many ways to support Our Home (as an advocate, a volunteer, or a donor). For details regarding our specific programs and needs call 419-586-4663

Giving Up To Give!

Seeking A Way to Observe Lent & Create A Meaningful Easter Tradition for Your Family?

If so, you may want to consider implementing a tradition of “Giving up to Give”.

Easter is steeped in the tradition of giving: God gave His Son. Jesus gave His life. In light of this, developing a tradition of “Giving up to Give” during the Easter season could represent not only a very relevant and but also a truly meaningful process for your family!

There are any number of “Giving up to Give” methods, one that I find especially easy to undertake is a Mite Box Project because steps for a Mite Box Project are few (and simple). “Giving up to Give” through a Mite Box occurs across the course of Lenten Season, as everyone in the household donates money generally spent on items that they’ve “given up” for Lent – coffee, candy, soda, weekly pizza night, etcetera – to the family Mite Box.

Mite Box Project:

Select a charity that helps those in need. Help your children decorate a box with Easter symbols. Put a slot in the top of the box. Discuss and finalize the item(s) each family member is “giving up”. Then display the box where everyone in the home will regularly see it, and will be reminded to “give”. On Easter, empty the box and count the change together, then drop off or put a check in the mail to your charity for that amount.

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”  (Matthew 25:40).

Adapted from 10 Lenten Traditions to Enrich Your Family’s Easter Celebration (Barbara Curtis, 2010)

Couponing for a Good Cause!

You have probably heard that couponing is a great way to save money on groceries, shampoo, toothpaste, and other items for your home…but, have you ever considered couponing as a means for doing good?

Well, that’s exactly what Erica Hall (Welker) did. She went shopping over the weekend and through couponing was able to secure a number of personal care items at substantially reduced prices (even some for free). Then, today, she donated some of those items to OUR Home Family Resource Center.

We sincerely appreciate this donation because we can share these personal care items with Mercer County residents in need through both our food pantry and the crisis center. Items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper and feminine care items are not always available for our clients and the type and availability of personal products is fully dependent upon private donations we receive at OUR Home.

OUR Home is located at 117 West Fayette Street in Celina. The food pantry is offered through OUR Home’s Direct Services & Referral Program and operates Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm.

You can support OUR Home too as an advocate, a volunteer, or a donor. For details regarding our specific programs and needs, visit www.ourhomefrc.com or call 419-586-4663

 

Angel Tree Program receives donation from The Women of the Moose Celina Chapter

Despite the summer heat, the 2016 Mercer County Angel Tree Program has launched.  The Women of the Moose Celina Chapter made a $500 donation to this project, which each year provides Christmas gifts to low-income children in Mercer County.  Mercer County Angel Tree is a collaboration among churches, businesses, and service organizations, coordinated by OUR Home and Mercer County Job and Family Services.  Sue Heiser (center) presented the gift to OUR Home representatives Kathy Mescher and Edna Backs.  Anyone interested in knowing more about the Angel Tree Program can contact OUR Home at 419-586-4663.

Moose donation

Summer Boxes of Fun from IC Religion Classes

Twenty brightly decorated boxes arrived at OUR Home recently, gifts from ninth graders in Immaculate Conception’s religion classes.  The students had filled the boxes with fun summer things, and they asked OUR Home to see that the boxes get to younger boys and girls who would enjoy them.  According to teacher Liza Bonvillian, her class was excited about this project which will share joy with other kids.Shoe Boxes

Maria Anna Brunner Grant to OUR Home

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 grant of $11,000 to be used during the 2016-2017 year.  The funds will be used to provide 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.Maria Anna Brunner grant