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 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

Grant for Direct Services Program

In June, OUR Home received a $600 grant from the Catholic Social Action office.  The grant was made on the recommendation of the Catholic parish leaders in the St. Marys Deanery, who chose OUR Home “as an effective means to alleviate poverty and hunger in their local neighborhoods.”

The funds for Catholic Social Action grants are from the annual Rice Bowl program of the Catholic Relief Services, which began forty years ago as a response to famine in Africa. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds are awarded to agencies such as OUR Home which provide essential services to those in need.

OUR Home uses these funds, along with other donations, for our Direct Services program to offer individuals food, personal care items, and emergency financial assistance and referrals.  In the past year, we have assisted the people of Mercer County in over 3800 instances.Catholic Relief Services

School Supply Drive

We are currently accepting applications for School Supply Assistance.  You can apply at OUR Home at 117 W Fayette Street in Celina.  OUR Home will accept applications Monday through Thursday, 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30, from July 5th until August 4th.

Donations are needed to make this program a success, and can be brought to OUR Home through August 11th.  Most needed are book bags, solid color pocket folders, glue bottles or sticks, Crayola Markers, colored pencils, 24 count crayons, zipper pencil pouches, #2 pencils (not mechanical), erasers, tissues and highlighters.  Monetary donations are also welcome.