Homefull, once known as The Other Place, is marking a 25th anniversary of service to the community.
The non-profit organization, which serves homeless men, women and children, got its start in the basement of Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Dayton in 1988. It was founded by Sister Dorothy Kammerer.
The original idea was to provide homeless citizens an “other place” to go during the day when the overnight shelter closed each morning. The Other Place became Homefull in 2010.
“We grew into much more than a day shelter, and began a focus on services and solutions that continues to this day,” said executive director Tina Patterson. “We remain sobered by the fact that on any given night here in our home town more than 1,000 of our fellow neighbors are experiencing homelessness, but we are also buoyed by recent community successes such as increasing our supply of supportive housing by more than 400 units and decreasing chronic homelessness by 65 percent.”
Director of Housing Trudy Elder says the group’s current wish list is based primarily on the needs of clients who are being housed in the community as they exit homelessness into homes of their own.
“These items go a long way to helping them start off with some support,” she said. “Homefull is proud to help swing the pendulum in our community — for the first time in our history we are serving more people in permanent housing than in shelter. “
In keeping with its 25th anniversary theme, the folks at Homefull have created this wish list:
• 25 retailer/grocery gift cards
• 25 reusable grocery carry bags
• 25 laundry baskets
• 25 small trash cans
• 25 mop buckets and sponges
• 25 rolls of toilet paper
• 25 toilet brushes and cleaner
• 25 bottles laundry detergent
• 25 bottles all-purpose cleaner
The group also would like to see 25 new volunteers for their organization.
Folks may drop off (or mail) donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Homefull’s administrative office at The Job Center, Suite 306, 1133. S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, OH 45417. Charitable donations are tax exempt.
Another way to help Homefull is by participating in the “25 for 25” campaign — an online donation of $25 honoring 25 years of service. An anniversary gala is slated for Sept. 19 at the Dayton Art Institute.
For more information, check out the web site at www.homefull.org. You can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 293-1945.
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