For over 80 years, the City Mission of Findlay has been providing food and shelter to community members in need. Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, the Mission aims to meet the “physical, spiritual, vocational and mental health needs” of the hungry and homeless.
The Mission’s services include emergency shelter and long-term shelter for men, women and families who have no place to live and need help in finding employment and permanent housing. The mission also has a Day Center that provides day-time shelter for residents along with education, support, counseling and three meals a day. In addition, the Mission provides lunch and dinner prepared daily by volunteers. This service is open to anyone in the community who is in need of a hot meal. “The Mission is open 365 days of the year because that is what the community needs,” said Ruthie Tong, operations director.
Without local donations of time and money, the City Mission would not exist, says Ruthie. This holiday season, she encourages everyone to give. “The extreme weather affects all of us, especially the Mission guests. When you walk outside in the cold, how does it affect you? Your ears, nose, fingers and toes,” she said, explaining that the City Mission could use donations of adult hats, gloves, socks and coats.
In addition, the Mission could also use donations of milk, cheese, lunch meat, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, men/women hygiene items and your financial support. All the items you need to run your household the mission needs as well. Finally, they need volunteers to prepare and serve meals, clean the shelter, and organize the food pantry. “The City Mission is the greatest expression of how Findlay cares for one another,” said Ruthie. “The Mission has served Findlay for 85 years and is honored to represent the most loving, caring and generous community in the whole country.”
For more information, visit
findlaymission.org or call 419-423-9151