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This time of year, especially this week with the frigid temperatures we are expecting, is not a good time to contemplate being homeless, but at the current time all our beds are full with folks who for one reason or another do not have a home of their own. We expect that before the week is over, law enforcement people will be bringing in more folks that are out on the street in sub-freezing weather. We will take them in even if we have no place for them but the floor. This is the spirit of the Tuscarawas County community, but we can only continue this safety net if the individuals within the community continue to support us, financially.
Check our financial statement from the year 2018. It shows how much it costs to maintain this service. Some generous folks came through for us last week, and made it possible for us to pay our staff, but we still have over $15,000 in bills that are due to be paid, and another payroll on February 8. So we need further support quickly.
Our board of directors is making plans to more adequately finance our efforts so that we can avoid situations like we have now, but this will take time, more time than we have to avoid this crisis, so, for now, we have to depend on those of you who recognize the importance of what we do.
Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County does not manufacture and sell a product, or sell a service. We have no way to earn an income. Our product is a second chance at living for those who desperately need it, and we gladly give that product to anyone who needs it and is willing to change and learn. As a result, we are constantly short of money to operate. We are a faith-based organization, and as such, a part of that faith is that God will provide as long as we are doing what God wants done. That isn’t a secure way to run a business, but that seems to be the only way a faith-based organization can exist. Friends of the Homeless has operated that way for thirteen years and we have helped hundreds of people in our community get that second chance at life.
The FOTH Autumn Odyssey took place on Saturday, November 10th at the KSU PAC.
Jim Johns exudes a healthy glow and an air of self confidence, as he meets your gaze directly with startlingly intense blue eyes. It is difficult to visualize the addict he describes, that person who entered the Pathway to Wellness program December of 2014.
I struggle to envision the torment drugs wreaked upon this individual, and applaud the courage he mustered to overcome his addiction. He fought a valiant fight, but credits his faith and belief that God would help him endure and provide the strength to combat the compulsion, defeat the ever-present peer pressure, and ultimately assist, to win the first battle. Life, and the business of, never cease to offer obstacles along it's path, but Jim has the necessary tools in reserve to achieve success. He has learned to negate any stirring temptation which could result in a return to drug usage.
Pathway to Wellness Recovery Center is a project of FOTH that is a Level III Certified Associate Member of Ohio Recovery Housing, an affiliate of the National Association of Recovery Residences. The long-term 5 bed sober living house for men opened in 2013. In 2016, the Recovery Center was selected as Small Business of the Year by the Region 8 Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
FOTH is also an emergency pantry associated with the Akron/Canton Food Bank, and we are able to provide a food box for people who need a little extra assistance from time to time. No one who passes through the shelter doors needs to leave hungry.
Contact email@example.com to assist with meal contributions.
A case manager assigned to each guest assists to establish a housing goal and service referrals based on individual need. Extensions may be granted as long as guests are in compliance with their case plan and meeting shelter expectations.
Medicines are secured in a locked cabinet and dispensed at scheduled times throughout the day.
Thank you to Cornerstone Pipeline and all who helped!