Toledo’s largest family homeless shelter has a brand new library, thanks to generous donations from several local organizations.
The Andersons donated $5,000 and Target contributed $3,000 for the project. After receiving the funds to create the library space, the project was on hold for one year until the in-kind labor was secured.
That’s when the congregation of Hope Community church stepped in. “We were so grateful when Hope Community Church, under the direction of Pastor Jacob Hawes, East Toledo Campus Pastor, committed to the library project,” said Renee Palacios, executive director of Family House.
The library features 3,000 books that were donated by an Eagle scout who chose Family house to complete a service project.
“They say that a group of committed individuals can dramatically impact the lives of others, and they did,” Palacios said. The space was previously a ‘junk room’ and has been transformed into a beautiful area where families can come together, enjoy each other’s company, and read to their kids.”
Family House, located at 669 Indiana Ave. in Toledo, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing homeless families in crisis with professional, comprehensive housing and social services in a safe, caring environment. Annually, the emergency family shelter provides shelter, meals and services to approximately 800 individuals, 70 percent of whom are children.