Located at 669 Indiana Avenue, Family House was established in 1985 by the African American ministers of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA). Known as the Toledo Community Service Center in the early years of the organization, the ministers and their congregations were very actively involved in providing money for the annual budget, obtaining furnishings and remaining in the shelter overnight with individuals sleeping there. Over the years, much of that involvement shifted to staff, and churches now support the shelter through volunteer efforts, financial support and donations to families. Currently, one founding minister sits on Family House’s Board of Directors.

When established, Family House accepted single women as well as families. However, in 1998, in keeping with our mission statement, the decision was made by the Board of Directors to focus solely on the needs of families, recognizing that there were other shelters in the Lucas County community that addressed the needs of single women. Thus, Family House became dedicated to preserving the family unit during a time of crisis.

Over the years, the Board and staff recognized that many families were trapped in a cycle of poverty and that additional services were needed to successfully move families from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Comprehensive programs and services were developed to address the root causes of homelessness.

Family House provides not only for the immediate needs of families, but gives these families the tools to become self-sufficient. A facilitator of alliances with other service providers, we dedicate our efforts to creating an environment that is compassionate, valuing all individuals and treating them with respect regardless of the factors contributing to their homelessness.