Fox 36 Adopts Family House for the Holidays


As you’re catching up on your favorite Fox programming over the holidays, you’ll be seeing a lot about Family House. Toledo’s Fox 36 has adopted the organization for the 2018 holiday season.

In addition to sponsored commercials, Fox 36 will also lead fundraising efforts to help Family House keep families together in times of crisis and provide them with safe shelter, food and other necessities.

Family House board president, Dino Peluso II, says that the organization is being proactive in its fundraising efforts as recent government funding cuts will result in a funding shortage of $200,000 over the next two years.

“These funds are essential to keep the doors open, and we’re taking action now to ensure that families who need us have a place to call home while they regroup,” Peluso said. “We’re incredibly grateful to Fox 36 for giving us a platform to share the work we’re doing with the community,” he added.

The station will kick off its fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization during the Ohio State vs. Michigan Kick-Off Show on November 24th from 6 – 9 am.

Donors who wish to make a financial contribution to Family House through the Fox 36 partnership can contact Genoa Bank at 1-800-592-2828. Donations can also be made online here.

Giving Tuesday 2018

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving to kick off the charitable giving season.

This year, Giving Tuesday is November 27th.

Join this global movement and give the gift of your time, financial support, material donation or the power of your voice as an advocate for causes close to your heart. Be sure to mark your calendar and make a donation to Family House!

Your support makes a difference in the lives of the families we serve.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2018

HHAW 2018

No one should have to worry about when they’ll be able to eat again or where they’re going to sleep at night, but hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.

At any point in time, there are more than 600 people experiencing homelessness in Lucas County, alone.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the causes and problems of hunger and homelessness.

The root cause of hunger and homelessness is poverty, and while the number of people experiencing food and housing insecurity fluctuates from day to day, poverty affects nearly 30% of people in our community – up 55% over the last decade.

We can’t fix poverty overnight, but what we can do is continue to provide resources for families who are experiencing hunger and homelessness. A safe place to sleep. Food for empty bellies. Help applying for assistance. Job training.

And when we do these things together, we form important connections that keep our community whole.

These are just a few of the organizations in the Toledo area that are working to end hunger and homelessness. We’re grateful to have them as partners in this fight.

Upcoming Events


We have a few big events coming up, including the Glass City Marathon, the Marathon Golf Classic and our 2nd Annual Family House Open!

Check out our events page for details on how you can get involved and help raise funds for Family House!

Hunger & Homlessness Awareness Week

November 11-19 is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week, and what a great start we’re off to!

We had an incredible fundraising breakfast hosted by the Homeless Services Partnership and sponsored by Mercy Health where representatives from Family House, Aurora House, Bethany House and La Posada spoke about the families they serve and discussed the unique circumstances affecting the homeless in our community.

Today, November 14th, WTOL will be hosting a telethon to benefit Family House from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to meet urgent needs for our families. SSOE has generously donated $10,000 toward this goal as a sponsor of the first Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week in Toledo.

“SSOE agreed to help us during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week by issuing a challenge to the individuals and businesses in our community to help raise money,” said Reneé Palacios, Executive Director of Family House Toledo. “We cannot thank SSOE enough for their donation and for proactively stepping forward to issue a challenge to our community.”

“We are extremely honored that Family House has asked SSOE to be a part of their first local Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. This week, we call upon other community members and businesses across the area to come together to not only raise funds for Family House, but also raise awareness about the pressing issues of hunger and homelessness in our community. We can’t keep the promise that ‘you’ll do better in Toledo’ until we ensure even the most vulnerable among us will do better in Toledo!” said Bob Howell, CEO of SSOE Group.

Catch us tonight on WTOL, and make your gift online here.

Giving Tuesday 2017


Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving to kick off the charitable giving season.

The Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade have partnered to support local nonprofits by promoting #GivingTuesdayNWO and encouraging donations through a matching grant opportunity. And, for the second time, they’re awarding an additional $5,000 grant to one area nonprofit that participates in the event!

This year, Giving Tuesday is November 28th. Be sure to mark your calendar and make a donation to Family House!

Your support makes a difference in the lives of the families we serve.

EVENT: Stocking Stuffer Soiree

UWEL event

Did you know that Family House is one of the only family-friendly shelters in our community? Imagine having nowhere to live and trying to find a safe place for your children. Emerging Leaders is supporting Family House this holiday season by collecting paper products at their Stocking Stuffer Soiree.

Join United Way Emerging Leaders for a festive evening and help those in need at Family House.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Toledo Club – Centennial Room
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This is a FREE event, but donations of goods or financial gifts are encouraged.

If you don’t have time to shop or attend the event, you can make a donation online here or make arrangements to drop off your donation of paper products at Family House. Items we’re collecting at the event include:

  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper

5:30 p.m. | Network & enjoy complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar
6:15 p.m. | Program: Helping the Homeless in Our Community
7:00 p.m. | Networking continues

RSVP Deadline: Thursday, November 30th at 10:00 p.m.

You can register to attend the event here.

Add the event to your Facebook calendar here.

Space is limited. Please reserve your place as soon as possible. If you RSVP and can no longer join us, please let us know.

United Way is a proud partner of Family House.


Holiday Giving

thankfulGiving back is a holiday tradition for many families and organizations. This time of year, our cup runs over with toys, coats and blankets, and we’re so grateful!

There are dozens of coat and toy drives this time of year, so if you’re thinking about hosting a collection event for Family House, a paper product and cleaning supply drive is a great alternative.

Family House goes through a LOT of cleaning supplies and paper products at a cost of more than $700 a month, so it’s a HUGE savings when these items are donated to us. We were blessed to benefit from a few of these supply drives last holiday season that “raised” enough paper products and cleaning supplies to last us 9 months!

Contact Executive Director Renee Palacios at 419-242-5505 if you’re interested in hosting a supply drive for us this holiday season.

If you’re thinking about purchasing gifts for our families this holiday season, here are a few suggestions.

  • Bus tokens
  • Gift cards for Wal-Mart, Meijer or Target
  • Gas cards
  • Personal toiletries, such as body wash, nail care items and shaving products
  • Laundry soap

Thank you so much for your generosity! Best wishes for a blessed holiday season from all the families at Family House.

Homeless Services Partnership Breakfast


Family House is proud to be a part of the collaborative Homeless Services Partnership (HSP) with Aurora Project, Bethany House and LaPosada Family Emergency Shelter.

After nearly 4 years working together, collapsing back-office costs, sharing expenses and staff training, we are hosting our 1st HSP fundraiser!

The 1 in 5 Breakfast & Collaboration has four objectives.

  • Increase awareness of hunger and homelessness in the community
  • Raise resources to bolster HSP growth and current initiatives
  • Garner support to increase local impact
  • Illustrate the value of partnerships and collaboration to combat homelessness.

Join us as we work together to provide more effective and efficient service delivery by sharing resources, eliminating redundancies and building on each other’s strengths.

November 13, 2017
Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center
2213 Cherry St. | Toledo, OH 43608

Tickets are $30 each. Register to attend here.