Our Home Inc

Empowering People to Grow from Crisis to Hope!

aka Our Home Family Resource Center   |   CELINA, OH   |  https://www.ourhomefrc.com/

Mission

Our Home's Mission is to assist people in their time of need, motivate them to develop and achieve their goals, and inspire their confidence and self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1997

Director

Kevin Draiss

Main address

117 W FAYETTE ST

CELINA, OH 45822 USA

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Formerly known as

Our Home Family Resource Center

Family Crisis Network

Raft Visitation Center

EIN

34-1806300

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The needs Our Home addresses through its three distinct programs come in a variety of forms: The need for emergency financial assistance or food (Direct Services & Referral); the need for shelter and advocacy against domestic violence and sexual assault (Family Crisis Network); and, the need for a safe, monitored space for children to meet with their non-custodial parents (RAFT Visitation Center).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct Services & Referral

This program provides Mercer County residents with information and resources needed to overcome emergency situations, unexpected expenses, or unusually tight budgets.

Many people facing a financial crisis do not know what to do, or where to turn, when they need help. That’s why the Direct Services program is so valuable for the community. Program staff field people’s questions and provide them with referrals to local agencies and organizations who have programs and resources available to help them. If needs persist beyond those resources, Direct Services staff provide financial assistance (through vouchers). Examples of those needs include things such as medical costs and transportation not covered by Medicaid or insurance, emergency shelter, utility disconnects or evictions beyond other agency’s limits, and home/auto repairs. In addition to financial assistance, this program also operates an on-site pantry so food, personal care items, and baby supplies are available for folks on a limited income.

The program’s most tangible benefit, for participants and the community alike, is that families are able to meet their basic needs (food, shelter, and health care) and they are able to come through the crisis with dignity and self-worth intact.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The aim of the Family Crisis program since its inception has been to empower victims of sexual assault and domestic violence by giving them the insight and support they need to begin living a life free from abuse.

Services offered by this program, which provide for the psychological needs of victims, include: peer counseling, legal advocacy, safe shelter, case management, safety planning, on-going emotional support, and a 24-hour Crisis Helpline. This program also teams with Mercer Health, local law enforcement, and the judicial system as part of the Mercer County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) designed to provide protection and support for victims of sexual assault in this county.

Family Crisis Network which began as a separate agency in 1978, merged with Our Home Family Resource Center in 2010 and the two now share a director, board, and administrative fiscal services.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Adults

The RAFT Supervised Visitation Center opened its doors at Our Home Family Resource Center in 1998, in response to a need that surfaced through Our Home’s work with domestic violence victims. For over 20 years, RAFT has been “Empowering people to grow from crisis to hope” by providing families an opportunity to spend time together, remain connected, and rebuild relationships during times of transition and turmoil. And, with the support of local partners and funding from several grants, RAFT has established a reputation for offering a comfortable, cozy atmosphere in a safe and peaceful environment.

RAFT became a well-established, affordable program for supervised visitation and mediation services in Mercer County through strategic partnerships with local family courts and law enforcement, Mercer County Job & Family Services, Mercer County Children’s Services, and the Child Support Enforcement Agency. And, because RAFT is the only supervised visitation program available in Mercer County, and many of its surrounding counties, this program’s services have proven extremely valuable for children who are transitioning between two households because of family crises such as paternity issues, divorce, separation, emergency custody, and protection orders or abuse investigations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our Home staff creates connections and makes referrals to local agencies and organizations who have programs and resources that will help stabilize the clients' situation.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Back-To-School Supply Drive is county-wide effort to collect and distribute book bags and essential supplies to children across Mercer County

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Family Crisis Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Tracking occupancy in Family Crisis Network's safe shelter for victims of domestic violence (male or female) and their children.

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Eligibility for assistance is income based and open to all residents of Mercer County. Along with proof of income, clients are asked to provide documentation of the need (eviction notice)

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Eligibility for assistance is income based and open to all residents of Mercer County. Along with proof of income, clients are asked to provide documentation of the need (disconnect notice & bill)

Hours of supervised visitation provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

RAFT Visitation Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Often court appointed: issues such as separation, divorce, paternity rights, addiction, and domestic violence make RAFT's services important for Mercer County. *COVID19 forced 4 month closure

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Family Crisis Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Mercer County's 24-hour Crisis Helpline (domestic violence & sexual assault).

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Family Crisis Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes discussion of criminal justice process, notifications of events (court, arrest, release), victim impact assistance, protection orders, and civil & criminal advocacy/accompaniment.

Number of families visiting the food pantry

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our Home’s Food Pantry is available for all Mercer County Residents who qualify under the USDA Federal and State guidelines, and can provide proof of residency and picture identification.

Number of domestic violence reports

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Family Crisis Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This represents the number of domestic violence occurrences that Family Crisis Network responded to (assault, kidnapping, stalking, harassment, criminal misconduct, sexual assault, and DV).

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Family Crisis Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Individual counseling is provided for shelter and non-shelter residents to provide clients the opportunity to discuss their situation and set goals to successfully leave the abusive situation.

Number of clients receiving assistance with transportation costs (fuel, car repairs, etc)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

For gas vouchers (medical appointments), Our Home asks recipients to seek assistance at least 24 hours in advance of appointment & provide doctor's contact info so staff can call to verify need.

Number of clients receiving assistance with medical and/or prescription costs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Eligibility assistance is income based. Along with proof of income, Mercer County residents are asked to provide documentation of the need: medical appointment or prescription verification.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Occasionally a client comes to us without options for shelter. In this case, we provide emergency shelter (1-2 nights at a hotel) while we work with them to secure housing.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Direct Services & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Also offered during food pantry hours: personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry detergent and diapers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Home aims to meet people where they are, and to provide them with information and resources they need to overcome whatever adversity they are facing with their self-esteem and dignity intact.

Since each program at Our Home addresses a unique situation, the strategies for each are individualized:

Direct Services & Referral: Provide emergency assistance with rent, household expenses, home repairs, overnight shelter, travel/gas vouchers, medical expenses, prescription costs, baby items, personal care items, and food. To further support families in need, staff will coordinate community school supply drive, winter coat drive, and Christmas gift drive.

Family Crisis Network: Provide victims of domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy and support needed to move toward a life free from abuse. Program services include Safe Shelter, a 24/7 Crisis Helpline, peer counseling, legal advocacy, case management, safety planning, and on-going emotional support.

RAFT Supervised Visitation Center: Provide families in turmoil the opportunity to rebuild relationships, spend quality time together, and remain connected. Offer a secure yet comfortable, home-like atmosphere for these visits to normalize child-parent interaction.

Our Home's Board of Directors monitor the efforts of the director and staff through monthly reporting. Committees of the Board: finance, program development, and community partnership make recommendations to increase access to, and improve functioning of, the programs (including personnel/staffing evaluations and strategies).

In addition to that, Our Home has found that collaboration with area churches, law enforcement, courts, other non-profits and social service agencies significantly increases the effectiveness of efforts to assist folks in crisis. So, staff members readily connect those in need to other agencies and organizations in an effort to stabilize their situation and help them to fully overcome the adversity.

Our Home's fiscal plan includes: collaboration with local faith community, strengthening on-going corporate partnerships, securing private foundation grants, increasing individual donor base, and planning/executing fundraising events.

Our Home's goal is to reach and assist as many people as possible and this effort is supported through the development and nurture of community partnerships and through intentional marketing and outreach efforts.

Over the past year, Our Home’s Direct Services staff responded to just over 1600 requests for assistance with food, medical expenses, utility bills, rent, food, home repairs, and transportation and distributed over $30,000 to local families. This helped thousands of our neighbors “bridge the gap” during their times of financial need: Food (614); Utilities (121); Medical (26); Gasoline (23); Rent (20); Emergency Shelter (1); Home Repair (3); Personal Care items (333); Baby Items (107); and, Referrals to Other Agencies (377).

During that same time, Family Crisis Network provided 1134 bednights of safe shelter for victims fleeing domestic violence (and their children), received 37 crisis calls from individuals seeking help, and engaged in 418 individual peer-counseling sessions. We also served as advocate for survivors in *16 civil/criminal justice proceedings, providing support for them during a very stressful, frightening time. *COVID19 closed local courtrooms for a while, then limited attendance at proceedings.

And, the RAFT Visitation Center facilitated **218 family visits across the year. That accounts for **426 hours of safe, healthy interaction between children and the parents that they’d been separated from or had never met. Some families met at the Center for only a few weeks or months, others required our services for longer periods of time – none of these visits would have happened, however, had it not been for the Center. **COVID19 restrictions closed RAFT Center mid-March through June.

Our Home staff also coordinated and administrated a back-to-school supply drive that provided essential school supplies to 400 children, a coat drive that provided winter apparel and accessories to just over 500 county residents, and the Mercer County Angel Tree project that helped Mercer County parents and caregivers provide Christmas gifts for 900 children.

Financials

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Our Home Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Gehret

Mercer County Developmental Disabilities

Monte Diegel

Mercer County Sheriff's Department

Andrea Duerr

Peoples Bank

Beth Guggenbiller

Mercer County Educational Service Center

Craig Klopfleisch

Government Offical (Retired)

Carol Hone

Mercer County Civic Foundation

Karen Platfoot

Mercer County Workforce Investment Opportunity

Paula Smith

Woodforest Bank

Eric Baltzell

Garmann Miller | Architects & Engineers

Erin Abels

Koesters Law Office

Cindy Liette

Mercer Health (retired)

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.