His Will Homes Inc

Serving in community while creating wholeness

LEBANON, OH   |  www.Hiswillhomes.org


The largest barrier to helping people who struggle with mental illness is safe, affordable, dignified housing. We as a community want to remove this barrier everywhere we can. We want to start with one building and eventually be able to acquire many more, while always keeping in mind our C.A.R.E (creating an atmosphere of respect and dignity) philosophy by - Safeguarding; Dignifying; Loving; and Purposing which are our guiding principles in everything we do. Through community we bring needed resources and unique individual talents together to make a significant impact on people who have mental health challenges.

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Board President

John Michael Hitchens

Main address

P.O. Box 1498


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NTEE code info

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The biggest barrier to helping people who struggle with mental wellness proven by study after study and many experts is having enough dignified affordable safe housing. That is the first step to making a difference in their lives. These individuals receive about 25-35 dollars a day to live on where it it takes about 65 dollars day to house them correctly. So much of the housing, care and even food is of poor quality in many of the homes available. So most of these hurting individuals live on the streets or in the jails. We plan to acquire Homes, rehab them and provide these individuals housing and supportive care using our “4 How's" which include safeguarding, dignifying, loving, purposing. You can read more about our How and our Why on our website www.hiswillhomes.org

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?

Be a Good Neighbor

We want to provide permanent housing for approximately 60-70 adults who struggle with mental wellness. We are looking for a building that can provide them a safe place to live, provide single bedrooms, and has enough green space to incorporate aqua-ponics and other methods to give the residence purpose. We will bring in supportive care to our facilities to ensure the individuals have all their needs met. We also want to provide temporary adult day care that will be 24/7 to support the loved ones who desperately need breaks. We also are building a community to support and care for people who struggle with mental health conditions and their loved ones that we call mental health warriors where they can feel at home.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Through community we want to bring needed resources together to make a significant impact on people who struggle with mental wellness by removing their biggest barrier to receiving help - the inadequate amount of safe, dignified, affordable housing.

We want to implement our "four how's" (safeguarding, loving, dignifying, purposing) in such a way that we significantly reduce, if not eliminate the vicious, damaging, expensive cycling between jails, psychiatric hospitals, streets, and group homes many residents experience. We want to develop relationships with community care providers that will be fruitful in gaining access for our residents to the best medical treatment possible to ensure all their physical needs are met. We want communities to welcome His Will Homes into their neighborhoods because we safely and compassionately house their hurting neighbors, saving them money and making their environment safer. We want to become an organization whose reputation for excellence is only exceeded by our desire to serve.

"Our How" on our website https://hiswillhomes.org/ details our strategy. By implementing our "four hows" partially described below we believe we can and will achieve our goals and mission making our vision a reality.
Safe Guarding: We believe having quality care and oversight is the key to providing safe housing. At His Will homes, we foster a family atmosphere which allows our residents to rest easy and always fell safe, secure, and at HOME. Providing security to our residents is extremely important to us. We ensure the safety of our residents by establishing homes in neighborhoods that don't put residents at risk when they walk out of their home. Much of the affordable housing that can be rehabbed at a low cost or that already exists in neighborhoods that have high crime rates. These areas provide residents with continual access to drugs, panhandling, prostitution, and victimization. Although the Nimby, "Not In My Backyard", is not as bad in these areas, the other negative aspects of these neighborhoods, especially security, outweigh any advantage of using them.
Dignifying: People who struggle with mental wellness are today's "least of these" (Mathew 25). The stigma of mental illness is overwhelming to many - shunned, rejected, and made to feel unworthy. To counter these issues, we provide individual bedrooms for our residents to build their self-esteem and confirm that we know they ARE worth it. Having their own room allows them a personal space to escape when they need to be alone, an area that allows them to avoid other residents who may be having a bad day, and most importantly, a space where have the quiet time needed by all humans to be alone with their God and build the necessary relationship with Him that brings wholeness to everyone. As this critical relationship grows, residents discover their true identity. They soon understand they have worth, God-given worth, and that they have always had it despite their struggles and treatment here on earth. As a result, their dignity is restored.
Loving: Residents, like everyone else, need to feel they are loved. HWH believes they need to receive human touch. They almost never get any human contact and to actually get touched is a huge human need they rarely experience. We hire employees that will engage residents in conversation and relationship. We ensure we spend quality time with the residents through activities and other means. We provide exceptional care.
Purposing: Every person has been placed here on earth for a reason. To be healthy and feel at peace you to need to know you have purpose. According to a sermon that retired pastor Bruce Ball gave, there are five great benefits to having purpose.

1. Gives meaning to our lives,
2. Simplifies our lives,
3. Prepares us for eternity with God,
4. Keeps us focused, and
5. Motivates us.

We believe the benefits of helping connect our residents to their purpose will help them achieve an important piece of their overall health.

HWH has assembled a leadership team that represents nearly every area of the business, social service, medical, and administrative communities. We believe together, they posses all the assets necessary to develop a not-for-profit company from the ground up and grow into a soundly managed nationwide company.

As of this date, the organization policies procedures and plan have all been established. We are currently searching for a property that fulfills our "four hows". We recently were provided a 64 bed building and 3.5 acres as a gift in kind however, zoning refused our request to increase occupancy from 16 to 56. The building had lost its zoning when it quit operating as a nursing home. To be able to sustain operations we believe we need to do the project on a fairly large scale and are looking for buildings where we can house approximately 50 people in individual bedrooms and have green space around the building to provide aquaponics and other farming methods in order to reach our goal of providing purpose to our residents. We are also looking at farms to avoid the nimby concept from blocking our attempts to start which just happened in Dayton. We also have a local church who has promised to provide the labor of their disaster preparedness team to rehab the building. They also said once we get the building we can petition for funds for the supplies we will need. The key to us moving forward is we need to acquire a building. If you are aware of any property that might fit our needs please let us know.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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His Will Homes Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Hitchens

His Will Homes

Term: 2012 - 2020

Dana Dunmyer

TQI Solutions

Randy Creamer

SouthBrook Church

Danei Edelen

Nami Brown County

Elizabeth Hitchens


Joe Duffield

Dr. Barb Twitty


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.