The shelter, located in Marion, is the primary shelter in Central Ohio for single need customers, and serves women and their children as well as men (at a separate facility). In addition to providing temporary housing for up to 90 days for those in need, they work to give skills to their residents that will help them resolve their problems. Clients are held to a high standard. They must be clean and sober, seek employment and adhere to all shelter rules.

They helped 528 people last year from 69 families. Forty-six people from Delaware County were served by the shelter in 2014.

Potential residents often have a fear factor about staying in a shelter. Chuck and his staff work hard to overcome this anxiety through a compassionate and friendly style of engagement. They also are focused on helping residents attain self-sufficiency.

In addition to a warm bed, they provide laundry facilities, dedicated phone lines, Marion bus passes and linkage to community resources.
Contact information: Charles Bulick, 326 W. Fairground St., Marion, OH 43302. (740) 387-4550.
www.heartofohiohomelessshelter.org (Website being redesigned)