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frequently asked questions
Q: What Is Faith Missionís History?
Q: What populations do you serve?
Q: What do the clients of Faith Mission do all day?
Q: What other programs are available besides emergency shelter?
Q: How is Faith Mission held accountable for the money it receives?
Q: Why do people become homeless?
Q: Do clients have to help out while staying at Faith Mission?
Q: How long are people allowed to stay at Faith Mission?


Q: What Is Faith Missionís History? top
A: Faith Mission started on February 6, 1966, in response to the City Mission closing its doors. Reverend Sam Goers, Roland Hepner and Arthur Bayse of Trinity Lutheran Church were the original board members and volunteer staff. At that time, we were located at 181 East Long Street. The services at Faith Mission in 1966 included opening the doors at 5:00pm, serving a meal, and providing beds for twelve men.

Today, Faith Mission is a 24 hour emergency shelter, serving up to 225 men and 42 women at two locations; 315 East Long Street and 599 E. 8th Ave. Faith Mission is the only organization in Franklin County able to serve three meals a day, every day of the year. Our mission is to continue to create a better world by serving people in need.

Q: What populations do you serve? top
A: We serve single adult men and single adult women. Our housing programs serve both single adults and families.
Q: What do the clients of Faith Mission do all day? top
A: The majority of the Missionís residents are employed. Many participate in case management services. They are provided access to health care, employment, chemical dependency, counseling, mental health assistance and appropriate housing opportunities. Many residents attend support groups and educational workshops that promote self-sufficiency and empowerment to live productive and independent lives.
Q: What other programs are available besides emergency shelter? top
A: Veteranís assistance, mental health assessments, transportation to appointments, housing and rental assistance, health, dental and vision care, employment assistance, phone service, food, clothing and personal care items are all provided by Faith Mission or referral by staff to other agencies. Transitional and permanent housing opportunities are available.
Q: How is Faith Mission held accountable for the money it receives? top
A: The Community Shelter Board, the Ohio Department of Development and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development audit Faith Mission. As part of the LSS family the Mission undergoes an extensive annual audit by a private firm. In addition, the LSS Board of Directors reviews the finances and services quarterly.
Q: Why do people become homeless? top
A: There are many reasons. The most common are loss of job, lack of a ďlivable wage,Ē drug and/or alcohol abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. More and more homeless men and women are working full time jobs, but do not generate enough income to afford a home in a safe neighborhood. There is a wide gap in affordable housing choices and entry-level income.
Q: Do clients have to help out while staying at Faith Mission? top
A: Yes. Daily chores are required of all clients at Faith Mission to maintain a clean and healthy environment. Making beds, sweeping, mopping or vacuuming floors, and washing dishes are some of the ways that the clients help out. Providing these services allows the clients to maintain their dignity by being part of the Faith Mission community.
Q: How long are people allowed to stay at Faith Mission? top
A: Up to 90 days. Extensions can be granted if a client is actively working on a plan to move to independence and is awaiting a missing link such as an affordable apartment.


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