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City Mission Expansion Q&A

Why is expansion necessary?

Currently City Mission is full most of the time. In life-threatening weather when no one is turned away, the men’s activity room and the chapel become over-flow dorms with mattresses on the floor. At the present time the Missions dining room will seat 30 at a time so two or three serving times are often needed for the evening meal. Increasing the size of the kitchen and dining room will allow more people to be served at a time.


Statistics from Feeding America show nearly 16% of the Hancock County population, and 27% of its children don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. The Mission offers an evening meal 7 days a week to the needy in our community. They may also receive a monthly food box to help them stretch their income as far as possible.


Over 65% of the residents who come to us for help are from Hancock County and surrounding areas. The Mission is seeing more men, women, and families who have never been homeless before.  In 2011, 28 families (including 40 children) could not be accommodated at the Mission.

Is City Mission only an emergency shelter?

The Mission not only offers emergency shelter, but also extends the stays of men and women who are working to end homelessness in their lives. With longer stays and case management, residents have enough time to deal with their issues, find work (if they are not already employed), and save enough money to successfully transition into their own housing with less chance of returning to the Mission. Last year the transition rate was 47% of those served. The Mission has a yearlong additions program.

How is City Mission funded?

City Mission is funded entirely from private donations and does not receive any funding for operating expenses from the United Way or the government. Most support comes from individual donors, churches, businesses, civic and other such groups. We also receive many in-kind donation throughout Findlay and surrounding communities that help support our food program.

Sheltering the homeless since 1934.

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The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce

*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.