Photo: Pictured are some of the bowls that were painted and donated at the Create A Bowl event in January and will be available at the dinner and auction.

(3-9-22) On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Our Home Family Resource Center will be serving up a good time at the 5th Annual Empty Bowls Mercer County Dinner & Auction. The event will be held at the American Legion Post 210 in Celina. Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner begins at 6:30. Tickets are now available.

Each ticket holder gets to choose a hand-painted souvenir bowl. This will serve as a reminder of their contribution to filling the empty bowls of Mercer County. The bowls were painted and donated by volunteers at Our Home’s “Create a Bowl” event in January.

Admission is $30 a ticket and includes a hand-painted souvenir bowl, salad bar, soup buffet, and dessert with a cash bar available. The dinner will be anchored by a four-flight silent auction, with door prizes and raffles throughout the evening. Auction items include but are not limited to tickets to regional theme parks, zoos, cultural and sporting events, As well as, gift cards and certificates to local businesses.

“It’s so awesome to see everyone come together to support a wonderful cause,” says Jen Yoder, Our Home’s Marketing & Development Coordinator. “It brings people and businesses from Mercer County together to help fill the empty bowls of the hopeless, helpless, and hungry.”

Our Home Family Resource Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping Mercer County individuals and families survive, rebuild, & overcome. Our Home has been serving Mercer County for over 25 years, comprised of 3 distinct programs; Family Crisis Network, RAFT Supervised Visitation Center, and Direct Services & Referral.

Our Home’s Family Crisis Network offers a 24-hour helpline, emergency safe shelter, and advocacy for domestic violence and/or sexual assault victims. They help victims survive their trauma & build a life free from abuse.

Our Home’s RAFT Supervised Visitation Center monitors visits for children & their non-custodial parents, offering non-custodial parties the opportunity to rebuild relationships with their children in a comfortable, safe, & homelike environment. 

Our Home’s Direct Services & Referral Program offers financial assistance and a food pantry for income-eligible residents. It provides information, resources, & advice to overcome food insecurity & financial shortfalls.

Our Home also coordinates special county-wide projects, including; Mercer County Back to School Program, Mercer County Winter Warmth Program, and the Mercer County Angel Tree Program. The Mercer County Back to School Program is a school supply drive to help children with the necessities for the first day of school. The Mercer County Winter Warmth Program is a drive for winter coats, hats, and gloves to be distributed on Winter Warmth Day to children and adults in need. The Mercer County Angel Tree program provides clothes and toys to children of families facing financial shortfalls.

In an average year: Our Home receives 1,072 calls on our domestic violence/sexual assault 24-hour crisis helpline, has 1210 bednights in our shelter for victims, and 430 survivors receive emotional support and criminal justice assistance. We host 366 family visits and provide over 710 hours of safe, supervised family interaction. Our Home has 1,264 visits to our food pantry and helps 118 households avoid utility disconnection.

Get your tickets now for the Empty Bowls Mercer County event on April 2, 2022. They can be purchased for $30 at Our Home Family Resource Center at 117 West Fayette St in Celina or by calling (419) 586- 4663 ext. 1003.

For more information about our programs, visit www.ourhomefrc.com