Celina, OH, April 28th, 2022 – Our Home Family Resource Center held their 5th annual Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction on April 2, 2022, at the American Legion Post 210, Celina. Last year Empty Bowls raised over $21,000. The goal for this year’s campaign was $29,000. With the help of over 50, local corporate sponsors at multiple levels, and over one hundred people in attendance, Our Home raised $33,700 to help fund its long-established programs and projects, helping people in our community when they feel hopeless, helpless, or hungry. Our Home extends a special thank you to their top Kettle Level sponsors, The Peoples Bank Co., Midwest Logistics, First Financial Bank, & American Legion Post 210.
Our Home Family Resource Center’s Marketing & Development Coordinator, Jennifer Yoder –
“I am excited about the turnout and the support shown. I am looking forward to future events and to helping grow our programs. Empty Bowls was a successful event, and we exceeded our goals and expectations; thanks to everyone in the community for coming together to support the cause. Thanks to all the sponsors, donors, Auction Items donations, and event attendees. Without everyone’s support, this would have never been possible.”
For over 25 years, Our Home Family Resource Center has been helping Mercer County individuals and families survive, rebuild, & overcome. The donations raised from the Empty Bowls event will help fund Our home’s three 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 that assist hundreds of Mercer County families, including the 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.