Fiscal Year 2014
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015
Marion Shelter Program, Inc. Dba: Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter
326 West Fairground Street, Marion, Ohio 43302
Phone: (740) 387-4550 Fax: (740) 223-3423
With support from our communities, we compassionately address the needs of homeless individuals and families by providing safe shelter, basic necessities, and a structured opportunity to regain self- sufficiency.
In the 1980’s, Reverend Ted L. Blumenstein of the Marion St. Paul Episcopal Church decided to tackle
the problem of homelessness in the county. Through his church, he organized a weekly “soup kitchen” and provided limited housing for those who found themselves homeless on the cold Ohio nights. He realized that the need was larger than most had anticipated. As a result, with community support, the first homeless shelter in Marion was formed. With this, in 1988, the Marion Shelter Program became an incorporated non-profit.
By 1993, the Marion Shelter Program experienced steady increases of people using the shelter, which prompted the Board of Trustees to hire its first non-resident employee. With this move, the shelter began to develop structured programs to help address the need for individuals to regain self-sufficiency.
During the summer of 1996, the Marion Shelter Program became a member agency of the United Way of Marion County. This partnership afforded the Marion Shelter Program to offer a transitional housing facility called the Journey House. This acquisition, gave residents somewhere to stay during winter days when the Homeless Shelter was closed. Today, the Journey House houses men who are stably employed and able to pay rent during their stay for up to two years.
In 2002, the Marion Shelter Program decided to implement a staggered stay-limit policy. Individuals and families who had not stayed previously at the shelter could stay for 3 months; those who had stayed previously, could stay for one month. The intent behind limiting returning residents to one month was to discourage the culture of homelessness that had plagued some former residents.
Recognizing the growing number of women and families entering homelessness, in 2007, the Marion Shelter Program constructed its second shelter, which houses women, families, and couples. With everything that we have in place, we can help reduce the number of individuals and families in North Central Ohio who find themselves homeless.
In 2012, the agency made a decision to change its name. The Marion Shelter Program, Inc. now does business as Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter. The agency has always been a regional emergency homeless shelter provider and with its new name, better reflects our broad service area.
What We Do
The Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter operates two distinct facilities with one housing men and the other single women and families. The Men’s shelter can accommodate 19 whereas the Women and Family shelter houses up to 29. Individuals using the shelters can stay a maximum of 90 days provided they follow the shelter’s rules and program guidelines. Residents are provided a warm bed, food, basic necessities, and a structured opportunity to become self-sufficient. We require all residents to be sober, stay physically clean, complete staff assigned chores along with seeking employment and once employed, maintain employment. In addition to these requirements, all residents are provided structured case management along with requiring those with income to participate in our budgeting and savings program. With this budgeting and savings program, our residents do not leave the shelter empty handed and most have the ability to put money down on an apartment or a sleeping room by the time they are ready to exit. Our Program is far from what most people expect of a homeless shelter. Taking our program a step
farther, we also operate three transitional housing units for men. This is our Journey House Program. The goal of the Journey House is to help homeless men make the transition from homelessness to independent living and self-sufficiency in the least restrictive manner. Individuals utilizing this program pay a monthly fee no more than 30% of their net income and can stay with us up to two years. Along with this, they receive all of the services and programming offered to those residing in the shelters.
Since 1988, the Heart of Ohio Homeless Shelter has provided emergency homeless shelter services for individuals and families across North Central Ohio. Over the past few years, we have seen our number served grow above 500 each of those years with 2012 being our historic high in which 553 were served. Over that course of time, we have experienced a high level of families needing our services. However, the need for shelter is still great and we are unable to accommodate all who engage us. In fact, we redirect over approximately 200 people per year to other shelters found in Central and North Central Ohio due to overcrowding.
Last year, we served 467 residents. This is down from the year prior number of 498. Last year’s client breakdown included 183 single men, 81 single women, 119 children, and 58 families. We provided
12,609 nights of stay with an average length of stay of just over 26 days. This is approximately 2 days over last year’s length of stay and is attributed to why we saw a reduction in our number served. Residents stayed longer and in turn, bed availability was reduced.
In 2014, the state adopted minimum outcome standards for state funded emergency homeless shelters. The areas of focus are permanent housing, employment and income growth, acquisition of non-cash benefits, and length of stay. Listed are the minimum outcomes for each: 30% exiting to permanent housing, 15% employed or having income growth, 50% acquiring at least one non-cash benefit at exit, and a length of stay under 40 days. I am happy to report that we exceeded all of those goals. With this,
33.6% were permanently housed at exit, 22.8% were employed, 90.3% acquired at least one non-cash benefit, and we had a length of stay just over 26 days.
Last year we experienced increases in revenues and expenses staying in line with expectations. After depreciation, we achieved a $12,080 surplus. Our core funding came from state and federal funding, six United Way agencies including Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot Counties. We continue to see consistent support from individual donors, churches, and civic groups. This is represented in the contribution revenue line item. We were awarded $8,500 from the Marion Community Foundation for operational funding and that represents the foundation line item. Agency fundraising revenue is found in the special events line item. Our agency operates a transitional housing program, Journey House, for men. Those individuals pay a program fee for their stay in this program. This is represented in the program fee line item. Interest income of $60 is posted to the interest income line item. Finally, we received a credit for over payment from Workers Compensation in the amount of $3,314. This sum was posted as miscellaneous revenue. Expenses totaled $318,384. Our average night per stay was $25.25. Residents used 12,609 nights of stay. The average cost per resident was $656.50.
Listed below is the breakdown of the agency’s revenue and expenses.
Revenues & Expenses
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015
|Fees & Grants from Govt. Agencies||142,198|
|Program Service Fees||1,765|
|Miscellaneous (Workers Comp. Credit)||3,314|
|Postage and Shipping||245|
|Equipment Rental and Maintenance||12,518|
|Printing and Publications||101|
|Specific Assistance to Individuals||60|
|Miscellaneous (Dir./Liability./Prop. Insurance)||10,782|
|Other ( Interest, Principal)||1,082|