The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 2, 2012

County’s only year-round homeless shelter needs help

ASHTABULA — The Samaritan House looks like an ordinary house to passersby.

But inside looking out tells a different story.

The Samaritan House is Ashtabula County’s only year-round homeless shelter.

The five-bedroom, three-bath, brick home at 4125 Station Ave., houses up to 14 homeless people at a time. Last year, it provided shelter to about 200 people.

“A lot of people think homeless shelters are full all winter, but our busiest months are July and August,” director Steve Sargent said.

The shelter offers residents a 30-day stay and provides food for three meals a day, though the residents do their own cooking.

As the staff prepares to provide shelter for men, women, children and families this summer they need to stock up on supplies.

The shelter now needs toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, bleach, detergent, Tylenol, aspirin, foot/shoe powder, disinfecting spray, facial tissues, dishwashing soap, dryer sheets, socks, oven cleaner, liquid drain cleaner, aluminum foil, coffee and coffee creamer.

Funded by state, federal and local grants, the shelter still receives a large portion of its budget from local donations.

The house is owned by Messiah Lutheran Church, which leases the property for $1 a year to the Samaritan House.

For more information on Samaritan House or to donate, contact Sargent at 992-3178. Monetary donations can be sent to P.O. Box 743, Ashtabula 44004.

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