ABOUT

Our Ministry's Mission and Promise

Since 1947, we have been serving people in need by cooking them meals, offering housing, and most importantly pointing them to the hope found in Jesus Christ. Cherry Street Mission Ministries is committed to delivering solutions that will reverse the cycle of poverty for people in our communities through purposeful discipleship and restoration of hope while releasing God’s greatness.

Our Mission

Cherry Street Mission Ministries is committed to delivering solutions that will reverse the cycle of poverty for people in our communities through purposeful discipleship and restoration of hope while releasing God’s greatness.

Our Vision

Cherry Street Mission Ministries envisions our full community, rooted in God’s Grace, where all people are empowered with wholeness of spirit, soul, and body and able to live and participate as contributing members of society. We deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its new life of freedom to men, women, and families and we are directed by the two Great Commandments: Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12: 29-31)

Who We Are

Donor Relations Manager


Alia Wolaver

419.214.3391

Vice President of Engagement


Savannah Rayford

419.214.3713

Administrative Assistant


Lesley Watson

419.214.3010


Donor Relations Coordinator


Andrea Casteel

419.214.3312

Continuum Care Manager


Stephanie Bays

419.214.3315

Vice President of Operations


MaryGrace Cuccia

419.214.3712


CEO/President


Ann Ebbert

419.214.4160

Vice President of Development


Nikki Morey

419.214.3410

Volunteer Manager


Susan Graalman

419.214.3419


VP of Business Strategy


Steve Piller

419.214.4038

Ready for Life Manager


Nora Riggs

419.214.3879

Humble Beginnings

Jessie and Bertha Fleck founded Cherry Street Mission Ministries in 1947, their calling was to provide people in need with sustenance for the body and nourishment for the soul. Named for its location on Cherry Street in Toledo, the mission provided meals, housing, and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the poor and homeless.

A Wide Footprint

Cherry Street serves those living in poverty throughout our region. As the largest entity acting as a homeless shelter, Cherry Street has been here of the community for generations. Within those years, our focus has expanded beyond basic needs, like food and shelter; to plan development and a continuum of care. Similarly, our area of responsibility has expanded to include more rural counties and areas outside of the central city. Simply put, poverty occurs all across northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Hungry For Change

Cherry Street Mission Ministries is moving beyond the basics. Those served at Cherry Street need a meal, a bed, AND are still hungry. They are Hungry for Change, Hungry for Direction, Hungry for a Career, or Hungry for Success. Cherry Street has created a unique economy to incentivize personal development and positive movement forward toward stability.

Doing More Together

Cherry Street Mission Ministries is moving beyond the basics. Those served at Cherry Street need a meal, a bed, AND are still hungry. They are Hungry for Change, Hungry for Direction, Hungry for a Career, or Hungry for Success. Cherry Street has created a unique economy to incentivize personal development and positive movement forward toward stability.

Mrs. Ann Ebbert


President & CEO
Cherry Street Mission Ministries

Mr. Joshua Rochon


Chairman
Fourth Dimension Financial Group

Mr. John C. Wagner


Vice Chair
E.S. Wagner Company


Mr. Todd Parker


Treasurer
Owens Corning

Mrs. Amy Watkins


Secretary
Director of Orthopedics & Neuroscience

Pastor Jerry Boose


Director
Second Baptist Church


Rev. John Jones


Director
ProMedica

Mr. Stephen Kanagaratnam


Director
Fifth-Third Bank

Mrs. Tina Kern


Director
Huntington National Bank


Pastor Shirley Sparks


Director
Walls Memorial Chapel, AME

Mr. Timothy Stansfield


Director
IET, Inc.

Mrs. Janell Vickers


Director
Retired, Mercy Health & Owens Corning


Mr. Don Weiss


Director
Retired

Mr. Houston Young


Director
Owens Corning

Our Ministry's Promise

We take your support seriously. When you give to Cherry Street Mission Ministries, you are giving to an organization that is committed to using your resources wisely and efficiently. We operate with a lean staff, relaying on volunteer labor and donated goods whenever possible, and undergo voluntary audits every year.