Our Story

Our Story 2019-01-18T15:14:09-05:00
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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.


We’ve gone from a single facility to Cherry Street Mission Ministries which encompasses over 15 facilities within 6 neighborhoods serving over 400 people everyday. We are the largest organization serving low-income and homeless men, women, and children in the 20 counties of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Cherry Street Mission Sign
Cherry Street Mission Sign


Cherry Street has expanded from providing basic services of food, clothing, and housing to include purposeful and transformational mentoring through Biblically-based programs. At our newly acquired Life Revitalization Center, God is calling us to a new level of service by collaborating with our community to offer education, training, and job placement.


Under one roof, Cherry Street is testing and continues to craft the best partnerships with best-in-class leaders to provide vocational and career training, mentoring, education and services.  Cherry Street has been in partnership with Connecting Kids To Meals, Northwest State Community College, Owens Community College, St. Paul’s Community Center, and A Renewed Mind.  Opportunities at the Life Revitalization Center range from GED classes, comprehensive testing, supportive care, health care and developing life skills- made possible through robust partnerships.  These collaborations will be built on the heritage established by Jesse and Bertha Fleck so long ago: creating an environment of redemption and transformation through the message of Jesus Christ.

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Financial Documents Available for Download

IRS Form 990
Ministry Report
Financial Statement