'Be the Bridge' for Cherry Street Mission

'Be the Bridge' for Cherry Street Mission


Exciting things happening around Cherry Street!

Take a moment to learn from our staff about the exciting things happening around Cherry Street!


Each month Cherry Street staff are joining the morning crew at YES-FM to offer what they call the “Morning Munch”.  It is a reflection, a devotion and a prayer starting the listeners day at 7:30am.  Cherry Street uses the same monthly theme for our time on the Morning Munch, for Bible studies and for our weekly worship services.  You are invited to join in this focus for the upcoming month.

In January, we are focused on the concept of communication.  The Bible helps us with this concept in Ephesians 4:29-31 which says:  “29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Communication is defined as containing information, news, advice, and request.  For an example, being able tell others how/where you stand on various topics.  As we explore the concept with ourselves we ask the question: “What truth are you living in? Or Are you living a lie?”

You can listen each month for our thematic focus on various topics by tuning in to YES-FM.

Fill The Pantry

Our pantry has some blank spots you can help fill.

Drop it off  |  have it delivered  |  create your own collection drive

Shop with Amazon or Amazon Smiles to have your donations shipped directly to Cherry Street located at 1501 Monroe St. Toledo OH 43604.

Drop off your donations to Cherry Street’s Life Revitalization Center Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm.  Come to the 16th Street side of the Life Revitalization Center located at 1501 Monroe St. Toledo OH 43604.

Needs list:

  • Water – another truck load is needed if possible.
  • Gloves – Winter gloves, this was a challenge last year and looks like it will continue.
  • Underwear – Men’s – Small and Medium, Women’s – small and Medium
  • Masks – both homemade and the blue disposable.
  • Water shoes/flip-flops – something for our guests to use in the shower
  • Body Wash – Neutral or Scented for Women
  • Lotion – full size bottle of skin lotion
  • Boots and Shoes for winter
  • Bedding – blankets (twin and full size)
  • Bath Towels
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Women’s hair care products
  • Chapstick
  • Paper towels
  • Nitrile Gloves – Medium, Large and X-Large

Kitchen Items:

  • Coffee – Ground
  • #10 cans of Vegetables
  • Large Lunch Bags
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sandwich Bread
  • Salsa
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake syrup
  • Spices/Seasoning:
    • Onion powder
    • Garlic powder
    • Pepper
    • Old Bay Seasoning
    • Chili Powder
    • Cumin
    • Paprika
    • Taco seasoning
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Tea bags
  • Oatmeal
  • Snacks – Serving size packs
    • Chips, Cookies, Trail Mix, Cereal Bars, Fruit Snacks, Pretzels, Goldfish, etc.
  • Fresh Eggs
  • 12 oz coffee cups – disposable

A Service Dog At Cherry Street

It’s not often a person experiencing homelessness comes to the doors of Cherry Street with a service dog.  Dakota is a vigilant and dutiful canine companion.  He guards the health and well being of one of our guests.  He is not a dog for everyone to pet and fawn over.  But when he does have “down-time” he has his favorite people and even got a bath at the Life Revitalization Center this summer.  The autumn, Dakota celebrated his 10th birthday with special cookies and singing from his many admirers.

cherry street donor

A Friend Reflects On A Legacy

Recently, we got to speak with a wonderful woman named Jeannie. She came to us on behalf of wonderful friend and donor to Cherry Street who had passed away, Verna.

Jeannie had worked for Verna many years ago and from that relationship it blossomed into a lifelong friendship. Verna served as Jeannie’s mentor throughout her career and later considered Jeannie the daughter she never had. Jeannie says Verna was always a quiet thoughtful giver. She was always generous with her time and with sharing her wisdom. And now after her passing, Jeannie was caring out a legacy of generosity on behalf of her late friend.

Reflecting, Jeannie thinks Verna would really appreciate the Cherry Street of today. She would have loved the use of personal development plan strategies with guests and workforce development programming. In her life Verna was always a woman thinking and planning ahead for the future.

Immaculate with her word, Verna told Jeannie she had been interviewing nursing homes, so she was prepared for the time she chose to leave the house she and her husband had built together. Jeannie thought it was especially poignant that Verna chose the word “choose” to leave rather than have to leave. This is why she included Cherry Street in her end of life plans. When Verna and Jeannie would talk about life’s troubles Verna would ask, “Jeannie dear heart, what are you going to do about that”? Jeannie thinks Verna would appreciate the problem solving and working solutions Verna would see at Cherry Street and at work in the lives of those served at Cherry Street.

cherry street donor

Food Insecurity Increases As Donations Decrease

Cherry Street Mission Ministries is meeting the needs of those experiencing homelessness during the COVID- 19 pandemic.  But it is creating extreme situations as needs soar and donations are significantly down. The effects of the virus are depleting our resources at an alarming rate.  In these extraordinary times we ask that you donate so the care of those living in poverty does not stop.

It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!

December 10, 2020

And they added to their numbers daily…

“It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!” For some people it is, and for some of us, it is not.

When you think through the things that make the holidays have such high expectations, I am sure some of the thoughts you have center around the people with which you share those special days.  Your sister’s love of playing (winning) card games, your mom making her special baked beans, the laughter of little kiddos in the family, memories of grandpas who played Santa and snuck extra cookies to you and friends joining together for carry-in dinners and fun.  These relationships are the knots that hold our tapestry together and without them, our life often does not feel full and complete.

The life situations from which many of the guests come: generational poverty, untreated illness, substance use, or transiency, frequently have degraded an individual’s circle of relationships down to no one.  And so, their hope of a happy holiday is very slim. At Cherry Street, often our staff and volunteers become temporary relationships for the guests that utilize the Mission.

When we come together as a community and begin to care for each other, similar to the way we see Jesus’ followers caring for one another in the early church, “sharing what they had and adding to their numbers daily”, we begin to provide the opportunity for people to once again gain a spark of hope for a happy season.  Your participation in this process is vital to providing a glimpse of the possibility of having a whole and healthy circle of family and friends with which to share life.

playing board games

Much of what happens throughout the year at Cherry Street is providing guidance to developing these relationships.  Yes, those are with family and friends, but also, they are with larger community bodies such as faith communities, physicians, and employers.  When you consider all the relationships that encircle your own life, you can imagine how many relationships need to be restored when someone comes to us with no one in their circle.

Thank you for being an on-going source of support for individuals re-building their lives with Cherry Street.  Providing access to opportunities for stable and vibrant relationships walks side by side with safe and affordable housing and reliable income to create an outcome of community independence.

The Pre-Winter Shopping List

Our pantry has some blank spots you can help fill.

Drop it off, have it delivered or create your own collection drive.

  • Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cherry Street Mission Ministries, PO Box 9100 Street, Toledo, OH 43697 or you can donate online at www.cherrystreetmission.org/give. Monetary donations allow the organization to use their buying power to receive quantity discounts and purchase what is needed, just in time for the holiday.
  • Shop with Amazon or Amazon Smiles to have your donations shipped directly to Cherry Street located at 1501 Monroe St. Toledo OH 43604.
    You can view the Amazon Wish List HERE.
  • Drop off your donations to Cherry Street’s Life Revitalization Center  Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm.  Come to the 16th Street side of the Life Revitalization Center located at 1501 Monroe St. Toledo OH 43604.

Be The Bridge

Be The Bridge

The City of Toledo, along with the rest of the world have experienced significant challenges over the past 6 months.  We are blessed with great leadership in our community.  THANK YOU to you and our community leaders for your unwavering leadership during these challenging times.

On behalf of Cherry Street Mission Ministries, we are committed to being a part of solution to rebuilding our community, one life at a time!  In addition to serving the homeless population, providing housing, education and support services, we want to be a bridge to other businesses that have struggled during unprecedented times.

We are excited to host the 2nd annual Be the Bridge event on October 24th, 2020.  Our hope is to have YOUR support and BE THE BRIDGE for the redevelopment of our community!  We plan on raising additional funds so that we can pay our vendors this year and BE THE BRIDGE to helping small businesses get back to business!

After much thoughtful consideration, Cherry Street Mission Ministries is hosting a digital event.  With your “tickets” you will receive an “Event in a Bag” chucked full of local goodies and $50 worth of Bridge Bucks you can spend at any of the participating vendors.  We invite you to a virtual event partnering with small local businesses to be the bridge for our community and those that remain homeless during the pandemic.  To guarantee delivery of your “Event in a Bag” purchase your ticket by 10.14.2020.

Byblos/The Beirut


Bluewater Grille

Café Donuts

Chop House Toledo


Fowl & Fodder

Mancy’s Italian Grill

Mancy’s Steakhouse

Poco Piatti

Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn

Rick’s City Diner

Shorty’s True American Roadhouse

The Blarney Irish Pub

Real Seafood Company Toledo

Former Mayor Mike Bell

Andrea Casteel
Sheila Dwyer Schwartz
Ann Ebbert
Margaux Ford
Karyn Hajjar
Labib Hajjar
Barrie Howell
Bob Howell
John Jones
Rachel Keesey
Brian Lauber
Nikki Morey
Rick Salem
Amy Szabo
Claudia Vercellotti
Alia Wolaver