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At Cherry Street Mission, we are adapting the way we create safe and welcoming environments. View our most recent articles and wishlist to see our COVID-19 needs.

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Good news! Beginning June 1st, we will slowly open up our doors to all volunteers.

Here are the volunteer opportunities that will be opening with the number of volunteers that we are accepting:

Help Serve a Meal
3 available slots for volunteers per shift, 7 days a week

Help Prepare Meals
2 available slots per shift, 7 days a week

Van Driver
1 slot per shift, 7 days a week

Library Support
1 slot per shift, Monday-Friday

Office Support
1 slot per shift, Monday-Friday

All other opportunities will continue to be on hold until further notice.

If you are interested in returning to volunteer, please note the following safety changes:

  • Upon entering our facilities, your temperature will be taken by Cherry Street staff. Any temperature 99.9 or over will mean asking you to come back a different day when your temperature is back to a normal range.
  • Masks are required to volunteer. Please remember to bring one with you the day of your volunteer shift. If you are in need of a mask, please ask a staff member and we will see if a mask is available for you.
  • If you are serving a meal, you will notice we now have plexiglass at the serving line. Make sure you are communicating clearly through your mask and with a friendly tone with our guests.

If you know anyone that is interested in volunteering with Cherry Street, please invite them to a volunteer orientation! Here are the dates and times:

Tuesday June 9th 5-6pm
Saturday June 20th 10-11:00am
Tuesday June 23rd 5-6pm

Please call 419-214-3419 to register a spot.

It is crucial the care and provision to those served at Cherry Street continues uninterrupted as it has since 1947.

For decades Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan has entrusted Cherry Street to care for the most vulnerable in the community and care for people living in poverty.

Please support us by contributing to the mission work we do, or by creating your own campaign. Making a donation is easy and safe. It is through the help and generosity of people like you that we are able to work toward ending poverty.

If you are experiencing homelessness, how do you Shelter-At-Home?

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Cherry Street is asking the public to help supply masks.  According to the Centers for Disease Control wearing masks may keep those served at Cherry Street and the staff who serve in safety.  The goal is to provide 2 masks for each person so one can be in use while one is being laundered.  Guidelines and a process have been put in place to ensure sanitation of the masks is ensured.  Instructions and sewing patterns from the CDC can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

How Many

  • 320 for guests
  • 130 for staff
  • 60 for volunteers

Drop off:
Donations can be dropped off at the Life Revitalization Center located at 1501 Monroe Street Toledo OH 43604.  Using the 16th street side for donation drop off, during set drop off times is preferred.  Our staff is very limited attending to the basic needs of our guests.  By using the 16th Street side during the appointed drop off times it limits your exposure and allows for the best ability for keeping 6 feet apart.Please keep Cherry Street in your prayers.

March 30, 2020- TOLEDO (Ohio) – PRESS RELEASE

The Lucas County Health Department alerted Cherry Street Mission Ministries to a patient having tested positive for COVID-19 who has been a guest at the mission. Since COVID-19 was first reported in Ohio, Cherry Street has been working with authorities to ensure best practices are in place and the care of those depending on Cherry Street goes on without interruption.

As per the Stay-At-Home orders by Governor DeWine, the patient is to follow isolation protocols at the shelter and is being kept away from all other guests. During follow-up with the Health Department, it was assessed whether the individual may have exposed others and needed precautions have already been put in place. All guests, staff and volunteers have been alerted and some have been quarantined.

While the patient is in quarantine, they are on bed rest in an isolated room that promotes rest and health. Meals and refreshments are provided to the guests and delivered to the isolation room so they may stay in isolation.

Cherry Street has employed the best available protection there is at this time. Quarantined guests are using masks and staying in place. The mission has added extra cleaning bathroom procedures for the quarantined guest to ensure no virus is spread after having used common area such as the restroom or shower. As part of the mission’s usual procedures, medically appropriate cleaning solutions that kill the virus have been in use, to the best of the mission’s ability social distancing is in practice and vigorously enforce hand washing and sanitizer use. Additionally, staff are taking temperatures every day for every person entering any building.

“The measures set in place by this team will greatly decrease the chance of outside exposure of others to the virus. Our focus is always to protect the most vulnerable in our community and to provide the essentials to those experiencing homelessness. We feel a great sense of responsibility to protect each one who stay at Cherry Street and are treating this as their temporary home,” said Dr. Wes Modder, CEO of Cherry Street Mission Ministries.

For more about the procedures at Cherry Street during the Stay-At-Home orders Cherry Street has prepared a video with further details. The video can be found below.

As people shelter in place, Cherry Street has concerns about income. The community has loved Cherry Street for 70-plus years and we know the community is going to continue to support the needs of Cherry Street Mission Ministries. For decades Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan has entrusted Cherry Street to care for those experiencing homelessness and care for people living in poverty. Our wish list can be viewed below and you can made a donation HERE.

Founded in 1947, Cherry Street Mission Ministries provides basic needs, housing solutions, and opportunities for transformation and redemption through plan development. Cherry Street is privately funded and does not receive government funding.

March 30, 2020- TOLEDO (Ohio) – PRESS RELEASE

To address some of the questions and assumptions made by the public, Cherry Street has released a video to provide clarity and answers. The video can be found below.

Cherry Street is considered an essential service and will remain open, regardless of the current pandemic.

Cherry Street is always practicing disease management because of contagions like the flu, tuberculosis, hepatitis, impetigo and HIV. We’re following best practices for all guests, staff and volunteers through:

  • Detection
  • Isolation
  • Containment

Volunteers are needed.  The good news is that many people are not at high risk. If you are not symptomatic or not considered high risk, the public is encouraged to decide for themselves. Please do what’s best for your community and for you. Cherry Street would love your help because as we said- the shelter will remain open.  It is crucial the care and provision to those served at Cherry Street continues uninterrupted as it has since 1947. Sign up to volunteer HERE.

Before this outbreak started showing up in our area, Cherry Street already was well stocked with items like soap, bottled water, hand sanitizer, cleaning chemicals, and disinfectant wipes. Those advanced purchases has been a massive hit to the budget of the organization. Monetary support from the public will help bridge the gaps.

As people shelter in place, Cherry Street has concerns about income.  The community has loved Cherry Street for 70-plus years and we know the community is going to continue to support the needs of Cherry Street Mission Ministries. For decades Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan has entrusted Cherry Street to care for the most vulnerable in the community and care for people living in poverty. Donations can be made HERE and the wish list can be viewed HERE.

Founded in 1947, Cherry Street Mission Ministries provides basic needs, housing solutions, and opportunities for transformation and redemption through plan development.  Cherry Street is privately funded and does not receive government funding.

COVID-19 Wish List

  • Brown bags for meal delivery
  • Sandwich bags
  • Individual fruit cups
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit bars
  • Fruit strips
  • Snack bags of chips, pretzels, popcorn, crackers
  • Snack cheese and crackers
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Shelf staple tuna in pouches
  • Chicken salad on the go pouches
  • Soup with pop tops
  • Cup of noodles
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Monetary Donations

Donations may be sent to/dropped off at:
Cherry Street’s Life Revitalization Center
1501 Monroe Street Toledo, OH 43604
(former Macomber School)

Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For more information contact Sam Guidry at 419-214-3008.

You can also check out our Amazon Wish List. You are encouraged to use the Amazon Smile program when possible to earn more money for Cherry Street.

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Stay up to date, and discover how your support changes lives. Read our guests’ stories and you may discover that the homeless aren’t exactly who you thought they were. They are Mothers, Fathers, Sisters and Brothers. They are Aunts, Uncles, Grandfathers, and Grandmothers. They are Daughters and Sons. They are Young, Old, High-School Dropouts and College Students. They are Veterans,  who served our country. They are from every race and every walk of life.

They arrived at Cherry Street, hopeless and homeless, sometimes through circumstances most of us can’t imagine, but often for reasons we can imagine all too well. An extended illness that racks up insurmountable debt. A sudden cutback at work that leaves them jobless without warning. The loss of a spouse or child that rocks their world off its foundation. Thanks to Cherry Street donors and volunteers, they have the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

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To donate:

  • Planned giving
  • Corporate and major gifts
  • Annuities
  • Insurance

You can contact acasteel@cherrystreetmission.org

If you would like, you can also make an online donation by clicking the button below.

419-214-3410

Your donation enables us to provide those living in poverty with over 600-800 meals each day. Food donations must have been prepared in ServSafe® conditions or donated as whole, uncooked food. Deliveries can be made Monday – Friday 9am to 3pm. The delivery door is located on 16th Street between Washington and Monroe.

Contact the Team:

419-214-3205

Volunteers make up 1/3 of the human effort needed to run Cherry Street 365 days a year. Many volunteer opportunities allow the perfect fit for nearly everyone to get involved.

You can email our Community Relations Manager at volunteer@cherrystreetmission.org or call 419.214.3419.

If you would like to register online, you can sign up below.

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Special events and drives are opportunities for Cherry Street to reach out to poverty within our community. Your donation of time could be at one of our special events or you could host your own.

You can email our Events Coordinator

Email

419-214-3312

If you have questions regarding the following:

  • Public relations
  • Media Relations or Inquiries
  • Communications

Email

419-214-3410

You can contact our CEO/President, Ann Ebbert

Email

419-214-4160

To learn more about becoming a Pillar of Hope click here

To request a tour of Cherry Street click here.

Working together we can address the needs of those who are hungry and together we can start Feeding Futures.

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Thank you so much for thinking of ways you can help others in your community. Our Mac Street Café operates under the rules of the Health Department. That means we can only take food under very specific circumstances. Unfortunately, we will have to decline this offer. But please do call us again. Our needs change from time to time and we would like to stay in touch with you.

Right now we don’t have space or volunteers to handle donations like this. Thank you for thinking of ways you can help others in your community.

Alternate Suggestions

You can contact one of the following:

  • Epworth United Methodist at 419.531.4236
  • Habitat for Humanity at 419.382.1658
  • Water for Ismael at 419.720.8089
  • Salvation Army at 419.241.8231
  • Empower 1 at 419.327.7653

We cannot take mattresses. We can take new or in excellent condition pillows. Blankets and sheets need to be twin sized only.

Alternate Suggestions

You can contact one of the following:

  • Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission at 419.241.6579
  • Goodwill at 419.255.0070
  • Salvation Army at 419.241.8231
  • Empower 1 at 419.327.7653

Thank you for thinking of those served at Cherry Street. As a ministry we work with other organizations who are better suited to serve children. Cherry Street does not have children in our buildings or in our programming.

Alternate Suggestions

You can contact one of the following:

  • The Family House t 419.242.5505
  • Mom’s House at 419.241.5554
  • Baby U at 419.855.2516

Right now we don’t have space or volunteers to handle donations like this. We are living in abundance right now. You might want to make the donation to our partner, Goodwill. They have been a great partner with us. They supply our guests with vouchers to shop there, just like you and I shop there.

Alternate Suggestions

You can contact one of the following:

  • Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission at 419.241.6579
  • Goodwill at 419.255.0070
  • Empower 1 at 419.327.7653

ALL donations come to one location at the LRC. Even if it is meant for a specific group or shelter. Please bring all donations to 1501 Monroe Street 43604. Come to the door with a sign on the 16th street side. There is a doorbell right by the door. If you come during the regular hours someone will be there to help you unload. All donations are weighed and properly accounted for the IRS.

Sadly, we do not have the volunteers to handle requests such as this.

Alternate Suggestions

You can contact one of the following:

  •  Salvation Army at 419.241.8231
  • Easter Seals at 419.535.5750

Cherry Street does not have the ability or programming allowing for a request like this. You are encouraged to call 2-1-1 for assistance and possible resources.

Cherry Street stopped providing food boxes in summer of 2017. You can call 2-1-1 for a list of organizations that might be able to help you. You could also try Feed Your Neighbor through Lutheran Social Services.

Yes. Cherry Street ALWAYS has room for individuals over 18. Please come!

We work in partnership with the Toledo Public Library for the books used in the library at the Life Revitalization Center. They ensure we have a wide variety of books and rotate inventory out as it ages. We would love to take your donate but we are using their system to best serve the needs of the patrons of the library.

Alternate Suggestions

You can contact one of the following:

  • Toledo Public Library accepts clean, gently-used books, CDs and DVDs. Small quantities (one grocery bag or less) can be donated at any Library location. Larger donations can be donated to the Book Center at 1301 N. Reynolds Rd. on Fridays, 9 a.m. - noon.
  • 577 Foundation is located at 577 East Front Street in Perrysburg. The Once-Read Book center is open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm. Book donations are welcomed as well as browsers & those wishing to buy books! BOOK DONATIONS (Accepted In Boxes or Bags Only – Max. 5):

We are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. If a person is new to us, you can come at any time. We aren’t going to turn anyone away simply because of what time it is. If we know you and are in relationship with you as a guest, check-in is after dinner and usually ends about 9 pm. However we make special arrangements with people who have to come in late after work or other such obligations. Those are dependent upon previous conversations and previous arrangement.

At your first check-in you can come at any time. After that you will need to have had a conversation with a Cherry Street staff member if you have a job or a situation that does not allow you to be in at the 9pm curfew. Otherwise the curfew is 9pm.

To start off, no. We have partners that will help you get your ID immediately.

If you have an ID, please bring that. Belongings you bring with you need to be able to fit into a tote. The storage tote is approximately 18 x 14 X 17 inches. When you stay with us, you are allowed to store items in the storage tote. You can gain access to your tote twice a day. The totes stay locked in a room. All other belongs not in the tote need to go with you each day. Guests are not permitted to have food in the resident houses or stored in totes. Weapons and illegal drugs are also not permitted.

Cherry Street works in collaboration with other organizations who provide equipment to those staying at Cherry Street.

Alternate Suggestions

You can contact one of the following:

  • Catholic Charities at 419.244.6711
  • ISOH/IMPACT (supplies shipped overseas to disaster areas) at 419.878.8548
  • The Ability Center at 419.885.5733

2-1-1 is a special abbreviated telephone number reserved in Canada and the United States as an easy-to-remember three-digit telephone number meant to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations.


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Become a Volunteer

You can depend on Cherry Street to provide training to you, provide opportunities for learning, ignite your desire to serve others, lead you and attend to your needs while you are helping to meet the needs of those living in poverty.

  • Orientation and training
  • One-on-One interview to find the best fit for you
  • Make an impact on the lives of others
  • On the job training
  • Consideration for paid staff positions

Volunteering

Must attend volunteer orientation first. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers 16-17 years old  must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Orientation Times

1st & 3rd Saturdays @ 10- 11 am
2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 5- 6 pm

Location: The Life Revitalization Center located at 1501 Monroe Street Toledo OH 43604

Contact us at 419.214.3419 or volunteer@cherrystreetmission.org to sign up for your orientation.

Thank you for being a returning Volunteer! Please log into your Volunteer profile for more information.

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Benefits

You can depend on Cherry Street to provide training to you, provide opportunities for learning, ignite your desire to serve others, lead you and attend to your needs while you are helping to meet the needs of those living in poverty.

  • Orientation and training
  • One-on-One interview to find the best fit for you
  • Make an impact on the lives of others
  • On the job training
  • Consideration for paid staff positions

Teams & Groups

Our Team Building is at its best, because it’s with a purpose. Organizations can participate in worthwhile projects that build their teams through serving together. Projects are numerous and varied.

  • Paint a room
  • Prepare a space for new purposes
  • Sort donated items
  • Create your own donation drive
  • Serve a meal
  • Maintenance
  • Special Events

Basic Skills Lab/Tutors

  • Read for literacy
  • Math tutoring
  • Basic computer skills
  • Preparation for student placement exams

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1 pm-3:00 pm
Location: The Life Revitalization Center

Check In Specialist

  • Welcome all guests, act as a host
  • Check bags to ensure safety
  • Show hospitality

Hours: 7 days a week, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Sparrow’s Nest and Men’s Facility

Donation Warehouse

  • Welcome, greet and answer donor questions. Show hospitality.
  • Help organize and store donated items
  • Work with Cherry Street’s Facilities Team

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: The Life Revitalization Center

Help Serve A Meal

  • Show hospitality
  • Show friendliness
  • Offer food choices

Hours: 7 days a week, Breakfast 6:45 am-8:45 am, Lunch 11:45 am-1:45 pm, Dinner 4:45 pm-6:45 pm
Location: The Life Revitalization Center

Bible Study Leader

  • Help guests engage with learning the bible at the residential houses and the Life Revitalization Center.

Life Revitalization Center Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am-11:00 am, 3-4:00 pm, Thursday 1 pm-2:00 pm
Hours for the Men’s Facility and Sparrow’s Nest: 7 days a week 7 pm-8:00 pm

Conversation Friend

  • Partner with staff to build relationships with guests
  • Offer encouragement and support to those you sit with

Hours: 7 days a week, Breakfast 7 am-8:30 am, Lunch 12 am-1:30 pm, Dinner 5 pm-6:30 pm
Location: The Life Revitalization Center

Help Prepare Meals

  • Support kitchen staff
  • Cook large quantities of meals
  • Chop, sort and store a variety of foods

Hours: 7 days a week, 1st Shift 7 am-10:00 am, 2nd shift 10 am-1:00 pm, 3rd shift 1 pm-4:00 pm, 4th shift 4 pm-7:00 pm
Location: The Life Revitalization Center

Job Readiness

  • Give insight and mentor guests with soft skills
  • Help write resumes
  • Help guests with job interviewing skills

Hours: On-call basis
Location: The Life Revitalization Center

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  • Latest volunteer opportunities
  • In depth positions descriptions
  • Improved service to you, the volunteer
  • Improved service with those we serve
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