230 student volunteers from BGSU join forces to paint Toledo homeless shelter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:18
Family House (Toledo Community Service Center) welcomed 230 students from Bowling Green State University on Wednesday afternoon, as they arrived to paint the entire inside of the four-story building.
Family House, the largest emergency shelter for families in northwest Ohio, maintains over 35 rooms with 103 beds to accommodate families experiencing the crisis of homelessness. It is located on Indiana Avenue in Toledo.
"It is both humbling and amazing to see the kind of dedication these students have for those less fortunate," said Renee Palacios, executive director of Family House. "It is awesome to see so many young people getting involved to help!"   
The BGSU students represented 30 different departments and organizations, in a project led by the director of the Chapman Learning Community on campus.
"We had graphic design students come in in advance to determine colors," said Palacios.
Indiana Baptist Church across the street provided a temporary space for the families to go while the painting was being completed, she added.  Dinner and activities were provided at the church from 3-8 p.m. to allow the paint to dry.  
Family House has provided emergency shelter to families for over 25 years and is housed in the old Indiana YMCA building, a huge building.   
The Toledo Community Service Center, doing business as Family House, is the second largest emergency shelter for families in Ohio. It assists almost 300 families annually, including emergency shelter, food, clothing, basic needs and intensive individualized case management services to move families from crisis to independent living.

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