2020 Annual Report
From the Executive Director
It's another snowy Monday morning, a perfect opportunity for me to reflect on our first full year!
We began 2020 poised for action: We had 501(c)(3) status and were waiting for capital acquisition funding from the state. With the pandemic, the state budget was on hold and wait, we did! When an opportunity presented itself to lease two nice homes on serene acreage, we rolled up our sleeves, changed gears, and began getting them ready.
You volunteered time giving both homes a makeover inside and out. Many of you donated time, cash, furniture or household items to get the homes move-in ready. They were fully furnished to house 7 women in one and 8 men in the other. Every room was blessed by a deacon. We had great family fun building a garden and celebrating with a fall Harvest Party (imported pumpkins this year!)
As sometimes happens, although we had similar endpoints, our mission of recovery housing wasn't in sync with the owner's vision of sober homes. He decided to manage the homes in the way that he felt best...and our involvement was no longer needed. We spent alot of effort getting these homes ready and are sure that many people in recovery will feel God's love in them!
And so, here we are back to where we started...waiting for capital funds...stay tuned for God's plan for On Our Way Home in 2021!
14 Welcome Home Baskets
We are especially grateful this first year to Karen Scherra of Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Matt Bierkan and Alicia Fine of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, for believing in us and our mission, and holding our hands much of the way this first year!
Also, to SCORE of Greater Cincinnati mentor Jim Maltry for getting us officially organized, and to our many board members for steering us forward.
Finally, for all the love and support of my immediate family, all of my siblings and the H.R. LaBar Family Foundation Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
May God bless you all abundantly!