St. Paul’s Community Center Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary
On September 20th 2018, St. Paul’s Community Center celebrated its 40th year of Service in Toledo at Parkway Place. This year’s event helped us raise more than $27,000 for the homeless.
St. Paul’s Community Center was started by St Paul’s United Methodist Church as a “drop in center” for adults to drop by for a game of pool, a bowl of soup or simply conversation. In this safe environment, St Paul’s staff was there to guide individuals to community resources, housing and mental health services.
Throughout the years, St. Paul’s grew into providing multiple services such as shelter, food, outreach services, permanent supportive housing, payee programs and more. Today, St. Paul’s mission of being the safety net of the community continues. “We believed back then and we believe today”, said Joe Habib, Executive Director, “that as long as there is mental illness, as long as people get laid off work, as long as life can be harsh and unpredictable, our work is not done”.
Many volunteers, religious organizations, corporations, and sponsors keep the mission alive. Among them, Bob Town was awarded the Hero of Homeless Award for his 20 years of service and dedication. Walk the Word Church was awarded the Alice Dickerson Faith Based Award for bringing happiness to the homeless on Holidays and throughout the year. Finally, Dana Corporation was awarded the Ruth Arden Community Award for their unwavering commitment to the homeless.
In the past 40 years, St Paul’s helped thousands of individuals and provided thousands of meals. Joe Habib renewed hope for the homeless by vowing that “we will not close our doors, we will not let anyone go hungry, we will not turn our backs on people and we will not leave them out in the cold.”