To the editor:

On behalf of myself and the clients, I would like to thank the community and the surrounding areas for their support with providing Christmas items for the children at the Highland County Homeless Shelter.

We were overjoyed by the community response to our Facebook post: over 13,000 views and hundreds of messages of support. Your generosity created a Christmas experience for the children that they will not soon forget.

In 2016-17, we provided shelter for 283 men, women, and children at no charge to the client. The shelter is always in need of monetary donations in order to continue to provide supportive services to the clients and to pay the utility bills associated with the day-to-day operations of the shelter.

The Highland County Homeless Shelter is open 365 days a year. We can offer assistance and support for up to 28 men, women and children, for a maximum of 90 days. We provide beds, food and shelter, along with access to essential programs and services that enable homeless individuals to rebuild their confidence and their lives.

We are happy to serve Highland County and surrounding areas, and we are proud to serve those less fortunate. There is hope. In order to meet our mission and provide services within our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support.

The Highland County Homeless Shelter has been proudly serving the community for over 13 years. We continue to strive to expand our programs and offerings to the community. We ask for your support in 2018 with a monetary donation to our annual fundraising campaign. Each year, our organization assists homeless individuals within our community and without donations from individuals like you, this would not be possible. Donations help sustain our organization and benefit the community which we serve.

Additionally, the Highland County Homeless Shelter is preparing for the annual Point-In-Time to be held on Jan. 23 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. This will be followed by a service-based count from Jan. 24-31 to identify any additional unsheltered individuals on the night of the Point-In-Time.

During a 24-hour period, staff and volunteers scout Highland County for homeless individuals, both sheltered and unsheltered, to offer assistance. The information is then provided to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, Ohio Development Services Agency and HUD to gauge which areas have seen increases or decreases in the homeless population. Staff and volunteers will be handing out backpacks with flashlights donated to the shelter by the Paint Valley ADAMH Board and personal hygiene products provided by the shelter staff.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Point-in-Time may contact the Highland County Homeless Shelter, at (937) 393-0634 or via email

I am so proud to be a part of such a generous community and cannot thank everyone enough for their support.

Greg Hawkins
Executive Director
Highland County Homeless Shelter