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Our Mission

Restoring personal dignity and independence to homeless women and their children by providing shelter, hope and guidance.

Who We Are

Lima’s Samaritan House has been serving homeless women and their children in Lima and Allen County since 1987. The shelter is located at 328 W. McKibben St. in Lima, Ohio and can be reached at (419) 222-4663(HOME) or

How You Can Help

We are in constant need of the support from concerned individuals who can help us continue to offer shelter to the homeless. There are many ways to help such as volunteering, offering monetary or in-kind support, or helping raise the awareness of homelessness.

What We Do

Lima’s Samaritan House is a supportive  emergency shelter program designed to help women become self-sufficient. Our on-site services, along with several area social service agencies, assist each individual with housing, along with personal, educational and vocational goals.

Shelter services include one-on-one case management, meals, bathing and laundry facilities along with supportive programming that may include parenting, resume and job readiness, drug and alcohol education, budgeting, health and hygiene education, nutrition and more.

The crucial role of case management identifies and addresses the multiple challenges our women and children face on a daily basis. Guiding clients through choices and changes increases their chances to succeed and significantly reduces recidivism. Case Management also works to connect individuals with programs and resources necessary to ensure not only a successful transition, but a support system once they have moved on from the shelter.


Approximately 55% of Lima’s Samaritan House total annual budget is received from from the Ohio Development Services Agency Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP).

The remaining 45% of necessary funding is attained through sustained grant writing efforts, private foundations, churches, clubs, organizations, and individuals. We rely on In-Kind donations for most of the food, medicine, cleaning supplies, office supplies and household goods that we need to run the shelter. In 2018 goods valued just under $68,000 were received as In-Kind donations. Any donated items that can not be used in a timely manner at Samaritan House are passed on to other local agencies that can use the item to serve the community. Fundraising efforts are ongoing, please consider donating today!

Sources of Monetary Funding For 2019



2019 In-Kind Donations