Covid-19 and Potential Residents

May 22nd, 2020|

In response to COVID-19 we have enacted an emergency modification to our intake policy. Effective immediately, we will not offer shelter service to those outside our region ( Region 12-Allen, Auglaize, Mercer counties). This is essential for prevention and best utilization of our already limited community resources.

Coronavirus Needs

May 22nd, 2020|

Due to COVID-19 we have noticed a decrease in the in-kind donations that we rely on the run the shelter. With the absence of gatherings and group meals we are not receiving prepared food donations and limited household supplies. For those that would like to donate while limiting your possible exposure to the virus, we encourage online shopping with delivery to the shelter at 328 W. Mckibben St. Lima, Ohio 45801 or donating gift cards so we can purchase what is needed most. We are still accepting donations in person as well. To limit exposure, you can call ahead (419.222.4663) and let us know that you are bringing in a donation. As always, we trust that all our needs will be met.  Thanks so much for remembering those in need during this time!

We have made changes to some of the items we regularly use to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus. We are switching from bulk packaged sharable items to individually packaged items. Also like everyone else, Samaritan House is experiencing a shortage of sanitation supplies and appreciate your consideration in donating any of the following  items:

  • Hand Sanitizer (On hand at Menard’s as of 5/26/20 #5718999 or #5755049)
  • Anti-Bacterial Cleaners
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Paper Towels
  • Frozen Dinners
  • Frozen Entrees Family Size
  • Sugar & Sweetener Packets
  • Individual Coffee Creamers
  • Individually Packages Snack Items (Chips, Cookies, Granola Bars)
  • Ziploc Sandwich Bags
  • Gift Cards to GFS, Wal-Mart, Meijer, Menard’s

See other items on our wishlist.

Thank you for your continued support!

Non Profits Struggle due to COVID and How You Can Help

April 2nd, 2020|

COVID-19 has greatly impacted Samaritan House and many non-profit organizations. We struggle to keep up with the ever changing information and guidelines in order to keep our residents and staff healthy and avoid spreading the virus. But, the impact is far greater than just a health crisis, it has also created a funding crisis. At Samaritan House we rely heavily on the community for funding and in-kind donations to operate the shelter. Each year we must raise 50% of our operating costs through donations, private grants, and fundraisers. These funds come from individuals, groups, businesses, churches and organizations-many of which have been put on hold or are no longer meeting. Due to economic uncertainty, monetary donations have nearly ceased. Also, the lack of goods in the marketplace and the quarantine has practically dried up the in-kind donations coming into the shelter. Without community support Samaritan House, along with many other non-profits, will struggle to make it through this pandemic. At this time, many funds are being made available for homeless prevention. This is necessary in order to keep the congregate shelter population to a minimum to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while we prepare as a community and a country. These dollars are of vital importance to the fight, however they don’t address the loss of income to shelters. Fortunately, as part of the CARES Act recently passed, tax payers may be able to take a $300 above the line tax deduction on their 2020 taxes. This means even if you do not itemize your taxes, you could benefit from this deduction while supporting qualifying charities. We anticipate a surge in the need for services in the coming months and are doing all that we can to ensure that we remain a viable resource to homeless and/or abused women and children in our community. We ask that if you are financially able, please consider donating to Samaritan House and other local charities to help during this difficult time.

If you would like to support Samaritan House please mail donations to 328 W. McKibben St. Lima, OH 45801 or donate online through PayPal

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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