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"A safe haven for women of domestic violence or homeless women with/without children."

Ruth Ann’s House is a transitional housing program located in Port Clinton, Ohio, which serves up to six women and their children at one time.

Individuals and families can stay at RAH up to two years while working with staff on an individualized plan that addresses the client’s needs and/or barriers. RAH’s primary mission is to provide residency and supportive services to women and children needing to step away from an abusive situation. When a waiting list occurs, these families are given priority to provide for their safety. Anyone in serious or immediate danger will be referred to a domestic violence shelter.

The ultimate goal of RAH is to transition the residents into permanent housing. Ongoing support is available to those who choose to maintain involvement.

Eligibility for Ruth Ann’s House:

  • Must be female

  • Must be head of household

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Must be homeless and/or at-risk of homelessness or fleeing abuse

  • Can be employed or unemployed

  • Willing to adhere to reasonable rules and commit to a self-directed development plan

Please be aware that proof of income will be requested.

Ruth Ann’s House also offers support groups and informational opportunities for the women and families to develop skills to make the necessary changes that encourage and facilitate self-sufficiency. Residency at RAH is not a requirement for joining certain support groups or workshops.

For information or to schedule an appointment call, (419) 734-9718 and ask for Barb Phillabaum.

"Facilitating Consumer Choices that result in successful outcomes"

The Outreach & Support Services unit is a 100% United Way funded program established in 2005 to assist individuals and families with strategies to help them get through immediate hardships while working on long term goals to improve their quality of life. The mission of the program in its early stages was to help 50 households navigate various community programs while striving to achieve personal prosperity.

Today, the program serves an average of slightly over 800 households per year ranging from highly involved case coordination to single visits for free tax preparation. Program services are family centered and outcome driven. Participation is voluntary and is provided at no cost to individuals receiving services. Families may participate for as long as they choose.

Services Offered

Services are available to all residents of Ottawa County and homeless families looking to establish permanent residency. The level of service is based on what the individual or family requires and what supports are already in place at the time of enrollment.

  • Individual and family development (also known as Intake)

  • Case Coordination (Senior, Adult and Youth)

  • Free tax preparation

  • Help completing program applications and maintaining agency reporting requirements

  • Medical, mental health and dental referrals

  • Prescription assistance (limited)

  • Basic needs items (such as diapers, hygiene products, etc.)

  • Advocacy

  • Residential screenings for landlords and housing referrals

  • Help getting eligibility documents (such as birth certificates, replacement Social Security cards, ID’s, etc.)

  • Social Security Benefit Planning & Analysis

  • Rent and utility assistance – as funds allow

  • Life Skills and other specialized training opportunities

  • Some services may require an outside referral.

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