Excellence in Leadership Award, Organization
Blessing House is a Children’s Crisis Care Center that provides residential care for children, birth through 12 years old, when their families are having an emergency and they need a safe place for their children to stay. We provide care for the children and support for their families so that children are kept safe while families address their crisis.
Blessing House was started by three women who saw the need for a place for children when families were experiencing difficulties. Sr. Mary Berigan, Donna Humphrey and Jane Jonesco worked together to form a non-profit organization to address this need and Blessing House opened in April, 2005, in Sheffield Township. Sr. Mary has continued the mission of Blessing House as Executive Director and Donna continues her support as Business Manager.
Blessing House is a non-denominational, faith based organization, licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to care for up to 10 children at a time. Children stay at Blessing House because of homelessness, family medical or mental health issues, substance abuse or domestic violence in the home, parent/caregiver incarceration or because the family is living in an unsafe environment.
Blessing House is supported by the community and cares for approximately 175 children each year. Since opening in April, 2005, we have cared for over 1,200 children.
Blessing House is a non-profit organization under the direction of a Board of Directors and we care for children primarily from Lorain County.