Every day, we help people experiencing homelessness in Fairfield County with emergency shelter services, veterans services, supportive housing and more. But our mission is more than just assistance, it’s to create a a better world by serving people in need. To that end, our goal is to lift up the people of Fairfield County so they may live a fulfilled life.
Located at 1681 E Main Street in Lancaster, the shelter offers a secure environment for homeless men and women on an emergency walk-in basis. Since 1987, we have provided shelter, food and clothing while helping individuals with access to longer term solutions such as housing, employment assistance, counseling and support groups. The shelter serves up to 24 individuals (16 men and 8 women) each night.
The shelter also offers the following services to help clients move from homelessness to self-sufficiency: case management, budgeting, planning and goal setting.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Fairhaven Place is Fairfield County’s only permanent supportive housing complex. It is also located at 1681 E. Main Street in Lancaster and offers seven furnished, single-room occupancy apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom and living area.
Upon move-in, weekly meetings are planned with case managers who help clients develop and follow weekly goal plans. Case managers work with these individuals to help them maintain self-sufficiency. Supportive services are offered to help clients with budgeting, employment readiness and housing assistance.
The Arthur B. Keiffer Veterans House is named after retired Air Force Major Arthur B. Keiffer (deceased) who founded the local military organization RAFA (Retired Armed Forces Association).
The house provides shelter for eight veterans for a maximum of two years. During this time, residents will work on medical issues, personal finances and obtaining employment in order to move to permanent, stable housing. Classes are offered at the house teaching life skills such as budgeting, shopping, cooking and cleaning.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
This program helps veteran families in Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Ross, Fayette, Pickaway, Highland, Adams and Brown counties obtain stable housing, whether they are currently homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. Families who are imminently at risk of losing their housing work with case managers to provide needed temporary financial assistance, linkage with community and VA benefits and a plan to improve their housing stability.
The sober housing program provides a safe environment where men who are experiencing homelessness and have drug or alcohol issues can receive treatment from mental health providers as well as encouragement from others seeking sobriety. The program can last for up to a year, and participants receive intensive case management to overcome their barriers for permanent housing.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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