Below are answers to some frequently asked questions; click any question to view the answer. You can always contact us if you have additional questions or would like more information.
Donations and Financial
Do you accept clothing donations?
Yes, we accept donations of men's clothing.
When and where can I drop off a donation?
If you would like to drop off a donation, there are 15-minute parking spots in front of our building on Wayne Street. If you have a large amount of items to drop off, you may pull in to an unloading area behind our building on Central Avenue. The best time to drop off donations is weekdays from 9 AM - 4 PM. If another time works better for you, please call us at 419-224-6961 so we know to expect your visit.
What are your sources of funding?
We are funded by donations; we do not receive government funds or funding from other agencies. In 2017, 78% of donations were from individuals, 14% from businesses, and 8% from churches.
Is my gift tax deductible?
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law. Please consult a tax professional if you have additional questions regarding the deductibility of gifts.
Do you conduct door-to-door fundraising?
No, we do not conduct any door-to-door fundraising. Our fundraising is done primarily via direct mail. If you are contacted by someone who is fundraising in our name, please notify us.
Where do I start if I need help?
You may visit us, call 419-224-6961, or view out our "need help?" page for more information.
How long can someone stay at the Mission?
There is no fixed length of stay, it is determined on an individual basis. Level of need, attitude and behavior, willingness to make changes and showing progress toward goals are all factors that are considered.
What about women, children, and families?
Please see our "need help?" page for a list of additional community resources.
What causes homelessness?
There are many factors that can ultimately lead to homelessness, and it is different for every individual. Some causes include loss of job, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and breakdown of relationships.
What is unique about gospel rescue missions?
Rescue missions see homelessness as a symptom of other issues, and work to address those with each individual. We believe a relationship with Jesus Christ is the first step toward true healing and recovery.
How many people are served each year?
In 2017, we provided 17,538 meals and 6,517 nights of lodging in our overnight shelter.
How long has the Mission been operating?
Lima Rescue Mission was founded November 1, 1906, and has been operating continuously since that time.
Who owns Lima Rescue Mission?
No person or entity owns Lima Rescue Mission. The Mission is incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio and is governed by a Board of Trustees.