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MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Mercy Manor helps women in recovery

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The most recent partnership programming includes: Edgemont Community Solar Garden. “Each lady has her own garden, to grow vegetables,” says Hudson-Banner. Central State University offers courses in agriculture and nutrition. Montgomery County Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Awareness Programs offers relapse prevention groups. “

The pandemic presents additional challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique challenge for an organization that prioritizes peer interaction, peer support and participation in 12-step programs. “We had to operate with essential virus mitigation standards that mandated awareness, such as adhering to social distancing, limiting attendance in public places, and wearing masks,” says Hudson-Banner. “Health and Safety has compelled Mercy Manor to advance virus mitigation procedures in the best possible way to simultaneously maintain a strong social model environment.”

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She says there was also a significant challenge with the inability to hold the organization’s annual fundraiser since 2019. “However, in 2023 we will have our first in-person Founder’s Day luncheon.”

Mercy Manor is a service provider for the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Services (ADAMHS Board). And a certified associate member of Ohio Recovery Housing with the state.

Here’s what they need:

  • large kitchen trash bags
  • Paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, tissues
  • Liquid hand soap, liquid dishwashing detergent, automatic dishwashing detergent
  • Furniture varnish
  • Laundry
  • Lysol, Pine-Sol or equivalent
  • Glass cleaner, Comet, Soft Scrub
  • Personal hygiene products: soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body lotion, petroleum jelly, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair spray.
  • Alarm clocks, clock radios, umbrellas, postage stamps for personal correspondence, batteries of all sizes for personal CD players, cameras or radios, etc.

Women going to independent living apartments need:

  • Floor lamps and table lamps, light bulbs, mops, brooms, scouring buckets, trash cans for the kitchen or bathroom
  • Kitchen or bathroom mats, bath mats, shower curtains
  • Coffee makers, toaster ovens, pots, pans, dishes, glasses, cutlery, televisions, DVD players, etc.
  • Kroger, Walmart gift cards for food for new residents

Drop off your donations at 23 Grosvenor Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45417. You are asked to call ahead to schedule a drop off time. The number to call is 937-268-0282.

Other ways to help:

  • Annual Founders Day Luncheon Celebrating 31 years of service, it will be held at noon on Saturday, March 18, at the Presidential Banquet Center. Check the website for more information.
  • An annual Charity golf tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, July 28 at Meadowbrook Golf Club, 6001 Salem Ave., Clayton. Golf fees are $100 per person and sponsorships are available. Check the website for more information.
  • Speakers are available for group presentations or additional information. Call Barbara Hudson-Banner at 937-268-0282 or 937-554-2239.

Website: Mercy Manor|homeless women|addiction|abuse.

Help Hannah’s Treasure Chest make Christmas special for over 1,000 children

Hannah’s Treasure Chest, the Centerville-based children’s charity, has a Christmas program called “Giving Angels” to help local children in need. This year, the organization is helping more than 1,000 children with new Christmas toys and clothes, as well as a family gift and Christmas dinner gift card.

The Giving Angels team will be working until Christmas Eve to ensure that every child and family receives something special for Christmas – if you would like to contribute financially, please visit or by mail to 124 Westpark Rd. Centerville OH 45459. The Centerville warehouse will be closed for the holidays and its annual audit and will reopen January 1st. 17.


Meredith Moss writes about Dayton-area nonprofits and their specific needs. If your group has a wishlist they’d like to share with our readers, contact Meredith:

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