Social Resources

Abuse & Assault Victims

Report Police Abuse or Misconduct
If you feel that police have violated your rights, or you’ve witnessed police misconduct against someone else, do not panic.
https://www.flexyourrights.org/faqs/how-to-report-police-misconduct
BPD: 937-599-1010 / smarlow@ci.bellefontaine.oh.us
LCSD: 937-592-5731 / sheriff@co.logan.oh.us
Mayor: 937-592-4376 / bstahler@ci.bellefontaine.oh.us
OSHP: phone #677 / https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/help-center/contact-us
National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) [Ohio Attorney Referrals]

Soteria House
Services offered include a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter, counseling and advocacy for raped and battered persons, and community prevention programs for church groups, schools, organizations and agencies.
1855 W SR 47, Bellefontaine / 937-404-2365
EMERGENCY 24/7 HOTLINE: 877-394-1046

Addiction & Suicide Prevention

TCN Behavioral Health
118 Maple Street, Bellefontaine / 937-599-1975
1521 N Detroit Street, West Liberty / 800-465-8065
https://www.tcn.org
EMERGENCY 24/7 HOTLINE: 800-224-0422 / 800-784-2433

Discrimination

American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU)
Mission: To champion and expand constitutional and other fundamental rights and to pursue racial, economic, gender, and social equity for all Ohioans using all the tools of integrated advocacy without political partisanship; to fight in both principle and practice for the best ideals of fairness, freedom, and justice; and to advance our mission through an anti-racist, intersectional lens with determination, agility, practicality, and hope. [REQUEST ASSISTANCE]

Equality Ohio Legal Clinic
Equality Ohio often hears from LGBTQ+ people who are in a bind; sometimes because Ohio’s laws leave them out, and sometimes because many systems just aren’t set up to serve LGBTQ+ people. The legal clinic offers many free legal services, like consumer law (such as fraud and identity theft), family law, civil rights, administrative help (such as SSI or disability) and more. They also offer affordable online CLE courses for practicing attorneys, and general knowledge courses for the public. In order to be represented by a lawyer from the legal clinic, your income must be within 300% of the federal poverty level.
Call 855-LGBT-LAW or fill out an intake form.

Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens

Belle Center Food Pantry
Every 3rd Wednesday, 5-7pm
103 Buckeye Street, Belle Center

Bellefontaine Caring Friends Pantry
Every 4th Tuesday, 2-5pm
1910 County Road 130, Bellefontaine

Bellefontaine COG Food Pantry
Every 2nd Tuesday, 4-5:30pm
1000 E Brown Ave, Bellefontaine

Bellefontaine Luth. Comm. Services
(Weekdays)
Lunch carry-out: 10am-1pm
Dinner dine-in: 4:40-6pm
Pantry: 9:30–11:30am, 1:30–3:30 pm
223 Oakland Square, Bellefontaine

Bellefontaine SVDP Food Pantry
Tuesdays and Thursdays,10am-12pm
and Wednesdays, 5-7pm

316 E Patterson, Bellefontaine 43311

Lakeview Daily Bread Pantry
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm

11143 Shawnee Path, Lakeview

Quincy 5 Loaves Food Pantry
Every 3rd Wednesday, 5-7pm
111 South Street, Quincy

Quincy Gospel Barn Pantry
Last Monthly Saturdays, 1-3pm
322 Main, Quincy

Roundhead UMC Free Meal
Every 3rd Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm
2254 OH-385, Waynesfield

Rushsylvania Food Pantry
(date/time?)
170 Mill Street East, Rushsylvania

Russells Point SVDP Food Pantry
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10am-2pm

463 Madison Ave, Russells Point

Russells Point UCS Food Pantry
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays, 12-3pm

433 State Route 708, Russells Point

Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry
Emergency home delivery box of food for 60yo+ Monday-Friday 10am-2pm
Requests: 937-325-8715 / theshfb.org

West Liberty Cares Food Pantry
1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays, 12-3pm
and 2nd Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

56 State Route 508, West Liberty

West Mansfield Give and Take Pantry
Jan-Oct: 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9-11am
Nov+Dec: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9-11am

115 S. Main Street, West Mansfield

Housing & Shelter

Fair Housing (Ohio Legal Help)
Under Ohio and federal law, it is illegal for landlords and other housing providers to discriminate against you in the sale or rental of housing. This includes if you are buying or renting a home, seeking a mortgage or housing assistance and in other housing-related activities. Discrimination happens when you are treated unfairly or differently because you belong to a certain group of people, like your race or sex. Also, if you have a disability, you can ask for reasonable changes, called a reasonable accommodation or modification, to help you get full use of your home.
https://www.ohiolegalhelp.org/topic/fair-housing-ohio

Logan County Emergency Shelter
(men and women segregated; silent on trans-affirming beds)
The Logan County Homeless Shelters is a faith-based initiative that has been in existence since 2003 and reopened in Bellefontaine in 2008. Our goal is to provide stable housing to people while trying to get a job and showing them the light of Christ while doing so. The shelters are operated by a board of directors who meet monthly. The shelters have never gone without a waiting list, and it is filled 90% of the time (10% is between clients and cleaning).
223 Oakland Square, Bellefontaine
Call 937-935-4292 or 937-210-5978
https://www.logancountyemergencyshelters.org

Renters & Tenant Rights (at OHFA)
As a renter, you have certain rights and responsibilities. Below are links to other web sites and housing-related services that can help you better understand your right to fair and safe housing. 
https://www.ohiohome.org/renters.aspx

Residential Administrators Inc
This is a Non Profit Organization that may be able to provide housing assistance and subsidies to the mentally ill. Many different programs, including the Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) and Homeless Assistance Program (HAP).
1521 N Detroit Street, West Liberty
Call 937-465-1045
http://resadmin.org
https://www.mhdas.org/subsidized-housing.html

United Way of Logan County Housing Stability Program
Rent / utility assistance is the #1 reason why people call 211 for help in Logan County.  In response, United Way launched the Housing Stability Program in 2021. More than just a handout, this program serves as a hand-up for local families in need of rent and utility assistance. [SEE QUALIFICATIONS]
Call (937) 592-2886 for assistance and more information

Labor

Central Ohio Worker Center
The Central Ohio Worker Center (“COWC”) is a non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and advocates for and with low-wage and immigrant workers in Central Ohio. COWC provides “know your rights” workshops, training on labor and immigration law and policy, and effective assistance on wage theft and immigration cases. Their labor liaison works closely with our friends in the labor movement to ensure that all workers have access to the benefits of collective bargaining and workplace representation.
Call or text: 614-256-7191
centralohioworkercenter@gmail.com
https://centralohioworkercenter.org/

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Helps injured workers and their employers cope with workplace injuries. BWC pays medical benefits and lost wages to employees who are injured or contract an occupational disease on the job.
https://info.bwc.ohio.gov/for-workers

Parolee Community Reentry

Bureau of Community Sanctions
Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
The Bureau of Community Sanctions distributes and monitors grant and contractual funds provided to local jurisdictions and private vendors to establish community sanctions and residential services for adult offenders that are re-integrating into the community or who, otherwise, would be incarcerated in local jails or state prisons.
https://drc.ohio.gov/community

Dayton – Volunteers of America, Inc. (SO-accepting)
1931 S. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton, OH 45417
(513) 381-1954 / https://www.voaohin.org/ohio

Lima – Ohio Link, Inc. (Not SO-accepting)
517 S. Main Street, Lima, OH 45804
(419) 549-8008 / https://www.alvis180.org

Toledo – TASC of Northwest Ohio
Male and female adults who have a severe and persistent mental illness, or are dually diagnosed, and/or have HIV. Accepts those with a sex offense and others with difficult criminal barriers.
701 Jefferson Ave., Ste 101, Toledo, OH 43604
MErdman@tascnwo.org / (419) 242-9955 / https://www.tascnwo.org

Utilities & Internet

Affordable Connectivity Program
(broadband service and internet connected devices)
You can qualify based on your household income, if you or your child or dependent participate in certain government assistance programs, or if you or anyone in your household already receives a Lifeline benefit. [APPLY]

Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications
(broadband service and internet connected devices)
Provides subscribers a discount on qualifying monthly telephone service, broadband Internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages purchased from participating wireline or wireless providers. [APPLY]

Ohio Energy Assistance Programs
– Home Energy Assistance Program
– Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)
– HEAP Summer Crisis Program
– Electric Partnership Plan (EPP)
– Home Weatherization Assistance Program
– Home Relief Grant
– Ohio Household Water Assistance
– HEAP Winter Crisis Program
https://development.ohio.gov/individual/energy-assistance

WarmChoice™ (Columbia Gas)
Are you a Columbia Gas customer? You may be eligible to receive assistance from Columbia to make your home energy efficient and reduce energy costs. The WarmChoice™ program, funded by Columbia Gas, is similar to the Home Weatherization Assistance Program. It provides eligible low-income households with services and repairs to make their homes safer and more energy-efficient. Mobile Homes are not eligible. [APPLY]

Other Resources

Logan County Job & Family Services
Provides a variety of assistance through cash and food programsmedical coverageemergency aidtransportation and child care assistance. These services are provided based on income and with the requirement that recipients participate in work-related activities. These may include work experience programs, employment, and education or job training through the Logan County OhioMeansJobs one-stop center and partnering organizations. Income maintenance assistance is provided for a limited time to help individuals and families as they recover from layoffs and other challenging circumstances.
1 Hunter Place, Suite B, Bellefontaine / 937-599-5165
https://www.loganjfs.org/public-assistance.html

The Democratic Party of Logan County is looking to help our community.
Just try to get the other major local party to do that!
We do an annual Christmas Family Adoption program, Overdue Student Lunch Debt program, and a Friends’ Funerals Flower Arrangements program.
More forms of commpassionate outreach are being planned and listened to.
Contact us to get involved in this new committee.

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