Ashland Church Community Emergency Shelter Services (ACCESS) works closely with other agencies such as the Mental Health Board, Kroc Center (Salvation Army), Safe Haven, Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, Ashland Associated Charities, and ACADA (Ashland County for Alcohol and Drug Abuse).
On referral from these agencies, ACCESS provides a 90-day program of free housing, meals, transportation, and mentoring to help women and families who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet. To stay in the program, guests must work daily to improve their job status and look for stable housing. After 90 days, if they are trying but unable to find affordable housing, ACCESS also offers subsidized transitional housing they can use while still receiving mentoring and support. Our goal is to make them self sufficient again.
In 2020 alone ACCESS supported 26 families, including 60 individuals and 29 children.
ACCESS is a mechanism for our guests to develop skills and relationships that will allow them to transition to self sufficiency.
"Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home"
Striving to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by stabilizing families of Ashland County in a safe and spiritual environment.