City Mission of Findlay

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The City Mission has helped men, women, children and families move from crisis to stability. We are the only emergency shelter in Hancock County and are funded entirely through individuals, churches and businesses in our community.

Contact information

Mailing address:
City Mission of Findlay
510 West Main Cross
Findlay, OH 45840


Phone: 419-423-9151


Organization details

EIN: 510137853

CEO/President: Mr. Phil Arnold

Chairman: Dr. John Seng

Board size: 11

Founder: Mary P. Carman

Year founded: 1975

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We provide shelter and meals and strive to instill a sense of hope in all who come through our doors. Every man, woman, and family that we serve comes from a different background and has a different challenge and circumstance.

Mission statement

City Mission of Findlay provides emergency help to homeless and hungry people through collaborative efforts to meet physical, spiritual, vocational and mental health needs demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating723 of 817130 of 150
Fund acquisition rating563 of 81799 of 150
Resource allocation rating529 of 817100 of 150
Asset utilization rating753 of 817143 of 150

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$20,971$32,079$516,272$646,226$865,991
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$224,361$119,883$645,544$873,848$1,372,117
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,774,488$2,837,337$3,005,756$2,212,742$728,053
Other long-term assets$45,912$79,327$67,644$66,466$73,323
Total long-term assets$2,820,400$2,916,664$3,073,400$2,279,208$801,376
Total assets$3,044,761$3,036,547$3,718,944$3,153,056$2,173,493
Payables and accrued expenses$1,296$10,567$57,897$6,139$6,734
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,296$10,567$57,897$6,139$6,734
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$600,029$0
Total long-term liabilities$800,483$754,285$1,296,906$600,029$0
Total liabilities$801,779$764,852$1,354,803$606,168$6,734
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$46,662$81,493$68,320$366,890$1,474,365
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,242,982$2,271,695$2,364,141$2,546,888$2,166,759
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Total contributions$851,573$1,149,186$943,632$1,327,977$1,078,349
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$130$32,749$4,337($4,308)$4,458
Other revenue$7,796$13,372$12,490$1,979$14,241
Total other revenue$7,926$46,121$16,827($2,329)$18,699
Total revenue$859,499$1,195,307$960,459$1,325,648$1,097,048
Program services$674,318$1,051,460$912,125$757,991$706,322
Management and general$101,108$124,896$103,607$69,009$63,336
Total expenses$888,212$1,287,753$1,143,206$945,519$898,699
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($28,713)($92,446)($182,747)$380,129$198,349
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($28,713)($92,446)($182,747)$380,129$198,349


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/28/2020. To update the information below, please email:


The City Mission Rescue Home was established in 1934 by Mary P. Carman, who directed the Mission for 39 years. Her purpose in founding the Mission was to offer temporary lodging, food, clothing, and shoes to all who were in need. Following Mary's retirement in 1973, Rev. Robert Riker tried to re-establish the work but was not successful.

In December of 1974, the Rev. Mabel Lee reopened the Mission and served as Director for eight years. Mabel Lee is credited with starting the first domestic violence shelter in Findlay as a part of the Mission's outreach. She was also a part of the task force which established Findlay's domestic violence shelter, Open Arms.

Since 1982 five different couples have served as Directors. The Mission has always had at least one ordained minister on staff. The City Mission has been housed at several locations over the years. The first Mission building, Mary Carman's home at 200 West Hardin, is no longer in existence, but other locations remain.

The second location at 608 Putnam Street served the Mission from the early 50's until 1975, when Church Women United sponsored a door-to-door fundraising campaign to purchase a larger property at 228 North Main Street. The North Main Street property was chosen because it had a sanctuary for worship services. It was a large, two building facility which could accommodate many more residents, but having two separate buildings created problems.

The present City Mission was acquired in 1979 because a single building facility made it easier to monitor the security of the quarters and the residents at night. In order to gain security, it was necessary to sacrifice size. In 1998 a new addition was added to the City Mission which gave the Mission much needed room for dorms, a kitchen, and a dining room.

Since 1998, the City Mission has seen an increase in men, women, and families seeking both emergency shelter and longer term stays in order to establish employment and find permanent housing. The City Mission now provides three meals a day to Residents who are utilizing our Day Center, established in 2010, to seek employment and housing. The Mission also continues to serve the needy of the community though evening meals, seven days a week, and twice weekly food box handouts. Due to the growing need in space, services, and resources, the City Mission launched its Capital Campaign in 2011 to raise much needed funding for expansion.

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