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Seeds of Hope History

Daughters of Ruth started in January of 2010 as part of an initiative to help homeless women and children who were in need of emergency sheltering. The first Daughters of Ruth Shelter was opened on Dayton St. in October of 2011. Within the first year of shelter operation 46 women and 47 children were able to obtain permanent housing. Many of those women were also able to secure full-time jobs.

In 2013 Daughters of Ruth changed its named to Seeds of Hope. The reason for this name change was due to a board-driven decision to shift the focus from women and children to also include the male population in Ross County.

In June 2016, SOH closed the homeless shelter and in July the board dissolved leaving Exec. Director, Nikki Wells to caring on the mission to form a new board and restructuring.

In August 2016, a new board was formed.

As of December 18, 2017 SOH has opened “Jackie’s House” – a homeless shelter serving women, children and married couples with children. With the help of local and neighboring community agencies, we can continue to assist those in need. Jackie’s House will be able to house up to 16 individuals at a time. We have partnered with Hopewell Mental Health.

Board Members

Karen Harlow - President
Tim Marhoover - Treasurer
Judy Wells - Secretary
Greg Beard - Member
Brenda Beard - Member

Our Staff

Brenda Beard - Co-Executive Director
Greg Beard - Co-Executive Director
Stacy White - Executive Assistant
Bridgett McCloskey - Case Manager
Regina Cassidy - Case Manager
Rhonda Lallier - Case Manager
Michelle Voss - Case Manager


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Seeds of Hope, Inc. has been organized to address the needs of the homeless population in and around Ross County, Ohio. It does so by offering but not limiting itself to emergency sheltering, transitional housing and a faith-based mentoring program.

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