Marsh Foundation Youth Complete Service Projects Over Spring Break
VAN WERT, Ohio – For the past several years, the youth at The Marsh Foundation have completed service projects during their spring break that revolve around the theme of the homeless and the hungry. This year they did the same.
Three groups visited the Lima Rescue Mission and the West Ohio Food Bank for tours and to help out. Youth packed nearly 200 boxes of food for area seniors. Two other groups served two separate meals at the Lima Rescue Mission to more than 70 men.
Activities coordinator Sherry Grone tied these projects with lessons and discussions about the statistics surrounding homelessness and hunger. In addition, some smaller service projects were completed like stuffing eggs for the Van Wert Parks Department Easter egg hunt and serving the weekly bread and bowl meal at the First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
George, Hilinda and Katie Marsh left a strong legacy by being compassionate and helping the less fortunate in the Van Wert community. Hilinda, especially, left behind writings that were very spiritual in nature. In her funeral memorial it was quoted, “Many were the days when she went about in her well-provisioned carriage, helping the sick and needy, in the very joy of her Master who went about doing good. In the church [she was] a humble and conscientious follower of the Christ; a leader for years in the Ladies’ Society of the church. Our sense of loss is deep; we shall ever hold her services in grateful remembrance.” The Marsh Foundation continues to build on and carry out that legacy and this is the inspiration behind these service projects.
Serving children and families since 1922, The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7 – 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children and community members.
The mission of The Marsh Foundation is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. For more information about The Marsh, visit www.marshfoundation.org.
Photo caption: Marsh Foundation youth and staff pack senior food boxes at the West Ohio Food Bank.