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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.

We are so excited to share with you that SOH is rebuilding, growing stronger, and has a vision that will meet the challenges today and into the future.

As of November 21 SOH opened a homeless resource administrative office at 75 N. Paint St. (downtown Chillicothe). With the help of local and neighboring community agencies and shelters we can continue to assist and meet the needs of homeless women and families.

Also plans are moving forward to have a new shelter (Jackie’s House) built in 2017 that will house 20 women and families.

Board Members & Staff

Brenda Beard - President
Penny West - Vice President
Nikki Wells- Secretary
Jon West – Treasurer
Ben Reynolds – Board member
Greg Beard – Board member
Karen Harlow– Board member


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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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