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 and adults. With the help of the Holy Angels Soup Kitchen, hot lunches
are served Monday through Friday
at the center for those in need of nourishment and companionship. The center is open after school for children who need supervision until parents return home from work.
The Department of Job and Family Services helps families who are looking for protection, adoptive services, child care, and employment. The Women’s Center, a branch
of Elizabeth’s New Life Center
of Dayton, provides counseling, alternatives to abortion, and pre- natal care classes for women facing unexpected pregnancies.
Families who need basic necessities such as clothing and dishes can find low cost items at the St. John’s Lutheran Thrift Shop and FISH. Both of these organizations use proceeds from their shops to aid local residents in need as does the AGAPE Combined Community Food Pantry of Shelby County. AGAPE helps non-profits who purchase office supplies and other items at reduced prices at its company store and in turn, uses the profits to assist individuals and families with food and other necessities. Since its beginnings in 1985, AGAPE has distributed over 3.4 million pounds of free groceries to those in need.
One unique feature of AGAPE is its Mobile Food Pantry, a refrigerated trailer that visits outlying areas of Shelby and Mercer Counties to serve those residents in need who are not able to drive to Sidney. The first Saturday of the month, the trailer visits Port Jefferson and Maplewood. On the second Saturday, it serves Botkins and Anna, and the third Saturday, Russia and Fort Loramie. In Jackson Center, those in need can visit the Fish Pond Food Pantry which is supported by eight local churches and provides food items for 65-70 families per month.
The Y Child Development Center offers daily care for infants, toddlers, pre-school age children, kindergarten, and school age children. Pre-school classes, meals, swimming lessons, and transportation are included.
Wilma Valentine Childcare located at Shelby Hills provides daycare for children ages 3-5 with an emphasis on working with children who have been diagnosed with developmental delays or handicaps. The Center strives to strengthen
and support the family unit and to provide day care services in a positive environment of safety, support, and care. The Council on Rural Services sponsors a number of programs for people of all ages. The Kids Learning Place provides child care services in addition to early childhood education through early Head Start and Head Start.
For those needing family budget or credit counseling, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service offers
a range of debt management and personal finance education programs.
A variety of activities and programs are offered for over 1,000 senior citizens who are members of the Senior
Center of Sidney-Shelby County in Sidney. The Senior Center focuses
on health, education, recreation and socialization for those over the age of fifty. The Senior Center also provides information and referral services for seniors who have questions about Medicare, insurance options, home energy credits, and other programs.
Daybreak Adult Day Care provides day care programming Monday through Friday for frail and impaired adults. Located at the Fair Haven Shelby County Home, the center provides supervision, support, and socialization as well as assistance in maintaining and improving functional skills.
Catholic Social Services administers the PASSPORT program for seniors over the age of 60, coordinating in-home care and services that help older citizens continue
to live independently in their own homes. For those who do not qualify for PASSPORT, Catholic Social Services provides other senior services, including senior visits by trained volunteers.
Compassionate Care of Shelby County offers health assessment, diagnosis of illness, lab work, referrals and chronic disease management for non-insured or under-insured area residents.
Area physicians and dentists, along with other healthcare professionals, volunteer their time to provide
free services for those in need. The center is located on Ohio Avenue in downtown Sidney.
Catholic Social Services provides outpatient mental health counseling to individuals of any age and families who may be dealing with a variety of issues. The Family Resource Center of Western Ohio provides specialized behavioral health services with an emphasis on children and families. FRC offers mental health counseling, case management services, AOD counseling, psychiatric services, and home-based counseling.
SafeHaven is a support center for individuals with mental health issues. SafeHaven provides free classes on recovery, coping skills, self-esteem, goal-setting, symptom management, and job and life skill-building.
The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department offers educational programs and services to promote the health of all citizens. Their “Help Me Grow” program is designed to help expectant or new parents with support and information about health and child development. Other programs include emergency preparedness, active shooter preparedness, environmental health hazards, vaccinations, and communicable disease control.
ARC (Advocacy Respect Concern for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) is an agency that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. ARC programs include summer camps, social and recreational activities, and grants to multiple disability classrooms in Sidney City and Shelby County schools.

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