La Posada Family Emergency Shelter
La Posada Family Emergency Shelter offers temporary housing and supportive services to homeless families of all faiths and backgrounds in the Toledo area. Direct services through La Posada include shelter, food, clothing, personal hygiene products and case management.
Catholic Charities’ staff empower families to achieve self-sufficiency through programs that help them identify goals and build on their strengths to attain them. By providing shelter, supportive resources and linking people to resources in the community, Catholic Charities helps vulnerable families achieve stable housing and become self-sufficient.
Since its opening nearly two decades ago, La Posada has provided shelter to more than 2,000 families.
What does La Posada Mean?
The name La Posada originated from the Spanish holiday, “Las Posadas.” The event is a nine-day celebration that represents the difficulties that Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced in search of a room when traveling to Bethlehem.
Groups of children and adults go from house to house singing a traditional song requesting lodging (posada). At each house, the owner responds with refusal until Mary and Joseph reach the designated site for the party. The owner, or “innkeeper”, recognizes Joseph and Mary and they are finally allowed in. Today, Latin American countries continue to celebrate this holiday.
Catholic Charities’ La Posada Family Emergency Shelter was initially established to serve the Hispanic community but now serves all families in need of a place to stay.
Intakes for La Posada are processed through the United Way. For immediate assistance, please dial 2-1-1 from any landline or 1-800-650-HELP to connect with an information and referral specialist. To speak with a La Posada staff member, dial 419-244-5931 for all other program and service inquires.
For more information on our shelter or on how you can help, please contact Jeanelle Addie at 419-244-5931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.