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“Finally a friend told me about La Posada. I came and I was surprised because it doesn’t look like a shelter. It looks just like a home." ~ Marquita

La Posada Family Emergency Shelter

la-posada-front1La 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.

Seeking Shelter?

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 jaddie@toledodiocese.org.

Learn How La Posada is Changing Lives:

Dianna is now part of transforming lives at La Posada. In 2011, Dianna, a wife and mother of three, became homeless after she was laid off from her job. Today, she is an employee of the same shelter that helped her and her family find... Read more

The Knights of Columbus Council 386 recently presented a check to La Posada for $250.  The check was donated by the Knights of Columbus Ohio State Council. "One of the four tenants of the Knights of Columbus is charity," says Jonathan Boyle,... Read more

It was right in the middle of the holiday season when Celeste arrived at work and found the doors of the salsa plant were locked. “I got there and the plant was closed,” Celeste recalls. “There was no notice, no sign … nothing.” For... Read more

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Catholic Charities makes real the love God has for each individual regardless of faith or background, by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

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