Resource Links & Local Outreach Opportunites


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The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives.


Xenia Area Asso ChurchesXAAC&M's Mission is Two Fold:

1) To discern and partner with the strengths, diversity and unique contributions of all Xenia area local churches, para-church ministries and church ministries in order to accomplish in a unified manner what could not be accomplished as effectively alone.

2) To provide an inter-church agency for cooperation in worship, religious education, evangelism, and community welfare.


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The mission of Toward Independence is to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to live the fullest life possible by providing individualized services in a variety of community settings. Founded in 1975, our agency has been a resource for quality, caring services for more than 39 years!



Our Mission

To provide a place where our neighbors eat and come together as one community.

Our Vision

  • Share love, give hope, and provide a sense of community to our neighbors.
  • Reach out and help to meet the needs of neighbors, both physically and spiritually.
  • Serve our neighbors, the privileged and under-privileged, by giving a hand up and not a hand out.
  • Provide healthy, affordable meals in a warm and welcoming environment.
  • Eliminate hunger, build relationships, and celebrate community with our neighbors.


Ministry Partners

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Cross Connect A new ministry dedicated to ending poverty in Greene County is starting in Xenia. Cross Connect, was started by Rex and Becki Robinson. A pastor for more than 30 years, Rex has had extensive experience with people in financially difficult or impoverished situations.


Lutheran Disaster ResponseOur goals are to provide case managers for families in need, volunteers to help remove debris and mud from homes, donated material items and spiritual care.  The Lutheran congregations, through LDR Ohio, are able to support families whether government assistance is available or not.  Families need safe, sanitary and secure homes and LDR Ohio volunteers are available by calling the LDR Ohio office at 740-732-6700 or Mary Woodward, Disaster Coordinator at 740-509-1132.


graceworks logoGraceworks Lutheran Services has advanced its mission and values since its incorporation in 1926. Our programs and services are offered in 50 locations throughout southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky.  Our programs include senior living, credit counseling, job training, and housing and care for special populations. Our new name, Graceworks Lutheran Services, became effective in January 2006 and expresses a motivation to offer works in faithful response to God's grace. The name captures our organization's Lutheran heritage and conveys the rich meaning associated with our work.


Trinity Sem

Trinity Lutheran Seminary form leaders for Christ's Church at work in the world.


LOMO LogoWe create places apart where lives are changed

through spiritual growth as people experience

the love and joy of Jesus Christ.

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO) is a year-round ministry serving the three Ohio synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. All of the LOMO sites are ACA accredited. Safety is of our utmost concern.


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The National Interfaith Hospitality Network is a national, non-profit organization that assists religious and community organizations in developing and operating Network programs.  The Greene County IHN has been open since 1995. Our goal is to alleviate homelessness by fostering the development of Networks that provide shelter, meals, and assistance for homeless persons, and that increases community involvement in direct service and advocacy.


Wernle headerWernle Youth & Family Treatment Center is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth, development and treatment of troubled children and their families - individually, interpersonally and socially – through best-practice programs and a variety of therapy approaches.


Habitat for HunamityHabitat for Humanity of Greene County is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with God’s people in need. HFHGC builds and renovates houses it sells to families, so there are decent houses in decent communities, in which people can live and grow into all God intended.



On behalf of the church, in witness to Christ, this agency's mission is to serve troubled or potentially troubled children and youth from infancy through transition into adulthood, with those significant to them, working toward their mental, social, physical and spiritual well-being.



The Lutheran MagThe Lutheran magazine belongs to the people of the ELCA in all our diversity. The magazine:
• Nurtures awareness of Christ's presence in our lives     and the world.
• Shares stories of God's people living their faith.
• Connects us with the global Christian community.
• Provides an open forum for discussio
• Challenges us to bring God's grace and care to all.


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