The Douglas Company Partners with The Family House for Local Food Donation

Right before the Christmas holiday, the associates of The Douglas Company donated a heaping 1,860 pounds of non-perishable food and cleaning items to The Family House of Toledo.

The Douglas Company initiated a food drive challenge amongst the departments for the campaign, “It has been known to get rather competitive around here and the challenge fit our group well,” said Natasha Ulmer, who was one of the organizers of the campaign. “We are always interested in giving back to the community, so we made it into a departmental competition by how many pounds were brought in by the employees of each department…. and of course, one operations team doesn’t want another operations team to beat them in donations, and support staff doesn’t want sales and estimating to beat them in donations, so it was just kind of a neat, friendly competitive way to build enthusiasm and get some donations to give to The Family House.”

The Family House is truly a unique homeless shelter because the whole family can stay together. The average age of a homeless child is four, and right now 65 kids live within these walls at The Family House, the second largest family homeless shelter in Ohio. “We are feeding approximately 131 people three times a day, so you can imagine how much food we go through.” said Renee Palacios, Executive Director of The Family House”. “This is by far the largest food donation we have received in the 7 years I have been working with The Family House. This donation will help us replenish our shelves and will help so many families in our community.”

“The Holidays remind us all about the power of giving, but there are families in our community that continue to need help 365 days a year, and The Family House is such an amazing resource for those services,” said Gayle Ashbridge, Director of People Development at The Douglas Company. “We cannot thank associates enough for their donations and for proactively stepping forward to help those in need.”

The Douglas Company

The Douglas Company is an industry leading General Contractor specializing in Senior Living and Multi-Family construction. For over 40 years, The Douglas Company has consistently completed projects under budget and ahead of schedule while contributing to the success of its Clients and Associates. The Douglas Company, on the INC. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, is headquartered in Holland, Ohio with a second office located in Orlando, Florida. For more information on this story or inquiries about The Douglas Company, please contact Bob Ritter, Director of Business Development, at 419.865.8600 or visit The Douglas Company website:

The Family HouseĀ 

The Family House is a unique, non-profit organization dedicated to providing homeless families in crisis with professional, comprehensive housing and social services in a safe, caring environment. The Family House is the 2nd largest shelter for families in the state of Ohio, housing 36 families at one time, and providing emergency housing and supportive services to over 300 families each year. The goal at The Family House is to help families in their time of crisis find permanent housing, help them regain control over their lives, and reclaim their independence through education, community resources, and compassion.

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