Sisters in Shelter is a non-profit organization located in Downtown Tiffin, Ohio that offers a wide array of services to human trafficking and domestic violence survivors. We also strive to educate the community on these issues and the need to address them right here in Tiffin. We operate a safe house that provides 3 women their own bedroom and bathroom as they work to get back on their feet. Here, everything is supplied for them including food, hygiene products, individualized case management, and transportation.
Anything else the clients need, we find a way to get them access (STD testing, counseling, legal help, etc.)
Following desperate pleas from numerous human trafficking survivors in 2005, the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio joined forces with the Religious Sisters of the Toledo Diocese to do all that was in their power to eradicate sex trafficking from Northwest Ohio. These pleas for safety were successfully met until 2010 when funding no longer permitted safe housing.
The advisory board, despite the safe house closure, continued to educate and raise awareness of the horrors of human trafficking on a local level. Sister Mary Kuhlman, our founder, never gave up on her quest to reestablish Sisters in Shelter as we know it today.
With the help of significant partners, Sisters in Shelter opened a new safe house for our survivors and received formal, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2014. The advisory board became a Board of Directors who in turn named Sister Mary Kuhlman the Director.
In 2015, a Case Manager position was created to assist with volunteer management and to provide safe house residents individualized case plans to assist them in their healing journeys.
In 2019, Sisters in Shelter extended our services to survivors of domestic violence, allowing us to empower and serve even more women in our area.
Our Community Outreach Advisor, a significant addition to our team since 2020, works to advocate for survivors and educate the community on human trafficking and domestic violence. We believe in prevention through education and are confident that a well informed community can stop trafficking in its tracks.
Exemplary Service Award from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Martin Luther King Day Peacemaker Award 2018