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Continuum of Care

c/o Woodland Centers
3086 State Rt. 160 Gallipolis, OH 45631
Phone: 740 446-5500
Fax: 740 441-4402


Who is the Continuum of Care?

We are a consortium of many agencies in the tri-county area, each of which has a different mission such as mental health, community government, energy assistance, children's services, senior services, and so forth.

Based a number of studies, this consortium has concluded that in this area, the lack of housing is exacerbated by conditions that often characterize the entire region. These include poverty, unemployment, lower high school graduation rates, the absence of public transportation, and limited resources.

Another contributing factor is that in the Appalachian culture, homeless people will often find refuge with friends and family, even if the housing is well below sub-standard, over-crowded, and temporary. Or they will occupy abandoned RV's, trailers, and farm buildings without electricity, heat, or plumbing.

Finding and identifying the homeless in these situations is critical, especially for people with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities.

The region is fortunate to have Serenity House, a shelter for women and children who are homeless or are victims of domestic violence. However, affordable one-bedroom apartments and housing resources for homeless families are still critical needs.

Our vision is to move our communities' residents who find themselves in these circumstances, along a housing continuum from homelessness or substandard housing to an appropriate housing situation that meets their needs.

To achieve this vision, we have developed the following goals:


Create/expand community partners and linkages.


Increase advocacy and outreach.


Increase housing options and availability.


Improve homelessness prevention systems.

If you are an entity that provides services that would fit within our continuum of care, please click on How You Can Help for more information, or contact us.

Executive Committee

Tarissa Beaver,  Gallia-Meigs Community Action Fiscal Director

Zac Fosler, Executive Director Gallia County Metro Housing Authority

Mary Jo Frank, Ph.D., Executive Director, Woodland Centers, Inc.; Co-Chair of the Executive Committee

Dana L. Glassburn,
Gallia County
Department of Job & Family Services

Rick Johnson, Development Director, Jackson-Vinton Community Action

Melissa Kimmel, Executive Director of Serenity House; Co-chair of the Executive Committee

Diane Roush, Secretary Housing Assistant Gallia-Meigs Community Action

Keith Romine, Housing Director, Gallia-Meigs Community Action

Karen Sprague, Gallia County Administrator, Gallia County Commissioners

The mission/vision of the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Continuum of Care is to create a strong coalition of community partners who collaborate to maximize federal, state, and local resources and establish linkages to support the planning, funding, and development of housing options and comprehensive supportive services for at-risk populations living in the three-county area, one person at a time.

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