The PATH Center (Partnership Assistance to the Homeless) Emergency Shelter Program is located in the Richland Place Building at 1939 E. Second St. in Defiance.
Shelter services are provided to homeless persons and families in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties. Funding is provided by the Ohio Developmental Services Agency, Office of Community Development.
A maximum of 20 homeless persons can be provided emergency shelter at any one time. Shelter services are provided for up to 60 days. Men, women, children, and families are all accepted. While in shelter, a case manager works closely with the individual or family to identify and work towards the goal of achieving independent housing. Assistance and referrals are provided to address issues such as employment, mental health, budgeting, and access to community resources as well as nutrition, health, and transportation.