Our work is a mission
The mission of the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami Co., Inc. is to provide safe shelter to homeless and abused persons in times of crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance.
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The Family Abuse Shelter was founded by Barbel Adkins who was working as a Miami County Deputy Sheriff at the time. Barbel identified the need to develop a better solution for sheltering victims of domestic violence, as they were often housed temporarily in the county jail for their protection. In 1979, with financial assistance from local churches, schools, and civic organizations, a permanent shelter was established as a safe haven for domestic violence and homelessness victims at the Franklin House in downtown Troy, Ohio (16 Franklin St).
In 1989, services were expanded when Barbel implemented the first batterer’s intervention program in Miami County, called “Alternatives”. The program was developed to hold domestic violence offenders accountable and to provide them with tools towards dealing with stress, anger and control issues alternatively.
In 1991, the Buckeye House, an emergency shelter for homeless men, was opened. Today, both shelters continue to serve the community and operate on a 24/7 basis. Over time, new services have been added such as legal advocacy, case management, counseling, rental assistance, etc. all designed to help individuals in need overcome barriers and to achieve goals they have set for themselves.
Barbel, a licensed social worker, was also a well-known lecturer in Ohio and authored many domestic violence articles. She received numerous awards for her work and continuously worked to develop training programs and brochures for law enforcement offices, educators, and medical personnel in her ongoing quest to end domestic violence. Barbel served as Executive Director of the Family Abuse Shelter until her passing in 2005. However, her legacy lives on.
Today, Barbel’s daughter, Barbara Holman, serves as Executive Director of the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County. Prior to her role as the director, Barb has worked in every area of the shelter alongside her mother. She began in 1996 as the shelter case manager for rehousing services and as a domestic violence advocate focusing on survivors with special needs. She later served as case manager at the Buckeye House. Barb has a master's degree in social work, is independently licensed in social work, and is an experienced grant manager. Under her leadership, all of the programs have continued to grow tremendously, leading to the most recent emergency shelter expansion.
Newly located at 530 Crescent Drive in Troy, The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County is a 24-hour accessible shelter designed to house and protect anyone in need. The 7,370 square-foot facility is energy-efficient, handicapped accessible, has ample parking, and separate living spaces for survivors of domestic violence and homeless individuals and families. It can accommodate up to 40 beds, has new restroom facilities that are handicap accessible, and includes an administrative office area that allows for direct services from other agencies like New Creations Counseling and the Miami County Recovery Council to be provided onsite.
Here to help 24/7
The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County helps everyone regardless of gender, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or income. We serve both survivors of domestic violence, homeless individuals, and families no matter the situation or hardship.
Family Abuse Shelter is here 24-hours a day to help those
seeking immediate shelter and safety.
that meet individual needs.
Provides emergency shelter to individuals and families in need
Aids in obtaining
protection orders and provides court accompaniment
Links those in need to services in the community, including finding new homes
Teaches community about trauma and domestic violence and survivors how to heal
Board & Administrative Staff
Executive Director FAS | Contact
David Beitzel, President
Attorney at Law
Linda McKenzie-Woods, Vice President
Retired, Healthcare Management
John Wilson, Treasurer
Owner, Hatfield Properties
Bert Barnes, Secretary
Realtor, Galbreath Realtors
City of Piqua, Director of Human Resources
David M. Jones
Postal Carrier retired
Family Services, retired
State Hwy Patrol, retired
Licensed Social Worker retired
Josiah (Joe) Shaffer
Loan Officer, Mutual Federal