“A friend told me about La Posada. I came and I was surprised because it doesn’t look like a shelter. It looks just like a home. I was so glad when they told me we could stay. They’ve been so good to me. Honestly, none of this would be happening if I hadn’t been here. They’ve helped me so much.” – Marquita, La Posada resident

La Posada Family Emergency Shelter

la-posada-front1La Posada Family Emergency Shelter offers temporary housing and supportive services to homeless families of all faiths in the Toledo area.  Direct services through La Posada include shelter, food, clothing, personal hygiene products and case management.

Catholic Charities’ staff empower families to achieve self-sufficiency through programs that help them identify goals and build on their strengths to attain them.  By providing shelter, supportive resources and linking people to resources in the community, Catholic Charities helps vulnerable families achieve stable housing and become self-sufficient.

Since its opening nearly two decades ago, La Posada has provided shelter to more than 2,000 families.

What does La Posada Mean?

The name La Posada originated from the Spanish holiday, “Las Posadas.” The event is a nine-day celebration that represents the difficulties that Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced in search of a room when traveling to Bethlehem. 

Groups of children and adults go from house to house singing a traditional song requesting lodging (posada).  At each house, the owner responds with refusal until Mary and Joseph reach the designated site for the party. The owner, or “innkeeper”, recognizes Joseph and Mary and they are finally allowed in. Today, Latin American countries continue to celebrate this holiday.  

Catholic Charities’ La Posada Family Emergency Shelter was initially established to serve the Hispanic community but now serves all families in need of a place to stay.

Seeking Shelter?

Intakes for La Posada are processed through the United Way. For immediate assistance, please dial 2-1-1 from any landline or 1-800-650-HELP to connect with an information and referral specialist. To speak with a La Posada staff member, dial 419-244-5931 for all other program and service inquires.

Learn more:

For more information or to learn how you can help, please contact Jeanelle Addie at 419-244-5931 or email jaddie@toledodiocese.org.

Read More About The Families and Services at La Posada:

Peter Range

Mothers relax on couches in La Posada’s common room while students from Bowling Green State University watch the children play... Read more

Marquita and her daughter, Miracle

It’s moving day for Marquita – big time.  After 90 days, she and her 8-year-old daughter, Miracle, are moving out of La Posada, the Catholic Charities family shelter in Toledo, and into their own apartment. And then tomorrow she’s moving... Read more


Michael didn’t tell his two daughters – aged 13 and 9 – that they were moving into a shelter.  When he brought them to La Posada, the Family Emergency Shelter run by Catholic Charities in South Toledo, he just said the family... Read more

Our Mission

Catholic Charities makes real the love that God has for each individual person regardless of their faith or background by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.