First Step

What is First Step?

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First Step healthy family resource center has served Fostoria and surrounding counties for over 35 years. The first domestic violence shelter built in the state of Ohio from the ground up, 4th in the nation. We provide shelter for victims and families of domestic violence, 24-hour support line, advocacy, outreach and support programs for men, women, and children.

Outreach programs include Passages, 24/7 Dad, and Operation Star-shine all of which serve to empower individuals and families to make healthy relationship choices. Community outreach programs like our Women’s Enrichment Series, Bread and Bagel day “the ripple,” winter coat give away, partnership with Fostoria Summer Recreation Programs, Dad and Daughter Tool Box Build and our Family Shirt Day serve to build a healthy community through participation.

First Step is for everyone wishing to improve the quality of their life and their relationships. First Step believes in the power of healthy families and also believes that individuals can learn the skills needed to develop and sustain these important relationships.

Whether you’re an expecting parent, a newly engaged couple, or an individual in a violent situation, First Step is here to help.shirt 7

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