SET was formed March 2005 and present mission partners include Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, C.A.R.E. Outreach in McArthur, Ohio and Lutheran Social Services.
SET is an organization with short term goals of providing the logistics to collect furniture, clothes/household items and deliver to the needy residents of central and southeast Ohio.
In October 2007, SET built a 6,700 sq. ft. facility in Vinton County, Ohio to support three main goals that provides assistance to the needy; Provide furniture, appliances, clothes and household items.
Support programs that address the root causes of poverty and high unemployment in addition to supporting disaster recovery efforts, such as fire, flood and general family assistance.
Provide accommodations that support service project mission trips to the SE Ohio area.
In March 2009, Lutheran Social Services opened offices in the new SET facility. SET is excited with this partnership that leverages the strengths of both organizations to the greater good of the community.
In 2011, the partnership of Lutheran Social Services and Southeast testament provided services to 3011 clients which are members of 592 households. 210 homes were repaired due to flooding in 4 counties. Peace volunteers built a handicapped ramp for two elderly widows, and did repairs on a trailer for a couple with health and mobility problems. Servant events were held for one student group and four adult groups for disaster response.
989 school kits were distributed with contributions from Peace and preparation by the Peace Lutheran Church Women. At Christmas, 1,015 gifts were donated and distributed by members of Peace.
In 2014, L.S.S continues to provide a part-time caseworker to case manage the ongoing needs of families in Vinton County. There have been numerous mission trips this summer to reach out to the needs of the community. Ongoing needs include household appliances in good working order, used furniture in good condition and, of course, financial donations.
Send donations to Southeast Testament Inc. P.O Box 87, Blacklick, Ohio, 43004.
Because of the generous donations of good used items and financial support from the members of Peace, S.E.T. continues to be a working solution to so many of our neighbors in need in Vinton County.