Southeast Testament History

Through God’s loving persistence, SET was formed March 2005 by Joe and Janet Schmitt who are Peace Lutheran Church members. SET’s current major mission partners include Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna and Sojourner’s Care Network in McArthur, Ohio.

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, in record breaking 90-degree weather, Peace volunteers and the SET Team built a 6,700 sq. ft. facility in Vinton County, Ohio to support three main initiatives that provide 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 was excited with this partnership that leveraged the strengths of both organizations to the greater good of the community. In July 2017, Sojourner’s Care Network assumed oversight of SET operations in the Vinton County Distribution Center from Lutheran Social Services. They established the building as a Family Center that is currently operating SET’s on-going initiatives plus providing a wide range of services to the community while partnering with multiple local nonprofits and government entities. 

SET’s 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, SET continues to be a working solution to so many of our neighbors in need in Vinton County.