History

The Marsh Foundation’s mission is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. The agency is supported by a foundation established by a Van Wert family and has a long successful history reaching back to 1922.

A legacy for life

George and Hilinda Marsh and their daughter Katie, gave most of their substantial estate for the purpose of helping needy children and families. According to legend, George and Hilinda were traveling through Van Wert on a frosty winter night on their way home from the theater in Fort Wayne, Ind. when they noticed two small boys huddled together in a dark deserted doorway. Their mother was working evening hours. Moved with compassion, Hilinda said, “There George, we could use our money when we need it no longer, to establish a home for little fellows such as those.”

An enduring legacy

The Marsh endowment, contributed more than 90 years ago, has provided resources for building a stately campus, assembling dedicated professionals, underwriting a successful orphanage for many decades and now for expanding services to meet the changing needs of children and families.





News

Family Becomes Complete Just in Time for the Holidays

VAN WERT, Ohio – In 2014, Rob and Jennifer Sniegowski decided to pursue a foster care license with The Marsh Foundation. They were interested in growing their family and giving their daughter, Abigail, a younger sibling. After months of waiting, they were blessed two-fold with what has turned out to be a perfect match. In […]

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