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Our History

An Inspiring Venture of Faith

The construction of the original Filling Home of Mercy was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Carrie Filling Vajen.  The establishment of this “Home of Mercy” grew naturally out of her sincere Christian desire to provide a place of refuge and care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would find it difficult to receive care anywhere else.  Carrie donated the Filling Family homestead to be used as the site for this home, plus farm ground to help support it.  Very unselfishly, she wanted the Home to be a memorial, not to herself, but to the whole Filling family.


The original building opened in September 1959, and served 13 adults and 16 children.  Over the years, Filling Homes has changed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Not only has our original building made physical changes, we have worked diligently to tailor our services to meet the unique and specific wants and requirements of each person.

Filling Homes is currently licensed to serve 54 individuals at our base facility and 16 clients in group home settings. Additionally, an equal number of people are served through our community services program, and over 60 in our day program in Henry, Williams, Fulton, and Defiance Counties.

Please feel free to browse the complete historical timeline (Historical Timeline) of Filling Homes to see the many changes we have made over the years.