for 35 YEARS

Mercy Unlimited, Inc. was founded in 1989 by a small group of Christians who saw the need to help families in the community with food. Since then, we have expanded our services to meet additional needs with God's provision and community support.

Mission Statement: To reflect the love of Christ, by ministering unto those who are hungry, thirsty, homeless, in need of clothing, sick, or imprisoned

Vision Statement: To reflect God’s love through ministering to, providing for, and impacting the lives of those in need.

Online Giving Link

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For undesignated donations donate to the General Fund

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The word of God has given us His word for free through the Bible so we distribute Bibles for fee to those seeking His word, directions, and guidance. If you feel lead to give you can donate by visiting our online giving at the link below or by texting Bibles to 419-738-3161

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Food Pantry

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We operate a choice food pantry where individuals or families can shop for food, health & hygiene items, and cleaning supplies.

Backpack Program

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1 in 8 students are at-risk of experiencing food insecurity when school breakfast and lunches are not available.

School Micro Pantries

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We supply pantries in the Wapakoneta Elementary, Wapakoneta Middle, Wapakoneta High, Cridersville Elementary. ACE Academy, and Apollo Career Center with ready to eat food, health and hygiene items as well as other requested items the staff see students needing and have no or limited access to.

Senior Food Box Program

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We provide food to home bound seniors who have a food need but unable to come to our pantry. Once the food boxes are prepared Auglaize County Council on Aging delivers the food directly to their homes. Findings reveal that 5.5 million seniors (7.1% or 1 in 14) were food insecure in 2021. (

Rx Assistance

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We help people obtain critical prescriptions that they would otherwise have to go without.

Jail Ministry

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Mercy Unlimited supports chaplain services, Celebrate Recovery programing, as well after care (upon release) to inmates of the Auglaize County Correctional Facility.


Text Homeless to 419-738-3161

Mercy Unlimited helps meet the basic needs (food, clothing) as well as temporary shelter (when funds are available, and help those experiencing homelessness to find permanent housing. If funding is available we can assist with rent, housing deposits, utilities deposit upon securing permanent housing.

Food Pantry

We operate an emergency food pantry that is stocked by donations from individuals, churches, corporations, and grants. We provide Senior Food Boxes that are delivered by the Auglaize County Council on Aging. We also give weekend food backpacks to children in our local area.

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Financial Servcies

We provide assistance with Rx services, clothing, household, furniture, utility, and housing assistance based on availability of funding.

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Thrift Store

Used as a permanent fundraiser, our thrift store provides good used clothing at an extremely reasonable price along with previously owned household items including dishes, jewelry, books, and much much more for deeply discounted cost.

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  • 38 E. Auglaize St., P.O. Box 71, Wapakoneta, OH, 45895
  •  +1-419-738-3161
  •  Office Hours: Mon-Fri. 9am- 5pm Thrift Store Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-2pm Donation Hours: (Rear Entrance) Mon-Fri. 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-2pm Food Pantry Hours: Monday: 9:00 am- 12:00 Noon Wednesday: 9:00 am- 12:00 Noon Friday: 9:00 am- 12:00 Noon

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Our nearly 11,000 sq ft. thrift store is our year round fundraiser that provides revenue to help us continue to serve those in need.

Come shop our gently used & new clothing, housewares, furniture, home decor, and much more.

Discount Days:
Wednesday: 20% off on all shoppers 55 or older store-wide
Friday: 20% off to all Veterans and First responders store-wide
Saturday: 20% off to all current and past school teachers store-wide.

Watch here for pop-up sales!!!

Employment Application

Please complete the employment application link below for consideration for any current non management positions.

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Betty Elsass


Betty grew up in the Wapakoneta/St. Johns area and is a graduate of Wapakoneta High. Betty worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp., Aerospace Electrical Division for 10 years before joining the US Postal Service, District Office as secretary to the District Manager then transferred to the Contracts Department. Betty retired with 31 years of service retiring in 2002, Betty then joined Mercy Unlimited as the assistant to the Executive Director in 2003 for 7 years. Betty then joined the board of directors in 2017 where she now serves as board president.

Kay Ault

Vice President

Kay is married to her husband Richard and mother of 4 adult children and now resides in Cridersville, Ohio and attends St. Marks Lutheran Church. Kay is a retired office manager. Kay is an active volunteer in our ministry volunteering on a weekly basis and has served on our board of directors since 2016 and currently serves as vice president.

Michael Brady


Michael was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and has been in Wapakoneta since 1999. Michael has been married to his wife JoAnne for 37 years, and are blessed with two children, Jack and Erin, as well as three awesome grandkids, Brayden, Liam and Savanna. Michael attends St Joseph’s Catholic Church where he was a past member of Parish Council, Finance Committee, and is currently a Liturgical Minister. Michael is past owner and President of Apex Bag Company and is recently retired from 40 years in the Packaging Industry. As a result of his recent retirement, Michael enjoys playing Golf and Pickleball on a regular basis, as well spending time with his grandkids. Michael joined Mercy Unlimited in 2011, and has been Treasurer for the last 10 years.

Jill Jarvis


Jill Jarvis has lived in the Wapakoneta area for over 30 years with her husband, Mark. They have two adult children. They are members of St. Paul UCC in Wapakoneta, and they enjoy hiking and working on their property. Jill was an educator for many years and taught in the Spencerville and Wapakoneta school systems. Jill joined the Mercy Unlimited Board of Directors in 2016 and is the current secretary. She is honored to support the Mathew 25 mission of Mercy Unlimited in its service to the people of our local community.

Cindy Colaprete


Cindy was born in Arkon, Ohio and moved to the Wapakoneta area in 1982 from Carrollton, Ohio but as the daughter of a 27 year military veteran, she was blessed to have the opportunity to see the world and has lived in Germany and Turkey as well as several different states. She is a member of The Holy Face of Jesus Parish (St. Joseph Catholic Church) and participates there in the Alpha program, serves as a church lector and devotes an hour of prayer to the Eucharistic chapel once a week. She also maintains a schedule for Loaves and Fishes for the home deliveries as well as its delivery volunteers. She enjoys cooking and baking. Cindy recently retired in January of this year (2024) after 35 years as a customer service representative for Apex Bag/ProAmpac. Cindy joined our board of directors in 2020.

Babrara Barnhart


Barbara Barnhart has lived in the Wapakoneta area her whole life. She is the 5th generation to grow up on Headapohl Farms, which is south of town. She and her husband, John Barnhart live in Wapakoneta proper. Barbara has built her career in the financial advising field. Working for JP Morgan Investment Corp. for 19 years and now US Bancorp Investments for the last 10 years. Helping individual and business make financial plans and decisions to meet their goals for the future. Barbara and John are active members of Harvest Baptist Church here in Wapakoneta. Barabara is still very active in her roots of farming, as her husband, John farms and operates their confinement meat goat operation. Barbara has been a board member of Mercy Unlimited since October 2021. Stewardship and philanthropy are very important to Barbara. She is always looking and guiding others to higher visions. Jesus Christ wants us to be a caring force to give people a hand up and encourage others that through Him all things are possible.

Michael Westbay


Michael is our newest member of the board, joining us in May 2024. Michael is married to Nancy and they share two children,3 grandchildren, and one great grandson. Michael comes to use with non profit experience as the chaired the Mercy County AMCAC. Michael joins our board wanting to help serve our communities and a means to help people come to understand God's love. Michael has worked in public education at but in primary and college level education.

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