Good Neighbor House opens today at new location

Good Neighbor House services

  • Human and Nutrition Services, which features a food pantry, clothing and household items.  

Hours of operation for Human Services section will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

To reach human services staff, call 224-3003.

  • Dental, Medical and Eye Services

Clients must make an appointment for these services by calling 224-3442. Healthcare professionals also can call this number to sign up to volunteer.

GNH is closed on the weekends.

For more information about the GNH, call 224-3003 or visit

The Good Neighbor House opens today in its new location after the faith-based non-profit shut down operations late last year to renovate its new facilty at 627 E. First St.

The non-profit moved from 844 S. Patterson Blvd. in November after being housed there for 18 years. It provides dental, medical, nutritional and human services to those who are underserved and uninsured in the Dayton region.

“With the state of our economy and the loss of jobs and lack of jobs in our community, our services are of high demand,” said Cassandra Ways, executive director.

The new facility is one block away and adjacent to Fifth Third Field and will allow the non-profit to expand its food pantry and dental facility by increasing the number of dental chairs from two to four.

“We’re going to be able to serve many more individuals in a more efficient and effective manner,” Ways said of the new 12,000 square foot building.

GNH officials started a $1.9 million capital campaign in December of 2011 to help with the move and so far have raised approximately $849,000 in cash through grants, community dollars and individual donations, according to Ways. The non-profit also received approximately $200,000 in-kind construction from 12 construction companies.

“This new facility is state-of-the-art with these expanded services. All the support that we have received from the community has made this possible,” Ways said.

The non-profit, which was founded by Seventh Day Adventists, employs eight full-time staff members and has assistance from 100 volunteers. Some of those volunteers are healthcare professionals who work for free in the dental, eye and medical clinic.

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