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HISTORY OF HARTVILLE MIGRANT MINISTRY

The Hartville Migrant Ministry was established in 1962 to assist Jamaican migrant workers who were brought to Hartville to work on the fertile muck farms. Over 60 years later, HMM is still working to fulfill its original mission of serving Hartville’s migrant community and improving their quality of life through a plethora of programs. These services include a free medical clinic, English classes, youth programs, Spiritual programming and more.

Our Center houses the oldest free medical clinic in Ohio and possibly the oldest medical facility in the United States dedicated to treating migrant farmworkers. Currently, nearly 200 men, women and children come to Hartville each year to work on several farms, planting, tending and harvesting the produce. During the winter months these families relocate to Mexico, Jamaica, or warmer states in the South. Due to the strenuous nature of their work, difficult living conditions and transient lifestyle, migrant farmworkers are among the most economically disadvantaged and most medically vulnerable groups in the United States.