Dear Friends of Star House,
Yesterday evening, Star House, among other Central Ohio organizations, such as the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Mount Carmel, Buckeye Ranch and the Homeless Families Foundation, was featured on a 60 Minutes episode that explores how COVID-19 has affected the nation's low-wage workers, particularly those who were struggling in poverty prior to COVID-19. The episode shines a light on youth homelessness in particular and brings national attention to the challenges young people experiencing homelessness are facing in our community during one of the most unequal recessions in modern history.
In the episode, 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley sits down with Courtney, a former guest of Star House. Courtney explains that prior to the pandemic, she had a job in a restaurant that she enjoyed and that enabled her to save up for housing. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the expectant mother was left without a job. In the interview, Courtney explains how she relied on Star House, like other youth in the community, for refuge. 60 Minutes visits Star House in the episode and sits down with CEO Ann Bischoff to discuss how COVID-19 has affected Star House and the services we provide. Bischoff explains that guests are now waiting outside of the drop-in center at 10:30, waiting for the center to open: "This is the first time that we've had the line that... Previous to the pandemic, we were open 24/7. And we were the only place in Central Ohio where a young person, around the clock, could have immediate access to safety...Pre-COVID, [we had] a range of partners who offered on-site education, on-site jobs. Typically, we would have 15 hours of medical care. Now [our partners are] coming in, but it's every other week."
While Star House's clinical services remain available 24/7, beginning July 21, 2020, Star House limited access to the drop-in center during the second of three shifts, due to COVID-related staffing shortages. Our clinical team continues to provide outreach, case management and therapy during second shift. Since the November interview, Star House has thankfully been able to continue hosting regular medical services, thanks to our healthcare partners, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Mount Carmel and Primary One.
AND thanks to generous sponsors, we are now hiring to re-open Star House's second shift.
We are grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the 60 Minutes episode and are especially grateful for the support you continue to offer youth experiencing homelessness in Central Ohio.
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Join us as we provide youth experiencing homelessness with safe respite from the streets and crucial connections to stabilizing resources—donate here today!
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