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Dear Friends of Star House,
So far this year, Star House has served 429 individual guests and their small children at our drop-in center with 9,957 visits. Star House guests are provided access to food, clothing, hygiene items, laundry facilities, showers and a safe place to be. Beyond basic needs, our clinical team provides therapy and case management, and partner agencies provide on-site and community-based access to stabilizing resources, such as housing, transportation, employment, education, addiction services, legal aid, government benefits, ID cards and health care through our partners Nationwide Children’s Hospital and PrimaryOne Health. We are deeply grateful for your support, which gives youth experiencing homelessness in Central Ohio hope and a chance to thrive.
Celebrating Pride Month and Juneteenth
Carol Stewart Village residents recently held a celebration at the village in honor of Pride Month and the Juneteenth holiday. Many residents participated in the event and were excited at the opportunity to celebrate with each other and enjoy community.
Another way the Star House team is celebrating Pride month is by informing the community about the connection between LGBTQIA+ young people and youth homelessness. 4.2 Million youth (13-17) and young adults (18-25) in the U.S. are estimated to experience some form of homelessness every year, often due to family poverty and conflict. Recent research indicates that 40% of the U.S. homeless youth population identify as being LGBTQ and that LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. Most LGBTQ youth experience homelessness from being forced out of their homes by their parents. LGBTQ youth experience high levels of adversity and need safe and affirming services. At Star House, we offer young people safe respite and a chance to thrive.
Now more than ever, Star House would benefit greatly from discretionary general operating funding to support our day-to-day services for youth. Please consider making a monetary donation. If you're interested in seeing just how far your donation can go towards helping youth experiencing homelessness, then please see the infographic below!
We currently accept new and unused items through the mail (please note that we cannot accept in-person drop-off donations until further notice). Star House's most urgent needs include the following in adult sizes (especially those noted below) for both men and women:
Natural hair care products
Women's leggings (sizes S&M)
Women's shorts (sizes L&XL)
Your Donation Will Go Far!
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