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Dear Friends of Star House,
Thanks to your support, Star House's Drop-in Center continues to provide services to youth experiencing homelessness in Central Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since January 1, 827 individual guests and their small children have been provided with safe respite from the streets, immediate access to basic needs and connections to stabilizing resources, such as housing, transportation, employment, mental health services, addiction services, legal aid, government benefits, ID cards and health care through our partners Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Primary One. Among guests who accessed services for more than 90 days, 75% obtained housing, 84% obtained employment, 89% received medical care, 71% engaged in therapy or case management and 77% obtained crucial identification documents.
Earlier this year, three former Star House guests participated in a Design Sprint with Stanford University's d.school and The Columbus Foundation. Through this process, these young leaders generated three project ideas for meeting the unique needs of youth experiencing homelessness: a pop-up drop-in center, called a Chill-In Station, which you learned about in our last newsletter; a personal storage project, which we'll brief you on this month; and a traveling jobs program that is under development. To bring our alumni's storage project idea to life, Goodwill Columbus and Veritas Community Church teamed up to launch The Bin— safe and secure personal storage that enables young people to go to interviews and to work without the burden and stigma of carrying all of their belongings with them. We are grateful for support from The Columbus Foundation and the City of Columbus for making these innovative, youth-generated projects possible!
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. To see how far your donation can go towards helping youth experiencing homelessness, please see the infographic below!
We currently accept new items through the mail (please note that we cannot accept in-person drop-off donations until further notice). You can access our Amazon Wishlist below.
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