Spectrum News 1
By Molly Martinez
February 9, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many people see laundry as a chore and not a luxury. When they run out of toiletries, they add it to a list for the next shopping trip. But for youth in crisis in Ohio, basic necessities fall by the way side when survival is at the forefront.
“Especially in extreme weathers, having a place where you can gain immediate access where there’s no wait list is essential,” said Ann Bischoff, CEO of Star House in Columbus.
Bischoff is creating a COVID-19 safe haven for those in need.
“Star House is a drop-in center, so a young person, ages 14-24, any time between 10:30 pm and 2 p.m. the next day and have immediate access to safety,” said Bischoff said.
Especially as temperatures dip below freezing, these spaces may be the difference between life and death.