Star House recognizes that any one of us needs the following four essentials, consistently and simultaneously, in order to thrive: health/well-being, a good-paying job to cover living expenses; truly affordable housing; and supportive relationships. Star House staff are connecting young people in Central Ohio with all four through our drop-in center, Carol Stewart Village, Star Works and Group Mentoring. You can learn more about our programs below.
Star House operates Central Ohio's only drop-in center for youth, ages 14-24, experiencing homelessness. Our drop-in center is open 365 days a year.
Star House provides social services at Carol Stewart Village—a neighborhood for young adults with on-site programs and services.
Star House connects young people with transitional employment opportunities through our workforce development program, Star Works.
Star House connects youth in Central Ohio with supportive groups of mentors who can help young people feel more supported and rooted in their community.
Safe respite and a chance to thrive
Star House's drop-in center is open 24/7/365 days a year, providing immediate access to safe respite for youth experiencing homelessness. Youth 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, health care, employment, education, addiction services, legal aid, government benefits, ID cards and more.
You can learn more about the services we offer at the drop-in center here and about our research and model here.
Carol Stewart Village
Home and a chance to thrive
Carol Stewart Village (CSV) is a neighborhood for young adults, ages 18-24, with on-site programs and services. CSV offers 62 studio apartments with on-site access to transitional jobs, education, health care, mental health and addiction services and social connections through mentorships, peer support and community engagement options.
Thanks to project-based vouchers provided by CMHA, residents have the opportunity to live at CSV for up to seven years while they acquire the credentials and experience necessary to thrive in long- term housing stability. CSV is part of a National Institutes of Health study, the HOME Project, facilitated by Ohio State, which assesses for the first time the correlation between youth having a home and the prevention of opioid addiction.
CSV is a Collaboration of joint-owners Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Finance Fund and Star House.
Carol Stewart Village Service Partners:
Carol Stewart Village Sponsors:
Columbus City Schools
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Franklinton Board of Trade
Franklinton Cycle Works
Franklinton Development Association
Integrated Behavioral Health
Junior League of Columbus
Lower Lights Health Center
Mount Carmel Health
Nationwide Children's Hospital
OSU HOME Project
Petals That Inspire
Wild Tiger Tees
City of Columbus/Affordable Housing Trust
Cover My Meds
Federal Home Loan Bank
Installed Building Products
Mike and Paige Crane
Siemer Family Foundation
The Crane Group
The Columbus Foundation
The Little Garden Club of Columbus
Star Works connects young people experiencing homelessness with transitional employment opportunities through on-site social enterprise and workforce development partners.
Star House breaks down barriers to sustained employment by providing workforce development and transitional employment opportunities with pathways to living wage careers. According to our most recent needs assessment, after accessing Star House for 90 or more days, 75% of our guests obtained employment—dispelling a myth that homeless youth do not want to work. However, the path to sustained employment for many youth experiencing homelessness is too often filled with setbacks—lack of stable housing, transportation and more. To address this issue, we created Star Works, our workforce development program that offers transitional, on-site employment and workforce education for young people while they are homeless and pathways to living wage jobs that they can sustain after they are housed. In partnership with workforce development partners and social enterprise employer partners, this trauma-informed workforce development program removes barriers to completing training and gaining employment by working with youth to solve issues that may cause them to lose more traditional jobs.
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Young people need supportive relationships in order to thrive. In fact, we know through research with The Ohio State University that social connections are a leading predictor of exiting homelessness. What’s more, research also tells us that mentoring has been proven more successful than therapy for youth who have experienced trauma.
The Open Table program, a nationally-recognized model, connects individual young people with a "table" of six to eight mentors who they meet with once a week for one year to goal-set, goal-report and thrive. In addition to Open Table, SecondNurture and Harmony Project teamed up to connect members of the Harmony Project, a popular 500+-person choir, with residents of Carol Stewart Village for a unique music-based group mentor program.
If your corporation, alumni group, place of worship or civic or community organization is interested in forming a mentor group(s), please reach out to us below.
We are collecting the information of interested mentor groups now and plan to form our next cohort of tables in early 2023. Having your information now will help us launch more quickly at that time. Thank you!