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HandsOn Central Ohio

This comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Information Referral: 2-1-1
Homeless Hotline: (888) 474-3587
Foodline: (614) 341-2281 or text (614) 702-7772
handsoncentralohio.org
HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services: 211centralohio.org
HandsOn Volunteer Central Ohio: volunteercentralohio.org/#

Catholic Social Services Pathways to Hope

Helps families establish safe, affordable housing and provides intensive case management for up to two years. A case manager helps develop an individualized plan that can include education or job training, counseling, mentoring, and referrals to community services. Referrals are made through CHOICES Domestic Violence Shelter.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-5891
colscss.org/pathways-to-hope

Center for New Beginnings Shelter & Services

Provides safety and support to women and children in Licking County who are victims of domestic violence. A free, confidential 24-hour crisis line is available for those who may have questions or concerns about domestic violence and for those who are in search of a safe home.
195 Union Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 349-7066
thewoodland.org/center-for-new-beginnings

Central Hotlines for Shelters

Families and Single Adults: (888) 474-3587
Domestic Violence: (614) 224-4663

Hazel’s House of Hope

Hazel’s House of Hope is a faith-based group of community houses serving those in the inner city of Columbus, Ohio. Their program Girls With Attitude celebrate, empower, and mentor women of all ages via community outreach, study groups, and celebrations.
P.O. Box 7576
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 205-5473
hazelshouse.com

Homeless Families Foundation (HFF)

  • HFF’s Family Services works directly with families to help them move from homelessness to stable housing and self-sufficiency. This is a combined effort of the Case Managers, a Housing Liaison, and Resource Specialists.
  • HFF’s Dowd Education Center programs include: Project Based Learning, Literacy Program, Parent Participation Night, and Nutrition Program. Other activities include a curriculum based arts program, recreation program, field trips and other enrichment activities to enhance the students’ social skills, self-esteem, and overall health.
  • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK): The target population is three and four-year-old children, not enrolled in Pre-K, who will enter Kindergarten the following year. Each Parent Partner provides monthly home visits and works directly with a parent/family member, to support their role as the child’s first teacher.

33 North Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 461-9247
homelessfamiliesfoundation.org

Huckleberry House

Huckleberry House works with Central Ohio’s youth ages 12 to 24 and families who are dealing with issues like abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. Programs include:

  • Crisis Shelter – Provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention.
  • Transitional Living Program – Assists youth ages 17 to 21 with independent living skills, mental health support and securing living arrangements. Teens meet with counselors for free and confidential support.
  • Family Support Program – Counseling services are available to youth ages 12 to 22 and their families.
  • Youth Outreach Program (YOP) & YOP Shop – Meet with youth ages 12 to 24, anywhere, to help connect or make aware of support that’s available in the community to help you with housing, education, employment, and other needs. YOP Shop is the location where that assistance can occur.
  • Scholarship Program – Provide scholarship funds to young people in their programs to help pay for college tuition and expenses.

1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
YOP Shop: 893 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (614) 294-5553 or text “SAFE” and your current location to 69866 to find a Safe Place Partner that can help you get to Huck House
YOP Shop: (614) 826-3630
Administrative Office: (614) 294-8097
huckhouse.org

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

Faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. Services include:

1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 228-3855
lowerlights.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence

Provides 24-hour emergency shelter, counseling and legal support for women facing domestic violence and their children (birth to age 17). Offers help during times of crisis and comprehensive services, such as free community-based support groups for survivors and victims of domestic violence. The locations are kept confidential for safety reasons.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
24-Hour Crisis Line: (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org/choices

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Faith Mission

Provides shelter to men, women and veterans and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. In addition, they offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help clients overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6617
lssnetworkofhope.org

OSU Star House

This drop-in center provides free and confidential assistance to homeless youth ages 14 to 24. Offers help with food, clothing, hygiene items, rest, internet services, telephone calls, linkages to community resources and counseling; as well as healthcare, education support, housing help and job-seeking skills.
1220 Corrugate Way, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 826-5868 or (888) 824-5752
starhousecolumbus.org

Red Treehouse

This online resource supporting the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal to age 25. The website helps families find resources, organizations and events to meet their specific needs and challenges. Users can customize profiles by location (counties within Ohio), age ranges and topics of interest. RedTreehouse.org is a collaborative effort of Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and Ohio Family and Children First.
10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 229-5757, ext. 1126
redtreehouse.org

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC)

Provides emergency treatment and shelter for men (age 19 and older) with substance abuse problems. Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by an organization.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 221-4269
co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/adult-rehabilitation-center

Southeast, Inc.

Program: Provides a wide-ranging provider of primary and dental care, outpatient services, school programs, office-based and individual counseling for youth with mental health and substance abuse problems, psychiatry, case management and homeless services
Eligibility: males and females, age 3 and older
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician

  • Administrative Office: 16 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 225–0990 or (614) 225–0980
  • Adult and Family, Older Adult, and Alcohol & Drug: 1455 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 444–0800
  • Franklin County: 524 B West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224–4850
  • Delaware County: 824 Bowtown Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 695–7795
  • Morrow County: 950 Meadow Drive, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338
    (419) 949-2000

southeastinc.com

Southeast, Inc. Friends of the Homeless Program

Provides support to homeless men and women through emergency shelter, transitional and supportive/permanent housing. These services are available to persons living with certain medical conditions and chronically homeless people.
924 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 360-0251
fohcolumbus.com

The Open Shelter

The Open Shelter provides, directly or by referral, emergency shelter and assistance for homeless and marginally housed persons in Central Ohio; as well as, coordinated, supportive services, and transitional and/or permanent housing, enabling homeless and marginally housed persons to achieve maximum participation in the community.
61 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-2885
theopenshelter.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

YMCA provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

  • Youth Development: child care, academic enrichment, leadership development, mentoring, youth civic engagement, sports and recreation, swim, fitness, and camps (day, overnight and for special needs)
  • Healthy Living: family time, group fitness classes, personal/group training, water activities, diabetes prevention, and healthy lifestyle classes
  • Social Responsibility: juvenile justice program (like Positive Alternative Learning for Students/PALS), residential and employment services, welcome center for immigrants and refugees, military outreach, support children with special needs (like Early Childhood Resource Network+/ECRN+)

Full Facility Branches

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
    1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA
    300 Sloan Boulevard, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (937) 592-9622
  • Downtown YMCA
    40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-1131
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
    130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-3166
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
    555 YMCA Place, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 416-9622
  • Grove City YMCA
    3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 871-9622
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
    4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 334-9622
  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 276-8224
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
    6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-9622
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
    7798 North Liberty Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 839-9622
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
    440 Nicholas Drive, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 477-1661
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Hilltop-Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Hoover YMCA Park
    1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137
    (614) 491-0980
  • YMCA Camp Willson
    2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (800) 423-0427

Educare Centers

  • Hilltop Educare Center
    1952 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 752-8877
  • YMCA Early Learning Center
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 342-5836

Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)

  • Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
    1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43219
    (614) 389-9800

YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org

YWCA Family Center

Provides 24-hour shelter and support services for homeless and at-risk families and children. Offers services for children, including childcare, tutoring, employment assistance and housing placement. Also provides referrals to the Volunteers of America Family Shelter and other shelters throughout Columbus.
900 Harvey Court, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 224-9121
ywcacolumbus.org