Host a Meal For Families Experiencing Homelessness
Help ensure our homeless families have a healthy meal during this time of uncertainty.
In 2005, YWCA Columbus responded to a community call to take over emergency shelter and services for families without homes. Many are working poor and unable to meet high housing costs; many are women raising children alone. The 50-room center offers these families safety and support, a place where they can get three healthy meals a day, and a warm, secure place to sleep.
There is no higher priority for us than the health, safety, and physical well-being of our visitors, the population we serve, and YWCA Columbus employees. In an effort to ensure the safety of volunteers, we have suspended all in-person volunteer opportunities until further notice. We rely on volunteers and donors 365 days a year to provide meals to homeless families staying at our Family Center. This saves the organization over $200,000 annually, and when there's a crisis, this need is even more crucial.
MEAL HOSTING OPTIONS DURING THIS TIME:
- Physically provide and drop off the meal/ingredients for our kitchen staff to serve. Your group should expect to serve up to 185 people for breakfast/dinner and 50-120 people for lunch. Please contact Naomi Merino prior to purchasing food. Sign up for an open date: https://www.ywcacolumbus.org/get-involved/volunteer/open-meal-host-dates-and-signup/
- Financially sponsor a meal for our kitchen staff to prepare and serve for a donation of $300 for breakfast and $500 for lunch/dinner. To sponsor a meal, visit https://ywcacolumbus.org/meal-sponsor
About YWCA Columbus
900 Harvey Court, Columbus, OH 43219, US
Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
Our facility for homeless families offers safe, comfortable accommodations and child care for families in Franklin County who are experiencing an immediate housing crisis.
Located on the near northeast side of Columbus, the Family Center offers support and sanctuary for up to 50 families a night.
Professional staff offer an array of services including employment assistance, case management, housing placement, child advocacy and much more.
Safe and Sound at the Family Center offers onsite licensed child care for the little ones and out-of-school programming for schoolage kids. Our 24-hour facility is equipped with a computer resource room, laundry facilities and access to after school tutors.
The likelihood of housing crisis increases for those who live at or below the poverty line and the problems associated with a housing crisis are worsened when a family lives with abuse, mental health struggles, physical health issues, language barriers, or underemployment.
Our triage team determines the family's immediate needs, and will refer them to resources to stay housed or connect them with sanctuary and/or shelter as needed. Families staying at the shelter receive professional supportive services including counseling, employment and housing assistance. Those who enter permanent housing may have access to ongoing aftercare to help connect them with community resources -- and stay in their new home.