When you walk around Columbus, one population you don’t encounter are the homeless, but they are here behind the backdrop of the city. The organization Star House reaches out to specifically help those who are between the ages of 14 to 24 and don’t have permanent housing. Star house offers a safe place, providing these homeless youth with access to food and basic needs, showers, resources, and counseling. Not only are they the only research-based drop-in center in the country, but they are also launching a social enterprise to help this vulnerable population get the support they need to get on their feet.
For episode 21, I sat down with Ann Bischoff, CEO of Star House to learn more about their mission and understand better the homeless youth they serve, and some of the challenges they face.
Listen to the whole story here.