Support Easton Change for Charity Partner Star House This Holiday Season
Each year, the Easton Community Foundation chooses six non-profit organizations to receive proceeds from meter change and parking tickets. So far, this program has contributed more than $1.3 million to local charities.
This is just one way we work to support impactful organizations around the Columbus community. This year, we are excited to welcome Star House as our Change for Charity partner for December.
Star House is a resource center for youth without a permanent place to call home. They offer a safe place for youth, ages 14-24, to get access to basic needs and stabilizing resources in Central Ohio. To honor this organization, we sat down with Ann Bischoff, the CEO of Star House, to learn more about the amazing work they do in our local community and how people can get involved.
Q: What is the mission of Star House? How do you support the needs of homeless youth in the Columbus area?
A: We were founded in 2006 to strategically find and engage traumatized, youth, ages 14-24, who are living on the streets of central Ohio. We offer these youth immediate access to food, clothing, a safe place to be, showers, laundry machines, computer lab and more. We also connect them with therapy, healthcare, legal counsel, housing, education, employment and transportation. We apply proven practices to engage individuals who have a hard time trusting others. Right now, there are an estimated 2,000 teens and young adults in our community who are without a permanent place to call home.
Q: What does it mean for Star House to be a part of Easton's Change for Charity program?
A: We are thrilled to have been chosen as one of this year's Change for Charity program participants. The most unexpected aspect of having been selected is the warm connection we now have to the Easton team and the opportunities we have been given to raise awareness about our mission.
Q: What will Star House be using the Change for Charity funds for?
A: We’ll be using the funds generated through the Change for Charity program to support the work of our youth advocates. Our youth advocates are highly trained individuals who work hard to build relationships with youth and to connect them with crucial resources.
Q: Other than parking at Easton’s meters, how can people support Star House?
A: Star House has opportunities for everyone to get involved—both through volunteering and through giving. Right now, our greatest need is for clothing items that will keep our guests warm, including large winter coats, gloves, hats, socks, scarves, boots, etc.
Q: What do you love about being a part of Star House?
A: I love being part of Star House, because I love getting to know our guests. The young people we serve are super humans—extraordinarily talented survivors who have great depth. They might be down and out today, but they’re capable of so much more. They inspire me to help ensure that they break out of homelessness and thrive.
If you are visiting Easton, make sure you park at the meters when you go holiday shopping to support this amazing organization. To learn more about what you can do to support Star House this season and beyond, visit their website here.
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