Practically in the CIF’s neighbourhood, nearby at 4th & 12th Street, sits Star House, a drop-in shelter where homeless youth ages 14-24 can rest, shower, wash clothes, and receive assistance from working on resumes and finding jobs to finding local social service resources.
The only one of its kind in Columbus, Star House was developed as part of a federally funded University research project to identify and engage homeless youth. Though the research project concluded two years later–the needs of those using Star House did not, and Dr. Natasha Slesnick, now Star House Director, fought to find alternate funding for the program.
Star House continues to serve about 25-30 youth per day who drop in to make use of the House’s resources. Although there’s constant need of their services, there are also plenty of success stories where youth are able to move on from their current situations to college & employment aspirations.
Meant to inspire youth and provide a showcase of their many untapped talents, Star House will hold their first Talent Show on Saturday, April 13th at Xenos (1934 North Fourth St.) beginning 7pm. Hosted by former Buckeyes receiver Dimitrious Stanley (now at 97.1FM Sports Radio), the event will feature live music and a raffle, with proceeds to benefit Star House. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Participants in the show and patrons will have the opportunity to score keepsakes like laser-etched wooden key chains or laser-etched pocket ear-bud holders provided by Columbus Idea Foundry, and we couldn’t be more proud to support Star House and its mission!