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Education and Advocacy around Homelessness

Why Should I Get Involved?

The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless believes in social and economic justice for all people. This includes the right to equal access to basic necessities such as decent and affordable housing, clean, warm and appropriate clothing, a balanced diet, affordable healthcare, quality education, suitable employment, and a living wage. Those who call the streets home and fill the shelters each night are often denied these essential rights. Our society has the resources, and responsibility, to confront this injustice; however, the effectiveness of our response will be limited until there is a community-wide effort to end homelessness.

To identify injustice and speak out against it is to build a basis for a better society. To share in our abundance with those less fortunate is to recognize inequality and endeavor to overcome it. To give freely of one’s time and energy working toward solutions is to take responsibility for a better tomorrow.

What can I do to Help?

Join the Coalition

By becoming a member of the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless you will be helping to advocate for those who are among the most vulnerable in our society.  Also, becoming a member will allow you to educate yourself about the problem of homelessness and make informed decisions about how you will combat this injustice. Your donation of just $25 purchases a membership and supports the Coalition’s work.  Send donations to Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, 89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, OH 43222.

Attend Coalition Monthly Meetings

Everyone is invited to attend the membership meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:00 am.
The meeting is held at West Park Church, 89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, OH 43222

Volunteer

Volunteers work on committees, write articles for Street Speech, help with fundraising, provide support for vendors of Street Speech, and help cover the office.  We do not provide direct services for homeless individuals – so if that is your main interest, please contact one of the shelter, outreach, or housing organizations.  To volunteer, please call the Coalition at 614-228-1342 or email us at info@columbushomeless.org.

Our Committees and Events

Advocacy, Education, and Empowerment Committees

These are ongoing committees that meet on a regular basis to work on programs and issues for the Coalition.  Advocacy issues include better alternatives for homeless camps, showers, restrooms, and laundry, affordable housing, and other important topics.  Education includes a new Cultural Competence Education program for Homelessness, community conversations, and other events.  Empowerment focuses on making the vendor program stronger and helping people who are homeless find income, employment, benefits, and better quality of life.

Continuum of Care

The Coalition serves on this committee to provide input, direction and technical expertise decision-making process for HUD-funded programs serving homeless persons. Composed of local community agency representatives the group reviews both new and renewal proposals and submits their recommendations for funding to the Technical Review Committee. In addition, the group participates in the monitoring of HUD-funded programs to assure that improvements are made, when programs fail to meet defined standards.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Marsha Donner founded Partners in the Promise in 1996, an organization that seeks to build solidarity among various peace movements throughout the world through the common denominator of women and motherhood. Donner believed that mothers could use their influence to advocate for peace and manifest prosperity throughout the world. Unfortunately, Donner contracted cancer and died in 2000. However, her legacy lives on through the annual Marsha Donner Mother’s Day Brunch organized by the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless (CCH).

Each Mother’s Day, the Coalition holds its annual Mother’s Day Brunch. The brunch is a celebration to recognize the importance of mothers and motherhood, with a special invitation extended to currently and formerly homeless mothers and their children.

According to a brunch volunteer, “It’s important to acknowledge people who are in difficult times right now. It’s important to be a mother; it’s significant to be a mother. This is something where we can celebrate them, to recognize them. Even though they may not be in the best circumstances right now…they can still feel loved.”

According to a mother who attended the event, “This is important to me. With everything I‘ve been through, I want to make memories for the future.”
Links to:
Moms feel special as families unite, forget homelessness

Mothers who experienced homelessness treated to a meal, family portrait

Dominican Sisters of Peace Receive Marsha Donner Humanitarian Award

Interfaith Memorial Service

This event is held every year, on or near the longest night of the year, to honor and remember those who have passed away who were homeless or formerly homeless. The service is attended by representatives from various faith backgrounds. It is concluded with a candle lighting ceremony to honor our friends.