Welcome to YMCA Men's Shelter !

Mission Statement

The mission of the Men’s Shelter is to support and strengthen the community by addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness by providing immediate shelter and a safe environment to individuals seeking assistance while they resolve their housing crisis.


We protect basic human rights and meet human needs by providing safe shelter. We instill hope and provide support to our guests for their long-term success through empowerment, community engagement and teamwork.


In March, as a result of the global pandemic and following recommendations of federal, state and local partners the Van Buren Center was De-Concentrated. YMCA Shelter Services opened three additional shelters in order to ensure 250 Single Adult Men and 60 Single Adult Women had a safe place to stay at night. Before COVID-19, The Van Buren Center sheltered all of these individuals under the same roof. Supportive Services for Single Adult Men experiencing a housing crisis have been expanded since March in order to meet the needs of the community.

Programs We Offer 

The YMCA of Central Ohio's shelter services for adult men, our main objective is to offer the assistance and support needed to stabilize and maintain independent housing while providing access to those supportive services needed in order to achieve the highest possible standard of living.


  • Case Management
  • Employment Support
  • Meal Service
  • Housing Search Assistance 



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How you can Help

Donations Needed

Hand Sanitizer
Shampoo/Body Wash
Bottled Water
Towels & Washcloths
Clorox Wipes
Face Masks