Welcome to Van Buren Center!

Mission Statement

To support and strengthen the community by compassionately addressing the needs of individuals and families experiencing a homeless crisis and providing a safe and healthy environment for women, families, and men to resolve their housing crisis. 


Our vision is to protect basic human rights and meet 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.


The Van Buren Emergency Shelter plays a critical role in ending homelessness in Franklin County. The YMCA-operated facility embraces a Housing First approach, offers immediate and low barrier access to anyone facing a housing crisis, and measures shelter performance in order to improve results. The Van Buren Center serves up to 800 individuals every night, including families, women, and men, making it one of the largest in the nation.


  • Case Management
  • Employment Resources
  • Workshops
  • On-site Medical Providers
  • Educational Linkage
  • Meal Service
  • Housing Search Assistance

Volunteer & Donations


Volunteer & Donations

Looking for more information about volunteering or donations?

Visit our YMCA Shelter Services Volunteer Hub!

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Email Us

Have a question? Send us an email! 

Donate Now

Join us and be apart of our efforts to make a difference in the community! 

How You Can Help

Donations Needed:

Deodorant (men/women)
Baby Diapers Size 4,5,6
Baby Wipes
Shaving Cream
Travel-size Shampoo and Conditioner
Depends (men/women-all sizes)