Welcome to Van Buren Center!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Van Buren Center is to support and strengthen the community by addressing the needs of those experiencing a homeless crisis by providing emergency shelter and a safe environment for individuals while resolving 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 by serving each individual with dignity, compassion, and respect.

Programs We Offer 



The YMCA of Central Ohio's shelter services for adult women, men, and families. 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 

2020 Basic Needs CSB/YMCA

Volunteer & Donations

Want more information about volunteering or donations? Visit our YMCA Shelter Services Volunteer Hub!


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Shelter Services Leadership Team

Connect with the Shelter Services Leadership Team


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Email Us


Have a question? Send us an email! 

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

How You Can Help

Donations Needed:

  • Shampoo (Travel Size)
  • Body Wash (Travel Size)
  • Deodorant 
  • Diapers (Size 5 & 6)
  • Depends (All Sizes)
  • Towels/Washcloths