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 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.


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 

Want more information about how to become a volunteer at the Van Buren Center or our current donation needs? 


Shelter Service Volunteer Hub

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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:

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