Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)


  • Paint the walls of group rooms or help with other projects aimed at enhancing housing for women and children at Amethyst
  • Cleaning, organizing, and general help at our housing and other facilities
  • Participate in their Annual Walk/Run Event

Who can help: Check with our office for specifics

Provide help for Fundraising Events


Amethyst holds many fundraising events throughout the year including their Annual Walk/Run and Season for Giving event.  They also do a Holiday Wishes program to provide gifts and needed items to families during the Holiday season.

Who can help: Anyone!

Run a Collection Drive


Coordinate a drive among friends, family or classmates to collect and donate items needed to furnish apartments for women and children. Collect items such as furniture, curtains, bed sheets, and kitchen utensils to ensure comfortable homes for clients.

Or, coordinate a drive to collect and donate items needed for everyday living needs – such as personal hygiene products and household cleaning products. A list of specific items can be found by clicking on the “Wish List” tab on the left of this page.

Who can help: Anyone!

Organize a Fundraiser


Organize a fundraiser in your neighborhood or school to raise money for Amethyst. Financially supporting the program means making a real difference in the lives of women and children in Columbus.

Who can help: Anyone!


Contact Amethyst under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?


Amethyst fosters a culture of recovery, empowering women and families in a safe, sober community.

What population do you serve? 


Amethyst serves vulnerable or homeless women and children in the Columbus area, including those with drug or alcohol addictions. In the past 30 years, Amethyst has served thousands of women and children.



How many do you serve in a year? 


In 2014, Amethyst served 52 women and 104 children. 72% of Amethyst participants from 2014 successfully stayed sober for at least one year and successfully transitioned to independent housing.


What region or area do you provide services in?


Amethyst serves vulnerable women and children in the Columbus area. Amethyst helps women with addiction problems stay sober and off the streets. Amethyst also seeks to keep these women’s children safe and healthy throughout the process as well.

How and when did the organization get started? 


Amethyst was founded by a group of recovering women in 1984 who wanted to provide long-term support and safe, affordable housing to women recovering from addiction. The agency began with three clients and a donated house. The program was run by volunteers for five years.

As it grew to be successful, Amethyst applied for and received certification to be a treatment provider by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Today, Amethyst is recognized nationally for its superior gender-specific recovery program.


How many employees do you have? 


Amethyst has 4 people on their executive staff, and employees who help operate and administer their service programs.


How many volunteers does your organization have?  (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)


In 2014, 440 volunteers provided roughly 5,000 hours of service for Amethyst’s women and children.

How do your programs or services help the community?


Amethyst helps foster healthy families. When a woman arrives at Amethyst, she might be parenting as a sober person for the first time. Since this woman might also have grown up with parents with substance abuse problems or where abuse was prevalent, she might lack some basic parenting skills. Amethyst helps provide women like this with the support and stability they need in order to successfully raise their children and stay healthy themselves.


Program Descriptions 


Permanent Supportive Housing: provides safe spaces for women and children to live. They also provide a good environment to stay on track with sobriety since women and children are surrounded by other families who are focused on this goal. Amethyst currently maintains 101 housing units throughout the Columbus area.

S.T.A.R. Outpatient Program: provides addiction recovery support to women of all backgrounds and financial situations. The Safety, Treatment and Recovery (S.T.A.R.) Program guides clients through making positive treatment choices.

Supported Employment: helps women who are recovering re-enter the workforce. Amethyst realizes that addiction can carry a stigma that may prevent women from finding a good job. Therefore, this program was created to help those women obtain employment and reassure potential employers that these women are addiction-free and reliable.

Trauma Services: help women who have experienced trauma deal with their experiences so they do not relapse during recovering. More than one million women are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused each year. If left untreated, these experiences can trigger women to abuse alcohol or drugs.

Integrated Tobacco Program: helps women who are recovering from addiction quit smoking. People who stop using tobacco while in treatment stay sober longer than those who continue to use tobacco. This program provides intensive support to help women stay free of tobacco, while abstaining from alcohol and other drugs as well.

SummerQuest: provides support and fun to children of parents with addictions. It is a day camp for children (ages 6-14) who have mothers involved in Amethyst’s long-term recovery program. SummerQuest provides counseling, education about prevention, and traditional camp fun.


Amethyst’s Wishlist:

Haircare Products:
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair gel
  • Hairspray
  • Hair relaxer
  • Hairdryer
  • Curling iron
  • Ethnic haircare products
Personal Products:
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Make-up
  • Lotion
  • Vaseline
Beauty and Feminine Products:
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Panty liners
  • Nail polish
  • Manicure set
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Window drapes
  • Comforters for twin beds
  • Sheet sets for twin beds
  • Pillowcases
Landry Products:
  • Laundry baskets
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Bleach
  • Starch
Household Cleaning Products:
  • Dish soap
  • Lysol
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Scrub brush
  • Trashcan
  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning gloves
Cooking Products:
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sandwich bags
  • Freezer bags
Paper Products:
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
Winter Items:
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Coats (especially large sizes)
  • Scarves
  • Boots
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Journals

Name: N. Morrison

Organization: Amethyst


Work: (614) 242-1284

455 East Mound Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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