Huckleberry House

Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)


  • Volunteer at a fundraising event for Huckleberry House.  

Who can help: Anyone!

Run a Collection Drive


Organize a collection drive among friends or neighbors. A list of items needed at Huckleberry House can be found by clicking the “Wish List” tab on the left side of this page.


Who can help: Anyone!

Organize a Fundraiser


Organize a fundraiser among classmates or family to help raise money for Huckleberry House. The money you raise will help Huckleberry House provide services to youth and parents throughout the area.

Host a party, lemonade stand, bake sale or other event to raise money for Huckleberry House.


Who can help: Anyone!

Conduct an Advocacy & Awareness Campaign


Get the word out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to talk about the good work Huckleberry House is doing.

Who can help: Anyone!

Contact Huckleberry House 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?


Huckleberry House’s mission is to reach young people and their families to build stronger lives.

What population do you serve? 


Huckleberry House serves youth who are experiencing a time of crisis. It provides a safe space for runaway youth in the area. Whether they’re running away because they don’t feel valued and listened to at home or because their parents are substance abusers, Huckleberry House is there to serve them and find solutions.


How many do you serve in a year? 


In 2014, 545 youth crisis episodes were addressed through the Crisis Program, 59 youth received services through the Transitional Living Program, and 115 families received ongoing counseling through the Family Support Program.

What region or area do you provide services in?


Huckleberry House provides services to teens throughout Franklin County.

How and when did the organization get started? 


Huckleberry House was founded in 1970.  It began as a safe place for runaways and troubled teens in the Central Ohio area to find shelter and support during their difficult time. Today, Huckleberry House operates a crisis program with 24-7 access for teens to get help and shelter, a family support program to help families rebuild, as well as youth outreach programs and opportunities for transitional living.


How many employees do you have? 


Huckleberry House has a small Board of Directors. We have a 28 Full-Time, 26 Part-Time and 6 Volunteer employees. We employee  Crisis Intervention Specialists, Community Support Assistants, and Social Workers to help with the programs and services we offer.


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


We have hundreds of volunteers each year to help with the operation and maintenance of the house, as well as help with our fundraising events.

 How do your programs or services help the community?


Huckleberry House helps teens in the area who are in crisis situations, homeless, or runaways. On average, one in seven children run away from home before the age of 18. Huckleberry House realizes most runaways have no where to go or don’t know where they can get help.

If the child is in danger, Huckleberry House will try to find an alternative them. If the child is not feeling valued at home, Huckleberry House works with families to help them learn how to better communicate and cope with the pressures of life together.

Program Descriptions 


Crisis Program: Support children to develop safe plans to help with their problems. This also helps parents who may have questions or concerns about their children. The Crisis Program includes a 24/7 hotline (614-294-5553) and 24/7 shelter. The average stay at the shelter is three to five days. While there, licensed crisis counselors work with children and parents to develop a plan for reconciliation.

Family Support Program: helps children and families work through problems by providing ongoing counseling from experienced therapists. Flexible hours are offered to fit real-life schedules. Families can expect a safe and confidential environment. Therapists will work to help them make long-term changes.

Youth Outreach Program: helps youth by coming to them. Not all youth reach out to Huckleberry House first. Instead, the Youth Outreach Program goes to streets, schools, shopping malls, and other areas where youth hang out to give out information about the resources available to them at Huckleberry House. The Youth Outreach Team is non-judgmental and eager to help.



Transitional Living Program: helps young people live safely and successfully on their own. The program provides secure living arrangements and connections to important resources to young people who are experiencing homelessness. The program teaches young people skills like budgeting and cooking. The young people involved in the program are also expected to be going to school or have a job.

Project Safe Place: works with restaurants and 24-hour operations to get them to display a logo at their establishments. These signs let youth know what they can do if they need help. If youth can’t get to Huckleberry House by themselves, they can go to places like White Castle and Kroger and tell an employee they need “Safe Place Help.” Then, the establishment will call Huckleberry House, and they’ll arrange a safe way for them to get there.



Huckleberry House’s Wishlist:

Transitional Living Program

  • Baking sheets
  • Plastic wrap
  • Large/small trash cans
  • Silverware sets
  • Batteries
  • Plungers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Mop buckets
  • Dust pans/brooms
  • Toilet brush
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Can opener
  • Pots and Pans
  • Alarm clocks
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Mops
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Pine cleaner

Crisis Program

  • Boys and girls deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Feminine Hygiene products
  • Body wash
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Brushes/combs
  • African American hair products
  • Gym shorts new
  • Sweatshirts new
  • Sweatpants new
  • T-shirts new
  • Umbrellas

Name: Sonya Thesing

Title: Development Coordinator

Organization: Huckleberry House


Work: (614) 294-8097

1421 Hamlet St
Columbus, OH 43201

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