Our Doors Are Always Open

Huck House keeps doors open for at-risk and homeless youth in Central Ohio.
No matter what.

We help Central Ohio youth who are struggling with homelessness, family conflict, poverty, and violence.

If you need help right now, our Teen Crisis Shelter helpline is available 24/7 at 614-294-5553

We work relentlessly to ensure all young people in our community have access to a safe home environment. Including you.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, or if you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, call 988.

At Huckleberry House, we believe that there is hope in every young person's story.


Huckleberry House provides shelter, support, and guidance to young people facing difficult situations through four main programs:

  • A 24/7 Crisis Shelter offering a temporary safe place to stay for teens ages 12 to 17 including hot meals, a warm bed, and access to necessities like clothes and hygiene items 
  • A Transitional Living Program for young people, 18-24 years old, providing a safe place to live combined with a range of supportive services.
  • A Counseling Center, with a team of therapists who specialize working with teens, young adults, and families to help solve even the most challenging problems.
  • The Youth Outreach Program, a team of trained, professional staff that engage with youth to prevent homelessness and provide support and resources to increase stability.

Our Programs

At Huck House, our goal is to support young people and families struggling with tough situations like homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, and violence. Because we know everyone’s problems are unique, we offer a variety of programs that can help. 

Housing Programs

Up to 18 months of housing combined with programs designed to help you develop the skills and confidence to live successfully on your own. Learn More

Crisis Shelter 

A 24/7/365 Crisis Shelter that offers a safe, temporary place to stay for young people ages 12-17. Learn More

Youth Outreach Program

A street-based counseling, support, and case management program that brings Huck House services to youth on their own turf. Learn More

Counseling Services

Counseling that helps address tough issues including family conflict, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma experiences, and issues at school. Learn More

Our Impact

In 2020, we kept our doors open despite unprecedented challenges and we made key strides in increasing and improving the options for our community’s most vulnerable members:


Nights of shelter provided


Crisis episodes addressed


In scholarship funds awarded to Huck House program graduates


Hours of counseling and support provided

Who We Help

Items we need:

Clothing and Personal Items

  • Underwear
  • Sweatpants (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Sweatshirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Shorts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • T-shirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
  • Socks
  • Wallets
  • Earbuds

          Please note that we are unable to accept any used clothing items.

General Supplies

  • Composition notebooks/journals
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Art supplies
  • “Smell goods” (i.e. Bath & Body Works)

Toiletries and Hygiene Products

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Body soap*
  • Tootbrushes and toothpaste*
  • Brushes and combs
  • Ethnic hair care products

    The * denotes that the item must be in a full size bottle.

Misellaneous Items

  • Baby items
  • Pillows
  • Solid color twin comforters and sheet sets
  • Kitchen utensils, general cleaning and laundry supplies, picture frames
  • Non-perishable food items for youth outreach (crackers, cup of soup, fruit snacks, chips)
  • Gift cards from $5 to $25 for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations
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