Community Outreach

In the past year, Heart of the City Foundation served more than 35,420 people in downtown Columbus with free services provided by a variety of partners. All people are welcome to receive these services regardless of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, family configuration, mental capacity, age, or religious affiliation. While all programs serve the whole person, they are targeted as follows:
Serving Physical Needs:

Manna Café: Provides an average of 179 meals every Wed.evening to those hungry for food, hungry for eating a meal with friends and family, and hungry for a listening ear or helping hand from the numerous
volunteers who work at the Café every week. 9,309 meals were served in 2012.

Open Shelter Meals: Provides hot meals every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights to homeless men, women and families. 16,085 meals were served in 2012.

The Inn at Broad: Provides housing and counseling to two families who live at Broad Street for six months to two years.

Serving Justice:

Interfaith Legal Clinic: Provides free legal services by volunteer attorneys to an average of 35 people a month.

Serving Children, Families, and the Community:

Childrens Defense Fund Freedom School: Provides (with Ohio Children’s Defense Fund*) a six-week, five-day-a-week, literacy-based, multicultural enrichment program for elementary age children that maintains reading ability through the summer, fosters engagement in social action, motivates community service, and hires six college- age servant leader interns to lead the school.