I recently joined Maryhaven on their outreach to local homeless camps around Columbus. Maryhaven is a treatment center that also provides crisis care and homeless outreach. Maryhaven routinely visits homeless camps, offering shelter and the first steps to recovery and self-sufficiency.
These services by Maryhaven and others are much needed as homelessness in Columbus has been on the rise despite a booming economy and low jobless rates (Columbus Dispatch, 2018). When the economy is strong and unemployment is low, it’s easy to think anyone who is homeless must not want to work or have a roof over their head. During my day with Maryhaven, I did not encounter individuals that met this description. The kind and warm souls we met wanted and needed the help that Maryhaven provides every single day.