The Way Home

Columbus House’s mission is to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence.

Hershel's Story

Upon meeting Hershel, a 73-year-old, two-tour Vietnam Veteran, you immediately recognize a very intelligent, articulate, driven, and compassionate man. His one bedroom apartment is spotless, though quite warm on this summer day. Hershel is on a fixed income and cannot afford air conditioning. In fact, not very long ago, Hershel was homeless. When asked to share his story he obliged with a mesmerizing account of his life. Read Hershel's Story in our 2016 Annual Report!