St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. grew out of the St. Columba Presbyterian Church, located
in the Robin Hood Apartments. In 1987, St. Columba Ministries became St. Columba Ecumenical
During the years of operation, St. Columba has been instrumental in the forming of the Dwelling
Place and the Samaritan House. St. Columba operated the Virginia Beach Winter Shelter for three
years before it was given to Volunteers of America to operate. St. Columba operated a drop in
center in Virginia Beach in 1991 and from that came the idea for the St. Columba Day Center in
We moved to our present site at the corner of Lafayette Blvd. and Dunkirk Ave. in 1995. While
70% of our ministry is provided to those who find themselves homeless, we also reach out to the
less fortunate in the community.
In 1998, St. Columba received a grant to establish Next Step, a transitional housing program that is
home to up to 16 single, homeless adults who are trying to overcome their homelessness.
St. Columba is funded through federal, local and foundation grants, as well as donations from
churches, businesses, and individuals. We also receive in-kind donations that support our clothing
closet, food pantry, and assist Next Step residents who are just starting.
St. Columba is a small ministry, but reaches many people, those in need, as well as those who want
to help others in their time of need. The idea is to welcome all persons, in whatever state they find
themselves and to help when permitted.
St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries, Inc.
2114 Lafayette Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23509 Phone: 757-627-6748 Fax: 757-622-2569