PROGRAMS
St. Columba has a variety of programs that serve the homeless and less fortunate in our community.
Please note some services may be unavailable or adapted due to the pandemic.  
Call 627-6748 or visit our facebook page at www/facebook.com/scemva for updated information  

Day Center
Open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm, guests can get showers, sandwiches, coffee, and
other snacks.  Last sign in for showers is at 1:30 pm.  We see an average of 35 persons in our Day
Center each day.  A limited number of guests can have their laundry done when staffing permits.  Our
Clothing Closet consists of donated clothing and linens and is open by a volunteer Mondays at 9 am.  
We allow guests to use our phones for the purpose of seeking employment and establishing services
with other agencies.  Our Homeless Advocate works with guests to help them connect with resources,
such as bus passes to get to work and appointments, guidance obtaining ID cards and birth
certificates, work boots and food.

Next Step Transitional Housing
A 6-month transitional housing program for single, homeless, adult males and females provides
clients with the opportunity to get back on their feet.  We have 4 fully furnished houses located in
Norfolk that house 4 persons each while they transition from homelessness to independent living.  
Clients coming into the program are provided with food, a 30-day bus pass, linens, and toiletries.  Our
case manager oversees the houses and works with clients on goals relating to employment, education,
substance abuse, mental illness, life skills, budgeting, house keeping, physical health, and community
involvement.  Finally, residents are guided as they seek and establish their own apartments.  Interested
individuals must contact the Housing Crisis Hotline at 587-4202 to be assessed for housing.
Women's Houses
Men's Houses
Food Pantry
Our food pantry provides households with enough food for up to three days.  
We take into consideration restrictions clients may have on what they can eat or prepare,
including health conditions, access to cooking facilities and special foods for children.
We do not have any residency restrictions but do ask that each client show a valid ID.  
Households are eligible for assistance once every 30 days.  We are open Monday - Thursday from 9
am to 2 pm.  Clients must arrive by 1:45 pm to allow time for processing and packing.

Financial Assistance
WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
HOUSEHOLDS IN NEED OF RENT OR UTILITIES
SHOULD CALL 211 FOR REFERRAL INFORMATION.

Prescription Medication Program
Funded through HSG, Sentara and private foundation monies, this program is specifically for
homeless individuals in Norfolk who are in need of assistance with prescription medications.  
Clients must be referred by an agency that is able to verify homelessness and complete the necessary
paperwork to make the referral.  We are unable to fill prescriptions for narcotics, psychotropic
medications and other medications that are deemed unnecessary.  Clients in need of this assistance
must speak with their case manager to be referred.  All referrals are done by fax and usually
processed the same day when received Monday through Thursday 8 am to 3 pm,
Friday 8 am to noon.

Vision And Dental Program
Funded through private foundation monies, this program is specifically for homeless individuals in
Norfolk who are in need of emergency dental work (fillings and extractions) and eye exams to get
glasses.  We have partnered with Park Place Health and Dental Clinic, Pearle Vision and the Lions
Clubs of Norfolk to provide these much needed services to the homeless.  Clients must be referred
by an agency that is able to verify homelessness and complete the necessary paperwork to make the
referral.  Clients in need of this assistance must speak with their case manager to be referred.  All
referrals are done by fax and usually processed the same day when received Monday through
Thursday 8 am to 3 pm, Friday 8 am to noon.
Client Privacy Statement
Homeless Management Information System

We collect personal information directly from you for the reasons that are discussed in our Privacy
Notice.  We may be required to collect some personal information by law or by organizations that
give us money to operate this program.  Other personal information that we collect is important to
run our programs, to improve services for homeless persons, and to better understand the needs of
homeless persons.  We only collect information that we consider to be appropriate.

The collection and use of all personal information is guided by strict standards of confidentiality.  A
copy of our Privacy Notice is available to all clients upon request.
St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries, Inc.
2114 Lafayette Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23509             Phone: 757-627-6748          Fax: 757-622-2569