PROGRAMS
St. Columba has a variety of programs that serve the homeless and less fortunate in our community.  

Day Center
Open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 1:30 pm, guests can get showers, sandwiches, coffee,
and other snacks.  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
and mailing address 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 x2737 to be assessed for housing.
Women's Houses
Men's Houses
Food Pantry
Our food pantry provides referred families and individuals with enough food for 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.  All clients receiving
food must have a written referral from an approved agency in order to receive food and proof of
address.  Our food pantry is stocked through donations and special purchases when we have  
specific needs.  We are supported by numerous churches that make financial and in-kind donations.  
We work closely with the Foodbank to eliminate hunger.  We serve approximately 75 households
each month.  If you are in need of food, please call 627-6748 for more information on our hours,
eligibility, requirements and procedures.

Financial Assistance
WE DO NOT HAVE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AT THIS TIME
St. Columba has financial assistance to help prevent homelessness in our community.  Sometimes
families and individuals have encountered a hardship (illness, loss of work, accident) that has caused
their normally tight budget to be stretched beyond its means.  Many people are living from paycheck
to paycheck.

Rental Assistance
We do not have any rental assistance available at this time.

Utility Assistance
We are no longer able to assist with utilities.

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 a generous grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, 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