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Promise House

Who We Are

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The Promise House is a student-led community resource center and food pantry for Otterbein students that builds community to break down socioeconomic barriers to student success. We offers services to help peers flourish including a community café, campus food pantry, referrals to community resources, peer advocacy, volunteer opportunities, and educational workshops.   

Promise House Resources

  • Food

  • Clothing

  • Financial Wellness Information

  • Referrals

  • Emergency Mini-Grant

  • School Supplies & Tolietries

Support the Promise House

The Promise House is always looking for volunteers and donors! If you are interested in getting involved with The Promise House please email promisehouse@otterbein.edu or call us at 614.823.2074.

  • Students at The Promise House
  • The Promise House at Otterbein
  • Otterbein Students Make a Promise to Help those in Need
  • Food Storage in The Promise House
  • Food at the Promise House
  • Promise House Student Coordinators


On November 18, 2015, a group of Otterbein students gathered for a “Chili Chat”; this was an opportunity to share a bowl of chili and talk about the socioeconomic barriers that can hinder success in college. Each student shared a written story about an issue they personally faced, or one shared by a peer. One student wrote, “I work two jobs and still can’t afford shampoo.” As the evening unfolded, students made a list of the key issues they faced and brainstormed solutions to each barrier. Among the roadblocks to student success shared that night were the rising costs of textbooks, transportation costs, and their number one barrier: HUNGER.

Food insecurity has “increasingly become an issue on college and university campuses and can pose a significant barrier to student success” (Hughes et.al. 2011). Universities across the country are opening food banks to help alleviate the challenges associated with food insecurity so that students can remain in school and earn their degrees. 

In response to the growing national trend of hunger on campus and the roadblocks identified by Otterbein students, the Promise House was opened in April 2016!

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86 W. Home Street Home Street Commons Apartment Complex Lounge

See Promise House Facebook & Twitter pages for most up to date hours

Contact Information
e/ promisehouse@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.2074

/ List of Current Needs

Any donations are appreciated and can be dropped off anytime the Promise House is open.

  • Bread
  • Fruit/Vegetables
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Nuts
  • Butter
  • Granola Bars
  • Cheese
  • Frozen Meats
  • Condiments
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Grains
  • Cereal
  • Anything Vegan/Vegetarian
  • Toiletries