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April 1, 2009
Contact: Dana Jacob

Nationwide is On Your Side when it comes to supporting local youth
                      Starr Columbus youth to benefit from Nationwide gift

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Starr Columbus, formerly known as Starr Commonwealth’s Hannah
Neil Center, is proud to announce that it has received two grants totaling $130,000 in support
from the Nationwide Foundation.

A $30,000 grant has been made in support of general operations with an additional $100,000
awarded to support MyPlace, a community-based independent living program for youth
transitioning out of foster care or residential treatment. In an apartment building on the east side
of Columbus, the MyPlace program provides young adults, ages 16-19, the opportunity to live on
their own while receiving support and guidance to achieve self-sufficiency.

“At a time when the demand for services for at-risk children and families is increasing, accessing
additional and much needed resources is more competitive than ever, the support from
Nationwide Foundation is a testament of your faith in our mission and our 150-year legacy of
meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our community,” said Martin L. Mitchell, President
and CEO of Starr Commonwealth.

“Nationwide is pleased to support Starr Commonwealth and the important work it does in
Columbus,” said Chad Jester, Vice President of Corporate Public Involvement for Nationwide
and President of the Nationwide Foundation.

The Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from
Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Foundation has committed more than
$190 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide
associates and their families live and work. Just as Nationwide supports its customers in their
moment of need, the company’s involvement in its home communities is focused on supporting
organizations that help people facing critical or immediate need. Nationwide, based in
Columbus, Ohio is one of the largest insurance and financial services organizations in the world.
For more information, visit

Founded in 1913, Starr Commonwealth is a private, nonprofit organization licensed by the States
of Michigan and Ohio and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families
and Children. Starr Commonwealth provides a comprehensive continuum of care for at-risk
youth and their families including community-based early intervention and prevention services
and specialized residential alternatives. The full spectrum of services is offered through Starr’s
five locations in Michigan and Ohio and training for professionals who work with youth is
conducted nationwide. Starr Commonwealth is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity.
Visit the website for more information.


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