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Empowering CHANGE | Transforming LIVES

As we embark on the next 75 years, together with our community, we look forward to helping to educate and bring change to Columbus. Please join us as we provide you with a visual storyline of where we have been and perspectives from our clients on where we are going.

Together we will empower CHANGE to transform LIVES.

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Independent Seniors. Thriving Families.

For 75 years, Catholic Social Services (CSS) has been empowering people in need, regardless of faith or background, with the tools they need to reach their full potential. We are an anti­poverty agency focused on helping working-poor families stabilize and build a better tomorrow and on helping low-income seniors age with grace and independence.

Each year, Catholic Social Services’ 13 programs help 25,000 people in our 23-county region. Our holistic approach to client service is designed to help people use their own strengths and leverage the resources of the community to reach their goals. We do this while sparking hope, respecting dignity, and acknowledging worth.

Catholic Social Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and the Better Business Bureau to illustrate our commitment to best­practice social services and sound business management. We are a research partner with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame because we are committed to evidence-based practice. We are a member agency of Catholic Charities USA and the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County.

The client success is not ours alone; last year, we partnered with hundreds of corporations, public entities, nonprofits, and human service providers to help more people reach their full potential. Because our clients make up the fabric of our community, such as a working family in crisis, a senior struggling to stay independent, or an immigrant new to our neighborhood, our impact ripples throughout the entire community.

Impact in Action

Gerry feels safe knowing she has reliable transportation to her dialysis appointments.

“Using the Transportation Program, ‘gives my daughter peace of mind,’ Gerry says.  ‘She doesn’t want me driving in [winter] weather.’” 

SUCCESS STORIES

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22,000

Working poor families served in 2020.

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200,000

Annual volunteer hours.

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99%

Client satisfaction rate.

Impact Stories

  • A Journey Toward Self-Sufficiency – The Power of Language

    Two children, six suitcases, and $300. This is all Marisol had when she arrived in Columbus five years ago to start her new life. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, she’d lost both her home and her job in Puerto Rico. She arrived in Ohio with her savings depleted, but faced an even greater challenge […]

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Locations

COLUMBUS

197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-5891

WEST COLUMBUS

Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
409 Industry Drive
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 340-7061

NEWARK

1031 Brice Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 345-2565

PORTSMOUTH

St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
2311 Stockham Lane
Portsmouth, OH 45662
(740) 353-3185

ZANESVILLE

422 Main Street, Ste 400
P.O. Box 3446
Zanesville, OH 43702-3446
(740) 452-5057

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