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More Than A Ride

We often take for granted having adequate, convenient, and safe transportation. Though we may not consider it often, many of our elderly neighbors no longer have this luxury. Many, no longer able to drive themselves due to age-related physical or cognitive limitations, struggle to get to their routine medical appointments without a ride. This struggle […]

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A Hopeful Investment for a Community in Need

It is a time of hope. And few people need hope more than the poverty-stricken residents of Portsmouth, Ohio, located in Scioto County— the second poorest county in the state. With a median household income of $28,840, Portsmouth bears the burden of a 37% poverty rate. Nestled in green hills, this rural town across the […]

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Poverty is Complicated: Meet Jackie

One Sunday morning, Jackie was sitting in her home when someone knocked on the door. Her daughter went to answer it and, when she returned, she told Jackie, “We have ten minutes to be out of the house.”   By the end of the day, Jackie had lost everything she had worked for her whole […]

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Connecting Seniors to the Community

When Sue moved into a new senior housing complex three years ago after her husband’s death, she expected to find friends and form a community. After all, 60% of the residents were older single women such as herself. She hadn’t counted on only a small percentage of them speaking her language fluently. Even with her […]

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Reflections at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center

This year, Catholic Social Services’ (CSS) had the opportunity to host an intern at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center in West Columbus. We had the privilege of working with Jacob Fries, a rising sophomore who is studying Environmental Sciences and Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He helped with a number of […]

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Abuela’s Wisdom Crosses Cultures

When 8-year-old “Enrique” confided to his 76-year-old African-American Foster Grandparent, Ms. Welch, that he had never seen or worked so closely with a Black person before, she made it her mission to extend herself to him in an extra-special way. Enrique moved from Puerto Rico in 2017 after Hurricane Maria devastated his community. He could […]

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CSS Provides Help to Separated Families

For the past four years, Catholic Social Services of Columbus’ (CSS) sister agency, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, has been providing assistance to tens of thousands of refugees and immigrants at its Humanitarian Respite Center 10 miles from the Mexican border. The Center has been on the front lines since well before the […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

Beth’s daughter Macy was born with undiagnosed Hirschsprung Disease—a defect in which the large intestine doesn’t work properly. When Macy was 15 years old, the issue had progressed to the point she needed surgery to have part of her intestines removed, and she was in the hospital for an extended period of time. Even though […]

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  Save the Date: Friday, September 7 Doors open at 7:00am Renaissance Hotel  Registration coming soon! For a table sponsorship, contact Julie Naporano by email at [email protected] or by phone at 614- 857-1236

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50 years later, the work is unfinished.

This past Wednesday, on the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Jennifer came into our center crying. Jennifer is working three jobs to provide for her family. She works at two fast food restaurants and cleans a doctor’s office in the evenings. Her husband is in jail on a drug-related charge. […]

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