Our Driving Force is the Love of Christ.
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
Motivated by faith, Catholic Social Services helps poor and vulnerable seniors and families reach their potential.
Catholic Social Services envisions a world in which all who are in need are able to meet their potential to live with dignity, hope, and purpose.
Our values are guided by our faith.
IMPACT – We serve in ways that have a lasting effect on our clients and that make our community stronger for everyone.
Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We are a part of the worldwide Catholic Church responding to the complicated needs of the working poor, underserved, immigrants, and vulnerable populations within central and southern Ohio.
Catholic Social Services was formed by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus 75 years ago to serve the needs and suffering of people within our 23 county area. Our work is centered in our Catholic faith and we believe that each person is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore, sacred. We are aligned with Catholic Social Teaching.
We were established as the Catholic Welfare Bureau in 1945 under the leadership of the Most Reverend Bishop Michael Ready to serve women and children in Columbus. We expanded our services and our reach with sites in Zanesville in 1948, Newark in 1949, and Portsmouth in 1957. As our programs grew, we were separately incorporated on August 4, 1966 and renamed Catholic Social Services.
While our services have changed with the needs of the community, our commitment to the highest standard of excellence, respect, trustworthiness, and compassion in our client and community care has never wavered. In 1982, CSS was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and has maintained continuous accreditation since.
Our licensed Social Workers and staff abide by Catholic Charites USA Code of Ethics.
Catholic Social Services’ board and staff is deeply connected to the mission and values of the organization. It is the lens by which we provide our services. We are proud of all our team and would like to highlight their commitment to our clients and our positive outcomes over the years.
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Board Vice Chair
External Relations Chair
Clinical Asst. Professor
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
SVP, Chief Risk Officer
President & CEO
Managing Director, Global Tech. Infrastructure
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Executive VP
Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter
Catholic Charities & Social Concerns Office,
Diocese of Columbus
Corna Kokosing Construction
First Financial Bank
Ruscilli Construction Company
Corporate Relations Manager
White Castle System, Inc.
Vice President of Learning & Development
Chief Operating Officer
Director, St. Francis Center
Regional Director, Eastern Region
“Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.” -Pope Francis
CSS is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), which certifies that all operations and programs meet best practice standards for professional service. Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, nonprofit organization that partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting appropriate best practice standards. COA Standards reflect current best practices in the field as determined by extensive literature reviews and a rigorous, multi-stage development and vetting process. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved, or are in the process of, accreditation. Implementing COA standards mean our organization is among the best in the field. We are proud to be a part of this community of excellence.
CSS is a member of Catholic Charities USA. CCUSA supports and enhances the work of Catholic Social Services by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy, program development, training and consulting and financial benefits.
As a member agency of United Way and the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organization, CSS is held to high standards of integrity and accountability. United Way gives CSS access to crucial planning resources, such as community needs assessments, to determine how our programs can best serve the public.
CSS is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.