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.

Core Values

COMPASSION – Inspired by a God who came as and identifies with “the least of these,” we are motivated by a desire to enter into places of poverty, pain, and controversy and respond to the suffering of others.

RESPECT – We respect all human beings and believe all people should be afforded the dignity to determine their own paths to reach their potential.

IMPACT – The results of our service will have a lasting influence on the future of our community. Through accountability, transparency, and self-determination, our team pursues ways in which the effects of our actions will be seen for years to come.

COURAGE – We demonstrate the mettle needed to overcome fear, difficulty, hardship, or the status quo while venturing toward a better future.

EXCELLENCE – We are a good steward of the trust and resources given to us by holding ourselves to the highest standard of quality, efficiency, and sustainability.


Catholic Social Services was formed by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus over 70 years ago to respond to the need and suffering of people in central and southern Ohio.

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 People

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.

Featured Staff

Our Stories

Staff Testimonials

Working at CSS, I’m able to help the needy & less fortunate seek an improved quality of life.  Many of these individuals have nowhere else to turn and CSS can be a beacon of light in their dark times.  Through our services, God’s love is revealed to all making our community a better place to live.

Dave Desender, Regional Director, Eastern Region

Every day, I see the impact our staff has in the lives of our clients—providing them with hope and resources to help them break down barriers of poverty. The change in their lives is palpable. Our staff embodies excellence in their fields, and our leadership team provides the excitement and vision that motivates me on a daily basis.

Laura Campise, Director of Mission Advancement

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“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



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


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


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


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


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

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