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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.


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.

Pandemic Response

The work of CSS is not canceled. Our clients need us now more than ever.

Many of our services are essential: food, bill pay, transportation to dialysis, mental healthcare, and emergency assistance. We are working with the most vulnerable populations, many of whom are seniors who are particularly susceptible to this disease and families and immigrants who have barriers to healthcare access. So, our services will continue.

And, as we do that, we are keeping the CSS family, our staff, clients, volunteers, and partners safe and healthy.

Knowing that this pandemic will be with us for the next few months, we are positioning ourselves to respond for that period.

Click here to see how our programs are responding!

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.’” 




Working poor families served in 2020.



Annual volunteer hours.



Client satisfaction rate.

Impact Stories

  • Seniors Caring for Seniors, Heart and Soul

    For some seniors, the experience of old age means wanting company and never having it. Due simply to their later stage of life, seniors often experience the shrinking of their social circle. In many cases, spouses, family members, and friends have passed away— and sometimes those that are left seem busy with careers and families […]

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