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If you lost income due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the CARES ACT Right to Recover Program offered at the Columbus Urban League.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Center is offering translation services to help you understand this program.

For translation services, call the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center at 614-340-7061. To learn more about the Right to Recover program, visit www.cul.org/right-to-recover.

Note: a social security number is required to apply.

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!

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. Throughout the next twelve months 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.

Join us online as these stories unfold, and help us by attending our 75-year marquis event.

Together we will empower change to transform lives.

Learn more about our 75th anniversary

Independent Seniors. Thriving Families.

Catholic Social Services is a multi-service agency that has been serving families and seniors in central and southern Ohio for 75 years. Catholic Social Services helps working-poor families stabilize and become self-sufficient through case management, training, and emergency assistance. We help low-income seniors age with grace and independence through supportive services and community-impact opportunities.

Catholic Social Services has responded to the rapidly growing senior population—serving 50% more seniors in five years through innovation, more effective technology solutions, volunteer engagement and partnership. Similarly, CSS has renewed its focus on helping working poor people who are trying to build better lives for themselves, but who are balancing the complicated and interrelated challenges of poverty. CSS helps clients use their own strengths and leverage the support of the entire community to help reach their goals. In 2018, Catholic Social Services’ 14 programs help 35,000 people in our 23-county region, and we partnered with hundreds of corporations, public entities, nonprofits and human service providers to help more CSS clients reach their full potential.

Catholic Social Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and the Better Business Bureau to illustrate our commitment to best-practice 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.

We invite you to join us in serving people in ways that help seniors live independent, connected lives and families thrive!

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

  • Stay the Course® Provides Students with a Map and Traveling Companion

    When a person decides to enroll in community college, they embark on a journey— one that often ends prematurely due to non-academic obstacles that make the goal of graduation an ever-distant dream. The fact is only 39 percent of students receive some degree or certificate within six years of enrolling in community college. There is […]

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