Category Archives: Impact Stories

Combating Loneliness through Companionship

When we interviewed Cleo, a Senior Companion of 10 years, about the impact of the program on her homebound senior clients, she said, “I think they live longer.” It turns out, she’s right. Loneliness and social isolation are now acknowledged to be major public health risks. In fact, being lonely and socially isolated is worse […]

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The Guadalupe Center Story

In case you missed it—Alma Santos, Coordinator at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, along with her mother, Catalina, and their family were featured on the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade! The Center has come a long way since Catalina began the food pantry years ago. We are so proud of Alma and her mother! […]

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Thankful for Transportation

When we gather with our family or friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we probably don’t think much about how we will get to the gathering. Transportation is something we often take for granted. It’s easy to forget that for many poor and vulnerable people in Ohio, transportation is one of the biggest barriers to success and […]

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It Takes a Community to Battle Addiction

“They say it takes a community to raise a child… It takes a community to battle addiction.” -Sam Quinones, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic When Dora and Steve gained temporary custody of their three granddaughters, they were relieved. They hoped to be able to provide a measure of stability for the girls—who had […]

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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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Sometimes Life Comes at You Fast

Imagine your son is seven years old and your daughter is a newborn. You haven’t yet dealt with the many emotions from your divorce and you feel like you’re sinking into a pit. You recognize your symptoms from when you had postpartum depression after your son was born, so you know you are in a […]

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Javier’s Story

When a medical crisis sent a recent immigrant into a downward spiral, he lacked the safety net to rebound to self-sufficiency. Catholic Social Services’ Guadalupe Center staff intervened to prevent his family from becoming homeless. When Javier relocated to Columbus from Venezuela, he found stable work doing construction and settled his wife and 5-year old […]

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Renewed Hope After A Scam

After falling into a scammer’s trap, Sharon and Richard felt their finances spiraling out of control. Catholic Social Services (CSS) gave them the helping hand they needed and has helped them develop a sustainable, independent financial future. The couple began struggling to stay up with their bills when 70-year-old Richard had a longer-than-expected recovery from […]

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From Cuba to Columbus

When Nelsa invited me into her home for Cuban coffee and a chat, I couldn’t help but notice the unique, colorful works of art reminiscent of stained-glass windows that were featured in her immaculate and beautifully-decorated living room. Though Nelsa’s house in the Hilltop neighborhood of West Columbus is modest, it is superbly cared for […]

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Newark, OH 43055
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Portsmouth, OH 45662
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