Category Archives: Impact Stories

Recovering, Both Physically and Mentally, During a Pandemic

Alan Had Been Retired for Almost 20 Years and Never Slowed Down He was always healthy and independent, wrote and mailed checks to pay his bills, drove to the store to buy whatever he needed, and took regular walks for exercise (and to get out of his house). Since retiring, he never had to worry […]

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Our Mission Continues

It’s almost unbelievable to see how much has changed in the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, let alone in Columbus. So many businesses have shut their doors or adjusted so that they could still serve their customer/client base and maintain new safety standards. Catholic Social Services (CSS) is no different. When Governor Mike DeWine […]

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Tears, Toilet Paper, and Hope

Catholic Social Services (CSS) serves two populations of people, the working-poor and vulnerable seniors. We help working-poor families stabilize and become self-sufficient through case management, mental healthcare, and emergency assistance. We help low-income seniors age with grace and independence through supportive services and community-impact opportunities. Through the Supportive Services program, CSS removes barriers for low-income […]

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Helping Students Stay the Course

Brittany is a single mom who grew up in poverty and always wanted more for her family. She worked two part time jobs, remembers the feeling of standing in the homeless shelter line with her own Mom , and decided she wanted a better life for her and her child – so again was determined […]

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A Letter from Our President

Dear Friends,   If you’re like me, you can’t help but see all the stories that have been flooding the media lately highlighting the current situation at the US/Mexico border.   While each media story has its angle, what I believe has been missing from the current dialogue is the human dimension of the crisis. […]

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The American Dream Unraveled

The American Dream Unraveled Marie and Bob worked all their lives to become homeowners. They lived comfortably on their two stable incomes. But six years ago, their hard-earned American Dream started to unravel before their eyes. They found out they had been victims of predatory lending, and they were forced to foreclose, declare bankruptcy, and […]

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Tour of Columbus with Bishop Brennan

In April, we had the privilege of taking Bishop Brennan on a tour of Columbus. He was able to meet some of the clients we serve through the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, Seton Service Coordination, Foster Grandparent program, and Senior Companion program. View all the photos below.

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A Holistic Approach to Poverty

Catholic Social Services (CSS) was one of three human services organizations nationally to be selected for a $1.2M award to replicate Stay the Course, a case management program proven to increase community college students’ persistence and degree completion rates. CSS will implement the program in partnership with Columbus State Community College to improve students’ college […]

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Transportation Provides Life-Giving Accessibility

Jon, a 78-year-old Vietnam veteran, has had lifelong, worsening health problems as a result of being exposed to Agent Orange during his service. His health struggles started with diabetes, which, as he put it, “ruined” his kidneys. As a result, for years Jon has required life-saving kidney dialysis three days each week. Initially, Jon was […]

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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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