At Catholic Social Services, we approach families holistically to help our clients overcome the interrelated challenges of poverty, to strengthen relationships, and to empower them with the tools to become self-sufficient. We address our clients’ physical needs for food, clothing, and shelter, while simultaneously helping them improve mental health and overcome barriers to long-term stability and well-being.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Center

Through Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, CSS works to reduce poverty by addressing its root causes within the immigrant Hispanic community concentrated on the west side of Columbus. This population is growing and experiences disproportionate poverty. In 2017, CSS expanded the Guadalupe Center facility, which allows us to serve more people. In addition to meeting their emergency needs, we now offer holistic case management and wrap-around services which will transform our clients’ capacity to become self-sufficient.

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St. Francis Center

The St. Francis Center serves Portsmouth, Ohio as a one-stop community center providing families hot meals, clothing and household items, food, and emergency assistance. The Center serves as hope and healing for the community.

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Intensive Family Services

Through our Intensive Family Services, we provide mental health counseling and intensive case management. These services help clients understand and address the underlying issues that contribute to their lack of economic security, resilience, and overall well-being; and help them take tangible steps toward family stability, economic security, resilience, and greater overall well-being.

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Counseling

We provide high-quality mental healthcare to low-income clients who are school age and older, because we believe income should not be a barrier to accessing mental healthcare.

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Maternal Counseling

The Maternal Counseling program allows our licensed social workers to provide clinical counseling to mothers in their homes.  This is essential for helping low-income mothers—many of whom experience pregnancy- or parenting-related stressors such as postpartum depression, relationship problems, isolation, or a lack of support.

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Case Management

CSS’ case manager is available to help clients tackle the multitude of barriers to economic self-sufficiency and overall family well-being. Our case manager can help clients acquire affordable housing, learn how to manage their finances, find childcare, find jobs, access benefits and community resources, and more. Our case manager acts as an advocate and support for clients who lack strong support systems.

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Pathways to Hope

The Pathways to Hope program addresses homelessness and domestic violence in the Columbus, Ohio area. Pathways steps in to empower survivors of domestic violence with children by offering two years of case management. By supporting survivors and their children as they leave the homeless shelter, we help them rebuild their lives in safe homes, with stable incomes and a network of healthy, supportive relationships.

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Stay the Course®

CSS will place three case managers at Columbus State Community College starting in August 2019 to replicate Catholic Charities of Fort Worth’s trademarked Stay the Course™ program. Case managers will help low-income students persist in school and ultimately graduate, equipping them with credentials that increase earning power. The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame will evaluate the program’s results.

For more information, contact  Lashone Moncrief at 614-857-1206 or lmoncrief@colscss.org.

Post Adoption Services

If you are looking for information about an adoption, Catholic Social Services may be able to help.

Catholic Social Services maintains adoption files for adoptions facilitated within the Diocese of Columbus. We hold the adoption files from:

  • Catholic Social Services, formerly known as the Catholic Welfare Bureau
  • St. Vincent Orphanage
  • St. Ann’s Maternity Home

Those looking for information regarding a past adoption may submit a request using the forms in the post-adoption information packet (PDF). To acquire baptismal use this request form.

Counselors are available for additional support during the search and reunion process.

Please contact our intake worker for more information: (614) 857-1218. Counselors are available for additional support during the search and reunion process.

Success Stories

Jamilla is putting her life together with the help of the Pathways to Hope program.

Leaving the father of her children was one of the hardest things Jamilla had ever had to do, but the abuse was getting worse.  She had begun to fear for her life and the lives of her children.  After he beat her while she was pregnant, putting her unborn daughter at risk, Jamilla fled to a domestic violence shelter.  At the shelter, she was connected to Catholic Social Services’ Pathways to Hope program.

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Success Story

Leaving the father of her children was one of the hardest things Jamilla had ever had to do, but the abuse was getting worse.  She had begun to fear for her life and the lives of her children.  After he beat her while she was pregnant, putting her unborn daughter at risk, Jamilla fled to a domestic violence shelter.  At the shelter, she was connected to Catholic Social Services’ Pathways to Hope program.

With the support of the program, Jamilla began to live without fear and build a life free of violence, where she could teach her young sons and daughters how to treat one another with love and respect.  Pathways to Hope helped Jamilla and her children move into a new home, and she was able to find a great job that allowed her to support her family and give back to the community.  Once she was in a stable, safe place, CSS coached her on how to build healthy, loving relationships. As Jamilla looks forward, she says, “Pathways to Hope really helped me get back on my feet, and to make me feel like… I really did make the right choice…My goal for myself is to not still consider myself a victim.  I want to be considered a survivor.”

2018 Impact

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33,000
People served in 2018.

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622
Clients served in their homes
to help meet people
where they are.

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214,543
The number of
meals provided to
families.

“One goal for each day: to convey the tenderness of Christ to those who are most in need.” -Pope Francis

Locations

COLUMBUS

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

WEST COLUMBUS

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

NEWARK

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

PORTSMOUTH

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

ZANESVILLE

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

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