Impact Stories

Abuela’s Wisdom Crosses Cultures

When 8-year-old “Enrique” confided to his 76-year-old African-American Foster Grandparent, Ms. Welch, that he had never seen or worked so closely with a Black person before, she made it her mission to extend herself to him in an extra-special way. Enrique moved from Puerto Rico in 2017 after Hurricane Maria devastated his community. He could […]

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CSS Provides Help to Separated Families

For the past four years, Catholic Social Services of Columbus’ (CSS) sister agency, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, has been providing assistance to tens of thousands of refugees and immigrants at its Humanitarian Respite Center 10 miles from the Mexican border. The Center has been on the front lines since well before the […]

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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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  Save the Date: Friday, September 7 Doors open at 7:00am Renaissance Hotel  Registration coming soon! For a table sponsorship, contact Julie Naporano by email at jnaporano@colscss.org or by phone at 614- 857-1236

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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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50 years later, the work is unfinished.

This past Wednesday, on the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Jennifer came into our center crying. Jennifer is working three jobs to provide for her family. She works at two fast food restaurants and cleans a doctor’s office in the evenings. Her husband is in jail on a drug-related charge. […]

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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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FROM HURT TO HOPE

“He probably would have killed me.” This was Sara’s response when we asked her where she thinks she would be without Catholic Social Services. When Sara finally decided to leave one December morning two years ago, it wasn’t because the previous night’s fight had been the first to get violent. They’d had plenty of physical […]

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