Impact Stories

A Hopeful Investment for a Community in Need

It is a time of hope. And few people need hope more than the poverty-stricken residents of Portsmouth, Ohio, located in Scioto County— the second poorest county in the state. With a median household income of $28,840, Portsmouth bears the burden of a 37% poverty rate. Nestled in green hills, this rural town across the […]

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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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You Are Not Alone: Providing Hope for Seniors in the Midst of Overwhelming Isolation

In this pandemic, we are all experiencing amplified feelings of loneliness and isolation, but these experiences are, perhaps, felt most acutely by senior citizens— a highly vulnerable group that has been advised to stay at home and out of harm’s way because they are particularly susceptible to COVID-19. With many senior centers closed and organized […]

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Reasons to Celebrate: A New Year, New Hopes, and New Graduates

New Year’s is a time for resolutions. New goals and aspirations parade through our minds, exciting us with their sparkling possibilities. Yet we all know goals are hard to accomplish. More often than not, they’re forgotten too soon, left by the wayside as minds grow busy, habits return, and we witness our initial motivation shrinking […]

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Without Shelter and Without Options

In the work we do here at Catholic Social Services (CSS), stories of strife flood in from the community on a weekly basis. This is a particularly difficult one to tell. It happened today.   This morning, at our St. Francis Center in Portsmouth, the center’s Director, Barbara McKenzie, heard the usual Wednesday morning ruckus of […]

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Helping Students Deal with Life’s Unexpected Challenges

The Stay the Course® program is a FREE resource at Columbus State Community College that helps students deal with life’s unexpected challenges that get in the way of school. By working with their own personal Navigator, eligible students will receive extra support and access to community resources as well as non-academic financial assistance for up […]

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Your Support Saved Acedro’s Life

Acedro could feel his heart rate finally starting to come down. Through his phone’s speaker, the social worker from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center was acting as a translator with him and the county sheriff. The officer explained to Acedro that an ambulance was coming to take him somewhere so he could get help. […]

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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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