Impact Stories

Poverty is Complicated: Meet Jackie

One Sunday morning, Jackie was sitting in her home when someone knocked on the door. Her daughter went to answer it and, when she returned, she told Jackie, “We have ten minutes to be out of the house.”   By the end of the day, Jackie had lost everything she had worked for her whole […]

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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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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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Connecting Seniors to the Community

When Sue moved into a new senior housing complex three years ago after her husband’s death, she expected to find friends and form a community. After all, 60% of the residents were older single women such as herself. She hadn’t counted on only a small percentage of them speaking her language fluently. Even with her […]

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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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Reflections at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center

This year, Catholic Social Services’ (CSS) had the opportunity to host an intern at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center in West Columbus. We had the privilege of working with Jacob Fries, a rising sophomore who is studying Environmental Sciences and Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He helped with a number of […]

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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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