Impact Stories

Senior Companion Program Helps Combat Loneliness

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

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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

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

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