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.

What We Offer

CSS’s staff of highly trained professionals, including Licensed Independent Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors, are committed to the highest standards of practice and receive ongoing training in a variety of therapeutic approaches.

Our staff work to meet the complex needs of clients by guiding individuals and families in decreasing distressing symptoms, removing barriers to success, and creating plans to achieving their goals. Counselors and case managers use proven interventions and best practices to help eliminate or relieve mental, emotional, relational, or environmental stressors.

The life stressors may include barriers to success such as unemployment, substandard housing or homelessness, isolation or lack of family and community support, teen pregnancy, trauma, postpartum depression, mood and anxiety issues, and lack of resources.

IMPACT IN ACTION

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

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Client Story

Fina was thirty-eight when she immigrated to the United States from Italy with her husband and two children.  In Milan, she had been a stay-at-home mom, but with her youngest daughter getting ready to start first grade, she was excited to rejoin the workforce and start a new life in the United States.

 

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Client Story

Fina was thirty-eight when she immigrated to the United States from Italy with her husband and two children.  In Milan, she had been a stay-at-home mom, but with her youngest daughter getting ready to start first grade, she was excited to rejoin the workforce and start a new life in the United States.

But shortly after moving to Columbus, Fina’s husband became abusive.  At the same time, Fina was struggling to learn English and find steady work.  She was separated from her family and friends by an ocean, and without a support network outside of her husband, she began to feel isolated and depressed.  She had thought that living in a new country would bring her and her husband closer together, but instead, it made things worse.  The stress of his new job caused him to drink more heavily, and to take his frustration out on her.  The next day, he would seemingly forget about the abuse, but Fina began to worry her children never would.  She didn’t want them to grow up with memories of their father hitting their mother, or to think his behavior was normal.  So she made the hard decision to leave her marriage – the only thing she knew in an entirely new life.

One day, Fina reached out for help through her church. She was able to get into a shelter with her children, but her husband kept their immigration papers and the car.  Without these, Fina struggled to find a job and support her children.

The shelter soon referred her to Catholic Social Services, and with CSS’s help, Fina was able to navigate the immigration system and obtain the necessary legal documentation to remain in the United States. Our team taught Fina to use the bus system in Columbus and helped her find employers who were understanding of the initial language barrier.  Fina also received help with budgeting and paying bills, as well as locating childcare and medical providers.

Now Fina is an assistant head chef at a local restaurant.  She loves her new job and has been in an apartment with her two girls for over a year. Without Catholic Social Services, Fina would not have found safety and a new sense of self. For the first time in a long time, Fina has hope for the future.

*Names and details have been changed to protect the identity of the client, due to the sensitive nature of this story.

 

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For more information, call (614) 221-5891  or contact us through our website.

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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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