Our Lady of Guadalupe Center Opens!
COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 5th) – The new Our Lady of Guadalupe Center has officially opened its doors and is ready to serve clients on Columbus’ west side. The opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, along with other local dignitaries and sponsors, participated in the celebration.
“Our Lady of Guadalupe Center has long provided access to much needed services for our Hispanic community,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther. “I am pleased to see the center expand its size and to remain a vital part of the West Side neighborhood.”
The Guadalupe Center was originally founded in 1999, as an extension of the programs and local outreach of Catholic Social Services. Operating out of a modest, 1,200 sf warehouse facility, the Guadalupe Center quickly gained significant recognition as an innovative approach to serving Columbus’ Hispanic community. In 2016, the Center served more than 3,500 people and nearly 100,000 meals were provided through its food pantry.
The new facility is located at 409 Industry Drive in a 3,500 sf. facility; nearly triple the size of the former Center.
Programs at the Guadalupe Center focus on four key areas: Economic Development, Health and Nutrition, Family Strengthening, and Community Building. The Center will partner with local businesses to offer job-mentoring classes, will expand its food pantry, and will offer ESL classes, nutrition classes, and preventative health screenings. The Center also plans to provide case management and increase access to legal services for its clients. The Center’s goal is to be a place of welcome, pride, and to serve as an inspiration to the Hispanic community.
“The Guadalupe Center does what Catholic Social Services does best – it helps people reach their potential. The expansion will serve as a trampoline to people who want to build a better life for themselves and their families,” says Rachel Lustig, President and CEO of Catholic Social Services, “This new space is the perfect place to welcome our clients and support families on the West Side of Columbus and help them thrive.”