Support for the Hispanic Community

Through the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center , CSS works to reduce poverty by addressing its root causes within the immigrant Hispanic community concentrated on the west side of Columbus—a population that is growing and experiences disproportionate poverty.

 At the Center, we provide services including a food pantry, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, nutrition classes, preventative health screenings, legal and immigration consultations and referrals, and comprehensive case management. In 2017, we provided 105,589 meals at OLGC, and served 3,167 unduplicated clients.

How You Can Help

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Volunteer

You can help us serve families by making a monetary donation, donating food, or volunteering at the center.

Items Needed:

  • Dry Food – Rice (bags), Dry Beans (black or pinto), Cooking Oil, Sugar, Salt, Spaghetti
  • Canned Items – Tuna in water, Vegetables, Fruits, Tomato Sauce, Condensed Milk
  • Hygiene – Detergent (dish washing/laundry), Bar Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Diapers, Diaper Wipes, Toilet Paper, Cleaning Supplies

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Sort food, stock shelves, and act as a personal shopper for our clients
  • Watch children while parents take classes
  • Teach English or Spanish classes

If you are in need or have questions about our services contact Ramona Reyes, Our Lady of Guadalupe Center Director at (614) 340-7061 or email us at olgc@colscss.org for more information.

IMPACT IN ACTION

In 2017, the Center provided 105,589 meals and served 3,167 clients helping them become self sufficient.

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Client Story

When she was 18 years old, Alexandra made the long, terrifying trip from Honduras to the United States with her 16 year old sister and her uncle.  Her parents had come to the United States a few years prior, leaving Alexandra and her younger sister completely alone. Because they had very little money, their journey was extremely difficult, but the thought of the United States, which they considered a dreamland, kept them going.

Years later, Alexandra was lecturing her daughter on the importance of studying and getting an education when her daughter asked why she had to study if her mother was not.  Alexandra took up her daugther’s challenge and began attending English classes at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center.  The classes were tough, and it was difficult to learn a new language, but Alexandra refused to give up.  She was determined to show her daughter what it took to succeed, and to make her understand the importance of education.  

One day, Alexandra hopes to get her GED and attend college so that she can get a better job and support her family independently.  Her goal is to build a life for her family here, and to watch her children grow up in a society that will allow them to truly succeed.

Client Story

When she was 18 years old, Alexandra made the long, terrifying trip from Honduras to the United States with her 16 year old sister and her uncle.  Her parents had come to the United States a few years prior, leaving Alexandra and her younger sister completely alone. Because they had very little money, their journey was extremely difficult, but the thought of the United States, which they considered a dreamland, kept them going.

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Client Testimonial

“I appreciate the love with which you work.”

How to Access Services

Food pantry appointments can be made by calling HandsOn Central Ohio at (614) 341-2282. For all other information, call (614) 340-7061 or contact us through our website.

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“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” -Matthew 25:35

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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