Motivated by faith, Catholic Social Services helps poor and vulnerable seniors and families reach their potential.

Catholic Social Services envisions a world in which all who are in need are able to meet their potential to live with dignity, hope, and purpose.

Everything we do at CSS is guided by our core values of impact, compassion, courage, and excellence. Click on each icon to learn more.

IMPACT – We serve in ways that have a lasting effect on our clients and that make our community stronger for everyone.

COMPASSION – Inspired by a God who identifies with “the least of these,” we enter into places of poverty and pain to respond to the suffering of others.


COURAGE – We demonstrate the mettle needed to overcome fear, difficulty, hardship, or the status quo while venturing toward a better future.

EXCELLENCE – We are a good steward of the trust and resources given to us by holding ourselves to the highest standard of quality, efficiency, and sustainability.


Our History

Catholic Social Services was formed by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus 75 years ago to respond to the need and suffering of people in central and southern Ohio.

We were established as the Catholic Welfare Bureau in 1945 under the leadership of the Most Reverend Bishop Michael Ready to serve women and children in Columbus. We expanded our services and our reach with sites in Zanesville in 1948, Newark in 1949, and Portsmouth in 1957. As our programs grew, we were separately incorporated on August 4, 1966 and renamed Catholic Social Services.

While our services have changed with the needs of the community, our commitment to the highest standard of excellence, respect, trustworthiness, and compassion in our client and community care has never wavered. In 1982, CSS was first accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and has maintained continuous accreditation since.

Our People

Catholic Social Services’ board and staff is deeply connected to the mission and values of the organization. It is the lens by which we provide our services. We are proud of all our team and would like to highlight their commitment to our clients and our positive outcomes over the years.

Our Partners


“Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.” -Pope Francis



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


Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
409 Industry Drive
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 340-7061


1031 Brice Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 345-2565


St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
2311 Stockham Lane
Portsmouth, OH 45662
(740) 353-3185


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

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