Celebrating 75 Years
Our clients discover the power of hope through their work with Catholic Social Services. We provide the resources to help them break the cycle of poverty and to realize their inherent potential. Whether a working-poor family in crisis, a senior longing to maintain independence, or an immigrant new to our neighborhoods, our clients make up the fabric of our community.
For 75 years we have been connecting people to proven solutions that allow them to stabilize their lives, overcome setbacks, and achieve their goals. But this is just the beginning. Our goal is to end poverty and we won't settle for anything less.
With your help and the power of hope to lead the way, we will help people and strengthen our entire community.
Together we will empower change and transform lives.Timeline Give
Empowering Change in the Community
For 75 years we have utilized proven solutions that help our clients make transformational changes in their lives. By addressing the systemic issues that perpetuate the cycle of poverty, including employment, lack of education and job skills, unstable housing, and lack of access to transportation, we are able to help our clients realize their inherent potential and play an active role in our community.
By helping our clients stabilize their lives, overcome setbacks, and achieve their goals, our work helps to strengthen our entire community. This work is not easy, and we will rely on our partners to help us, but we know that our commitment, expertise, and the power of hope will lead us to a future that is free of poverty.Impact Stories Give
Our 75th Anniversary is a moment for us to recommit ourselves to our vision—to build on CSS’ legacy that provided people with holistic solutions that allow them to stabilize their lives, overcome setbacks, and achieve their goals. Thanks to the partnership of many generous supporters, we will continue to bring effective solutions to our community and to hold ourselves to making the greatest possible positive impact.
Being a Payee client was not always easy for Rose. “At first, I didn’t understand how the program worked. I was angry that someone else had control of my money because I didn’t feel like I was independent.” Rose’s feelings are normal for a lot of Payee clients. The Payee Program provides individualized financial management […]
Sue became involved in the counseling program due to severe postpartum depression. She was referred by her OGBYN for counseling after the birth of her second child. By the time Sue began counseling, her symptoms of depression were so severe that she was physically unable to leave her home. The first several counseling sessions had to be […]
Jackie did not expect to become homeless because of the actions of someone close to her. Despite the uphill battle she faced, she rebuilt her life with a little help from Catholic Social Services.
The Spirit of Giving
At CSS, we are aware that the challenges of poverty are becoming increasingly interdependent and evolving at an alarming rate. 75 years ago, we did not imagine a globalized economy, current life expectancy, or technological advances like we see today.
There is no silver bullet solution. Poverty is complicated. It impacts every facet of a person and often a community’s life. Solving it will take all of us— businesses, government, and individuals—reexamining poverty in our community, creating or scaling effective solutions, and working together to enhance the quality of life all people in our region, especially people on the margins.
This work is hard, but real change is possible. We have seen that every day for 75 years—one person at a time.
Let us come together to transform lives.Give
As we move forward, we hope you will help contribute to one of our three pillars of impact.
Growth for Our Lady of Guadalupe Center (OLGC)
CSS works to reduce poverty by addressing its root causes within the immigrant Hispanic community concentrated on the west side of Columbus.
Continuing Stay the Course®
Stay the Course® helps low-income students earn degrees and living-wage jobs that can propel them into the middle class, break the cycle of poverty, and strengthen the entire community.
Serving More Seniors
Catholic Social Services is here to help our senior neighbors to age with grace and dignity by helping them experience independent, connected lives.
Transforming Lives Through Catholic Social Services
Your support can help empower change and transform the lives of vulnerable seniors and families in central and southern Ohio.