1940s

The end of WWII spiked a need for social services programs.
Bishop Michael J. Ready
1945
Bishop Michael J. Ready established Catholic Social Services.
Monsignor William E. Kappes
1945
Monsignor William E. Kappes was named Director.
1947-1948
1947-1948
Opened the following programs: Counseling, Foster Care, Adoption and the Resettlement of Displaced Persons.
Catholic Social Services logo
1949
Branches included Newark, Licking, Muskingum, Zanesville, and Franklin counties.

1950s

Cold War, communism, Korean War, Hungarian Revolution, Eastern European refugees, Brown vs Board, Civil Rights
Catholic Social Services logo
1952
Participated in the Franklin County Welfare Study creating a standard for grants.
Homemaker Services Program
1955
Began the Homemaker Services Program.
1957 newspaper clipping
1957
Expanded services to include Scioto County, opened offices in Zanesville and Portsmouth.

1960s

Vietnam War, Civil Rights, US relations with Cuba, first man on the moon, and JFK assassination
Monsignor Lawrence J. Corcoran newspaper clipping
1960
New President, Monsignor Lawrence J. Corcoran, is appointed.
Monsignor Corcoran newspaper clipping
1965
Monsignor Corcoran appointed Executive Secretary of National Catholic Charities USA in DC.
1967 newspaper clipping
1967
CSS moved from South Sixth Street to its current location at 197 East Gay Street.

1970s

Vietnam war continues, women’s employment rights/ equal pay for equal work, and Watergate scandal
Helen McDaniel newspaper clipping
1971
First female President, Helen McDaniel is appointed.
1972 newspaper clipping
1972
Monsignor Corcoran leads the creation of the Cadre Report of the National Conference of Catholic Charities.
Newspaper clipping
1976–77
Began the Senior Companion & Senior Care program; CSS services extended to Dover and began services to residents of Seton Square.

1980s

Reaganomics, AIDS, good economy, commercialism materialism, fall of the Berlin Wall, and stock market crash
Council on Accreditation logo
1982
Accredited by Council on Accreditation.
Newspaper clipping
1982
Began the Transportation Program in Licking County, Housing for homeless families, and Holy Rosary Family Shelter.
Sara Murphy
1987
New President, Sara Murphy, is appointed.

1990s

Early 90s recession, Gulf War/Desert Storm, and mid-90s economic boom
1990s group photo
1990–92
Launched Payee, Giving Tree, Project Rachel, homebased Family Services, and opened the St. Aloysius Family Center Kid’s Club.
Bishop James A. Griffin newspaper clipping
1993
Bishop James A. Griffin hosted the inaugural Breakfast with the Bishop.
Sherard Health Clinic newspaper clipping
1994–95
Took over the Family Center on East Patterson and opened the Sherard Health Clinic.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Center Food Pantry newspaper clipping
1999
Opened the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center Food Pantry.

2000s

2000 dot-com burst, 9/11, War on Terror, housing crisis, Great Recession, and immigration growth
Job Readiness and Immigrant and Refugee Services newspaper clipping
2000–02
Launched programs for Job Readiness and Immigrant and Refugee Services.
Don Wisler
2002
New President, Don Wisler, is appointed.
First Spirit of Hope Gala
2006
First Spirit of Hope Gala.
Beacon of Hope newsletter
2006–07
CSS was awarded the BBB Integrity Award, the Mundo Hispano Award for Best Non-Profit Organization, and the Healthcare Heroes Award.

2010s

War on Terror continues, changing immigration policies/ increase of Hispanics in US, and troubled foreign economics
Catholic Social Services logo
2010–17
Launched the Money Management, Pathways to Hope, HOME Choice, Foster Grandparents, Friendly Visiting, Maternal Health Counseling, and Seton Service Coordination Programs.
St. Francis Center
2014
The St. Francis Center in Portsmouth moved into a monastery.
Rachel Lustig
2014
New President, Rachel Lustig, is appointed.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Center ribbon cutting ceremony
2017
Our Lady of Guadalupe Center was transformed into a community center.
Columbus Foundation Nonprofits to Watch logo
2017
Named Columbus Foundation’s, Five Non-Profits to Watch.
Stay the Course program
2019
Awarded $1.2 M to replicate Stay the Course® program.

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