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Who We Are: CSS is an anti-poverty agency whose goal is to empower people of all faiths and backgrounds with the tools they need to reach their full potential. Our current efforts are focused on two specific populations that allow us to have the most significant impact in our community: families and seniors. We have been continuously accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 1982, and have proven to be a financially stable agency with diversified funding sources. CSS envisions a world in which all who are in need are able to meet their potential to live with dignity, hope, and purpose.

What We Do: 

  • Seniors: At CSS, we devote significant time and resources to the vulnerable, oft-forgotten senior population. Through a range of supportive services, we ensure seniors aren’t forgotten, mistreated, or taken advantage of.

  • Families: We provide poverty-reducing services at our two community centers, Our Lady of Guadalupe Center (West Columbus) and St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center (Portsmouth).

  • Counseling: One in five Americans struggles with diagnosed mental health issues; sometimes the most vulnerable have the most difficulty accessing vital mental health resources. CSS provides high-quality mental healthcare to low-income clients because we believe all people deserve access to mental healthcare. 


Why We're Important: The cycle of poverty and hardship rarely has one solution, and therefore requires a web of interconnected supportive services for individuals to break out of it. CSS’ holistic programs help poor, vulnerable people by addressing emergency needs associated with poverty while providing wrap-around services that allow people to break out of poverty completely. Each year, CSS helps 33,000 people in Central and Southern Ohio. Our unique approach to helping our clients – most of whom are marginalized or struggling with poverty – is designed to help them overcome barriers to success while respecting their dignity and acknowledging their value to our community.


How We Impact the Community: In 2017:

  • We served 33,000 people throughout 23 counties in Central and Southern Ohio.

  • In Franklin County, we served 105,587 meals to the immigrant Latino population at Our Lady of Guadalupe Center.

  • In Scioto County, we served 17,048 hot meals at the St. Francis Center, which is located in the second-poorest county in Ohio.

  • We helped nearly 3,500 seniors remain independent.

  • 220 Columbus at-risk students received one-on-one tutoring from Foster Grandparents.

  • 100% of domestic violence survivors with children who received CSS case management maintained safe housing for a year.


How You Can Help: Join us! CSS relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations to support its programs.

  • Volunteeras an ESL teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe Center.

  • Volunteer at our food pantry.

  • Share your professional expertise.

  • Become a business partner.

  • Sponsor a table at our spring Spirit of Hope gala or our fall Breakfast with the Bishop.

  • Donate at

  • To learn more about CSS and opportunities to help, please contact Julie Naporano at

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197 East Gay Street

Columbus, OH 43215


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Executive Director: Rachel Lustig



Development Director: Julie Naporano


Board Chair: Tony Ruscilli, President, Ruscilli Construction Company

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