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Finding a Job & Making Ends Meet

Alvis House Community Reentry Program

Participants develop skills and access resources that will result in a successful transition to the community from the prison or parole system. Services include education, life skills, career training and case management.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-0660 or (614) 223-1499

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Faith Mission

Provides shelter to men, women and veterans and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. In addition, they offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help clients overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6617

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Job Help List

Click below to find a helpful up-to-date list of job programs and resources in the Columbus area.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6450

Columbus Urban League (CUL) Career Services Department

For those who are new to the workforce, unemployed, looking for a better job, seeking a fresh start, or just wanting to start a career, free programs are available. They offer assistance with resumes and online job applications, job placement, employment counseling, summer programs and internet access. Programs are offered for youth (age 14 and older) and adults. CUL is dedicated to empowering African Americans and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They offer scholarships for vocational training and free help finding a job.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300, ext. 106

Community Kitchen

Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday.  Call for serving times. All are welcome. They provide families of Southeast Columbus with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays.  Provides many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies. They also provide food to the homeless and work to prevent homelessness.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428 ext. 240

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, child care and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center: 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Opportunity Center: 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • West Opportunity Center: 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

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Godman Guild Career Services

Offers free job training, free information sessions, help finding a job, computer classes and free babysitting during their one-week job readiness class. They have a walk-in computer lab to help with job searches, and they sponsor hiring events with local employers.
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

Goodwill Columbus Work & Activity Services

The New Generation Work & Activity Services program provides unique and varied opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 44.  The program is designed for individuals who have an interest in learning work skills. Participants also partake in art, health and wellness, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 583-0354 or (614) 583-0293 TTY

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Offers free employment counseling, career coaching, resume writing services and help finding a job. Services are available for all job seekers in Franklin County. They also provide support for those who have lost their jobs or are new to the country and need help.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 237-9675

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC)

Free extensive one-stop employment services for young and old, working and unemployed. Services include walk-in access to a career resource room, job fairs and job postings. They also offer free support in preparing career planning, academic and skill testing, hands-on computer classes, GED preparation, creating resumés and cover letters, preparing for interviews and more.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 559-5052

National Center for Urban Solutions (NCUS)

Provides job training, workplace readiness, computer basics, resume writing and career coaching for adults. They also have mentoring programs for youth.
899 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 857-1811

New Directions Career Center (NDCC)

Works with all people over age 18 and specializes in assisting women making career transitions (although they help many men as well). They help people regardless of their ability to pay, and offer free and low-cost monthly workshops open to the public on interviewing skills, financial literacy, how to manage utility bills, understanding credit scores and more. Financial aid scholarships, bus passes and childcare assistance are also available.
199 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 849-0028

Salvation Army Career Enhancement Center

Provides free career guidance for all Franklin county residents, with a priority given to those living in certain zip codes (43203, 43205, 43211, 43222 and 43224). They offer workshops on creating a resume, filling out job applications, networking and interviewing. Walk-in orientation sessions are available on Monday mornings.
966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 358-2611

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Provides many free services for children and adults in Columbus, including a free lunch summer camp, a free legal clinic, ESOL classes for adults, and referrals to health services and jobs. They also provide one-on-one homework help and tutoring to children whose parents attend the ESOL classes.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939

South Side Learning & Development Centers

Offers 30 days of free child care (based on availability) for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old (6 weeks to 5 years old during the school year) to Franklin County parents seeking employment or in job training programs. They also work with the family to help the parents find employment.
255 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 444-1529