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Alvis

Offers supportive services to men, women, young adults and families through their reentry, behavior health and developmental disabilities programs.

  • Community Reentry Program: Helps people who are transitioning from the corrections system back into the community. Services include: cognitive-behavioral treatment at their residential reentry center, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, workforce development, case management, mentoring, housing assistance and links to community services and support.
  • Community Recovery Program: Amethyst offers a range of services to women and their families. Recovery Choices is a substance abuse treatment program.
  • Developmental Disabilities Program: Services include: residential care, behavioral intervention, vocational/job readiness skills training and supported living.

2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-8402
alvis180.org

Andrews House

This community service center provides various free programs and services like dinners, a legal clinic, a mobile food market, computer classes, a summer lunch program and more.
39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 369-4520
andrewshouse.org

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides a variety of services for the Asian community:

  • Supports youth with tutoring and mentoring programs in grades K-12
  • Supports individuals who are victims (or at risk) of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes or other forms of violence and/or unhealthy behavior
  • 24-hour interpreting / translation services
  • Computer and English classes
  • Career and college development workshops
  • Free health clinic and Hepatitis B testing

4700 Reed Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220
Main Line: (614) 220-4023
Interpreting 24/7 Hotline: (614) 216-4988
aacsohio.org

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool programs, summer youth enrichment programs, including summer employment; and other youth, teen, and family activities, including tutoring, mentoring, and fun activities including Transit Arts.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

CleanTurn Demolition Services

Provides stable employment for men and women impacted by generational poverty, incarceration and former drug abuse through an innovative social enterprise servicing the commercial and residential market of interior demolition and trash/bulk removal services.
1059 Cable Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 447-0528
cleanturndemo.com

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.gov/neighborhoods

Columbus Urban League (CUL)

A community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization that works to empower African Americans and marginalized groups through economic, educational and social progress with programs, classes and services. Visit the website to learn more about the different programs that fall under these six categories:

788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 257-6300
cul.org

Columbus Works

Provides free job readiness training and job placement services. Each participant has an individual coach who guides the individual to reach their financial goals through full-time employment with benefits and competitive pay rates, with great area employers.

  • Main: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
  • West: 62 East Second Street, London, Ohio 43140

(614) 214-2300
columbusworks.org

Connect Ohio

Raises awareness of the value of broadband and works to improve technology access, adoption, and use through its programs. They offer information on low-cost internet opportunities available to eligible families in Ohio and throughout the U.S.
(877) 846-7710
connectohio.org/low-cost-internet

Digital Works

Connects people to customer support and IT jobs by providing training, mentorship, and job placement assistance, as well as the opportunity for advanced careers.

  • 6600 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 825-4730
  • 280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9311

(614) 220-0190
digitalworksjobs.com

Dress for Success Columbus

Provides free interview and work-ready clothing, mentoring and career center resources (like professional development, computers with Microsoft software, printers and more) for Central Ohio women ages 15 and up. A referral is required to receive services.
1204 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-5420
dfscmh.org

EveryoneOn

Find low-cost Internet, affordable computers and/or free digital literacy training courses in your area.
718 Seventh Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
(877) 947-4321 or text “connect” to 21-545
everyoneon.org

Expanding Visions

Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
(614) 804-6200
expandingvisions.net

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, emergency assistance 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) 233-2417
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

(614) 233-2000
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Freedom a la Cart

Serves survivors of human trafficking so they can build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. They help by giving practical job skills and developing a strong work ethic through their organization and community partnerships.
Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch
Physical Address: 1423 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Mailing Address: PO Box 21987, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 992-3252
freedomalacart.org

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab) with free childcare services and transportation, community engagement programs, health and wellness programs and services, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Goodwill Columbus

Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer in art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
goodwillcolumbus.org

Hot Chicken Takeover (HCT)

Provides supportive jobs to men and women who need a fair chance at work, whether it be homelessness, previous incarceration, or another barrier to employment. HCT examples of support include flexible scheduling, professional development, counseling and their Matched Milestone Program for things like housing, education, transportation, and more.

  • Easton Gateway
    4198 Worth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 532-7435
  • North Market
    59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 800-4538
  • Clintonville
    4203 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
    (614) 754-1151

hotchickentakeover.com

I C Stars Columbus

A 16 week intensive IT (Information Technology) paid internship. This workforce development organization develop young adults to excel in technology careers and effect change as community leaders. They teach digital skills and develop leaders.
1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 340-1841
icstars-columbus.org

IMPACT Community Action

Provide income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed, workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • HEAP Assistance & Central Intake: (866) 747-1038
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program & Re-entry Work Readiness: (614) 252-2799
  • HWAP & AEP Program: (614) 453-1603 or (614) 453-1691
  • Rental, Household Item & Water Utility Assistance: (866) 747-1040
  • Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 453-1708
  • Computer Literacy: (614) 453-1616
  • Financial Services: (614) 453-1620
  • Youth Program/AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1659 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Provide counseling and community support services. They also offer free employment counseling, career coaching, resume writing services and help finding a job, as well as support for those who have lost their jobs or are new to the country and need help. Services are available for all job seekers in Franklin County.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-1890
jfscolumbus.org

Lao Volunteer Donation Association

Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, produce giveaways and after school programs for youth ages 5-13.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 596-5169
laovda.com

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women facing domestic violence and their children, disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training, transitional job training and more. They reach 29 counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 228-5200
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations

Metro Columbus Christian Job Corps

Offers job training and financial classes for adults.
1621 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 445-6776
metrocjc.org

New Directions Career Center (NDCC)

Works with all people over age 18 and specializes in assisting women making career transitions and reduce barriers to satisfying, long-term employment. They offer a sliding fee scale and help people regardless of their ability to pay. Transportation and childcare assistance are also available for qualifying programs and individuals. Visit the website for a specific list programs and services offered.
199 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 849-0028
newdirectionscc.org

Office of Opportunities for New Americans

Brings together resources to support immigrants integrate in to society and economic success. Programs that are provided include online job listings, English language learning, education and training, and ways to grow a business.
development.ohio.gov/newamericans

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Ohio Options for Adult Diploma & Ohio High School Equivalence

This site has a lot of information about obtaining a GED (General Educational Development), including testing centers and preparation classes. Also, they offer information about Adult Diploma Programs which provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma and industry credentials.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/Ohio-Options-for-Adult-Diploma

Ohio Guidestone

Provides counseling and treatment services for children and adults, pregnancy and parenting support, respite care, domestic violence shelter, and foster care services; job training and placement, GED assistance, as well as substance abuse and addiction recovery that include peer support and housing, and more.

  • Central Ohio Office
    195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (888) 522-9174
  • Lancaster Office
    111 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (888) 522-9174
  • Central Administration
    434 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio 44017
    General Information: (440) 234-2006
    Service Inquires: (440) 260-8300
    Client Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595

Toll-free: (800) 639-4974
ohioguidestone.org

Ohio United Way 2-1-1 Map

Click the map, in the link, below to find 2-1-1 resources in your Ohio state county.
395 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
ouw.org/211-map

OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County

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
jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/ExploreIt/Events.aspx
Ohio-Based Employment Programs: jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/Channels/EOMJMY/FindIt/OWT.aspx

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Godman Guild, St. Stephens, Alvis, Amethyst, OSU Extension, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

Resident Resources Network (RRN)

Helps connect residents of Wallick Communities and other affordable housing communities to supportive services. Services are coordinated through on-site Service Coordinators who make referrals to local community organizations, and bring resources on-site (like financial/emergency, educational, employment, health and wellness and legal assistance).
160 West Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 552-5668
residentresources.org
Information about Wallick Communities: wallickcommunities.com/apartments/Ohio-apartments

Salvation Army

Offer various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship and Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship and Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship and Service Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship and Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship and Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Offers free programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a summer lunch program for children, ESL classes, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939
son-ministries.org

She Has A Name

A faith-based organization that teaches job skills to survivors of human trafficking. They also provide education classes, increase awareness and serve partner organizations in the Central Ohio community.
605 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 636-0421
shehasaname.org

She Has A Name Cleaning Services

Residential and commercial cleaning company that empowers survivors of human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio. Provides survivors of human trafficking the opportunity to be restored into society and welcomed into the workplace through an innovative business that provides top-quality cleaning services to clients who care.
1059 Cable Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 447-0528
shancleaning.com

South Side Learning & Development Center

Offers a variety program choices including Head Start, Early Start Columbus, Ohio Department of Education – Early Childhood Expansion of Public Pre-K, Publicly Funded Child Care (Title XX), and full-time, sliding free scale. They also offer an emergency or circumstances child care and a program that provides 30 days of free child care (based on availability) to Franklin County parents seeking employment or in job training programs.
Administrative Office: 280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
255 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 444-1529
southsidelearning.org

Southeast, Inc. Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA)

Professionals work with teens and young adults with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or (877) 521-2682 Toll-free
cova.org

Stone Village Church Outreach Ministries

Offer vouchers that cover the cost of an Ohio identification card and an Ohio Birth Certificate. Only a few are offered every week.
139 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 579-5493
stonevillagechurch.org/outreach

The Residences At Career Gateway (RCG)

Multifamily workforce development that consists of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units of multifamily housing and provides training and support service space for resident and project partners.
Property Address: 755 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 369-3712 or RCG Training Center: (614) 445-7342, ext. 24
residencesatcareergateway.com

Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Franklin County

Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
2720 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org
YMCA Locations: ymcacolumbus.org/locations