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African Resources

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

Buckeye Ranch Somali Outreach Program

Through the use of Somali-speaking interpreters and trained staff, they offer culturally focused clinical and case management services for youth and families to help with coping with trauma, loss, and living in a new country and among a new culture. Somali families are connected to community resources and this program has 24-hour crisis support and intervention.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626
buckeyeranch.org/programs/community-based-programs/home-based-services.html

City of Columbus Community Relations Commission (CRC)

Click the links below to find a list of organizations in the community centered around diverse groups of people.

1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-1993
columbus.gov/neighborhoods/community-relations-commission/New-American-Initiative

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)

Helps immigrants and refugees from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Central Ohio. They offer job training, English language classes, after school tutoring for children, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more. They provide these youth, adult and family care programmings at various sites throughout Central Ohio. Visit the website for a list of all the program sites.
Main Office: 1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org
Locations: ethiotss.org/locations.html

Somali Community Access Network (SomaliCAN)

Is an advocacy organization that works to improve the health, safety, and productivity of new Americans in Ohio. They provide information and resources for Somali families.
4900 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 489-9226
somalican.org

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides a variety of services for Somali youth and adults.

  • Immigration and citizenship programs and community advocacy
  • Housing availability and affordability guidance
  • English Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Employment assistance and job training
  • Youth development and summer programs
  • Interpretation and translation services
  • Case management

3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068
somaliohio.org