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Finding a Job & Making Ends Meet

Alpha Group

Provides vocational training, job development and employment skills to those with a variety of disabilities. Assists individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment obtain and maintain positions to lead to successful employment.

  • 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015
  • 200 Hoff Road, Suite E & F, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • 4333 Tuller Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(740) 368-5810
alphagroup.net

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Provides social services for Asian Americans and Asian immigrant families. The agency advocates for community sustainability through its core services:

  • Family Support Program (FSP) offers after-school and summer programming for K-8th grade youth (Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) Program), cultural-specific case management services for the Korean and Cambodian senior communities (Senior Options Program), and culturally-sensitive advocacy and wrap-around case management services for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, hate crimes, and other forms of violence (Victims of Crime Assistance).
  • 24/7 Interpretation and Translation (I/T) services to hospitals, social service agencies, police, courts, schools, and other public and private organizations.
  • Asian Health Initiative (AHI) offers a weekly free health clinic every Monday, by appointment only, at the OSU Rardin Family Practice.
  • Community Engagement services include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Computer Literacy classes, Citizenship classes and more.

Office
4700 Reed Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 220-4023

AHI Free Clinic – OSU Rardin Family Practice
2231 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 293-2700
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: Offers education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Helps with 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: Offers personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool and summer programs.

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

CleanTurn

Offers stable employment for survivors of human trafficking, as well as men and women impacted by generational poverty, incarceration and former drug abuse. CleanTurn provides affordable and professional home cleaning services, construction services, and commercial cleaning services.
1059 Cable Avenue, Suite A, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 447-0528
cleanturn.com

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Job Help List

Click below to find a helpful list of job programs and resources in the Columbus area.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6450
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Health-Resources-Lists/Resources-By-Service-Area

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.

  • 775 West Broad Street, Suite 270, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • 747 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
  • 877 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
  • 303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 432015

(614) 585-8346
columbusworks.org

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 16 and up. A referral is required to receive services.
1204 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-5420
dfscmh.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. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
expandingvisions.net

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about food assistance (Ohio Direction Card / EBT), cash assistance, medical assistance (like Medicaid), job training, emergency assistance, help with paying for child care and more. 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
  • Northland Opportunity Center
    1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204

Call (844) 640-6446 to apply for SNAP/OWF cash assistance/Medicaid benefits
Child Care: (614) 233-2000
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal: benefits.ohio.gov

Franklinton Rising

Trains young at-risk adults, typically ages 17-25 years old, for productive careers in the building trades. Training includes an introduction to the building trades, life-skills, and on-the-job training in rebuilding properties under the mentoring of partner contractors. Trainees get help obtaining full-time employment, then can rent and later purchase houses at below market rates.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Suite 100, Hillard, Ohio 43206
(614) 581-4125
franklintonrising.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.
Kitchen: 5000 Arlington Centre Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 992-3252
freedomalacart.org

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab), community engagement programs, 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 services)
(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. Some examples of support they provide 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, 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 800-4538
  • Clintonville
    4203 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
    (614) 754-1151

hotchickentakeover.com/our-story/our-mission

IMPACT Community Action

Provides 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. Visit the website or call for more information.

  • 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 (AMP program), 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
  • Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1038
  • AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1709 or (614) 233-2671

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

 

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Provides 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, victims of domestic violence and more.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-1890
jfscolumbus.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, affordable housing for seniors, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women, men and their children escaping intimate partner violence, disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training, transitional job training and more. They provide services in multiple 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

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 United Way 2-1-1 Map

2-1-1 is a health and human services referral service. Click on the link below to find resources and help in your county.
ouw.org/211-map

OhioMeansJobs

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.
(888) 296-7541

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

Partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment, independence and Social Security disability determination outcomes; they also help students with disabilities transition from school to work. OOD’s job portal, called OODworks.com, allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application, allowing a more streamlined process.
150 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 438-1200 or (800) 282-4536
ood.ohio.gov
oodworks.com

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include GED classes, 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

Salvation Army

Offers 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 & Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship & Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship & Community Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship & Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship & 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 youth and adult 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

Southeast Vocational Services

Offers community-based services include rehabilitation readiness, career development, vocational assessment, job training, job placement, evidence-based supported employment and benefits planning and consultation. They assist and support individuals in overcoming mental, emotional and other challenges to a productive life focusing on employment, economic stability and life skills.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or (877) 521-2682 Toll-free
southeasthc.org/services/vocational-services

St. John Learning Center

Offers free GED, computer training, employment and entrepreneurial skills training, as well as prenatal/parenting workshops.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 547-2171
stjohnlearning.wordpress.com

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. They also offer gently used coats just before the winter months and brown bag lunches.
139 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 579-5493
stonevillagechurch.org/outreach

The Residences At Career Gateway (RCG)

Offers moderately priced 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units of multifamily housing and provides workforce training and support service space for residents and project partners.
755 East Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 585-8041
RCG Job Training Center: (614) 445-7342, ext. 24
residencesatcareergateway.com

Ticket to Work & Self Sufficiency Program

Provides Social Security disability beneficiaries (i.e., individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability) the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically independent over time.
PO Box 1433, Alexandria, Virginia 22313
(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967 TTY/TDD
yourtickettowork.ssa.gov

Today’s Military

A resource for young adults, parents and educators who want to learn about about military service. The website provides interviews with active-duty service members, interactive tools to explore the range of military career opportunities and more. The resource is produced by the United States Department of Defense.
todaysmilitary.com

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

Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, adult education, 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, Suite 110, 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, juvenile justice, housing, 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 & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations