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Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448
apdsinc.org

Alianza 614 (Alliance 614)

This advocacy group seeks to integrate the Latino/Hispanic community in the City of Columbus. They offer a monthly produce pantry, place referrals to community organizations for migrants, and host regular community events. Their focus includes cultural awareness and inclusivity, ending human trafficking, anti-bullying, and promoting recycling.
215 South Harris Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 500-2123
alianza614.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Immigrant Health Toolkit

This toolkit was designed to provide practical information and best practices for pediatricians treating immigrant children, youth, and families. Toolkit topics include clinical care considerations, treatment recommendations, access to resources and public benefits, unique stressors, and more.
(800) 433-9016
aap.org

ASHA Ray of Hope

Provides culturally-sensitive support, services, and advocacy for women and children facing domestic abuse, whose country of origin is Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka. Victims of domestic violence from all countries can call their 24/7 Help Line for support and referrals. Other services include crisis intervention, case management, court and legal advocacy, interpretation services, and a survivor support group.
4900 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
24/7 Helpline: (614) 565-2918
Office: (614) 326-2121
asharayofhope.org

Asian American Community Services (AACS)

Nonprofit providing social services in Central Ohio. Their focus is on East, Southeast, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities but they assist individuals regardless of ethnic or racial background. Programs include 24/7 interpreting services, Healthy Asian Youth after school program, free medical clinic, Family Support Program for victims of crime, and Senior outreach. They also offer adult classes for art, ESL, and computer literacy.
4700 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 220-4023
aacsohio.org

Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus (BNCC)

Provides case management services, health and wellness services, education programs (like ESOL, tutoring and summer camps), language and culture programs, sport clubs, and more for Bhutanese people living in Columbus.
1925 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 396-8965
bccoh.org

Buckeye Ranch Somali Outreach Program

The Outreach Team is fluent in Somali and English to provide culturally-focused clinical care for youth and families coping with trauma, loss, resettlement, and living among a new culture. Somali families are connected to mental health counseling, case management services, and 24-hour crisis support and intervention. Call for details.
2865 West Broad Street Columbus Ohio 43204
Intake: (614) 384-8012
buckeyeranch.org/programs/community-based-programs/home-based-services.html

Catholic Social Services

A faith-based agency serving families and seniors in central and southern Ohio. Provides case management, food, and emergency assistance. They offer supportive services and community-impact opportunities for low-income seniors. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Center serves the Latino/Hispanic community on the West side of Columbus with a food pantry, ESL classes, legal and immigration consultations and referrals, and comprehensive case management.

  • Columbus
    197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-5891
  • West Columbus
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
    409 Industry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 340-7061
  • Newark
    1031 Brice Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 345-2565
  • Zanesville
    Physical Address: 422 Main Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    Mailing Address: PO Box 3446, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    (740) 452-5057
  • Portsmouth
    St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
    2311 Stockham Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 961-4020

colscss.org

Center for Healthy Families

Provides community and school based services for pregnant and parenting youth 12-24 years old. Services include help with healthcare, preventing subsequent pregnancy, housing, parenting skills, support groups, education, and employment assistance. They also house the Black Girls and Young Women’s Collective to advocate for equity and community.

Healthy Families Home-Visiting Program
Healthy Families Connection Services
500 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 884-4200
centerforhealthyfamilies.org

Central Ohio Public Libraries

Visit your local library to get access to free books, music, movies and documentaries. Many libraries also offer group reading times for children, homework help, job and business help, fun events for all ages, and more. Librarians can often help you get connected to local resources in your community, even if they are not offered directly by the library. Contact your local library to confirm what services they are currently offering.

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City of Columbus New Americans Initiative

The New American Initiative was created by the City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods to give all immigrants and refugees living in Columbus access to city services and programs. Efforts include the New American Leadership Academy, interpretation and translation services, and advocacy.
1410 Cleveland Ave, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 645-1993
columbus.gov/neighborhoods/the-new-american-initiative

Columbus Chinese Christian Church

Church offering ESL classes, free medical services, and Sunday worship services in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
4141 Maize Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 715-2212
columbusccc.org/4c-community-outreach

Columbus City Schools (CCS) Adult & Community Education (ACE)

Offers free GED prep and ESL classes for adults, and basic skills literacy classes for adults, as well as vocational training programs (STNA, LPN, HVACR) at different sites throughout Franklin County.
2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Main Campus: (614) 365-6000
Aspire (GED & ESL): (380) 997-7633
ESL classes: (614) 365-8802
School of Practical Nursing: (380) 997-7617
Nurse Aide/STNA: (380) 997-7615
ESL Language Assistance Contact Listccsoh.us/domain/213
ccsoh.us/Page/334

Columbus Literacy Council (CLC)

Offers free adult education programs including literacy classes (including financial, workplace and technology literacy), citizenship classes, ESL, and GED test preparation. They also provide career coaching and entrepreneurship skill building, life and wellness coaching, supportive services for life transitions or re-entry to the community, and supportive services for immigrants and New Americans. Youth programs include tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children ages 7-13 years old, internships, and AMP career and mentorship program for youth and young adults ages 14-24 in Franklin County. Call for program details.

  • Downtown Columbus: 92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Whitehall: 1394 Courtright Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
  • Reynoldsburg: 5825 Chantry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
  • Cincinnati: 6644 Coffey Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230

(614) 282-7661
clcworks.org

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

CML is an award-winning library and amazing resource in the community. With 23 locations throughout Franklin County, they provide a lot more than just books, including lots of free online resources, specialized programs, and community events.

  • School Help: K-12 students can get after-school homework help, K-3 students can get extra reading practice with Reading Buddies in person or online, HelpNow offers 24/7 online homework help and test prep, and some locations host After School Snacktimes.
  • Kindergarten Readiness: Find Storytimes, Play to Learn, and Kindergarten readiness classes for ages 0-5. They also have Skill Builder videos with activities you can do together at home.
  • Teen Programs: YouMedia Discord for ages 13-17 to work on music, podcasts, videos, and more with skilled mentors; homework and test prep help, and monthly Teen Spotlight videos.
  • Adult Education: They offer ESOL and GED referrals; free technology business, and coding classes; history and genealogy experts, Digital Navigator staff can help you access hardware and software, and Excel Adult High School allows adults to get their high-school degree in an online, self-paced program.
  • Adaptive Services: Request accommodations, adaptive audio and visual equipment, and large print reading materials.

(614) 645-2275
Locations: columbuslibrary.org/library-locations
columbuslibrary.org

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Office of Health Equity Promotion

Works to address the root causes of health inequities and create opportunities for all people to be healthy by providing education, resources, and healthcare regardless of demographics. Visit the website to learn more about the programs and committees within the Office of Health Equity Promotion.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-0732
columbus.gov/healthequity

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Office of Minority Health

Lead agency with local offices in Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, Toledo and Youngstown. Informs, educates, and empowers people to make choices about their health, build community partnerships, and develop policies and plans to support health efforts. They host bi-monthly community meetings for anyone interested in bridging gaps in health equity. Go online for details.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7335
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/minority-health/minority-health-initiatives

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Pride Centers & Neighborhood Social Workers

Pride Centers are one-stop shops for city services, dedicated to protecting the health, safety and welfare of families living in the area. These centers house basic city services in one place, which include the Neighborhood Social Workers. Call first to make an appointment.

Main Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
Columbus Department of Neighborhoods Office: (614) 645-1993
new.columbus.gov

Westside Neighborhood Pride Center
1186 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 724-2033
franklinton.org
The Reeb Center
280 Reed Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebcenter.org
Near East Pride Center
1393 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-7343
North Neighborhood Pride Center
248 East Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 645-5220
Far East Pride Center
2500 Park Crescent Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 724-0100

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Resource Lists

These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources near you. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
https://new.columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Nonprofit serving refugees and immigrants in Central Ohio. Services include free immigration-related legal services, parenting support for families with children 0-15 in Franklin County, job training classes and career counseling, help getting healthcare, Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCA), and comprehensive case management for newly-arriving refugee families and individuals. CRIS Community Connectors is a mentorship program providing academic, employment, and social support for New Americans.
4645 Executive Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 235-5747
crisohio.org

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Technical career center offering career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camp, and unique electives for high school students such as welding, computer programming, cosmetology, and more. They offer a GED program and classes for adults, such as Microsoft 365, ESOL, and Firefighting. They also offer Disabilities Support for individuals with disabilities under 22 years old.
4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 548-0708
delawareareacc.org

Diversity in Diabetes (DiD)

People of Color (POC) living with diabetes experience a higher chance of being diagnosed with diabetes and being admitted to a hospital than non-Hispanic White Americans. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating awareness and providing solutions that address the lack of diversity in diabetes care and management that lead to differences in healthcare and poor health outcomes in individuals and communities of color. Go online for a care provider directory, helpful information about managing diabetes, support groups, and more.
diversityindiabetes.org

Dominican Learning Center

Professional and educational learning center for adults ages 18+. Students are not charged for tutorial services, but those who are financially able are asked to purchase basic texts and materials. Courses include English as a Second Language (ESL), GED high school equivalency in English or Spanish, Adult Basic Education for those looking to improve reading, writing, and math skills, and Citizenship Test Preparation.
672 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-7330
domlearningcenter.org

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, Welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.

  • Eastland Career Center: 4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-5725
  • Fairfield Career Center: 3985 Coonpath Road Northwest, Carroll, Ohio 43112
    (740) 756-9243
  • Adult Workforce Development: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4541
  • District Office: 4300 Amalgamated Place, Groveport, Ohio 43125
    (614) 836-4530

eastlandfairfield.com

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, resettlement support, mentoring, English language classes (ESL), after school tutoring for children, youth summer camps, case management for victims of domestic violence and much more.
4300 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43123.
(614) 252-5362
ethiotss.org

Festa (Formally Known as Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries)

Faith-based nonprofit aiming to end suburban poverty. They offer free youth and adult programming, including a three generation family ESL program, legal clinic, summer camp for children with free breakfast and lunch, and Good Tiding low-cost Christmas store.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939
wearefesta.org

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 (PRC), 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 should 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
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov
Find Your Local ODJFS Office: jfs.ohio.gov/about/local-agencies-directory
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal: benefits.ohio.gov

Fugees Academy Columbus

Non-profit network of schools dedicated to educating refugee students and English learners. Their academies provide refugee youth ages 11 and up year-round education, soccer programming, tutoring, leadership training, and other resources for free. They provide training and professional development for educators to learn their trauma-informed English immersion model.
(678) 358-0547
fugeesfamily.org

Godman Guild

Offers free adult education classes (GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer skills), community engagement programs, and youth programming (after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, and TEEN career exploration program).
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

Haitian Community Network (HaCoNet)

Connects the Haitian community with services and resources. They offer mentorship programs, community events, computer literacy classes, free legal consultation, citizenship classes, healthcare assistance, employment assistance, emergency assistance and immigration services.
2020 Brice Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
(614) 600-5530
www.haconet.com

Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO)

Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing evidence-informed policies that improve health, achieve equity, and lead to sustainable healthcare spending in Ohio. They offer advocacy, trainings, and online resources on topics like health equity, access to healthcare, and much more.
140 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-4950
healthpolicyohio.org

Healthy New Albany Food Pantry

Healthy New Albany Food Pantry serves families and individuals living in the New Albany Plain Local School (NAPLS) District or in the 43054 zip code. They offer emergency help for those in immediate need of food. Find open pantry hours on their website or call to schedule an appointment. They also have an English conversation program for Spanish-speakers, and can connect immigrant community members to resources for ESL, healthcare, and more.
150 Main Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 413-7907 or (614) 685-6344
newalbanyfoodpantry.org
Español: newalbanyfoodpantry.org/get-food-1

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

National association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), colleges and universities committed to helping Hispanic students achieve success in higher education. Find information on internships, scholarships, college programs, pre-college support, career development programs, research opportunities, and more.
National Headquarters: (210) 692-3805
hacu.net/hacu/HACU_Student_Programs.asp

Hispanic Chamber of Columbus

Key resource connecting Hispanic businesses and professionals with the Central Ohio business community. They offer career fairs, Managing Your Business trainings, networking opportunities, and more.
150 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 225-6902
hccolumbus.com

Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP)

Provides medical care to people with incomes at or below the poverty level or on disability medical assistance. Applicants must be residents of Ohio but do not need to be U.S. citizens, and applicants must not be eligible for Medicaid. Information about these programs can be obtained from Columbus area hospital’s financial assistance department. Visit the website to find more financial assistance programs for those served at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
For Nationwide Children’s Hospital HCAP: (614) 722-2055
nationwidechildrens.org/financial-assistance

International Neighborhood Coffee Hour (INCH)

Free program at University Baptist Church for women to build community and improve conversational English. Refreshments and childcare for preschool-aged children are provided. Advanced ESL/ESOL groups are also available.
50 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-6333
ubccolumbus.org/inch

Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO)

Nonprofit, membership organization bringing Japanese and American communities together. Their programs focus on building cultural understanding, improving business success, and building relationships. They offer Japanese language classes, Japanese language competitions, and community events.
565 Metro Place South, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 300-3054
jas-co.org

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Offers a combination of job search assistance, counseling, case management, and family stabilization designed to meet the complex needs of individuals and families. Wrap-around services help clients address challenges like stable housing, financial wellness, and mental and physical health challenges. Most services are free, and mental health counseling fees are based on insurance. JFS is open to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. They also offer resettlement services for refugees and New Americans, and specialized services for Holocaust survivors and older adults.
1070 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-1890
jfscolumbus.org

Kilece Kiswahili Learning Center for Swahili Youth

This online learning center offers Swahili language instruction, ESL, intercultural training, youth programming, and K-12 tutoring. Kiswahili classes are available for ages 6-17 or ages 18+ at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Call for details.
(717) 557-6743 or (780) 803-6033
kilece.com/colombus-ohio-usa-kiswahili-learning-centre

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

Non-profit organization helping high-achieving students from under-resourced backgrounds, especially first generation college students, gain admission to the nation’s most selective colleges. Each year 100 high school juniors are invited to a 7-week summer program at Princeton University, which includes leadership training, standardized test prep, career guidance, and more. Participants have access to support and advising through college and beyond. All services are free. Find application details online.
121 West 36th Street, New York, New York 10018
(646) 582-3608
ledascholars.org

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Network of volunteers and organizations supporting the Latino/Hispanic community. Programs include workforce development, programs for health equity, and youth development. Ohio Council locations include Cincinnati, Dayton, and Miami Valley. Go online for program details and contact information.
Main Website: lulac.org
Ohio LULAC Councils: lulac.org/members/directory/?rm=process_search&field_council_state=OH

Little Baby Face Foundation

Provides reconstructive surgery for children under the age of 21 born with facial deformities that reduce their quality of life, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay. Surgeries are performed by highly skilled medical staff in New York City. Families fill out an application online, and if selected, a surgical coordinator works with families to coordinate travel and other arrangements. The organization covers all costs of accommodations, surgery, and travel.
135 East 74th Street, New York, New York 10021
(212) 333-5233
littlebabyface.org

Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC)

Program: Non-profit offering a wide range of services for the entire family including; comprehensive primary care, OB/GYN, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacy (prescriptions are available at reduced cost), nutrition and spiritual care.
Eligibility: Infants, children and adults
Cost: Government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare), private insurance, sliding fee scale for those without insurance

  • Lower Lights Health Center
    1160 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Lower Lights German Village
    1560 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
  • Lower Lights Linden
    2028 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
  • Lower Lights Franklinton Central
    777 West State Street, Columbus, OH 43222
  • Lower Lights Westerville
    6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • Lower Lights Unionstar
    773 Walnut Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040
  • Lower Lights Newark
    69 South Terrace Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
  • Community Refugee and Immigration Services
    4645 Executive Drive, Columbus, OH 43220

(614) 274-1455
llchc.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) 211 Central Ohio

Faith-based organization providing a wide range of services across Ohio. Services include Faith Mission homeless shelter, food, health care, affordable senior living and domestic violence help. Visit the website for detailed program information and to find an office near you. The United Way/LSS 211 Information and Referral network can connect you to other social services across Franklin County.

lssnetworkofhope.org

Muslim Family Services (MFS) of Ohio

A social service agency that supports the Muslim community in Central Ohio by offering assistance, referrals, and material support. They help with basic needs like shelter, utilities, and food for Muslim families in need. They also offer mediation and conflict resolution services, interpretation and paperwork assistance, resettlement support, ESL classes, job skills training, and Janazah (Muslim funeral) services. They also host seasonal giving programs for school supplies, and Eid and Ramadan meals.
P.O. BOX 14023 Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 470-2848
mfsohio.org

My Brother’s Keeper Village (MBKV)

This City of Columbus program serves ages 5-23, and all services are free. Their goal is to promote safe and supportive communities where boys and young men of color are valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. They offer summer paid internships for high school students. The We Rise scholarship is awarded to high school students to close any remaining financial gap after all federal and state educational scholarships have been utilized. Details are online.
(614) 257-6300
cul.org/initiatives/i-am-my-brothers-keeper-iambk

 

MY Project USA

A faith-based organization working to protect and empower youth and families in underprivileged neighborhoods. They offer a food pantry, parent education, and community events. Their website has educational resources for parents on internet safety, abuse, and more. Youth programming includes a reading program for grades 1-9, youth soccer league, and free counseling and mentoring. The MY Helpline is a referral service for survivors and victims of gangs, trafficking, drugs, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and violence in Central Ohio.
3275 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 905-0977
MY Helpline: (614) 971-9375
myprojectusa.org

National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Central Ohio

Serves those who have been, or know someone that is, diagnosed with kidney disease. They provide educational materials and resources on the website about kidney disease, treatment options, transplantations, and up-to-date information for professionals. They also offer peer support groups, tools to find a provider near you, and tools for joining a research study. NFK Central Ohio also provides community education and shares knowledge of kidney disease with Columbus residents.
1491 Polaris Parkway Box 268, Columbus, Ohio, 43240
(614) 822-6184
kidney.org/offices/nkf-serving-ohio

National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC): Talking About Race

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Their website has free, educational resources and tools from scholars, activists, and historians with the goal of promoting social betterment through education. They have great resources for kids, adults, students, and educators.
nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

National Partnership for Women & Families: Childbirth Connection

The Childbirth Connection website provides evidence-based information on every stage of pregnancy and childbirth. Topics include trying to get pregnant, prenatal and maternal health, labor options, and choosing where to give birth. Their website also has resources for healthcare professionals on addressing Black maternal health outcomes, being a person-first provider, and more.
1875 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20009
(202) 986-2600
childbirthconnection.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Care Connection (School-Based Health Services)

Provides additional access to healthcare at your child’s school. The services provided are not meant to replace your pediatrician or family doctor. Care Connection programs include: Primary Care for ages 0-21, vaccination clinics, School-Based Asthma Therapy (SBAT), Wheelchair Clinic, Vision, Dental, Diabetes and School Health (DASH), Mental Health counseling. Visit the website for a list of participating school locations and additional contact information.
(614) 355-2590
nationwidechildrens.org/care-connection

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Primary Care Centers

Offers community-based health services for children (ages birth to 21) including regular physical exams, vision, hearing and general development checks, immunizations, and sick visits. No child will be denied care due to inability to pay for services. They accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid, Caresource, and Molina. They also offer financial assistance programs, including payment based on income (sliding scale), for those who qualify based on family size and income. No child is denied services due to race, color, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, religion, age or sexual orientation.

  • Livingston Ambulatory Center (Downtown): 380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 722-2000
  • Eastland: 2599 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 355-9600
  • Hilltop: 2857 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 355-9900
  • Linden: 1390 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
    (614) 355-9300
  • Lincoln Village: 4766 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 938-8100
  • Northern Lights: 3553 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 938-8150
  • Near East: 1125 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 355-9200
  • Northland: 4560 Morse Centre Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 355-9400
  • Olentangy: 5070 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43214
    (614) 355-9500
  • Sharon Woods: 1777 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 355-7400
  • South High: 1405 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 355-9000
  • Westerville: 433 North Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43082
    (614) 355-8300
  • Westside: 441 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 355-9700
  • Whitehall: 561 South Yearling Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 355-9800

Central Scheduling: (614) 722-6200
nationwidechildrens.org/primary-care-centers

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Current high school students whose home school district is Columbus City Schools Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, South or Marion-Franklin High can access homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, and career exposure year-round. The summer  experience is a six-week program offering college preparation, internship opportunities, and more. This program is free for eligible students. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/upwardbound

Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO)

The only viable urban Indian center in Ohio,  devoted to preserving and restoring balance in the lives of Native Americans through cultural preservation and restoration, social development, and economic sustainability. They promote holistic wellness for community members through regular gatherings, the NAICCO Cuisine project, and ongoing efforts to build a Native American community center in Ohio.
P.O. Box 7705 Columbus, Ohio 43207
naicco.com

Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC)

Non-profit religious organization serving Columbus’ diverse Muslim community, and the community at large. They have many programs for Muslim youth year-round, including boys’ and girls’ groups for fellowship and volunteering, Quran study groups, ACT/SAT prep, interscholastic competition, running club, and more. Services for adults include spiritual and marriage counseling, and mutual aid for financial difficulty. Find program details and financial help form on their website.
5001 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
(614) 527-7777
noorohio.org

Ohio Asian American Health Coalition (OAAHC)

An alliance of communities and individuals focused on the health and well-being of Ohio’s Asian American population. They offer opportunities for advocacy, community events, and trainings for professionals. The website has health equity resources such as the Mental Health Resource Guide for Asian Communities.
3569 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 419-5751
oahcoalition.org

Ohio Benefits & Assistance Programs: Are You Eligible for Medicaid?

Wondering if you are eligible for Ohio benefits and assistance programs? Go online to view program details, check eligibility, view your account, and apply for (or renew) your benefits. Programs include SNAP food assistance, Medicaid healthcare coverage, veteran assistance, WIC,  childcare assistance, and cash assistance for those who qualify based on income guidelines.
(844) 640-6446
Program Descriptions: benefits.ohio.gov/home/resources/assistance-programs
benefits.ohio.gov

Ohio Commission on Minority Health

Works to eliminate disparities in minority health through financial opportunities, public health promotion, legislative action, public policy and systems change in Ohio. Priority populations include African/African American, AAPI, Latinx/Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. Their website has information and resources on defining health equity and structural racism, health disparities, and grant opportunities.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-4000
mih.ohio.gov

Ohio Contemporary Chinese School

Nonprofit school offering low-cost Chinese language and culture programs for children and adults of any ethnic group, interested in learning Chinese language and culture. Find program and admission details online.
Physical Address: 27 South Grove Street, Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1035, Dublin, Ohio 43017
columbus-occs.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) English Learners

This site has resources for educators to identify and best serve PreK-12 students learning English. Find State guidelines for communicating with families, creating inclusive learning environments, supporting international/foreign exchange students, and more.
(614) 446-4109
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/English-Learners

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Ohio Refugee Services Program

Program of services and benefits created to help those legally defined as refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, foreign-born victims of human trafficking, or secondary migrants. Services include health screenings, cash assistance, employability services, school integration services, and support services for refugees age 60+. Applications for benefits can be made through a local county department of job and family services, call or use the website to find a location near you.
(614) 466-4815
About Refugee Services: jfs.ohio.gov/cash-food-and-refugee-assistance/refugee-services/information-for-refugees/about-refugee-services
Application Portal: ssp.benefits.ohio.gov/apspssp/ssp.portal

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Agency providing culturally and linguistically-appropriate services for the growing Latino/Hispanic communities throughout Ohio. Services include homework help and after school programs, summer camps, financial education, translation and interpretation services, ESL and citizenship classes, and more. The Soy Latina program serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and includes crisis intervention, safety planning, medical and legal advocacy, and a Community Empowerment Group.
Main Office: 1535 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 459-6566
Interpreter Services: (614) 746-1032
Soy Latina: (614) 746-3534
ohiohispaniccoalition.org

Ohio Insurance Managed Care Plans (MCP) Medicaid Hotlines

In Ohio, most individuals who have Medicaid must join a managed care plan (MCP) to receive their health care. These plans provide a toll-free medical advice phone line for help coordinating care for individuals with special health care needs, annual physical exams and sick and well care. Ohio has a general hotline for advice about managed care plans.

Medicaid 24/7 Hotline: (800) 324-8680

Ohio Latino Affairs Commission

Office connecting diverse Latino communities across the State of Ohio. Use the website to find a list of state-wide resources, including interpreters, attorneys, health and social service resources, church listings, scholarships, English as a Second Language (ESL) services and more.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-8333
ochla.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ochla/latino-community

Ohio Medicaid Healthy Start & Healthy Families Consumer Hotline

Provides free and low-cost health care coverage to families, children (birth through age 20) and pregnant women. Coverage includes doctor visits, hospital care, pregnancy services, vision, dental and mental health services. Go online for exact income guidelines.

  • Healthy Start includes Medicaid and CHIP programs. The income-based Medicaid program is available to children (up to age 19) and pregnant women.
  • Healthy Families is an income-based Medicaid program available to families with children (younger than age 19).

50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Medicaid Consumer Hotline: (800) 324-8680
medicaid.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/medicaid/families-and-individuals/citizen-programs-and-initiatives/children-families-and-women

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Free program for income-eligible Columbus City high school students. Accepted students can access year-round tutoring, test prep, career development services, and more. The Summer Institute is a 6-week program that includes coursework, career day, college visits, and the opportunity to take actual college courses at OSU for college credit.  First-generation and/or eligible 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools are highly encouraged to apply.
(614) 292-1896
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

OSU Free Clinics

Patients are seen at the Rardin Family Practice Center. Services are provided for those who have no health insurance and have a low to moderate income. Call for more details.

  • Columbus Free Clinic: Free healthcare for anyone, provided by medical students
    (614) 404-8417
    columbusfreeclinic.com
  • Latino Free Clinic (La Clínica Latina): Free healthcare for Spanish-speaking patients
    (614) 349-1038
    clinicalatina.com
  • Asian Health Initiative: Free healthcare for Asian-American and Asian immigrant patients, and those at high-risk for Hepatitis B
    (614) 216-9730
    ahifreeclinic.wixsite.com/site
  • Noor Free Clinic: Free healthcare provided by Muslim nurses and physicians
    (614) 516-3075
    noorcommunityclinic.weebly.com

2231 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
medicine.osu.edu/departments/family-medicine/diversity-equity-and-inclusion

OurHelpers

Somali-led non-profit improving the lives of immigrant and refugee families in Franklin County. Services include case management, ESL classes, mental health first aid classes, help with rent and utilities, food pantry, and youth programming.
2021 East Dublin Granville Road, Suite 197, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 733-9555
Website: ourhelpers.org/home
Facebook: facebook.com/ourhelpers.org

POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms)

Provides free peer support groups remotely and in-person around Columbus, education on pregnancy and postpartum depression (PPD) and related mood/anxiety disorders, referrals to appropriate mental health resources and providers. The POEM Rise program provides services exclusively by and for Black mothers. The website also has helpful links to other Mental Health America services, such as pro bono counseling. Use the Event Calendar to find the next support group.
(614) 315-8989
mhafc.org/get-help/maternal-mental-health

PrimaryOne Health

Provide a wide range of healthcare services for children, adults, and families at many locations in Central Ohio. Services include women’s health and reproductive care, adult services, pediatrics, behavioral health, pharmacy, dental, vision, STI/HIV services, behavioral health, and more. Uninsured patients may pay for services based on a sliding scale based on income and family size. They accept most health insurances, including Medicaid, and offer insurance help from Certified Application Counselors.

  • School-Based Centers
    • Groveport Madison Service Center: 4400 Marketing Place, Groveport, OH 43125
    • Columbus International High School: 4079 Karl Road Columbus, OH 43224
  • Centering Pregnancy Program
    Provides free prenatal care in a group setting with interactive learning, peer support, and food. Available in English, Spanish, and Somali.
    (614) 715- 2983
    primaryonehealth.org/centeringpregnancy
  • Healthcare for the Homeless
    Provides direct access to a variety of healthcare services at many locations, including; YMCA of Central Ohio, Huckleberry House, The Community Shelter Board, Volunteers of America, and more.
    (614) 645-0521
    primaryonehealth.org/services/health-care-for-the-homeless

Main Phone Line: (614) 645-5500
Scheduling Assistance: (614) 586- 4310
Certified Application Counselor: (614) 620-8088
primaryonehealth.org
Additional Contact Information: primaryonehealth.org/locations

Proyecto Mariposas

Non-profit providing a supportive learning environment for Latina girls ages 2-17 and their mothers/guardians with the goal of developing brave girls and strong women. Their programs focus on self-esteem, culture, and healthy development. Programs include providing school supplies, weekly activities for girls and moms,  a week-long day camp is for girls ages 11-17, workshops for moms on health and nutrition. Visit the website for contact information and program details.
proyectomariposas.org

Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA)

Provides coverage for the treatment of emergency medical conditions for refugees who have been in the country for less than 8 months, have a low income, and are not eligible for Medicaid. Applicants must provide proof of income, pregnancy, citizenship and other health insurance (if applicable). This program offers health coverage for a limited period of time to refugees upon their arrival in the United States. Emergency Medicaid programs are also available for Non-U.S. citizens and Non-citizens Victims of Trafficking. Go online to view program details and apply.
Medicaid Hotline: (800) 324-8680
medicaid.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/medicaid/families-and-individuals/srvcs/medicaid-programs#non-us-citizens

Riverview International Center (RIC)

Resource Center assisting with basic needs for New Americans. Services include ESL classes, employment services, computer literacy, citizenship assistance, homework and reading help, a monthly legal clinic, and summer programming for elementary and middle school children. Their office welcomes walk-ins for any questions about navigating life in America.
552 Riverview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 427-3368
riverviewinternationalcenter.org
facebook.com/RiverviewInternationalCenter

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with issues that affect children’s lives. Resource topics include health and wellness, social-emotional skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, and school readiness. They offer videos, games, and worksheets for children to explore, and free webinars for parents and educators.

sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

Somali Community Access Network (SomaliCAN)

Works to improve the health and safety of new Americans and Somali families in Ohio. They provide translation services, a Civic Leadership Program, and promote social change.
4900 Reed Road, Suite 331, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 489-9226
somalican.org

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Non-profit founded by Somali immigrants serving elders, working adults, teens, and children at no charge, with special support and attention for recent immigrants. Services include ESL classes, employment assistance, youth afterschool programs, legal assistance, financial assistance, housing referrals, case management, and more. Call their office for personal assistance and current program offerings.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068
somaliohio.org

South-Western City School District (SWCSD) Career Tech

Junior and senior students can take classes toward graduation that include academic knowledge and technical skills. They also offer GED, ESL and other adult education programs. Visit the website for program details.
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-3400
swcsdcareertech.com

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Behavioral health intervention and treatment services for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Program: Outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), telehealth, therapeutic preschools and after school programs, residential care, support for foster families, and specialized services for Hispanic/Latino children. Children with an autism diagnosis are eligible for outpatient mental health and play therapies.
Eligibility: Youth ages 3-18 years old.
Cost: Therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437
svfc.org

The Bridge

Faith-based organization serving refugees in Columbus. They offer English classes from basic conversation skills up to Grade 5. They also have one-on-one tutoring for students in elementary, middle school, and high school. Classes are held at various locations in Columbus. Go online or call for details.
(614) 272-2949
thebridge.io

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

Interdisciplinary research institute at The Ohio State University committed to educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion. Go online to learn about their research, opportunities for community engagement, and free speaker series events.
33 West Eleventh Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 247-1633
kirwaninstitute.osu.edu

The Willie & Vivian Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S.

Non-profit empowering marginalized and at-risk youth to pursue educational and artistic opportunities. They offer college tour programs and scholarships. Their website has helpful information for students and families about scholarships, HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities), college planning, and skilled trades programs.
PO Box 360832, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 706-6909
gaddis4kids.org

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Career and technical school serving Dublin, Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Hilliard, London, Madison-Plains, and Jefferson Local school districts. Offers free adult and continuing education opportunities for ESL, GED, STNA and EMT, and more professional training programs.
7877 U.S. Highway 42 South, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 873-4666
tollestech.com

Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth

The Trevor Project is the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention nonprofit organization for LGBTQ young people. They operate a 24/7 nationwide, confidential helpline for teens and youth. Their website offers great resources and information.
24-hour Hotline (866) 488-7386 or text ‘START’ to 678678
thetrevorproject.org

Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO)

Non-profit serving the Turkish-American community and bridging different cultures in Central Ohio. Programs include Youth Afterschool Enrichment Program for grades 6-11, Weekend School for grades K-5, Turkish language classes, Islamic studies, virtual tutoring, and a Leadership Program for young adults.
2885 West Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235
tasocolumbus.org

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)

Oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Their website has information about immigration and citizenship laws and processes, registration forms, and fees. You can also use the website to find office locations near you and to keep track of your case. To speak to an immigration officer, you must schedule an appointment by calling or registering online.
Columbus Office: 395 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Appointment Contact Center: (800) 375-5283
Request an Appointment Online: my.uscis.gov/en/appointment/v2
www.uscis.gov/about-us/contact-us

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration (PRM)

Supports efforts to protect and assist refugees and vulnerable immigrants around the world. Their website has a lot of information about policies, office directories, and refugee assistance programs.
Bureau Main Page: state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration
Refugee Admissions: www.state.gov/refugee-admissions

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

Offers substance abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support programs for communities of color in Central Ohio using culturally specific, evidence-based strategies. They offer anger management, domestic violence prevention and parenting classes for adults. Youth programming includes in-school, after-school, and summer camp. They also offer training opportunities for professionals and events for the community. Call or email the organization to register for a program.
700 Bryden Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-9694 or (614) 403-3136
umadaopfc.com

US Together

Mutual assistance agency serving refugees and immigrants in Ohio. Services include ESL classes, interpreter services, intensive case management, comprehensive care for victims of crime or gender violence, citizenship tutoring, healthcare access, and more.

  • Columbus: 1415 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 437-9941
  • Cleveland: 2800 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
    (216) 456-9630
  • Toledo: 3450 West Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43606
    (419) 469-2529

ustogether.us

USAGov

Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, file a complaint, and more.
(844) 872-4681
usa.gov

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services including early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, free health clinic, free legal clinic, food pantry, and immigration counseling services (DACA). Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, mental health counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5238
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Hosts programs for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, childcare, summer camps, juvenile justice, housing, and more.

  • YMCA Stable Families Service coordination Program: Families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help with household income, maintaining safe and stable housing, and academic achievement of school-aged children.
    (614) 219-9895
  • Juvenile Justice: Provides a structured and supervised environment for 6th to 12th grade students as an alternative to being suspended from school. Students must be referred by their school district.
    (614) 578-7568
  • Early Childhood/Childcare: Provides free childcare while parents use Y facilities, summer programs, early learning centers, preschool, and more.
    (614) 689-2096
  • Housing: Provides housing stability services for adults facing homelessness in Columbus, Ohio.
    (614) 705-9151
  • Early Childhood Resource Network Plus (ECRN+): Programming for infants and children with special needs, apply online for an adaptive equipment loan.
  • Y Cares: Infant mortality reduction program for families expecting or with a baby under the age of 1, provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, formula, home-visiting, parent support groups, and counseling.
    (614) 689-2080

Administrative Office: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 389-4409
YMCA Locations & Contact Info: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
YMCA Columbus Website: ymcacolumbus.org

‘Que’ Pasa, OSU?

Community magazine published by Latinx students at Ohio State University, published semiannually. Showcases the important work happening in the Latinx community at Ohio State in the form of research essays, event reports, creative works of poetry and fiction, recognition of the professional achievements of alumni, faculty and student profiles, and food reviews.  Go online to read current and past issues.
OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion: (614) 292-0964
odi.osu.edu/que-pasa-ohio-state


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