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Career & Job Help

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 American Program

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/Community/Department-of-Neighborhoods/New-Resident-Information/The-New-American-Program

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

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

ELLA: Empowering Latinas Leadership Academy

Professional development organization empowering Latinas in Central Ohio. Their six-month program brings together Latinas in a variety of career stages and includes professional mentorship, culturally relevant workshops and civic engagement. Applications are generally due in April, with sessions running through the summer and fall. Go online to sign up as a mentee or mentor.
7385 State Route 3, Westerville, OH 43082
ellacolumbus.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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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