The following resources can be helpful when you find yourself in an emergency situation or just in need of additional help.

Members of St. Vincent de Paul can use this list for referrals to area agencies. When local organizations work together to help those in need in our communities, our dollars stretch and we can help more people.


General Resources:

Dial 2-1-1 for Essential Community Resources:

Central Ohio. In many states, dialing “211” provides individuals and families in need with a shortcut through what can be a bewildering maze of health and human service agency phone numbers. By simply dialing 211, those in need of assistance can be referred and sometimes connected to appropriate agencies and community organizations.


2-1-1 App: available on your app store. 211 Central Ohio provided by Lutheran Social Services. Simply inserting your zip code and Ohio County will provide you with a list of services that serve your area including health care clinics, prescription assistance, dental care, adult care services, childcare services, youth programs, emergency food, clothing, furniture and disaster services as well as legal and re-entry services, mental health and counseling, housing and utility assistance and more.


Funeral Assistance:

 Children’s Burial Assistance: Children’s Burial Assistance is a 501(c)3 charitable organization helping families honor their deceased children with a decent and proper burial.


Final Farewell: Final Farewell helps families provide an affordable funeral for a loved child.  We provide financial assistance, advice, and guidance.  We’ve helped families from all religions and backgrounds. Your donation enables us to offer the enormous gift of a decent burial and a proper good-bye.



Pet Assistance:

Humane Society: No owner wants their pet(s) to suffer because resources and/or medical care are out of reach.


Social Security Disability Income:

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs provide assistance to people who meet our requirements for disability.





Ohio CareLine: Call 1-800-720-9616 to connect. The Ohio CareLine is a free, 24/7 behavioral health call service. It is staffed by behavioral health professionals who can offer confidential support in times of personal or family crisis.


Ohio Department of Aging:

The Department of Aging administers programs and services to meet the needs of older Ohioans. These programs are funded by the federal Older Americans Act, Medicaid, and other sources.


Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services:

This is the website that links to Jobs Services, Unemployment, Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs), Cash Assistance (TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Refugee Cash Assistance, Ohio Works First, and Enrollment and Benefit Information), Child Support, Protective Services (for Children and Adults), Foster Care and Adoption, Child Care, and Triple P  - Positive Parenting Program.


Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: For information about services provided:


Central Ohio Restored Citizens Collaborative: The Central Ohio Restored Citizens' Collaborative is a coalition dedicated to supporting those touched by the justice system. Our network of community resource providers, justice-involved citizens, and supportive stakeholders help to ease the transition from conviction to restoration. 



Job Training Resources:

Columbus State Community College Certificate Programs:  At Columbus State, we offer short-term certificates in fields where there are career paths with well-paying jobs – like information technology, healthcare, modern manufacturing, and more. We partner with local employers and mine industry data to understand what the workforce talent needs are and offer certificate programs that help fill those gaps. 

Goodwill Columbus Job Training and Certifications: Goodwill Columbus is proud to be one of the region’s largest job providers and a trusted source in Central Ohio for putting people to work through our job skills, training, and first or next best employment opportunities.

 Westerville Area Resource Ministries (WARM): Wayz2Work Program Are you unemployed or underemployed?  Are your base work skills in need of a boost?  Are you leveraging the best job search practices to find and obtain better employment?  Most everyone in the job market needs some help.  No matter your position or situation, the Way2Work program has a PathLane for you.


Find-A-Job-Center: Ohio Means Jobs





Bridges Community Action Partnership Bridges empowers people in need by partnering with them to better their lives and realize personal prosperity.


People in Need of Delaware County: Services include food pantries; dental, vision and prescription services; utility assistance; eviction prevention, mortgage assistance, and school shoes program.


Sourcepoint - In 1992, SourcePoint started with one goal—to help local seniors live safely at home and avoid premature nursing home care and long waitlists. Today, we do that and much more.





For an extensive listing of Franklin County Resources from the Columbus Coalition for Housing:


Franklin County Office on Aging:

The Office on Aging provides centralized access to diverse programs and individualized services for older adults, dependent adults, and their families so they can preserve their independence.


Veteran’s Services Commission of Franklin County:

The Veterans Services Commission of Franklin County provides emergency financial assistance, help applying for veterans benefits, and more. See their web site for complete details and to arrange an appointment. Please see the website for eligibility for services. Veterans and active military should check here for emergency services first before reaching out to other resources.


Franklin County Reentry Advisory Board:

The Franklin County Reentry Advisory Board is charged with creating safer neighborhoods and more productive residents by increasing the success rates of returning citizens transitioning from correctional and rehabilitative institutions back into the community. Their websites provides resources to aid in their mission.


Franklin County Reentry Services: The FCSO reentry team provides free assertive, community support to people recovering from incarceration, addiction, mental health symptoms and other adversities in life.   


Free Clothing Assistance in Franklin County:

St Vincent de Paul Clothing Distribution Center: center city area

Bishop Griffin Resource Center on the east side:

United Methodist Church and Community Services for all People (south side – Parsons Ave):

West Side Free Store Ministries in the Hilltop: 61 S Powell Ave, Columbus, OH 43204

Hours: Mondays -  9:30 am – 11:45 am; Thursdays 3:00 pm – 5:15 pm; and Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Little Bottoms Free Store (baby clothes) located on near west side -

Bloom: A free store - (north side Worthington Galena Road)

St. Michael’s SVdP free store: contact [email protected]for more information

Community Clothing Outreach - (near north side)



Hardin County:

 Love, INC: Facebook page: Requests for assistance in Hardin County go through Love, INC (In the Name of Christ)



Knox County:

Emergency and Crisis Resources in Knox County:


Children’s Resources:


Knox County Public Health: including health, dental and counseling services.


Knox County Veterans Service Office:



Licking County:

Career Services:


Re-entry Resources for Licking County: Many of the services listed on this document can also be used by anyone living in Licking County, not just people returning from prison or jail.


Licking County Community Health Providers:


Veterans Services Commission of Licking County:



Madison County:

 2-1-1 of Champaign, Clark, and Madison County:


Madison County Veteran Service Center:

The Madison County Veterans Service Commission is a county funded agency dedicated to helping veterans, active duty military members and their dependents. There are several services our agency provides: financial assistance, prepping and filing of claims with VA, daily door to door transportation to and from VA medical appointments and, if eligible, help with indigent burials. See web site for more services.


Madison County Senior Center:

The purpose of the Madison County Senior Citizens Center is to encourage, foster and develop opportunities for the senior citizens of Madison County through education, recreation, respite, nutrition, daycare services  and assistance in independent living.


Madison County Department of Job and Family Services:

MCDJFS provides career development opportunities and support services to our community. MCDJFS is a county, state and federally supported agency responsible for basic financial, medical and social services programs. These programs are made available to ensure that no one is forced to go without the basic essentials of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and necessary life sustaining services because of a lack of resources. MCDJFS ensures that many eligible children and adults receive assistance each month through in-house or contracted service.


Other Resources: