Catholic Social Services
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197 East Gay Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Mrs. Laura Campise
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CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Rachel Lustig
President and CEO
Board Chair
Mr. Jim Negron
Corna Kokosing Construction

To help poor and vulnerable seniors and families reach their potential.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We created a Friendly Visiting program as an expansion of our Senior Companion program. Friendly Visiting utilizes volunteers of any age or economic status to reduce senior social isolation through companionship.

  • We continued to expand services at Our Lady of Guadalupe Center. Through partnerships with local agencies, our food pantry offered wrap around services like ESL classes, health screenings, and nutrition classes, to our growing Hispanic population.

  • We moved both our Zanesville and Newark offices to larger locations to reflect the growing service offerings and client base in those respective communities.

  • Our Portsmouth office opened in a collaborative space with local parishes and St. Vincent de Paul. The St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center offers services like material and food assistance and family strengthening programs all under one roof. 

  • Our Maternal Counseling program received a state grant to provide in-home counseling and material assistance to parents eligible for government assistance. Since it started, we have tripled the number of clients and provided $5,000 in assistance. 

2015 GOALS

  • We will hire a director for Our Lady of Guadalupe Center and move it into a larger space on the west side of Columbus. This will allow us to add wrap around services to address a number of concerns of the growing Hispanic community.

  • We will extend the reach and accessibility of our maternal counseling services to more low-income individuals and families to help overcome the challenges of abuse, trauma, depression, addiction, and relationship issues.

  • We will grow the Friendly Visiting program to reduce isolation and loneliness among older homebound adults.

Background Statement

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers help to poor and vulnerable seniors, families, and individuals of all faiths and backgrounds reach their potential. Our programs serve people throughout central and southern Ohio, helping them overcome barriers at all stages in life. Our offices are located in Columbus, Newark, Portsmouth, and Zanesville. Catholic Social Services is an award-winning agency, accredited by the Council on Accreditation, which certifies that all operations and programs meet best practice standards for professional service. We are a member of Catholic Charities USA, a member agency of United Way of Central Ohio, and licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Statement from Ms. Rachel Lustig, President and CEO

At Catholic Social Services, our purpose is to help poor and vulnerable families and seniors reach their potential. We believe strongly that everyone has potential, but that not everyone has opportunities. Inspired by our God and the human spirit, we will work together with seniors and families to create opportunities and overcome the barriers that thwart their potential. The result is that families thrive and seniors live independently.

Statement from Mr. Jim Negron , Corna Kokosing Construction

The downturn in the economy for the past few years has been very challenging for the nonprofit social service sector. Like most service agencies, we have seen an increase in the number of requests for help, but we have not been able to find additional resources and funding to meet those requests. With an active and committed board of directors and a positive working relationship with agency leadership, we have begun the work to again clarify our mission and vision. I am very proud of CSS for initiating the Pathways to Hope program that works with the survivors of domestic violence. This program is unique in central Ohio and is one of a few that offers long-term case management to help survivors establish and maintain a new start on life.



Ms. Rachel Lustig, 
Term Start 7/2013 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Rachel Lustig joined CSS as president and CEO after serving 10 years at Catholic Charities, USA (CCUSA) where she most recently held the position of senior vice president of mission and ministry and was responsible for directing efforts to build mission-inspired leadership at Catholic Charities agencies in order to build a more just and compassionate society.

Lustig began her career at CCUSA in 2003 as parish social ministry associate and served as the director of parish social ministry from 2004-09. In these roles, Lustig led efforts to engage the larger Catholic community in outreach and social justice. Prior to CCUSA, Lustig served as director of finances for Hogar Santa Cruz, an orphanage in Santiago, Chile.

She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and her Master of Public Administration from George Mason University.

Mrs. Laura Campise, 
Biographical Statement

Laura Campise has a BA from Saint Mary’s College, a MA from the University of Cincinnati and is a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She spent 18 years working with child and adult victims of crime and abuse, and has a strong background in social services and social justice. For much of her social work career, she was involved in raising money for nonprofits. 

Throughout her career, Laura has authored many grants. She has many years of experience in implementation, evaluation, and marketing of these projects. Laura is skilled in raising dollars for annual funds, capital campaigns, and major gifts, as well as working successfully with boards. Furthermore, she is well versed with managing fundraising events, donor databases, promoting donor stewardship, and creating annual reports.

Currently, Laura is a board member for Girls on the Run of Franklin County. From 2003-07, she was an Alumnae Board member at Saint Mary’s college.

Ms. Sabree Akinyele, 
Biographical Statement

Sabree Akinyele serves as the vice-president of programs for Catholic Social Services. She brings to this position over three decades of experience in the nonprofit arena of higher education and human services. Most recently, she served as the director of our daily bread employment center (ODBEC) for Catholic Charities in Baltimore, MD. There, she handled all functions and activities of the center with an emphasis on program development, financial and business operations of the program, strategic planning, and community relations. Sabree earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and urban studies from Villanova University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a 2008 Weinberg Fellow.

Ms. Nazree Gore, 
Biographical Statement

Nazree Gore received her bachelor's of accounting at DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio. Nazree is responsible for maintaining fiscal records in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, the preparation of financial reports, analysis of financial information, and maintaining strong internal controls in the fiscal department, which has an annual budget of $4 million. She has over 20 years of work experience that has been primarily with the nonprofit sector in the areas of both private and public accounting.

Nazree is responsible for implementing new systems that improve the operations of her department. She currently volunteers with her church and has volunteered in various capacities with her local Boy Scouts troop, Pickerington Local School District, Faith Mission, PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and Fairfield County Board of Elections.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff: 42 
Number of Part-Time Staff: 12 
Number of Volunteers: 910 
Staff Retention Rate: 98% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 3
Current Plan Adopted 4/2015
Additional Organization Information
Government Licenses Mental Health Care/Facilities
National Accreditations Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation
National Affiliations Catholic Charities USA


Regional Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Jim Negron,
Board Chair Term 2/2014 -  2/2016  
Board Members
Mr. John Barker,  
Mr. Pete Beirne,  
Mr. Jamaal Bell,  
Sr. Barbara Hahl,  
Mr. Mark Huddy,  
Ms. Marian Hutson,  
Mr. Gary Irvine,  
Ms. Jill Kirila,  
Mr. John Mackessy,  
Ms. Kathy McGinnis,  
Mr. Joseph Miller,  
Mr. Roger Minner,  
Mr. Robert Ruscilli,  
Mr. John Rush,  
Mr. Harold Schafer,  
Mr. Robert Schmidt Jr.,  
Mr. Andy Sonderman,  
Mr. Roger St. Cyr,  
Ms. Brenda Stier-Anstine,  
Ms. Amelia (Millie) Watkins,  
Mr. Charles Wilson,  
Mr. Tom Winters,  
Ms. Mary Gallagher , Non-Voting
Mr. Kenneth Ramos , Non-Voting
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 68% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 96%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 32%
Gender Female 28%
  Male 72%
Race African-American/Black 4%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 88%
  Hispanic/Latino 8%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Senior Services

Licensed social workers provide ongoing, in-home needs assessment, care planning, and consultation to help vulnerable seniors maintain their independence. To reduce isolation and depression, trained adult volunteers offer peer companionship and homemaker assistance to elderly and disabled clients. Transportation is also available to qualifying seniors and veterans for medical appointments.

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Payee Services

Individualized financial management is available for those who are unable to manage their own financial affairs due to a disability, or for those who just need help in effectively handling their fiscal matters. With client consent, as the named payee for the person's income, Payee Services accounts for all income and pays monthly bills on behalf of the client. Our services help people avoid getting behind or creating debt that cannot be resolved. Payee Services assists clients to better understand and meet their financial obligations and helps each individual establish a budget to manage monthly expenses. 

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Friendly Visiting

Friendly Visiting is a community-based program that utilizes adults (minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian) to provide support and one-on-one assistance to isolated central Ohio seniors and disabled adults in need of companionship, to combat the negative effects of social isolation and depression. Friendly Visiting volunteers are matched with local seniors in an effort to help them remain independent in their own homes.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry

Our Lady of Guadalupe Center (OLGC) serves the needs central Ohio's growing Hispanic community by providing emergency food assistance, health screenings, nutritional information, housing, legal and financial referrals, and guidance in acquiring basic necessities. OLGC has set itself apart from other local food pantries by operating as a choice food pantry. Rather than being handed a pre-selected box of food, clients are given points, based on family size, to spend by selecting food items of their choice, much like they would in a grocery store. CSS' choice food pantry allows the clients to select the foods they need and know how to prepare. A weekly visit from a nutritionist shows our clients how to prepare new meal options with the fresh produce from that week. Furthermore, using a point system teaches the clients how to assess needs, prioritize, and budget, all necessary skills for managing a household.

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Licensed staff, trained in a variety of therapies, help individuals, couples, and families address a wide range of life challenges, including relationship problems, anxiety, depression, grief, panic attacks, phobias, child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, parent-child conflict, and issues related to life stages (infertility, post-abortion, and adult adoptee concerns). Counseling and education is also provided for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy to help explore options and make life-affirming choices. Services available for pregnant and parenting teens include counseling and education regarding pregnancy, adoption, parent education, and support.

Pathways to Hope is a program in partnership with CHOICES that works with survivors of domestic violence to transition from emergency shelters into affordable housing and provides them and their children case management for up to 24 months.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
Projected Revenue $5,861,738
Projected Expense $4,006,418
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Direct Support $964,158  $1,030,916  $1,628,474 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $964,158  $1,030,916  $1,628,474 
Government $2,199,455  $2,440,948  $2,215,868 
Indirect Public Support $369,966  $398,815  $446,685 
Earned Revenue $291,365  $259,807  $225,276 
Interest and Dividends $213,803  $295,967  -$49,709 
Membership Dues
Special Events $207,586  $195,071  $201,721 
Other $1,862  $4,250  $3,705 
TOTAL REVENUE $4,248,195  $4,625,774  $4,672,020 

Expense by Type

  2013   2012   2011  
Programs $2,855,218  $3,189,754  $3,028,563 
Administration $1,027,508  $800,272  $840,172 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $3,882,726  $3,990,026  $3,868,735 

Assets and Liabilities

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Assets $6,401,001  $6,009,306  $5,221,134 
Current Assets $1,513,415  $1,484,522  $1,538,520 
Total Liabilities $898,827  $872,601  $720,177 
Current Liabilities $898,827  $872,601  $720,177 
NET ASSETS $5,502,174  $5,136,705  $4,500,957 


TCF Staff:
Ms. Rachel Lustig

As an organization, we strive to diversify our funding streams and are currently pursuing social enterprise as a way to focus on program innovation and unmet needs consistent with our mission. Our organization is committed to providing a service to the people of central and southern Ohio. We encourage our supporters to consider current needs and legacy gifts to ensure Catholic Social Services can be on the front-lines of caring for our poor and vulnerable neighbors now and in the future.

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