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The sites listed below are not official websites of the South-Western City School District (SWCSD). SWCSD does not control and cannot guarantee the content, relevance, timelines, or accuracy of the information on these sites. Any views or opinions expressed in the sites are solely those of the creators of the sites and do not represent the views of the South-Western City School District.

Informational fliers shared are a part of ongoing partnerships with SWCSD community based partners and are created by the agencies themselves. A listing in this Web-based Guide does not constitute an endorsement by the South-Western City School District. All information is deemed reliable at the time of posting. These resources are intended to provide district families with access to relevant information that may be of assistance to families in terms of family programming, housing and food assistance, and more.

Mental Health Resources

Emergency and Crisis

Fire, Police, or Medical Emergencies                              Dial 9-1-1

Dial 911 and an emergency operator will connect you to the proper authorities.  

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline                                      Dial 9-8-8 

Crisis Text Line                                    Texting “START” to 741-741

Franklin County Youth Psychiatric Crisis Line:  

*For crisis situations that are not life-threatening, mental health and substance abuse crisis services are available for Franklin County, Ohio residents aged 17 and under 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

Telephone: 614-722-1800

Mobile Response Stabilization

Telephone:  1-888-418-MRSS (6777)

MRSS is delivered to any young person under the age of 21, who is experiencing escalating emotional symptoms, behaviors, or traumatic circumstances that have impacted their ability to function within their family, living situation, school, or community. MRSS is available to all youth and families (birth, kinship, foster, guardianship, and adoptive) in Ohio. Families need not be involved with a specific service or system to access MRSS.

Psychiatric Crisis Department at Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion

*Go to the Psychiatric Crisis Department when your child has an urgent behavioral or mental health concern that needs immediately addressed and your child has no medical concerns.

Telephone: 614-722-1800

Address:    444 Butterfly Gardens Drive

                  Columbus, OH 43215

The Emily Program (Eating Disorders)
The Emily Program offers outpatient and day treatment for adults and students afflicted with eating disorders. Services include:
Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Programs (PHP/IDP)
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
Outpatient treatment
Individual therapy
Group therapy
Nutritional evaluation and counseling
Family and couples therapy
Psychiatric services
Medical services

Counseling Resources

Directions for Youth and Families:

*Community and school-based counseling services. 

*Take both commercial and Medicaid insurance

*Financial assistance available for eligible families

Telephone: 614-294-2661

*New clients contact [email protected]  

Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Outpatient:

Telephone: 614-355-8080

Grove City Psychological Services:

Telephone: 614-871-0035

Email: [email protected]

Milestone Counseling:

Telephone: 614-594-3915

National Youth Advocate Program:

Telephone: 614-227-9444

The Buckeye Ranch:

*Referrals can be made in person at our Admissions and Engagement Columbus locations, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm or via telephone at (614) 384-7798. Referrals can also be faxed to (614) 384-7703. Medicaid insurance only.

We are here to help you! Call if you have any questions or email us at: [email protected].

Two locations accept walk-in assessments Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm. Locations include:

East Broad                        West Broad (Hilltop)

697 E. Broad Street                    2865 W. Broad Street

Columbus, 43215                    Columbus, 43204

614-384-7798                        614-384-7798

Ohio Health Grief Services:

*Grief support groups for all ages, one-on-one counseling, support for caregivers and children 

Telephone: 614 - 566-5377

[email protected]  

Psychology Today Counselor Directory:

*help find local counselors/therapists/programs. Can filter by age group (youth), insurance, accepting new clients, treatment need, counseling modality, etc.

Affordable Connectivity Program (Internet)

Recently, Congress created @FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program, a $14 billion program, that replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. This investment in #broadband will help people afford the internet connections they need to survive. The @FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program has replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit. This program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet for eligible households and up to $75 per month for homes on qualifying Tribal lands. Families that are 100% free and reduced lunch also eligible. 

***Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

To find out if you qualify:

43228 Assistance Program

The 43228 Assistance Program provides guidance and assistance to families in need. From food and housing insecurity to accessing affordable healthcare, the 43228 initiative offers support in these areas and more. Click below for contact information.


Childcare Resources

Columbus Early Learning Centers

Action for Children
Address:  78 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone:  (614) 224-0222
Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services
Title XX – Child Care Registration
Telephone:  General Information: (614) 233-2000

Broad Street Location
Address:  760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Telephone:  (614) 221-6102

YMCA Central Ohio
The YMCA of Central Ohio is an eligible provider of the Afterschool Childhood Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account program. Program information: Click here
Eligibility criteria information: Click here

Clothing Resources

South-Western City Schools Council of PTA's Clothing Closet
Address: Westland High School Rec Center
Contact: Joy Metzger ([email protected])

Purple Door Free Store
Address: 2684 Columbus Street, Room 202, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Contact: John Hampson (614) 313-4666 or [email protected]
Hours: Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. All other times by appointment.

Jordan's Crossing Resource Center
Address: 342 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43024
Telephone: (614) 507-3246

Westside Free Store Ministries
Address: 61 South Powell Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Monday 9:30 - 11:45, Thursday 3 -5:15, Saturday 11 - 1:15
Telephone: (614) 351-5480

Charity Newsies
Address: 4300 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Telephone: (614) 263-4300
Apply at website:

Community Kitchen
Address: 640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Telephone: (614) 252-6428

Kinship Aftercare Program Franklin County Children Services
Address: 855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Telephone: (614) 341-6175

Volunteers of America Retail Stores/Donation Centers
Address: 5640 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Telephone: (614) 870-8444
Address: 4026 McDowell Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Telephone: (614) 801-1625

Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio
Address: 240 Outerbelt Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Telephone: (614) 863-1371

Financial Aid for Summer Camps

Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment Educational Savings Program 

  • The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $1,000 credit per child. These funds can be used to pay for a variety of educational activities designed to help accelerate learning for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Before- or after-school educational programs 

    • An educational program means an activity aligned to state academic standards that develops academic knowledge and is designed to accelerate learning.  

  • Day camps, including camps for academics, music, and arts; 

  • And more… See website for eligibility requirements

Food Assistance

The Bridge Community Center
Address: 3750 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Telephone: (614) 272-2949
Hours: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with a soup kitchen meal at 6:30 p.m.

Jordan's Crossing Resource Center
Address: 342 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43024
Telephong: (614) 507-3246

Provides for the immediate needs of those who need food, clothing, and shelter. Provides referral services and transportation to local agencies for those seeking recovery options.

Holy Family Church Soup Kitchen & Outreach
Address: 57 South Grubb Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: (614) 461-9444
Hours: Monday - Friday, doors open at 9:30 a.m. and distribution is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Serving zip codes: 43223, 43204, 43228, 43123, 43119
Soup kitchen begins at 10:30 a.m. and is first-come, first-served.

Food pantry sign-ups begin at 9:30 a.m. and are first-come-first-served; up to 25 families per day. Distribution begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Maximum of 2 food orders per month. You must have a picture ID for all adults, birth certificate or medical card for all children, and proof of address.

Gladden Food Pantry
Address: 318 South Glenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Telephone: (614) 228-2498
Hours: Wednesday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Serving zip codes: 43222, 43223, and 43215 west of the Scioto River

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio - Southside Food Pantry
Address: 1460 South Champion Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Telephone: 1-877-LSS-MEAL
Online pantry ordering: or call (877) 577-6325
Order online and make an appointment to pick up your food at the LSS site of your choice.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Address: 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Telephone: (614) 317-9487 for appointment
E-mail: [email protected]
To qualify:

Kroger Community Pantry (inside Mid-Ohio Foodbank)
Address: 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Telephone: (614) 317-9487 to check hours

HandsOn Central Ohio
Address: 1105 East Schrock Road, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Telephone: Dial 2-1-1 or call (614) 221-6766
Telephone: FOOD LINE (614) 341-2282
Website: [email protected]

Information and referrals to more than 4,500 programs and services offering everything from food, housing and clothing to mental health and educational services. Available 24 hours and free-of-charge.

If you know of someone experiencing food insecurity, call the foodline at (614) 341-2282 or text "FOOD" to (614) 702-7722 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Grove City Food Pantry
Address: 2710 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Telephone: (614) 871-1334
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For anyone living in the 43123 zip code. Clients must have a referral through HandsOn Central Ohio's Foodline. Call (614) 341-2282 to obtain a referral.

Westside Food Pantry
Address: 82 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Telephone: (614) 279-4635
Hours: Monday-Friday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Westland Ecumenical Community Food Pantry
Foodline Telephone: (614) 341-2282
Call to arrange assistance from Central Ohio Pantries
Delivery only for zip codes 43228 and 43119; for those unable to reach a walk-in pantry
No documents needed

Fresh Produce Giveaways

Community Health Action Team (with Mid-Ohio Foodbank)
Address: Prairie Township Fire Department, 123 Inah Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Hours: Third Saturday of every month from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
No appointment required. Bring ID.

Calvary Road Baptist Church
Address: 5108 Norton Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Telephone: (614) 878-2887
Hours: Second and 4th Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
No documents required

Central Baptist Church
Address: 1955 Frank Road, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Telephone: (614) 279-3115
Hours: Second Saturday of the month

Compel Christian Center
Address: 2345 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
Telephone: (614) 219-9176
Hours: Second Saturday of the month

Dodge Multi-Generational Center
Address: 667 Sullivant Avenue , Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: (614) 645-3176
Hours: First and 3rd Fridays of the month at 4:00 p.m.
No documents required

Grove City Food Bank
Address: 2710 Columbus Street , Grove City, Ohio 43123
Telephone: (614) 871-1334
Hours: Second Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
Walk-Ins welcome. No documents required

Prairie Township Community Health Action Team
3rd Saturday of every month 9 am drive thru
Located at Prairie Township Fire Station
123 Inah Ave

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Address: 55 Pasadena Avenue , Columbus, Ohio 43228
Telephone: (614) 878-4715
Hours: Last Saturday of the month from May-September from 9:00—11:00 a.m.
No documents required.

Trinity Church Harvest Market
Address: 1112 Demorest Road , Columbus, Ohio 43204
Telephone: (614) 276-5090
Hours: Third Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to noon
No documents required. Please bring your own bags or boxes to receive food

Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Address: 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Telephone: (614) 317-9487
Hours: Tuesday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. & Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. & Saturday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Photo ID and proof of address for adults. ID for children

Health Resources

Most kids can still be covered through the Children’s Health Insurance Program / CHIP. For details, check your Medicaid notice or call 800-324-8680 for more information.
PrimaryOne Health
(Formerly known as Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.)

Franklin County residents only.  Low cost dental care.  Fillings, exams, cleanings and extraction (no wisdom teeth).
Medicaid and private insurance accepted.  Sliding Fee Scale based on household income.  To qualify for the sliding fee, you must bring 2 current pay stubs (within the last 30 days) or Social Security award letter.  Call for a complete list of acceptable proof.  You must also bring a current electric, gas or home phone bill and a picture ID.  If you have any questions, please contact the clinic.

Address:  West Side Health Center Dental Clinic, 2300 West Broad Street, Second Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43204-3783
Telephone: (614) 859-1830 for appointment
Hours: Monday 7:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Fridays 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Emergency walk in available.  Bring household income, proof of residency and ID.  Fees start at $40 with proof, $279 without proof.

PrimaryOne Health
(Formerly known as Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.)

Lowest eye exam charge, based on sliding fee, is $35.  Lowest cost for glasses is $30.

You may bring your own frame and we will price the lenses accordingly.  Some insurances are accepted.

We accept cash or credit card.
Address:  West Side Health Center Vision Clinic, 2300 West Broad Street, Second Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43204.
Telephone:  (614) 645-5500 and press #1 to schedule an appointment
Hours:  Monday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., by appointment only.

Vision USA
Free eye exam and glasses ($20.00 administrative fee for glasses) to children and adults who qualify.

This includes having a job or living in a household with one working member, having no vision insurance, having an income below an established level based on household income and not having had an eye exam in 2 years.  Application in English and Spanish is available online at http// or application can be done by phone.

Telephone: 1-800-766-4466
Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

Ohio Optometric Association
The OOA has multiple programs and services.  They provide SWCSD with vouchers for free eye exams, glasses for those without insurance, and in school fun educational programs for students.

Address:  250 East Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 240, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Telephone:  (614) 781-0708

OSU School of Optometry / Prevent Blindness Ohio
Address:  1500 West Third Avenue, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43212
Telephone: (614) 464-2020 or (800) 301-2020 (outside of the 614 area code)

Free eye exams and eyeglasses to qualified individuals.  Services provided in connection with social service agencies, located throughout the Columbus area that submit referrals to the Vision Care Outreach Program. Ask a social service agency you are currently working with to see if they are a partnering agency with Prevent Blindness.

Neighborhood Pride Centers
Pride Centers are one-stop shops for city services.
Westside Pride Center
Address:  1186 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Telephone: (614) 645-5224 (Social Worker number) or (614) 645-0176 (Main number)
Social Work Help Line
Telephone: (614) 645-6807

Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio
Located at Lower Lights Christian Health Center
1160 West Broad Street
Monday - Friday 8 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 (noon)
Telephone: (614) 274-1455

Addiction and mental health information & resources
(614) 224-1057

Resources for pregnant moms and infants
(614) 645-1717

MOBILE Disability Resources Center
Deaf Equipment, Wheelchair Ramps, Peer Support
(614) 443-5936

Housing and Furniture Resources

City of Columbus Department of Development
Address:  50 West Gay Street, Suite 3, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone:  (614) 645-2489

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Address:  880 East 11th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Telephone:  (614) 421-6000

Columbus Urban League
Address:  788 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Telephone:  (614) 257-6300

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Address:  200 North High St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone:  (614) 469-5737

Lutheran Social Services
Address:  500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 245,  Worthington, Ohio 43085
Telephone:  (614) 228-5200

Compass-Broad Street Presbyterian Church
Address:  760 East Broad St. Columbus, Ohio 43205
Telephone:  (614) 463-9612

Community Shelter Board-(1-888-4-SHELTR)
Address:  111 Liberty Street, Suite 150, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone:  (614) 221-9195

Homeport by Columbus Housing Partnership
Address:  3443 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Telephone:  (614) 221-8889

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Address: 197 Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tlephone: (614) 221-3554

YMCA of Central Ohio Low-Income Housing (Men)
Address: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
Telephone:  (614) 389-4477

YWCA of Central Ohio Low-Income Housing (Women)
Address:  65 South Fourth Street,  Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone:  (614) 224-9121

YMCA Family Center (Franklin County residents ONLY)
Address:  900 Harvey Court, Columbus, OH 43219
Telephone:  (614) 253-3910

Community Properties of Central Ohio
Address:  910 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Telephone:  (614) 253-0984

Start Talking Grove City

When it comes to having tough conversations with teens around topics such as smoking, sometimes we need additional help and resources to help facilitate those conversations. Start Talking Grove City was founded in 2019 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at decreasing the illegal use of and addiction to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, thereby decreasing crime and improving the quality of life for individuals, families and businesses. See below for helpful materials from STGC:

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