Columbus, OH

Posted March 10, 2012 in Profile, Story

A church in Columbus Ohio brings people together every Sunday to help them get through crises of health care, job loss, housing and financial struggles that resulted from the economic crisis.

Every couple of months they organize a community fair with extensive offers of help and expert advice on issues ranging from unemployment to health and housing displacement.  Volunteers include doctors, lawyers and other professionals as well as community members in need.  The church’s website (FirstUUColumbus.org) features a substantial list of services and providers, updated regularly.  The church has hosted a clothing swap, provided expert foreclosure assistance, healthcare information and job assistance.  They are now turning their attention to establishing a bartering programs, help with food and menu planning, workshops on resume writing and job skills, and a food coop with connection to a community-supported farm.