Coming Together As One

The corporate representatives on the ETSS board help in shaping the vision of the agency and spreading the word throughout the community about ETSS programs and services.  Their voluntary commitment to ETSS is greatly appreciated.

ETSS is an independent nonprofit agency serving refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in Central Ohio. ETSS is unique in its ability to provide culturally appropriate services in both English and other languages for youth and adults.

"Tewahedo” in our name means “come to unity” or “to become one” in an ancient Ethiopian language. It represents our philosophy that all humanity is one and that this oneness creates a responsibility to help the community of which we are a part.

The three leaves of the ETSS logo represent Faith, Family, and Freedom. Faith is the first leaf because it is the basis of hope, and without hope one cannot build a strong family or pursue freedom. Family is the middle leaf because strengthening families is the central focus of our organization. Freedom is the third leaf because it is essential to achieving happiness.


The ETSS Management Team is multicultural and multi-lingual, speaking many of the major languages of the New American community in Columbus.  They are passionate about sharing the ETSS mission and leading the agency into the future.


To be the focal point of integration for immigrants, refugees, and low income individuals in Central Ohio in order to improve the quality of their lives, to facilitate their integration through education, training, supportive services, and self development opportunities, and to increase the  awareness of their culture and heritage.