ETSS

Coming Together As One

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

(ETSS)

2015:

Nominated FOR 2015 ENLIGHTENED KALEIDOSCOPE AWARD FROM MAC
(MULTIETHNIC ADVOCATES FOR CULTURAL COMPETENCE)

Columbus Business First C-Suite Award

Molina Healthcare Ohio Community Champion Award: Dr. Seleshi Asfaw


​2016:

United Way of Central Ohio Richard V. Carrick Community Leadership Award
​African Distinction Humanitarian Award-OSU African Youth League

​Smart 50 Award honoree: Dr. Seleshi Asfaw
​Columbus Business First Diversity Role Model Award: Dr. Seleshi Asfaw



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Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Social Services

Achievements & Recognition


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Timeline

Agency Profile

ETSS is a community based 501(c)(3) organization that helps new arrivals from all countries establish roots and gain self-sufficiency in Columbus through programs and services that encourage community integration, sustained employment, education, health, and strong families.

ETSS has served people from the following countries:
Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, Cambodia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, North & South Sudan, Tanzania, Ukraine.  


ETSS provides services to both adults and children through employment assistance, ESL courses, after school programs, summer camps, and advocates for victims of domestic violence.


2000

– Began as an outreach service to the Ethiopian community as Foundation for Ethiopian Families and Children


2002 

-Received a subaward from the US Department of Labor through the Faith Based Initiative in collaboration with
Jewish Family Services and began to offer services


2004 

-Partnered with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Debre Medhanit Medhani Alem Church and formed the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Social Services (a faith based community outreach organization)

2005  

-Incorporated as a free standing nonprofit entity
– Selected by the Capacity Building Initiative (a collaboration of the Franklin County Commissioners, United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, and others) to receive a mini grant and technical assistance for two years


​​2007

– Relocated to our current Main Office at 1060 Mt. Vernon Ave and opened a second location in Whitehall,
started Enkutatash (New Year) Celebration.

2008

– Opened a third location in collaboration with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on the East Side

2009

– Formed the Grassroots Services Coalition Group with the Somali Bantu Social Services, Somail Banadir National Network, Bhutanese-Nepali Community of Columbus, Burmese Community of Columbus and members of the Federation of African Organizations in Ohio in order to expand its services to the larger refugee and immigrant community
 – ETSS began providing services in five locations throughout Central Ohio

2010

– Strong collaboration formed with Ohio Families through African Adoption

2011

-A Call to Action Youth Summit began with the help of Franklin County Homeland Security to engage youth in positive programming

2012

-Became a United Way of Central Ohio Member Agency

2013

-Priviledged to work with over 70 talented and dedicated staff members

2014

-Enkutatash evolved into the New American Festival in collaboration with CRIS, USTogether, World Relief Columbus and Jewish Family Services

2015

-Dr. Seleshi Asfaw recipient of the Business First C-Suite Award and Molina Healthcare Ohio Community Champion Award


2016

-Received Richard V. Carrick Community Leadership Award from the United Way of Central Ohio

-African Distinction Humanitarian Award from OSU African Youth League

-Outstanding Diversity Role Model, Diversity in Business Award

-Smart 50 Businesses in Central Ohio

-9,280 people came through our doors at 12 locations in Central Ohio

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