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

​One of 5 Non profits to Watch from the Columbus Foundation



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

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

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)

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

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

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


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

Strong collaboration formed with Ohio Families through African Adoption

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

Became a United Way of Central Ohio Member Agency

Priviledged to work with over 70 talented and dedicated staff members

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

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

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