Our History

Central Community House was created as part of the settlement house movement that brought social services to dwell in underserved neighborhoods to address a specific community's barriers and utilize its unique assets. In this way the community members created a hub where they could give and receive help, quickly and efficiently responding to the most pressing needs of their own area at any given time.

1935

The Early Years

Central Community House was created as part of the settlement house movement that brought social services to dwell in underserved neighborhoods to address a specific community�s barriers and utilize its unique assets. In this way the community members created a hub where they could give and receive help, quickly and efficiently responding to the most pressing needs of their own area at any given time. In 1935 the idea for CCH was born out of the efforts of many concerned citizens led by Dr. Roy Burkhart of First Community Church, and Judge Mahaffey and other members of the Juvenile Justice System. The organization launched as a not-for-profit in 1936 "for the promotion of general welfare of the community and the social well-being of its citizens."

1965

Move to Bryden Road

Central Community House first resided at 333 East Mound Street and then 931 Bryden Rd. before finding a home at 1251 Bryden Road from 1965 to 2005.

2005

A New Home

Through a City of Columbus partnership and with capital campaign support from numerous donors, corporations and foundations, a new building was built at the current home of 1150 E. Main St. opening in spring 2005.

2006

CAPACITY to Transit Arts

Central Community House forges a formal relationship to pick up the success of the CAPACITY program and transform it into Transit Arts, a program of Central and the Columbus Federation of Settlements.

2007

Board Votes to Keep the Bryden Road Property

In 2007 the Central Community House board, after reviewing the downturn in housing prices, voted to keep the Bryden Road property for future expansion needs.

2008

Bryden Road Property Renovation Plans Develop

The Walter and Marian English Foundation of The Columbus Foundation pledges the lead naming gift too renovate our old home to become the Walter and Marian English Center for Art & Community.

2010

Programs Gain Official Status

Transit Arts and Community Organizing become official United Way-funded programs on a three-year funding cycle.

2011

Project Funding Grows

Capital Fundraising to provide well-appointed spaces for Community Organizing, Transit Arts and other CCH programs continues earning funding commitments from Nationwide Foundation, First Community Church, Honda, PNC, Reinberger Foundation, Harry C. Moores Foundation and Gordon Flesch Company.

2013

Renovation Begins

Major renovation work begins at 1251 Bryden Road and the community is invited to help make this dream a reality!

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