The Canal Winchester “Welfare Corporation” was established in 1955 by a group of friends and neighbors who wanted to assist with emergency needs and provide holiday assistance to the residents of the Canal Winchester School District.  For most of its first twenty years, the group focused on helping those struggling with everything from food and shelter to helping cover the expense of some births and occasional burials.

In 1976, it was decided to incorporate the organization as a non-profit, changing its name to Canal Winchester “Human Services”.  An executive board was defined and the work of the organization continued – helping with financial crisis and offering holiday assistance.

In the late 1990’s Human Services added a transportation program for the senior citizens of the District.  Initially it was provided with a volunteer driver on a very limited basis.  In 2000, a handicap vehicle was purchased through a grant with The Ohio Department of Transportation and a part time, permanent driver was hired.   In 2006, a second handicap-accessible vehicle was purchased to replace the first, again through a grant program with ODOT and a non-handicap vehicle was added in late 2007.  Beginning in January, 2008, for the first time we began operating this program with two vehicles and two part time drivers.  Days of service have been expanded and transportation is now available Monday through Friday, with two routes running simultaneously two days a week or more as needed.

Since 2005, other social service programs of Canal Winchester Human Services continue to improve and grow as well such as our expanded Adopt-A-Family Program, Tools For Schools Program, Community Events and Senior Activities.  Since January, 2012 the “Community Food Pantry” has been a Program of Human Services and relocated to 360 West Waterloo Street.

"Serving Local Families Since 1955"
As the needs of the community grow, Canal Winchester Human Services is committed to providing programs that help all residents be successful, healthy and happy.

In August, 2015, a celebration, “Remember Our Past ~ Celebrating Our Future” was held to commemorate the Organization’s 60th Anniversary.  Mayor Michael Ebert was on hand to present a Proclamation to Jo Weiser, who has continued to serve on the Executive Board since first helping to establish the Organization in 1955.  The Executive Board along with Reverend David Long-Higgins (representing United Church Homes) then ceremoniously broke ground on the site where we plan to build our permanent warehouse facility.  Please click the “NEW FACILITY” page to read more about this project and find out how you can be a meaningful part of our future.
614.834.3888 (Office and Fax) : 614.834.4700 (Scheduling for Senior Transportation and Food Pantry)