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Schoenbaum Family Center’s mission in Weinland Park

Weinland Park is a neighborhood in transformation, emerging from decades of decline and crime. The Schoenbaum Family Center, at the corner of Summit Street and Seventh Avenue, has been committed to supporting its neighbors since it opened a decade ago.

“It’s part of being a university: If you’re in the community, be part of that community,” said
Jane Wiechel, the center’s director for community programs and engagement. “The university has a lot of resources to bring to bear.”

Deeply connecting Ohio State and the people of Weinland Park — and with support from a village of partners in Columbus business, government and nonprofits — the center’s community programs touch virtually every aspect of family life.

Early Head Start Partnership Program

The heart of this program is early childhood education, but it also supports families with health care, social and government services. In 2015, it received $15 million in funding, which is helping it expand services to 800 infants and toddlers from low-income families.

JPMorgan Chase Library Outreach

The library and its impressive selection of books for kids and adults is open to anyone in the community. You’re likely to find full-time librarian Kari Welch in the window-lined room, hosting story time for kids or helping neighbors access public computers and other resources.

SPARK Columbus

This literacy program takes books, art supplies and activities straight to homes and into the hands of kids and their parents. Facilitators help parents become confident first teachers of their own children.