Economic Development

A crucial part of neighborhood revitalization is the opportunity to obtain stable employment at a livable wage. Our goal is to reduce unemployment and poverty in our community by creating pathways to employment at Nationwide Children’s and other area employers. HNHF's focus on economic development hones in on the importance of wealth building and looks at the barriers our neighbors face to achieve it.

Work readiness training, career development, experiential learning, free tax preparation, credit education and financial coaching are all components of the economic development program. More than 1,200 residents of HNHF are employed at Nationwide Children’s.

Featured Programs

Transitional Job Model

In partnership with Columbus Works. this program provides job coaching and job-readiness preparation skills to help promote success in the workplace. Employees receive real-time feedback on successes and on how to respond to challenges. Those who successfully complete the program are likely to be offered a permanent job with Nationwide Children’s.

My Bridge 2 Success

My Bridge 2 Success is a free mentoring program for adults designed to help promote economic stability. A coach works with the participant to set goals and help in achieving those goals. Sample goals could include earning a degree, changing jobs or sustaining savings.

HNHF was selected as a member of the second cohort of the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community to expand the My Bridge 2 Success program in the Linden area.

Job Fairs and Workshops

Nationwide Children’s hosts job fairs to connect residents to employment opportunities. Workshops are also held on professional development topics such as communication, job interviewing and resume assistance.

The Residences at Career Gateway

The Residences at Career Gateway on the South Side provides 58-units of affordable apartments and townhomes, along with on-site career development training. View the information below for work readiness training provided through The Residences at Career Gateway Training Center.

Free Tax Assistance Clinic

As a member of United Way of Central Ohio’s tax collaborative, Nationwide Children’s started free tax clinics at five central Ohio locations. This program, offered during tax season, is free for qualifying families. Learn more about free tax filing assistance.

2020 Buckeye Partnership Grant

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Buckeye Health Plan. Funds will be used to help support Nationwide Children’s sustainable career path collaborative with Goodwill Columbus and Community Development for All People, including Goodwill's highly successful Career Boot Camp. Buckeye Health Plan awards grants to community organizations throughout Ohio that are working to improve the overall quality of life and meet the healthcare needs of low-income persons. Grant support is just one way Buckeye fulfills its vision to “Transform the Health of the Community, One Person at a Time.”

Free Work Readiness Training Classes - Now enrolling!

In person and online training options are available.

Want to work at Nationwide Children's Hospital, but need help to get your foot in the door?

Nationwide Children’s and partners offer FREE workshops at The Residences at Career Gateway for its tenants and all South Side residents living in zip codes 43205, 43206 and 43207.

The training center’s goal is to help members of the community reach their career and financial goals and aspirations through training and support services. You may be eligible to receive payment for class completion.

Topics include:

  • Career boot camp
  • Job skills workshops – resume writing, interviewing, communication skills
  • GED and high school equivalency
  • Computer training
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Home ownership
  • Eviction recovery

Class dates and times vary.

Work readiness training classes are supported by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Goodwill Columbus, Community Development for All People, United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, Chase Bank and Buckeye Health.


For more information or to set an appointment to get started, please contact Angela Hampton with Goodwill Career Services.


Call or text: (614) 557-2875

Workforce Development Online Resources:

You can now join us online with our partner, Goodwill Columbus, for live workshops on resume writing, interviewing, communication skills and more. Visit the following pages for free online workshops, articles and other resources to support you in your job search.