100 Years. 100 Stories.

As we celebrate 100 years at Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, we’ll share favorite stories from our history archives and short articles about our ministries today.  Check back every Tuesday and Thursday to follow the story of the work of Catholic Charities in northwest Ohio.

We offer a particular thank you to all who have supported the work of Catholic Charities through the years with prayer, volunteer service, or donations.  You have helped us transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need.


“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 “My husband was on and off from his job. I was at home with my youngest... Read more

Gold Star

By: Amber Stargell In elementary school, one of my teachers had a big “Good Job” poster with every student’s name listed down the side. Next to the names, the teacher put a gold star sticker for every good action she saw a student perform... Read more

Homeless on street - Microsoft

In the third chapter of “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It,” Robert Lupton discusses the financial, psychological, and emotional effects charity has on those we seek to help. Lupton illustrates... Read more


In Toxic Charity, Robert Lupton asks his readers to take part in the Oath for Compassionate Service. This oath is derived from the Hippocratic Oath – a pledge taken by doctors to establish high ethical standards when practicing medicine. It comes... Read more


Celebrate 100 years in Mansfield with Nationally Renowned Author Robert Lupton This October, Catholic Charities will celebrate 100 years of service by bringing author Robert Lupton to Mansfield to challenge the understanding of charity... Read more


On Friday, October 10, Serving Our Seniors will hold the “Understanding Financial Elder Abuse: the Crime, the Shame and the Solution" symposium at the Kalahari Convention Center. The goal of the symposium is to educate attorneys, health care... Read more

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Teens from Bowsher High School joined in on an art project at the La Posada Family Emergency Shelter in 2000. Their artistic skills were soon put to work as they transformed the basement of the shelter into a master piece. Read more about the teens'... Read more

Mother Teresa with baby

The Catholic Church recognizes October as a time of particular prayer for the protection of life from conception until natural death.  On this first day of Respect Life Month, we remember the petition of Mother Teresa to the U.S. Supreme Court in... Read more


“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” ~ Colossians 3:17 Richland County Commissioners recently presented Catholic Charities... Read more


Volunteers at Helping Hands dedicate their time and efforts to clothe many struck by hard times In the neatly organized aisles of the old St. Louis church in East Toledo, clients look through long racks of clothes sorted... Read more

Tarius Smith - have release, working mother of two

It’s not just food to eat. It’s really important that I try to manage my diet.  Catholic Charities helped me because I don’t have to go out and buy the cheapest food possible, which may not be good for my health.... Read more


On Saturday, August 2, Helping Hands of St. Louis held its 11th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser.  The day was filled with laughter and comradery as 18 teams of four played on the beautiful greens at Bedford Hills Golf Club in Temperance,... Read more


It’s an exciting day for the Diocese of Toledo.  Today, it was announced that Pope Francis appointed Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of Toledo.  “What a blessing to now call you my family of faith and to call Ohio my... Read more


Clip, Snip and Save.  This summer, Helping Hands held it first Coupon Challenge.  The Coupon Challenge was an answer to a growing problem for many families in the East Toledo community.  Many Helping Hands clients live on fixed and/or limited... Read more

Brian Mock Class

When Marie lost her job in March, she quickly fell behind in her rent and was evicted from her residence. She began looking for resources to help settle her past due rent and other needs. “I called United Way’s 211 service line for food and... Read more


It was right in the middle of the holiday season when Celeste arrived at work and found the doors of the salsa plant were locked. “I got there and the plant was closed,” Celeste recalls. “There was no notice, no sign … nothing.” For... Read more

Terry, Billy

When Terry met Billy for the first time, it seemed as if they had known each other for years. “What connected me with Billy was that he was very easy to talk with,” explains Terry. “We have a lot of the same interests, and we were on the... Read more


Community members keep Helping Hands equipped to serve hot meals With the help of food and financial donations, Helping Hands of St. Louis feeds hundreds of people each day at the soup kitchen and food pantry in East... Read more

Below is a letter from former client, Nicolle Kelley, expressing gratitude for the help she received to bring financial stability to her family. Nicolle was a client of the Community Emergency Services offered at Catholic Charities... Read more


We would like to give a special welcome to our new Respect Life Coordinator, Peter Range. Peter graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Masters in Theology and a focus in Biblical Studies in 2009. Preceding Notre Dame, Peter received... Read more


In almost three months, Robert Lupton, nationally renowned author and urban activist in Atlanta, will be a guest speaker  for our 100th Anniversary Celebration in Mansfield.  His latest book, "Toxic Charity," will be the topic of conversation as... Read more


In 2010, a string of deadly tornados tore through Millbury, Ohio leaving very little to come to for Sandy and Bruce Tucker.  Life for retirees Sandy and Bruce Tucker in Millbury was tranquil.  Their house sat in the midst of a... Read more

Lou Holtz

Originally published in the Catholic Digest, January 2013 As college football nears the end of its... Read more


It started with an email five years ago from Brenda Starr-Jude, Adult Advocacy... Read more


Evenings at the Roell’s house are far from uneventful.  Read more


Evenings at the Roell’s house are far from uneventful.  Read more


Published in the Norwalk Reflector 5/13/14 By Joe Centers “Fabulous.” Read more


We are excited to announce our first graduating class from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at Helping Hands of St. Louis! Last week, four students graduated with a Certificate of Completion from the program. EFNEP is a... Read more

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Thanks to our team runners, we had a very successful year at the  Read more

Lisa and Pam

This past September, in the Holidome of the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, a 38-year barrier was swept aside as a mother and her child got to know each other for the first time. “We sat there from 2 to 11 p.m. Neither one of us... Read more


For years, Helping Hands of St. Louis has helped thousands of people who have struggled to make ends meet.  Located in the heart of East Toledo, the center has risen to the call of meeting the needs of the population in this area that has been hit... Read more


Misconception 1: Catholic Charities only provides food and shelter  Read more

Evan Gaynor

Tips and advice from record setter, Evan Gaynor With Glass City Marathon around the corner, we want to make sure that our runners are in the best possible shape for the race.  Let's face it, running a little over 26 miles is not easy.... Read more


Baby Spencer was looking smart, all decked out for the photo shoot in his bow tie and new sweater.  Of course it helps that when you’re just six weeks old, you don’t really have any old clothes. Mom and Dad, Debbie and Todd, were as proud as... Read more

Cardinal Stritch

As you may already know, many key players throughout the Diocese has played a large role in the establishment and growth of Catholic... Read more

Project Rachel

Many people mistakenly think the Catholic Church condemns women who have chosen abortion.  But that is far from the truth!  The Catholic Church embraces the mercy of Christ and offers it to women and men who suffer in silence, sometimes for... Read more


For the second year in a row, Catholic Charities is an official charity sponsor at the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon. This opportunity has opened the door for people throughout the community to get involved with helping the thousands of clients... Read more


Our theme this year is not just asking the question, "What would Jesus do?," but finding ways of answering it.  Check out our new agency video that shares how our agency comes together to answer this popular question throughout northwest... Read more

Wine and cheese event

As guests turn in their tickets in exchange for a glass wine flute, they are escorted into a beautiful backyard garden decorated with... Read more


This Month We Are Going to the 1920's With the dust settling from the events of WWI, Toledo was one of... Read more


Trying to find ways to give charitably during Lent this year?  No worries.  We have you covered with a list of... Read more


Lent is an observation period of prayer, fasting, repentance and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ. As we go through this Lenten season, remember that... Read more

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This week is Consumer Awareness Week, and we are dedicating blog posts to tips and advice that we hope will help you the next time... Read more


On Tuesday, Catholic Charities held a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities in the... Read more


In the town of Lima, you can’t help but look at the massive buildings that sit behind the snowy fields. Most of these buildings are... Read more


Our February Volunteer Spotlight goes to the Catholic HEART Work Camp workers for their hard work and dedication over the years to volunteerism. Don't underestimate the size of these teens' hearts. Their love and compassion for those in need has... Read more

The Schnorberger Family

Like most parents, Amy Schnorberger gets teary talking about the gift that her children represent.  But, unlike most parents, her gratitude is directed toward specific human beings as well as God.  Because Amy and her husband, John, are the... Read more


On July 25, 2013, Pope Francis addressed small community in Brazil. In front of a cheering crowd of thousands he tells them this: When we are generous in welcoming people and sharing... Read more

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When Nellie Grey and a group of people first gathered to reflect on the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, they set out to... Read more


Take a Look Back Through the Century Throughout this Anniversary year, we will highlight a decade of history each month.  In February, we're starting with the 1910s.  Today we're highlighting the appointment of Fr.Karl J. Alter as first... Read more

Paul Cook and Lt Ron

Last Thursday morning started a little differently for the Helping Hands of St. Louis staff and volunteers. In the early morning... Read more


Angela was a single mom living in Norwalk with her two young sons, Noah and Chase. She worked three jobs and did her best to support... Read more


In today’s world of technology, if you get lost on the road, you would pull out your navigation system. Finding where you need to... Read more

St. Anthony's Orphanage

Throughout the year, we will be sharing pieces of history about the work of Catholic Charities in the past century.  Today, we're taking a look at one of the first ministries of Catholic Charities - the care for orphans at St. Anthony's... Read more


In a line full of people, Gary was not shy about sharing his story. “Anything I can do to help, since you guys helped me,” he... Read more


Were you able to guess the location of this painting? If you guessed the Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center, you are correct! [frame... Read more


We have some of the best volunteers in Northwest Ohio and they deserve to shine! "Volunteer Spotlight" gives us the opportunity to highlight our outstanding volunteers.  Our volunteers truly make a difference in the lives of the many we... Read more

Glass City Marathon Team

Members of the community have been an essential part of our work at Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo since 1914.  Our... Read more

Michael and Mikeyleh

For a century, Catholic Charities has been the love of Christ to others – not just by giving food or shelter but by having... Read more

100 Years of Helping Others

“There is a duty resting jointly on you and me, which is as unmistakable as it is grave, namely, the duty of providing properly for the care and support of the helpless poor of the flock committed to us by Almighty God.  No matter... Read more




“A friend told me about La Posada. I came and I was surprised because it doesn’t look like a shelter. It looks just like a home. I was so glad when they told me we could stay. They’ve been so good to me. Honestly, none of this would be happening if I hadn’t been here. They’ve helped me so much.” – Marquita, La Posada resident

Our Mission

Catholic Charities makes real the love that God has for each individual person regardless of their faith or background by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.