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.
Earlier this month, Catholic Charities hosted the Academy for Life Symposium to help build a culture that embraces every human, including the unborn, as being #CreatedEqual.
Seth Drayer, Director of Training for Created Equal and a member... Read more
On Thursday, Oct. 16, Ohioans to Stop Executions hosted the “Voices of Experiences: The Death Penalty” at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. The event was sponsored by Catholic Charities and was part of a series of Town Hall... Read more
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thanks to our team runners, we had a very successful year at the Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Members of the community have been an essential part of our work at Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo since 1914. Our... Read more
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
“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