Because of the caring staff at Catholic Charities, Taymara says she is able to live a healthy life and help others.
Days after her 40th birthday, Taymara was rushed to the emergency room. She had been experiencing moderate to severe chest pains for months, but this time it was different. Taymara was having a heart attack.
“The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘I don’t want to die. I want to live.’”
Taymara had 90 percent blockage of an artery due to high cholesterol, stress and years of heavy smoking. After having heart surgery, Taymara said her view on life changed dramatically.
“I believe God wanted me to live that day, and I look at life through a new window. I have to take medications for the rest of my life to stay alive. I stopped smoking, but my medications are important.”
However, when Taymara lost her job as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 2009 due to budget cuts, she could no longer afford her normal living expenses, including her prescriptions.
On the Other Side
“When I was a counselor here in Mansfield, I referred a lot of people to Catholic Charities because I knew the staff members were always willing to give people a hand up to get out of their situation regardless of their background,” Taymara said. “I found myself on the other side of the fence, so I took my own advice.”
Taymara contacted Catholic Charities and was referred to the Community Emergency Services program.
Community Emergency Services helps families and individuals in Richland and Huron Counties who are struggling to manage finances, pay bills or maintain a stable residence.
“I met Laurie Hamrick, Catholic Charities Case Manager, and she made me feel welcome. Laurie listened to what I needed. Laurie and the staff at Catholic Charities treated me with respect.”
“Laurie registered me for money management training classes. After completing my classes, I was able to receive the finances I need to pay for my medication.”
It has been over four years since her first meeting at Catholic Charities, and Taymara says that because of the help she has received, she no longer needs prescription assistance.
Today, Taymara dedicates her time to helping others in her community achieve their greatest potential and continues to refer people to Catholic Charities.
“I truly think God saved me so I could help someone else. I don’t know what I would’ve done if it weren’t for Catholic Charities. My life really depended on their help. I am so thankful for Laurie and Catholic Charities for what they did to save my life.”
Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas and Catholic Charities Respect Life Ministry for a Youth Mass for Life on Saturday, October 3.
Where: St. Catherine’s Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, Ohio.
When: Saturday, October 3 at 9 a.m.
For more information or for your group to be recognized in attendance please contact Catholic Charities Respect Life Program Coordinator Peter Range at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 419-244-6711 ext. 220.
After losing his job, Greg, a single father of four, was evicted from his home and lost everything. While trying to become stable again, Greg said Helping Hands of St. Louis helped his family get through the tough times.
“How does it make me feel sometimes as a father not being able to take care of my family?” Greg asked with sorrow hidden in his voice.
“I feel bad. I feel real bad. Because I had a good job, and I lost it when my company got shipped to Indiana,” Greg said.
“I’ve been doing temp service jobs and any job I can to make money. Having a pay cut, it’s been bad … hectic,” he says as he shakes his head in defeat.
“I got evicted from my home and all my kids’ clothes and my clothes were tossed out. It was wintertime, and the trash men came and took everything.”
Since then, Greg moved in with his mother. He has tried to replace his family’s belongings that were lost after the eviction, but it has been difficult.
“You know, it’s like I’m trying. I’m struggling. I feel terrible knowing my kids used to have good things like video games and all that stuff.”
Greg had once heard about Helping Hands from a friend who volunteered for the East Toledo center. Helping Hands provides food and clothing to hundreds of low-income individuals and families each day through its on-site soup kitchen, clothing center and food pantry.
In the midst of his struggle, Greg turned to the staff at Helping Hands and told them about his situation. They were willing to assist.
“They knew I got evicted, and they gave me extra clothes for my kids – including school clothes.”
During the summer months, Greg brings his children to the soup kitchen for meals when money is tight. He says the center has also helped him with diapers for his youngest son and other services when he is in financial need.
“The staff and volunteers make me feel welcomed. They’re nice and I never had a problem,” said Greg.
“I would like to thank the volunteers and donors for everything! I just thank them because they helped me a lot.”
As Tiffany and her two sons, Lorenzo and Josiah, sat and played in the Miriam House living room, there was no question this place was once home. Now the family lives in their own home, but they still come back to visit the place that gave them new hope.
Tiffany and her four children moved to Miriam House in spring 2013 after she and her husband separated.
“My husband and I bought a house in New Mexico together, and it didn’t work out between us,” Tiffany said.
“My children and I stayed with my in-laws before we came back to Ohio to stay with my family. But when I got back to Norwalk, there was no room, and it was a lot of stress being back around my family.”
After being home for a few months, Tiffany made a phone call to Miriam House.
Located in Norwalk, Miriam House is a transitional housing program that offers safe and stable housing to homeless women and their children.
“I never thought I would be in a position where I would need help,” she said.
“Times got kind of hard, and I had to figure something out. I thought maybe I could come here and get myself back together,” Tiffany recalled.
The family of five moved into Miriam House a few days later. Tiffany said that it was stressful at first, but after some time, Miriam House became a safe place where our staff became like family.
“I liked that we could play outside, watch T.V. and play on the playground,” said 11-year-old Lorenzo as his four-year-old brother Josiah sat next to him nodding his head in agreement.
Tiffany used her time at Miriam House to go back to school for her high school diploma.
“At first I kept saying, ‘I couldn’t do it.’ It was hard having to take care of my kids, go to work and get the credits I needed to graduate. I think being here helped me because I was able to talk to someone. I was never able to talk to anyone before about my situation.”
With encouragement from Miriam House staff, Tiffany was able to finish her credits and receive her diploma.
“I am now in school at the Ohio Business College in Sandusky for my degree in Medical Administration,” she said proudly.
Tiffany secured a house four months after she moved into the Miriam House. She attributes her success to the help she received while living there.
“I appreciate all that they have done. Being at Miriam House helped me and my family. Thank you to all who make Miriam House possible.”
You are invited to help area children in need have a successful start to their school year by donating school supplies for children served by our ministries. Please see below for needed supplies and drop off locations.
Helping Hands of St. Louis
Helping Hands would gratefully accept any donated school supplies but is in the greatest need of the following items:
- Wide ruled notebooks
- Wide ruled loose leaf notebook paper
- Glue Sticks
- Colored pencils
- Index cards
- Two pocket folders
- Gently used or new book bags
- Pencil pouches and boxes
Donations may be delivered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to Helping Hands, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, Ohio 43605. For more information or to arrange a different delivery time, please call Paul Cook at 419-691-0613, ext. 2.
La Posada Family Emergency Shelter
School Supplies for grades K-3
- Clorox Wipes
- Boxes of Kleenex
- 1″ binders
- Colored pencils in 12 packs
- Elmers School Glue
- Large pink Erasers
- Construction paper
- Large glue sticks
- Blunt point scissors
- 24 pack Crayola Markers
- Crayons boxes of 8 (thick) and 24
- #2 pencils
- Pencil boxes or pouches
- 2 pocket folders
- Crayola watercolors sets
- 3rd grade only – Multiplication FlashcardsAll crayons, highlighters, and markers need to be primary colors.
School Supplies for Grades 4-6
- All of the above along with the following:
- 70 and 100 page wide rule spiral notebooks
- rolls of paper towel
- composition Notebooks
- binders 1″, 1 1/2″, and 2 “
- binder dividers
- hand-held pencil sharpeners
- Ball point pens in blue, black and red ink
- Sharp point scissors
- 8 and 10 pack thin felt tip markers
- Expo dry erase markers
- 12 inch wooden or hard plastic rulers
- 3 x 5 inch index cards
- 3 and 5 subject spiral notebooks
Please drop off donations at La Posada at 435 Eastern Ave., Toledo, preferably Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. All crayons, highlighters and markers should to be in primary colors.
JULY 22, 2015—As part of the nationwide Drive Out Hunger campaign, Midas Auto Service and Tires, 1139 Park Ave. West, Mansfield, Ohio, will donate $1 for every oil change to Catholic Charities’ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry.
H.O.P.E. Food Pantry offers a client-choice format in which individuals and families can choose groceries according to their individual needs and preferences. The pantry provides groceries to an average of 625 Richland County households each month.
Drive Out Hunger is a long-term campaign that gives independently owned and operated Midas franchises the opportunity to raise donations for local community organizations to assist with hunger relief.
To participate locally, customers can purchase an oil change at the Mansfield Midas Auto Service and Tires during business hours, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
JULY 22, 2015—Local community members have the opportunity to support Helping Hands of St. Louis by purchasing Simply Give cards at the Oregon, Ohio, Meijer location at 1725 S. Wheeling St.
From now through September 12, customers can purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards at the register, and the donations will be given to Helping Hands in the form of Meijer gift cards. Meijer will donate double the amount of customers’ donations on Double Match days from September 3 through 5; Helping Hands will receive $30 for every $10.
Helping Hands is located in East Toledo and provides food and clothing to hundreds of low-income individuals and families each day through a soup kitchen, clothing center and food pantry. An estimated 41 percent of people in the 43605 zip code live below the poverty line, according to data from the United States Census Bureau. Each month, Helping Hands serves an average of 5,900 meals and distributes about 240 bags of groceries. Helping Hands will use the Simply Give funds to purchase meals, groceries and diapers for families in need.
For more information, please contact Paul Cook at 419-691-0613, ext. 2.
JULY 10, 2015—MANSFIELD—Catholic Charities invites community members to a new Brown Bag Lunch Book Club series featuring the book, “Why Don’t They Just Get a Job?” The first session will be hosted from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Friday of the month beginning August 7 at Catholic Charities, 2 Smith Ave., Mansfield, Ohio.
“Why Don’t They Just Get a Job?” describes the journey and success of Dave and Liane Phillips’ efforts to help those in poverty to become self-sufficient. Dave will be the keynote speaker for Catholic Charities’ fall fundraiser breakfast on October 7 in Mansfield.
Dave and Liane created a non-profit organization called Cincinnati Works, which has an 80% one-year employment retention rate The program offers a complete spectrum of free, lifetime employment services for the entry-level job seeker to sustain and advance in today’s work climate. In the past three years, Cincinnati Works has brought $25 million in wages to over 1,500 families in the Cincinnati area. The model is a winner of the 2009 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award. Following the program’s success, Dave is now volunteering as a consultant for similar programs in other cities.
“As part of our mission, Catholic Charities strives to provide services that are life-transformative – both in a person’s life and in their communities,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Mansfield site manager. “In the book, Liane describes how to empower, engage and encourage individuals to be self-sustaining, contributing members of their community. The Philips’ economic self-sufficiency program, Cincinnati Works, mirrors our philosophy to offer individuals a hand up out of poverty.”
The book club is free and open to the public and will meet through December. For more information, please contact Rebecca Owens at 419-524-0733, ext. 225 or email@example.com.
JULY 10, 2015—Helping Hands of St. Louis will host the 12th Annual Golf Tournament from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 1, at Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Rd., Temperance, Mich.
Proceeds will benefit Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. Each month, Helping Hands provides an average of 5,900 meals and 240 grocery bags and assists an average of 430 people with free clothing.
The golf tournament will be a four-person scramble. Individuals are welcome, and teams will be made as needed. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, hot dog at the turn, beverage tickets and a chicken and New York strip steak dinner at the completion of play. The event includes a money hole and raffles, and the winning team will be recognized on a trophy displayed at Helping Hands.
Sponsors include Ondrus Hardware, Byrne Paint Company and Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay.
Early bird registration is $80 per person if received by Saturday, July 18. The registration fee from July 19-25 is $90 per person. To register or for more information, please contact Sue Shrewsbery at 419-691-0613, ext. 1.
Our next First Friday Brown Bag Book Club Series begins Aug. 7, 2015, and features the work of Dave Philips who will speak at Catholic Charities’ Fall Breakfast on October 6. We invite local businesses, organizations and anyone interested in helping people to help themselves to participate in this monthly book discussion. [singlepic id=887 w=320 h=240 float=right]
Why Don’t They Just Get a Job? describes the journey and incredible results of Dave and Liane Phillips’ efforts to help those in poverty find their way to self-sufficiency. Under the premise that existing job-readiness programs only focus on job placement and not retention, Dave and Liane Phillips created a poverty to economic self-sufficiency program called Cincinnati Works with an 80% one-year employment retention rate.
In the past three years, the non-profit has brought $25 million in wages to over 1,500 families in the Cincinnati area. The program offers a complete spectrum of free, lifetime employment services for the entry-level job-seeker to sustain and advance in today’s work climate. The model is a winner of the 2009 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award.
Following its success, Dave Phillips is now volunteering as a consultant for similar programs in other cities.
When: The first Friday of every month, noon to 1 p.m., August through December.
Where: Catholic Charities Mansfield Office, 2 Smith Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44905
For more information, please contact Rebecca Owens at 419-524-0733 ext. 225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.