Dec. 13, 2012—Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo continues to collect donations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The organization has received more than $100,000 thus far from churches, schools and individuals in 19 counties of northwest Ohio.

Donations are directed to Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), which is distributing the funds to local Catholic Charities agencies on the East Coast that are providing immediate and long-term assistance. Donations are used to provide case management, emergency assistance such as food and shelter, housing repair and home rebuilding for people of all faiths.

“We are blessed to have a local Catholic community that so enthusiastically and passionately reaches out to our brothers and sisters in a time of crisis,” says Rodney Schuster, Catholic Charities Executive Director.

In recent years, Catholic Charities provided case management and disaster relief to Richland County residents affected by flooding in 2011 and to northwest Ohio residents affected by tornadoes in 2010. Also in 2010, the Diocese of Toledo collected more than half a million dollars for relief efforts after the earthquake struck Haiti.

Donations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts are still being accepted as the rebuilding phase continues. Checks may be made payable to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo with Hurricane Relief in the memo line and sent to or dropped off at 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. No administrative fees are taken out by CCUSA or Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo.

DEC. 6, 2012—Catholic Charities’ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry served a record number of households in November as the number of people seeking food assistance continues to increase this year.

The pantry served 600 households last month compared with 439 households in November 2011. Overall, the pantry has had 1,307 more visits this year, with a total of 5,617 visits as of Nov. 30.

“We are working to secure funding to increase the pantry hours in 2013 because of the need,” says Rebecca Owens, site manager.

The pantry uses a client-choice format in which clients choose food according to their individual needs and preferences. One part-time staff member and about 25 volunteers operate the pantry, which is open 20 hours per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The facility is funded and stocked entirely by donations. At this time, financial donations would be greatly appreciated to help keep pantry shelves stocked into the new year. Checks may be written to Catholic Charities with H.O.P.E. Pantry in the memo line and sent to Catholic Charities, 2 Smith Ave., Mansfield, Ohio, 44905.

Dec. 4, 2012—Helping Hands of St. Louis Outreach Center in East Toledo is in need of 350 frozen boneless hams by next week for Christmas food baskets for families in need.

Director Paul Cook says he is grateful for the recent support given by the community for Thanksgiving meals. Federal funding for food was cut in half last year to service providers like Helping Hands, causing Helping Hands to seek more assistance from the community to continue providing meals to more than 300 people each day. “It it weren’t for the community, we wouldn’t be able to do all of this,” Cook says.

The Christmas food baskets provide a holiday meal that families can cook and enjoy together at home. In addition to hams, Helping Hands is asking for donations of instant mashed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, new toys and children’s clothing. Donations are needed by Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Donations may be delivered to Helping Hands of St. Louis at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule a delivery for a different time, please call Paul Cook at 419-691-0613, ext. 2.

Nov. 20, 2012—As a Charity Partner with the 2013 Glass City Marathon, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo is seeking people willing to go the extra mile for people in need.  Runners and walkers may fundraise for Catholic Charities after registering for the 5K, half marathon, full marathon or relay race at  The event is April 28, 2013.

Catholic Charities staff hopes to raise $10,000 for services that include food and shelter, emergency rent assistance for families and individuals facing eviction, financial education classes, care for the elderly, pregnancy support and adoption services.  The organization serves 40,000 people each year in 19 counties of northwest Ohio.

To join the Catholic Charities Glass City Marathon team for any race, please contact Andrea Slivka at 419-244-6711, ext. 231 or

Oct. 31, 2012—Catholic Charities is hosting a chartered bus trip from Norwalk to Chicago with a stop in Fremont on Nov. 10 for a schedule-free day of sightseeing and holiday shopping.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Catholic Charities’ ministries including: the Miriam House transitional housing program in Norwalk for homeless women and children, adult advocacy for the elderly and community emergency services. The trip is sponsored by Domino’s Pizza and Twilight Gardens.

Tickets are $75 per person and include chartered transportation with snacks, games, movies and prizes and nine hours to explore the city. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Martha Hillman at Catholic Charities at 419-668-3073 or by Nov. 8.

Oct. 30, 2012—Catholic Charities is offering free Financial Life Skills workshops from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 15 at Catholic Charities offices at 34 Woodlawn Ave. in Norwalk.

The workshops will provide information on improving household budgeting skills for individuals struggling with financial stability. Participants will learn about household and utility savings, smart shopping, reducing expenses, paying off debt and saving for the future.

The workshops are held each month on the first and third Thursday and are open to the public. To register for either workshop or for more information, please contact Catholic Charities Case Manager Marla Sommers at 419-668-3073, ext. 103.

Funding for the workshops is provided by United Fund and Key Bank Foundation.

Oct. 11, 2012—At the end of September, Catholic Charities’ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry surpassed the number of households served in 2012 compared with 2011. The pantry served a total of 4,310 Richland County households last year, but has now served more than 4,400 households with three months remaining in 2012.  The households are counted per visit to the pantry rather than by unique household.

“There has been a noticeable increase in people coming to the pantry and seeking our services throughout the past year,” said Rebecca Owens, site manager for Catholic Charities in Mansfield.

The pantry uses a client-choice format in which clients may choose food items from categories according to their individual needs and preferences. The pantry is open 20 hours per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and is funded and stocked entirely by donations. One part-time staff member and about 25 volunteers operate the pantry.

“We truly need to increase our hours,” Owens says. “However, without funding to provide a full time-staff person, we are forced to stay at our current schedule of four days per week.” Facing increased need in the community, Catholic Charities staff are asking for donations of the following items:

  • Canned Fruit: Pears, peaches, fruit cocktail, pineapple and tomatoes
  • Canned Meats: Beef stew, canned chicken, tuna, spam and chili
  • Boxed Items: Spaghetti, macaroni, hamburger helper and cereal
  • Meats: Hotdogs, sausage, ground beef, ground turkey and lunch meat
  • Other Items: Peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, cheese, eggs, powered milk and Sloppy Joe sauce
  • Personal Items: Shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, bath soap
  • Cleaning Products: Laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues
  • Local hunters may donate processed venison.

To make a donation, please contact H.O.P.E. Pantry Specialist Vicki Schlupp at 419-524-0733, ext. 231 to schedule a delivery. Financial donations may also be sent to Catholic Charities at 2 Smith Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio, 44905 or online at

Oct. 1, 2012—Helping Hands of St. Louis is hosting its second annual “BYOBB – Bring Your Own Big Bag – Winter Clothes Give Away” this weekend.

Gently-used winter clothing, including winter coats, jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and blanket sleepers, will be available for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5., and from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 6.

The event will be held in Helping Hands’ clothing center located in the former St. Louis church at 443 Sixth St. in Toledo. The give-away is open to all area residents. Recipients must show an ID, and adults who are shopping for children must show proof of custody of children.

Donations of gently-used winter clothing may be delivered to Helping Hands from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays or call 419-691-0613, ext. 2 to schedule an appointment. Donations may also be put in the blue clothing donations box outside the building.

Sept. 27, 2012—Catholic Charities staff will conduct informational meetings for non-profit organizations interested in applying for local Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants.

The grants are for organizations that work to empower people who are living at low-income levels to break the cycle of poverty through community or economic development.  Applicants do not need to be affiliated with the Catholic Church but must be in compliance with Catholic moral and social teachings.

At the meetings, Catholic Charities staff will help groups learn how to submit an effective local grant application, which will be available in January. The meetings will be held at the following locations:

  • TOLEDO: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo. Registration is due by Oct. 11 at noon.
  • NORWALK: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Catholic Charities, 34 Woodlawn Ave., Norwalk. Registration is due by Oct. 23 at noon.
  • MANSFIELD Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Catholic Charities, 2 Smith Ave., Mansfield. Registration is due by Oct. 29 at noon.

CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops and is funded by an annual collection in parishes. For registration information, please visit or contact Ms. Germaine Kirk at 419-244-6711, ext. 225 or 1-800-926-8277 ext. 225 or email

Sept. 19, 2012—A. Harvey, contributing author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, will be the keynote speaker at an October bereavement conference hosted by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo. “Changing Colors of Grief,” will be Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.

Ms. Harvey spoke in August at a workshop in Findlay hosted by Catholic Charities for those grieving the loss of a child. In 1995, she lost her only child, Jennifer, who was serving in the Marines Corps at the time of her death. Ms. Harvey is an inspirational speaker, contributing author for the “Chicken Soup for the Soul Series,” and author of “I’m Fine … I’m With the Angels,” a children’s book on death and the continuation of the spirit. She has presented to numerous professionals and bereaved parents on subjects surrounding grief and healing.

The conference will include other guest speakers in breakout sessions addressing such topics as anticipatory grief, men/women’s grief, sudden loss, funeral planning ‘rights’ and how parish staff and volunteers can continue to minister to those grieving after a funeral.

Pre-paid registration for the conference is $20 and is due Oct. 8. For a registration form, please visit or contact Catholic Charities’ Social Ministry Coordinator Germaine Kirk at 419-244-6711, ext. 225, or

Catholic Charities serves 41,000 people of all backgrounds in the Diocese of Toledo by providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance as well as adoption services, jail and prison ministries and guardianship services to the elderly.

Our Mission

Catholic Charities makes real the love God has for each individual regardless of 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.

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