Dec. 16, 2013—As a new component of Catholic Charities’ Project Bethlehem program, recipients are volunteering at holiday events at Helping Hands of St. Louis as a way to give back to the community for the gifts they receive.  Project Bethlehem recipients will volunteer at Helping Hands of St. Louis’ annual children’s Christmas party on Dec. 18.

The new aspect of the program developed after several clients expressed a willingness to share their gratitude to those who helped make Christmas possible for their families.  “The volunteer activities allow Project Bethlehem clients the opportunity to say thanks and express the spirit of giving,” says Vickie Williams, Catholic Charities coordinator of the Project Bethlehem program.

Project Bethlehem matches Catholic Charities’ client families who can’t afford gifts in the holiday season with community sponsors. The sponsors buy toys and household items on clients’ wish lists. Sponsors include churches, businesses and individuals. This year, with the help of over 30 sponsors, the program is serving 65 Toledo-area families.  

NOV. 13, 2013—Helping Hands of St. Louis is in need of donations for their annual Thanksgiving meal and Christmas food baskets.

This holiday season, Helping Hands expects to feed more than 500 people at the Thanksgiving luncheon and give away more than 200 Christmas food baskets.  Extra donations will be given in advance to St. Francis de Sales and Assumption Outreach Centers for their holiday food distributions.

Donations needed for the Thanksgiving meal by Nov. 18 include: frozen turkeys, canned sweet potatoes, dressing mixes, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup and fried onions.  Donations needed for the Christmas food baskets by Dec. 13 include: boneless hams, cartons of a dozen eggs, margarine, five-pound bags of potatoes, apples, oranges and cake mix.

“A lot of people do not have the means to buy a turkey or a chicken.  You’re helping so many people and they are very thankful,” says Paul Cook, director of Helping Hands.

Donations may be sent to or dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Helping Hands, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH 43605.  For more information or to arrange a different delivery time, please call Paul Cook at 419-691-0613, ext. 2.

Nov. 11, 2013—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is accepting donations for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It is estimated that 10,000 people have been killed and thousands have been left without homes, clean water, food, electricity and other necessities.

Those wishing to donate to relief efforts through Catholic Relief Services may donate locally by mailing or delivering donations to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, located in downtown Toledo:

Catholic Charities
1933 Spielbusch Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Checks should be made payable to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo and with “Typhoon Haiyan” in the subject line.  Donations may also be made by adding a designation note before the end of a transaction at our online donation page.

According to Rodney Schuster, Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo, 100% of the donations will go directly to Catholic Relief Services to help victims of the typhoon.

OCT. 16, 2013—Seats are still available for Catholic Charities’ third annual fall bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The trip is an opportunity for a family getaway, couples outing or holiday shopping. Pick up locations will be in Norwalk, Fremont and Toledo.

There will be no tour guide for the trip, which gives guests the option to choose their own itinerary such as shopping, sightseeing or other activities for a full nine hours. The bus will drop off passengers on Michigan Avenue in front of the Chicago Tribune, a location which has easy access to the Chicago train system.

The bus will leave the first location in Norwalk at approximately 6 a.m. and will return about 2 a.m. Ticket prices are $70 per person, and early registration is encouraged. The price includes a one day round trip to Chicago, snacks, movies, games and prizes.

Seats are limited on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Martha Hillman at 419-668-3073. The trip is sponsored by Twilight Gardens Nursing Home in Norwalk. All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities.

OCT. 10, 2013—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is sponsoring the “One.for.Ten Tour,” a state-wide death penalty awareness tour that is coming to locations in Toledo, Sylvania and Sandusky. The tour begins Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Sylvania and will end Friday, Oct. 25, in North Olmstead, Ohio.

“One.for.Ten” is an online series of films that visually documents the stories of several individuals throughout the country who were exonerated from death row since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.  Each film is narrated and introduced by a well-known artist such as Danny Glover, Jeremy Irons, Lily Tomlin and others. The film title stands for the statistic that one in ten people on death row have been found to be wrongfully convicted.

The tour will feature three guest speakers from the films: Joe D’Ambrosio, Delbert Tibbs and Damon Thibodeaux.  The men served time on death row in Ohio, Florida and Louisiana but were exonerated.

Northwest Ohio times and locations for the tour are:

  • Monday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in meeting rooms A and B at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania.
  • Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 3205 Glendale Ave., Toledo.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at noon in the College of Law’s Auditorium at the University of Toledo, 2801 West Bancroft, Toledo.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.

In Ohio, capital punishment is under review by the Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty, convened by the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Bar Association.

“If people haven’t decided where they stand on the death penalty issue or if they want to become more aware of how this process is implemented they should attend this event,” says Ms. Germaine Kirk, social ministry program coordinator for Catholic Charities.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information about the “One.for.Ten” death penalty tour, tour dates and other Ohio tour locations, please contact Germaine Kirk at 419-244-6711, ext. 225.

SEPT. 27, 2013—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo will host its third annual fall bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.  The trip is an opportunity for a family getaway, couples outing or holiday shopping.  Pick up locations will be in Norwalk, Fremont and Toledo.

There will be no tour guide for the trip, which gives guests the option to choose their own itinerary such as shopping, sightseeing or other activities for a full nine hours.  The bus will drop off passengers on Michigan Avenue in front of the Chicago Tribune.  This location has easy access to the Chicago train system.

The bus will leave the first location in Norwalk at approximately 6 a.m. and will return about 2 a.m.  Ticket prices are $70 per person, and early registration is encouraged.  The price includes a one day round trip to Chicago, snacks, movies, games and prizes.

Seats are limited on a first come first serve basis.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Martha Hillman at 419-668-3073.  The trip is sponsored by Twilight Gardens Nursing Home in Norwalk.  All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities.

SEPT. 27, 2013—MANSFIELD—Catholic Charities will host its third annual Harvest of Hope Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Café on Main, 28 North Main, St., Mansfield, Ohio.  The keynote speaker will be Harvey Alston.

Alston is considered one of the most dynamic speakers in America.  He has spoken to millions nationwide who have benefited from his knowledge and wisdom.  His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth and changed lives.  Over the years, Alston has received recognition from several diverse groups and organizations such as the Ohio House of Representatives, the City of Columbus and several other national recognitions and awards.

A quilt will be raffled off at the event and tickets may be purchased in advance. The quilt was pieced and quilted by Jenni Paramore. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or six for $5. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Doors open at 7 a.m. and tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by Oct. 8.  For more information, please contact Rita Lemley at 419-524-0733, ext. 222.  All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities.

SEPT. 26, 2013—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is collecting donations for disaster relief following the flooding that has affected several cities in Colorado in recent weeks.  Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo will direct 100 percent of all donations to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver.

The Denver agency is currently assisting victims with immediate relief and the allocation of resources on a case-by-case basis.  Donations will be used to purchase immediate supplies for flood victims and for long-term recovery.  The agency currently has three distribution sites open in three cities in northern Denver and is working with local parishes to open more sites in other parts of the state.  “We are trying to get information out that help is available,” says Chuck Sullivan, vice president of administration for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver.

Donations for Colorado flood victims may be sent to or dropped off at Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.  Checks should be made out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo and include Colorado Flood Relief in the memo line.  Donations may also be made by credit card by calling 419-244-6711, ext. 218.

SEPT. 20, 2013—MANSFIELD—Catholic Charities Adult Advocacy Services will host a presentation on Spirituality and Dementia by Kristine Gale, LPN, of the Alzheimer’s Association. The presentation will be Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Ave., Lexington, Ohio.

Gale has worked for the Alzheimer’s Association for 12 years and in the field of long-term care for 27 years. The presentation is designed to increase attendees’ knowledge of dementia and to help them reach out to people who have memory loss and their families.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event or Catholic Charities Adult Advocacy Services, please call Brenda Starr-Jude at 419-524-0733 ext. 223.

SEPT. 16, 2013—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo announces Stephen Schumm will serve as the new site manager for the Norwalk office. Schumm will oversee day-to-day operation of ministries in Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties including Adult Advocacy, Community Emergency Services, Miriam House and help create awareness of services Catholic Charities provides.

Schumm comes to Catholic Charities after 46 years of working in Ohio schools and civic involvement within the Norwalk community. His most recent position was principal of the Huron Saint Peter School in Huron, Ohio and he currently serves as an elected Norwalk city councilman.

“We are very excited to have Stephen on our team because he plays such a large role in the community. What stood out the most was his knowledge and commitment to the people we serve,” says Rodney Schuster, executive director of Catholic Charities.

“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

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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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