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.
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.
JUNE 25, 2015—Richland County business and organization leaders learned on Tuesday, June 23, how to help individuals in poverty become successful employees.
The 1Richland Group, in collaboration with Catholic Charities, hosted a Bridges out of Poverty for Employers Workshop at North Central State College for employers and human resources representatives.
“It was great to see businesses, education and social agencies coming together to develop a better understanding of the culture of poverty,” said Dorey Diab, Ph.D., president of North Central State College and workshop attendee. “More importantly, it was heartwarming to see the community’s commitment to work together to overcome challenges, help people find and retain jobs, and make Richland County a better place to work, live and raise a family.”
Workshop facilitator Anne Seifert taught about differences between the culture of poverty and middle class culture and what that means for employers. She also encouraged employers to uncover the root of employee issues and to strategize with an employee to resolve problems before taking steps to terminate. For example, an employee who is frequently tardy or absent may be a single mother who is struggling to provide daycare for her children. The individual may be a strong employee once the daycare issue is resolved.
Mary Bolin, CEO of My Town Partners, said after the workshop that it will help foster understanding among employers so that long-term successful relationships will exist with all employees.
“Sometimes we forget that we all have different styles of communication, learning and ‘rules’ among our backgrounds and upbringing,” Bolin said.
The 1Richland Group evolved in 2014 as part of Catholic Charities’ Do Something Project. The group includes representatives of local social service agencies and businesses. The group strives to bridge the gap among employers, organizations that provide services, and the individuals and employees in the local community. The 1Richland Group believes community transformation takes a community working together to become a catalyst for change.
Rebecca Owens, Mansfield site manager for Catholic Charities, said the group plans to host another Bridges out of Poverty for Employers Workshop in the fall.
Students participating in the national Catholic HEART Workcamp are volunteering at Helping Hands of St. Louis from Monday to Thursday, June 8 to 11.
The teens are among a few hundred high school students from throughout the country who are serving in Toledo this week as part of the program. Youth at Helping Hands are from Tennessee, Minnesota, Ohio and Illinois. Students are doing a variety of projects including putting new tile in the play area, hanging gutters, painting, cleaning, and pulling weeds in Helping Hands’ new community garden.
Catholic HEART Workcamp began in Orlando, Fla., in 1993 with 100 participants. The camp has grown to more than 13,000 participants nationwide.
JUNE 5, 2015—Catholic Charities invites the community to join the worldwide campaign to wear purple in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday, June 15.
Nationally, an estimated five million, or one in 10, seniors are victims of elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2006, in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse.
Catholic Charities offers Payee and Guardianship Services to adults age 55 and older in an effort to prevent elder abuse in north central Ohio. These programs are offered in Richland, Huron, Ottawa and Erie Counties to help protect seniors from abuse and financial exploitation through managing bill payments and offering legal guardianship. Seniors and their families are able to have peace of mind knowing their finances and loved ones are protected.
To learn more or to report suspected elder abuse, please contact Carol Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-668-3073, ext. 102. For Richland County, please contact Rebecca Owens at email@example.com or 419-524-0733, ext. 225.
JUNE 2, 2015—TOLEDO—The Toledo Thunder, a newly re-formed semi-pro football team, will play the Indiana Cardinals on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Central Catholic High School, 2550 Cherry St., Toledo, Ohio. All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. Catholic Charities’ ministries include La Posada Family Emergency Shelter and Helping Hands of St. Louis’ soup kitchen, food pantry and clothing center.
The Toledo Thunder played their last season in 1995 and won the Mid Continental Football League Championship and National Championship in 1994. The current head coach is Erich Donati.
Youth and high school athletes are invited to pre-game sessions with the players at no additional charge from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Youth ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
A buy one get one free ticket discount will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9, through Catholic Charities’ website, www.catholiccharitiesnwo.org. Download and present a coupon at the gate or during business hours from June 8-12 at Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo. Limit one coupon per person.
Gates open on June 13 at 6 p.m. Regular admission tickets are $6, and tickets for children ages five to 10 are $5. Children ages four and under will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.toledothunder.org or at the game.
May 29, 2015—MANSFIELD—The 1Richland Group, in collaboration with Catholic Charities, will host a Bridges out of Poverty Workshop on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon at North Central State College, Fallerius Technical Education Center, 2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, Ohio.
The workshop will help employers understand barriers individuals may face that prevent them from gaining successful employment. In addition, attendees will learn how to become leaders in workforce development by increasing employee retention, efficiency and productivity in the workplace.
The workshop curriculum will be based on the book, “Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities,” by Dr. Ruby Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith. Workshop facilitator Anne Seifert, a lifetime certified Bridges trainer, will provide insight for employers on understanding the challenges and strengths faced by current and future employees and how to create opportunities for success.
The registration fee of $20 is due June 12, and seating is limited. To register or for more information, please contact Sue Warren at 419-524-0733, ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1Richland Group evolved in 2014 as part of Catholic Charities’ Do Something Project. Based on the ideas in Robert Lupton’s book “Toxic Charity,” the group strives to help bridge the gap between employers, organizations who provide services to the community, and the individuals and employees in the local community. The 1Richland Group believes community transformation takes a community working together to become a catalyst for change.