TOLEDO, OH—La Posada Family Emergency Shelter, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, seeks donations of backpacks and school supplies for children who are currently residing in the shelter, were La Posada house guests this past year, are currently in Permanent Supportive Housing, or part of a family served at Helping Hands of St. Louis.
Children will receive these school-year specific items at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter’s Day of Giving Drive-Thru event on Friday, August 7. Families will drive through the parking lot across the street from the shelter to receive their children’s book bags.
School Supply Wish List: Backpacks, 2# Pencils, Pens (black & blue), 24-pack Crayons, Scissors, Elmer’s Glue, Pencil/Pen Pouches, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, 12-pack Colored Pencils, 8-pack Colored Washable Markers, Erasers, Highlighters, Loose Notebook paper (150 & 500 count), Dry Erase Markers, 12″ Rulers, 1″ Binders, One Subject Spiral Notebooks, Index Cards, Composition Notebooks, Scientific Calculators.
Churches, service groups and businesses interested in participating by donating school supplies and/or volunteering are asked to please contact Willi Meyer, Activities & Facilities Manager at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter, at 419.244.5931 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your generous support of the families we serve through Catholic Charities ministries! Please #TagandShare!
TOLEDO—This year, Helping Hands of St. Louis is hosting their 7th Annual Shoe Fest as a Drive-Up Walk-Up event due to Covid-19 Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. – Noon at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.
Guests in vehicles will line-up on Euclid, entering off of Front Street, then turn right onto Sixth Street. Sixth Street will be one-way from Euclid to Starr during this event. Walk-ups will be served in the parking lot across the street from Helping Hands of St. Louis. Masks and social distancing are required of all guests served.
“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to over 500 school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe.”
Parents should double-check their children’s shoe sizes before they come, as shoes will not be exchanged. Over 500 pairs of new shoes are available, toddler size 10 through youth size 8, as well as a limited amount of school supplies and hygiene kits. First come, first served.
Donations of NEW athletic shoes and socks, toddler sizes 10 up to youth sizes 8 are still needed. Donations of children’s backpacks and school supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue sticks, dry-erase markers, hand sanitizer, tissues and Ziploc bags are also welcomed.
Donations can be dropped off at the Helping Hands of St. Louis 2nd floor Office, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, through Friday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please clearly mark donations as “Shoe Fest.” Thank You!
Volunteers are also needed, adults and teens 16+ (must be accompanied by an adult). Everyone will have to fill out a health check form, have their temperature taken and wear masks.
Volunteers are needed Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m. until Noon and on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please contact Byron Wynn, Volunteer Coordinator, email@example.com or 419.214.4950. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities ministries! #TagandShare
Individuals, churches, service groups and businesses interested in donating new shoes and socks or making financial contributions are asked to please contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!
MANSFIELD, OH — For 28 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive physically stocked food pantries around the country with the non-perishable food items collected on their mail routes.
This year, the NALC is hosting the Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive instead because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Help ensure no one goes hungry by making a generous financial contribution to support Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s HOPE Pantry on our secure website: catholiccharitiesnwo.org/donate *We ask you to please note during checkout your donation is in response to the NALC Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive. Thank You!
Each month, our HOPE Pantry feeds on average 1,700 hungry women, children and men. Bagged groceries are being provided during the pandemic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. HOPE Pantry is located at Catholic Charities Mansfield Office’s lower level, 523 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio. Call 419.524.0733 for more information.
“No matter the circumstances Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo will continue to provide the most basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter to the people we serve, during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic,” says Executive Director Rodney Schuster. “Especially with your continued support!”
Thanks to all our community partners, supporters, volunteers and loyal staff in these challenging times, all of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s food, shelter and elder assistance programs remain fully operational during the pandemic.
“With volunteer help now limited and food and clothing donations greatly decreased, we continue without pause to serve our communities’ most vulnerable men, women, and children across the Diocese of Toledo,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo.
“We ask for your prayers to end this pandemic and to protect our staff and the people we serve. We also ask for your financial support as our ministries are being dramatically stretched,” Rodney Schuster explains, noting donations can be made online. Checks also can be mailed to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604.
Catholic Charities La Posada Family Emergency Shelter in Toledo and Miriam House in Norwalk, a transitional shelter for homeless women and children, remain open.
Hope Pantry in Mansfield is providing bagged groceries from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Helping Hands of St. Louis is providing bagged meals 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and snack packs from 1 – 3 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.
The Helping Hands Food Pantry is providing groceries Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Hygiene products are being distributed from the Helping Hands Food Pantry Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Helping Hands Clothing Center is open Tuesday through Fridays 9:30 a.m. – Noon. Donations of clothing, shoes, bedding, and small household items are accepted during these hours.
“Rest assured, Catholic Charities will continue to follow the example Jesus gave us by serving the poor and healing the sick in these challenging times,” Mr. Schuster adds. “Thank for you prayers and generous support!”
Individuals and families wanting to assist or needing assistance are encouraged to reach out to their nearest Catholic Charities office: 419.244.6711 – Toledo; 419.524.0733 – Mansfield; 419.668.3073 – Norwalk; and 419.502.0043 – Sandusky.
TOLEDO, OH — #GivingTuesdayNOW is a global day of giving and a show of unity—an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial disruption within our families.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all of our lives,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. “Regardless of the these challenges, Catholic Charities continues to stand tall, providing food, shelter, and vital case management services to the men, women, and children we serve.
“Our staff often put themselves in harm’s way while helping and serving our brothers and sisters in need. I can’t help but think of John 15:13, ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.’ Please support our selfless servants and the vital work of Catholic Charities!”
We are seeing a surge of individuals needing assistance as the COVID crisis continues to unfold—calls for assistance are going up. The need for food, shelter, rent and utility assistance is on the rise. Will you help Catholic Charities ensure that no one seeking our help is turned away?
You can help families bridge the during this financial crisis by making a donation today on Catholic Charities secure website. Or you can mail your #GivingTuesdayNOW check to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. Your financial support makes a difference!
Contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Development Director at 419.350.4277 or email email@example.com for more information on giving options. On behalf of those we serve, thank you!
TOLEDO, OH — “Financial support is critically needed to keep all of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s food, shelter and elder assistance programs fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Rodney Schuster, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Executive Director.
“We greatly appreciate all of our wonderful community partners and loyal supporters in the region. With volunteer help now limited and food and clothing donations greatly decreased, our ministries are now being dramatically stretched.”
“We also ask for your prayers to end this pandemic and to protect our staff and the people we serve,” Mr. Schuster adds. “Rest assured, Catholic Charities will continue to follow the example Jesus gave us by serving the poor and healing the sick in these challenging times. All of our staff and services are adjusting by striving to maintain the recommended ‘social distance’ with others, while continuing to provide love and care to everyone we encounter.”
Our HOPE Pantry in Mansfield needs the following items:
- Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
- Instant Potatoes
- Dry or Shelf-Stable milk
- Canned Meat (chicken, pork or beef)
- Drink boxes or pouches
- Individually-packaged desserts (cookies, snack cakes etc.)
- Individually-packaged bags of chips, pretzels, etc.
- Individually-packaged pudding, fruit or Jello cups
- 15 oz. or larger bottles of shampoo
- Feminine products
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Laundry Soap
- Dish Soap
Please arrange a time to drop off donations at HOPE Pantry, 2 Smith Avenue, Mansfield, OH, by contacting Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry Coordinator Susan Dyson at 419-524-0733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOLEDO, OH—Classes start up March 17 for our newest ministry initiative—Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen, a pilot workforce development project launched at Helping Hands of St. Louis last May of 2019.
The goal is to change lives by providing a skill-driven, hands-on immersion culinary program to at-risk, economically disadvantaged individuals through focused culinary coursework in the classroom and kitchen. Emphasis is placed on the life skills training needed to work with competence and professionalism in all aspects of the food service industry and beyond for a sustainable and successful career.
Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen is an intense, fast-paced, 80-hour culinary “boot camp,” taught by Chef Saundra Irvine. To graduate, students must complete 18, half-day classes over a 10-week period. The program combines personal and video instruction with hands-on learning in commercial kitchens.
Attendees learn culinary techniques and best practices from leaders in the food service industry. Students are tested and attain Health Department ServSafe® certification.
This summer, three of the young men enrolled in the pilot program graduated—one a former heroin addict, another incarcerated for 12 years. All three are now gainfully employed. This fall, five more men graduated from Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen.
“These young men learned a lot more than simple cooking skills,” says Charles Rittenhouse, Catholic Charities Board President, who spoke with each graduate after the ceremony. “This program is truly transformative. These graduates are using all they learned as a stepping off point for long-term success. They are thinking about their future and not simply what they need to do to survive. Their lives have become better for it.”
“We received unprecedented information, skills and tools that will help us with any person or situation we ever will come in contact with,” says Jermaine, who graduated from Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen last summer. “This was us becoming a family, building a lasting legacy that I hope everyone will have the opportunity to experience and learn.”
Community support for the program is strong, with start-up funding coming from the Toledo Community Foundation and additional support from the Anderson Foundation and Caresource Foundation.
Sponsors include Burkett Restaurant Equipment and Supplies, Calphalon, Meijer, Renaissance Hotels, Sarnie’s Café, Starbucks, TFS Results Company and Wersell’s Bike Shop.
Catholic Charities is looking for more community partners to sustain this new initiative. Potential funders are asked to contact Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, directly, at 419. 214.4943 or email email@example.com.
Individuals interested in enrolling in the program are asked to contact Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, at 419.214.4950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about the impact of Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen.
PERRYSBURG, OH—You won’t want to miss this moving program, sure to inspire your Lenten journey. Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Jail & Prison Ministries is hosting this double presentation on Sunday, March 8, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. inside Saint John XXIII’s new Catholic Church building, 24250 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, OH.
This free program, “Redemption: Against All Odds, features two moving accounts and is open to people of all faiths. When all seemed lost, hope is restored and new life in Christ Jesus created! Please reserve your seat by registering online.
Rev. Herb Weber, founding pastor of Saint John XXIII, will share his experiences working with death-row prisoners at Mansfield Correctional Institution and accompanying one man as his personal chaplain to his execution at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. It is an overwhelming story Father Herb rarely tells.
Johnny Harvey, convicted of homicide and released after 32 years of incarceration, will share his witness testimony about being saved through the love of prison ministry volunteers. When all seemed lost—hope was restored and a new life through Christ Jesus was the result. A moving story of a Redeemed Life!
The event will be streamed live at www.stjohn23.org/watch-live for those unable to attend.
Deacons attending will be eligible for 3 CEUs. For more information, contact Deacon Ed Irelan, Catholic Charities Justice Ministry Coordinator at 419.214.4958 or email@example.com.
In 2019, over 10,000 incarcerated men and women benefited from Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Jail & Prison Ministry Masses/Communion Services, ALPHA and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes, Rosary prayers and worship in Lima, Mansfield, Stryker and Toledo correctional facilities.
MANSFIELD, OH—Beat the winter blues by coming to a Beach Party at the Mall! Catholic Charities is hosting the 10th Annual National Consumer Resource Fair, Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richland Mall, in Mansfield, OH.
Catholic Charities and participating organizations will provide free information on such topics as managing money and debt, protecting personal identification, wellness, and avoiding identify theft and scams.
“The purpose of National Consumer Protection Week is to educate consumers on how to make informed decisions when it comes to money and their financial affairs,” said Rebecca Owens, Regional Director for Mansfield Catholic Charities. “We continue to see many people being preyed upon by scams and identity theft while trying to meet their basic needs of food, shelter and medical needs.”
Over 20 organizations will participate in the Consumer Resource Fair, including the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Consumers Council, Ohio Department of Commerce, Directions Credit Union, Richland Bank, GROhio Community Credit Union, Civista Bank, First Call-211, Adult Protective Services, local law enforcement, Mansfield City Schools Adult Education, and other social service agencies and financial institutions.
Catholic Charities has partnered with the Ohio Attorney General’s office for 10 years to participate in the annual National Consumer Protection Week to educate and empower the community. This year National Consumer Protection Week is being celebrated March 1-7, 2020.
TOLEDO, OH— Join the pro-life community of NW Ohio as we pray for an end to abortion in Toledo. We seek God’s grace more lives than ever will be saved during our ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign! The campaign runs through Sunday, April 5, 2020.
You can participate through prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil. Become a Day Captain. We invite you to pray for an hour in front of Capital Care Network, the Toledo abortion clinic, located at 1160 W. Sylvania Avenue. You can sign up for a prayer time at: www.40daysforlife.com/toledo.
Since the International 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 1 million volunteers in over 61 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 16,000 lives have been saved, 190 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 104 abortion facilities have shut down!
Come be a peaceful witness to the dignity of every human life, born and unborn, by standing for one hour to pray for the sanctity of human life and to offer hope to women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
May our prayer bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life.
For more information, call Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at 419.214.4933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!