Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center Closing Until 2021

“We are very blessed and very grateful for the many donations we have received since Covid started,” says Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Unfortunately, keeping up with the inflow has been a challenge because we have had to limit volunteers.
“We decided to close the Clothing Center to give us time to safely process donations that have come in without jeopardizing the health of our staff, volunteers and guests,” she explains. “We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to be open for shopping and accepting clothing donations again after the holidays!”
If you have any questions please contact Helping Hands Office at 419-691-0613. Special needs may be served on a case-by-case basis depending on availability of items, staff and volunteers.
“Helping Hands of St. Louis continues to accept food and hygiene product donations for our grab-and-go lunches, pantry and hygiene programs,” Shrewsbery adds. “Also, Helping Hands is accepting new, unwrapped toys, blankets and gift items for our Christmas programs. Thank you for your patience while we continue to adjust during this challenging time!” #ThankYou #GodBless #StaySafe #BeWell #TagAndShare

Oct. 23 "Make A Difference Day" Food Drive A Success!

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry once again participated in the 15th Annual “Make a Difference Day Food Drive” Friday, October 23. People dropped off cash, checks, canned goods and non-perishable food items all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry located at 523 Park Avenue East, Mansfield #ThankYou! #LivingtheGospel #FeedingtheHungry #Matthew25 #GodBless

“We hope people of Richland County will make this the biggest food drive in one day, in an effort to help families make it through to Thanksgiving,” says organizer Doc Stumbo, who said it never ceases to surprise him just how generous people are throughout Richland County. He collaborated with retired Mansfield News Journal Editor Tom Brennan to get Make a Difference Day off the ground 15 years ago.

Over $4,000 was raised and will be divided between Catholic Charities HOPE Food Pantry and Harmony House in Mansfield. Many thanks to all the individuals and groups that donated funds, food, and volunteered, as well as the many sponsors who make this community event possible each year! #GodBless #Together #WeAretheChristsHandsandHeartIntheWorld

 

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—The Meijer Simply Gives Campaign runs for 10 weeks: Sunday, Oct. 25 through Saturday, Jan 2, 2021. Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo benefits from your participation! Your donations enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

DOUBLE MATCH DAYS are Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 12! Each $10 Simply Give donation card purchased at the Oregon Meijer, 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 12 becomes a $30 donation thanks to Meijer’s DOUBLE MATCH of your Simply Give donations on those days!

“Please help us fulfill our mission of helping feed the hungry people who come to us for a meal by purchasing a food donation card during your next shopping trip to the Oregon Mejier,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis.

“Tell your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, because every dollar makes a difference!” Your generous donations are converted into gift cards used to purchase food items for our food pantry and hot-meal programs.

A HUGE thank you to Meijer and all who support this program! Meijer began offering Double Match Days in 2012 to highlight our commitment to feeding hungry families in the communities we serve across the Midwest. As a result, the Simply Give program continues to set year-over-year records, bringing its current total to over $50 million.

Every penny goes towards food purchases for our Helping Hands of St. Louis Pantry and hot-meal programs, where over 500 men, women and children are served on any given day. #SpreadTheWord #HaltHunger

Catholic Charities Project Bethlehem Seeks Sponsors

TOLEDO, OH—Catholic Charities Project Bethlehem Program seeks sponsors to offer Christmas assistance to individuals who have participated or are currently participating in our various direct service programs. Each regional office’s Project Bethlehem Program has a different focus and different contact person as follows:

Catholic Charities Norwalk Project Bethlehem offers assistance to individuals during the Christmas season who have received services in 2020 or are currently receiving services  from Catholic Charities. Individuals, families, churches, schools, businesses and service organizations are invited to sponsor an individual by donating Christmas gifts to those we serve in the Erie and Huron County areas. For more information on Norwalk Project Bethlehem, or to become a sponsor, please contact Deb Orth, Catholic Charities Adult Advocacy Services Case Aide, 419.668.3073 or email dorth@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem offers assistance to individuals during the Christmas season who have received services in 2020 or are currently receiving services from Catholic Charities. Individuals, families, churches, schools, businesses and service organizations are invited to sponsor an individual by donating Christmas gifts to those we serve in the Richland County area. For more information on Mansfield Project Bethlehem, or to become a sponsor, please contact Laurie Hamrick, Catholic Charities Case Manager, 419.524.0733 or email lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Toledo Metropolitan Project Bethlehem Program offers assistance to children during the Christmas season who are currently receiving services from Catholic Charities La Posada Family Emergency Shelter, Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs. Individuals, families, churches, schools, businesses and service organizations are invited to sponsor a child by donating Christmas gifts to those we serve in the Toledo metropolitan area. For more information on Toledo Metropolitan Project Bethlehem, or to become a sponsor, please contact Jen Voigt, Catholic Charities Permanent Supportive Housing Coordinator at ‪419.214.4955; or email her at jvoigt@toledodiocese.org. 

Catholic Charities Continues To Serve, Needs Your Support!

“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.

Rodney Schuster

“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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays – Fridays.

“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 needing assistance or wanting to volunteer/assist with donation drives 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. Thank you! God Bless!

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Celebrates Mass for Life Oct. 24

TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas​ and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the annual Diocese of Toledo ​Flyer – 2020 Mass for Life with Bishop Thomas & Eucharistic Procession. The Mass will be held Saturday, October 24 at 9 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Bishop Thomas Leading Procession

Following the Mass, Bishop Thomas will lead a Eucharistic Procession to Capital Care, Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility, as participants chant the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life! Learn more by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/toledo or by contacting Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo​ at prange@toledodiocese.org.

For more information, or for your group to be recognized in attendance, please contact Director of the Office for Life and Justice, Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org or at 419-214-4933.

“Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ.” – Pope Francis

La Posada Family Shelter Seeks Backpacks & School Supplies!

TOLEDO, OH—La Posada Family Emergency Shelter, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, seeks donations of backpacks and school supplies for children. New families move into the shelter on a regular basis, so school supplies and book bags continue to be a need for families as the school year continues.

Nearly 100 children who were current residents at La Posada Family Shelter and current participants in Catholic Charities Permanent Supportive Housing Program received these school-year specific items at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter’s FirstE ver Day of Giving Event on Friday, August 7.

School Supply Wish List: Backpack + School Supplies 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 wmeyer@toledodiocese.org

Thank you for your generous support of the families we serve through Catholic Charities ministries! Please #TagandShare!

 

Helping Hands of St. Louis Hosts Drive-Up Walk-Up Shoe Fest Aug.1

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, bwynn@toledodiocese.org or 419.214.4950. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities ministries! #TagandShare

Various areaIMG_6054 Closeup churches, service groups and businesses volunteered and many donated new shoes and socks.

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 sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!

Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive Benefits HOPE Food Pantry

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.

 

Catholic Charities Appreciates Your #GivingTuesdayNow Support!

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 twaniewski@toledodiocese.org for more information on giving options. On behalf of those we serve, thank you!

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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