MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry is once again a beneficiary of the 16th Annual “Make a Difference Day Food Drive” Friday, October 22. People can drop off cash, checks, canned goods and other non-perishable food items, hygiene and cleaning products from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Renaissance Theatre’s rear parking lot. Or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 523 Park Avenue East, and Harmony House, 124 W. Third Street. #FeedtheHungry #LivetheGospel #Matthew25 #TagandShare #ThankYou
“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.
Last year, over $4,000 was raised and was divided between Catholic Charities HOPE Food Pantry and Harmony House in Mansfield. Many thanks to all the individuals and groups that donate funds, food, and volunteer at the event, as well as the many sponsors who make this community event possible each year! #GodBless #Together #WeAretheChristsHandsandHeartIntheWorld
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
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!