Support Our First Ever "Friends for Life" Fundraiser May 27

Join the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the first ever Office for Life Fundraiser sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio, as we celebrate and look forward to the work yet to be accomplished to abolish abortion in our region!

The night will include remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Office for Life & Justice, and keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America. Kristan is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, and a human rights advocate.

Kristan was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she’s built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,200 Students for Life chapters in all 50 states. Under her leadership, Students for Life of America exists to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by recruiting, training, and mobilizing the pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry.

A published author, Kristan wrote “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.” She’s been interviewed by Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, CBS, ABC, and HBO. Media Matters awarded her the “One of the 4 worst anti-abortion misinformers” title, of which she is very proud. Kristan regularly speaks at pro-life conventions and events across the United States, including leading college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and UC-Berkeley.

You may reserve dinner seating at $75 a person or make your event sponsorship payment online on Catholic Charities donation web page. Please note the number of dinner reservations and/or sponsorship level purchased during the online checkout.

Or you may contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Director of Development, directly at 419.214.4890 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org for more information.

Interested in Sponsoring Our Friends for Life Fundraiser?

$5,000+: TITLE SPONSORSHIP

  • Special Reception with Bishop Thomas one hour before the event
  • Prominent mention in event program
  • Prominent mention on website and social media
  • 8 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$2,500: MAJOR SPONSORSHIP

  • Special Reception with Bishop Thomas one hour before the event
  • Prominent mention in event program
  • Prominent mention on website and social media
  • 4 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$1,500: PARTNER SPONSORSHIP

  • Mention in event program
  • 2 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$750: SUPPORTING SPONSORSHIP

  • Mention in event program
  • 2 tickets to event dinner

$500: TABLE SPONSORSHIP

  • Buy a table of eight, invite your friends, and save $100 off individual admission prices

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing on Thursday, May 27!

Join Dr. John Wood for April 20 Catholic Business Network

TOLEDO, OH—Join us for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast program on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to make a last-minute change in speakers. Dr. John Wood continues our 2021 Catholic Business Speaker series with his talk, “The Extraordinary Mission,” at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, OH, 43537.

7 a.m. | Doors Open

7:30 a.m. | Complimentary Served Breakfast/Networking

8 a.m. | Program

Dr. John R. Wood is the author of three books: “The Light Entrusted to You,” “Where There is a Will There is a Way” and the bestselling, “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within.”

A passionate speaker, John teaches and speaks on a variety of topics including the Theology of the Body, the Saints, the Church, Faith and Sports, The New Evangelization, The Great Adventure Bible Study, and his new education program for children and adults – Saints in the Making University (SIMU).

John is a mobile eye doctor and travels to over 40 nursing homes and developmental disability facilities to provide eye care through his business – Mobile Eyes.

He and his wife Kristin currently reside in Northwest Ohio with their four children and are very active in their local Catholic parish. Together, their dedication earned them the 2011 Centurion Award from the Diocese of Toledo, given for “Outstanding Service to Their Parish.”

Kindly register online to at extraordinarymission.eventbrite.com #BringAFriend #Network #ShareWithFriends

Open to men and women of all faiths, the Catholic Business Network’s mission is to engage and empower Northwest Ohio business leaders and professionals to promote Catholic values in the workplace. 

The Catholic Business Network, a Charities Charities of the Diocese of Toledo ministry, invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values. The Catholic Business Network’s mission is to engage and empower Northwest Ohio business leaders and professionals to promote Catholic values in the workplace.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Catholic Business Network event, or have questions, please contact Rodney Schuster at 419.214.4943 or email rschuster@toledodiocese.org.

Project Rachel Hosts Healing Retreat for Women April 17

TOLEDO, OH—Suffering from a past abortion? You’re not alone. Abortion can affect extended families—prospective parents and grandparents, siblings, family members and friends.

A one-day “Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing for Women,” sponsored by Project Rachel, will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for women suffering from a past abortion. Connect with local support and resources and explore other women’s experiences.

Project Rachel LogoThe cost of the retreat is $25.

For more info and confidential reservations, contact Kerstin Pakka, Project Rachel Coordinator at 419.260. 5811 or kpakka@toledodiocese.org.

Visit hopeafterabortion.com for more information on Project Rachel. God Bless!

Celebrate Miriam House's 20th Anniversary with Bishop Thomas April 9

NORWALK, OH— Many thanks to all who joined us in supporting Miriam House’s 20th Anniversary celebration! Over 100 people attended the dinner event and many who were unable to attend generously donated.

The Miriam House’s 20th Anniversary “Transforming Lives,” with keynote speaker Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, was held Friday, April 92021 at the Norwalk Eagles Club 771, 151 Cline Street, Norwalk, OH. Sarah, a former Miriam House resident, shared a moving testimonial as to how the support and services she received there transformed her life.

Miriam House, located in Norwalk, Ohio, is Catholic Charities transitional shelter serving homeless women and their children from across the Diocese of Toledo.

The Miriam House provides a safe, warm, clean home for children and their mothers to sleep, eat and feel welcome, while our  supportive and caring Catholic Charities staff members help them get their lives in order and the mothers learn needed skills to live independently.

Many Thanks to these Title Sponsors: 

First Energy Foundation

Fisher Titus Medical Center

The McGlinchy Family

Mr. & Mrs. David G. Orzechowski

Perrysburg AutoMall

Bob & Sue Savage

Anonymous

Many Thanks to these Major Sponsors:

American Timber & Steel

Fisher’s Transmission Center

Mark & Denise Hench

Dr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Seiwert

Many Thanks to these Partner Sponsors:

Evans Funeral Home

Valerie French & St. Pauls High School Teen Leadership Corps Program

Alma R. Hakes

Gerard & Patricia Hipp

Reverend Franklin Kehres

Hal & Kelly Reed

John & Connie Schoen

Don & Tam Wisler

Vacationland Federal Credit Union

Many Thanks to these Friend Sponsors:

Gabriel Group

J & B Acoustical, Inc.

Knight Insurance Group

Daniel & Natalie Kommeth

Judy L. Moser & David Nunez

Munger Munger & Associates Architects, Inc.

Harvey Popovich, M.D.

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Special Thank You to John & Sue Riley for their dedication and support of Miriam House!

Also thanks to the Norwalk Eagles Club 771 for generously donating the use of their venue and the delicious perch and prime rib meals they served to our guests!

April 3 Oregon Meijer’s DOUBLE Match Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—The Meijer Simply Gives Campaign benefits Helping Hands of St. Louis food programs. DOUBLE MATCH DAY is Saturday,  APRIL 3! Every $10 Simply Give donation card you purchase at the Oregon Meijer, located at 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, results in a $30 donation to Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo. TRIPLE your donation, thanks to Meijer’s DOUBLE MATCH of your $10 donation!

Your purchase of a $10 Simply Give! card at the Oregon Meijer, 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, gets converted to a gift card Helping Hands of St. Louis can use to buy food items for the pantry and meal programs. Your donations enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

Simply Give runs through Saturday, April 10, 2021. So Mark Your Calendars!

“Please help us fulfill our mission feeding 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, Helping Hands of St Louis Director.

“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 hundreds of men, women and children are served on any given day with food, groceries, hygiene products, clothing and household items. #SpreadTheWord #HaltHunger

Join Our 40 Days for Life Campaign During Lent!

TOLEDO, OH—Join the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the 40 Days for Life Campaign hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Respect Life Ministry. Participants gather on the public right-of-way outside of Capital Care, Toledo’s last remaining abortion clinic located at 1160 W. Sylvania Ave.

“We pray and witness to 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,” says Peter Range, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice.  “Through the peaceful, loving witness of pro-life supporters at the abortion facility over the past six years, 43 mothers have chosen life for their pre-born children! Join us to fight for life! Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!”

Visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo for information on how you can sign-up to pray. Each year the Spring Campaign begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Palm Sunday, this year March 28, 2021.

Since the international 40 Days for Life began in 2007, over 1 million volunteers in over 50 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 18,000 babies have been saved from abortion, 211 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 107 abortion facilities have closed!

For more information on how you can become involved in our  40 Days for Life Campaign, email Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org or Veronica Leguire at vleguire@toledodiocese.org.

 

Thank You For Supporting Our Catholic Charities Ministries!

Your Support of Catholic Charities Ministries is Greatly Appreciated!

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 shelter, rent and utility assistance is on the rise across our 19-county service area.

During this season of giving, your prayers and generous year-end gift, will help ensure no one seeking help is turned away. Please financially support our life-saving and life-changing ministries! Every gift matters to those we serve.

How Your Donation Helps In Northwest and West Central Ohio

  • $30 provides the educational resources to train one Adult Advocacy Services volunteer.
  • $50 feeds 10 men, women, and children a day at Helping Hands of St. Louis, serving 225 meals daily.
  • $75 provides a night of safe shelter, meals and loving support for a mother and her children at Miriam House.
  • $150 ensures an elderly person receives one month of vital home visits and loving guardianship care.
  • $300 provides 10 nights of safe shelter, meals and case management support for a family of four at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
  • $500 provides a week of safe shelter, meals and loving support for a mother and her children at Miriam House.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to those who need it most!

Donating is Easy!

You can make your Catholic Charities donation any number of ways:

On the Go?

Text GT to 419-314-4628

Designate Your Online Gift:

Make a designated donation online on our secure Catholic Charities website

Drop Off Or Mail Your Check:

Please (1) Make checks out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo; and (2) Drop off or mail check to: Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.

Together, we are the hands and heart of Christ Jesus in the world. On behalf of those we serve #ThankYou! #GivingTuesday2020

Questions? 

For more information on giving options, contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Development Director at 419.214.4890 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

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 closed right now to process donations. We hope to hope to re-open soon to serve guests and begin accepting new donations of clothing, shoes, bedding, and small household items. Stay tuned.

“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!

Feb. 12 Healing After Abortion: Virtual Clinical Training Event

A one-day virtual clinical training event: Healing After Abortion, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Diocese of Detroit and several Michigan Dioceses, will be held Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, via ZOOM from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clergy and Religious, Social Workers / Therapists / Counselors, Parish Nurses, Pregnancy Crisis Center Staff, Pastoral Care Staff, Spiritual Directors, Youth and Young Adult Ministry staff and other interested individuals also are invited to attend this virtual clinical training event. 

This training event will feature presentations addressing specific areas of healing after abortion, including trauma, shame, post-abortion stress, grief and how faith plays a role in healing. The day will also include a specific session for priests, stories from women and men who found healing through Project Rachel, and an overview of the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat model.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30 – 9 a.m. | Welcome, Introductions, Project Rachel & Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries

9 – 10:30 a.m. | Fr. Ken Schmidt – Trauma

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Deena Cantu-LaPres – Post-Abortion Stress and Shame

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. | Sister Colleen Ann Nagle | How Faith Plays a Role in Healing

12:30 – 1 p.m. | Lunch Break

1 – 1:30 p.m. | Witness talks from a post-abortive couple and an individual

1:30 – 2 p.m. | Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Overview & Project Rachel Referral Network

2 – 3 p.m. | Priest Panel Discussion (for Clergy only)

This is a free event for Clergy and Religious, but organizers are asking others to consider a suggested donation of $25 to help cover costs.

All attendees are to register at project-rachel-virtual-training.eventbrite.com

After completing registration on Eventbrite, you will be emailed an order confirmation containing a registration link for the ZOOM webinar.

For more information: email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org

Event is sponsored by: Archdiocese of Detroit, Dioceses of Lansing, Saginaw and Kalamazoo, and Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Catholic Charities West Michigan.

 

Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center Closed for Now

TOLEDO, OHO—”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 soon.”

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. “Thank you for your patience while we continue to adjust during this challenging time!”

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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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