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Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give! Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH— Mark Your Calendars! DOUBLE MATCH DAYs are Saturday,  August 14 + Saturday, August 28! 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!

Meijer’s Simply Gives Campaign kicked off July 4 and runs through Saturday, October 2, 2021, benefiting Helping Hands of St. Louis food programs. Your donations enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide food for thousands of hungry men, women and children! 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 hot meal programs. 

“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

Helping Hands Needs New Stove - Dining Room Now Open!

TOLEDO—After a nearly 15-month hiatus, the Helping Hands of St. Louis Dining Room is now open, once again providing hot dine-in meals. Guests picked up take-home meals distributed outside during the COVID-19 pandemic, but are now able to enjoy a sit-down meal and fellowship.

Helping Hands free meals are served between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the basement of the old St. Louis Parish school located at 443 Sixth St., Toledo. But the Helping Hands of St. Louis Kitchen’s 15-year-old commercial stove needs to be replaced and fast.

“Our stove burners work, but our ovens no longer hold a constant temperature,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We had them recalibrated recently, and it obviously didn’t work.”

Chef David Smith, Helping Hands new Food Service Specialist, has seen this happen in other kitchens where recalibrated ovens may work for a few days and then go right back to not working again. He can use the griddle and burners on the 15-year old stove but not the ovens.

“We have a freezer full of meat and literally a ton of turkeys we’re eager to prepare and serve,” he says. “But we can’t use the two ovens.”

Helping Hands is looking at a new 60-inch, 4-6 burner natural gas commercial stove with two ovens, at least one of them convection. A broiler under the griddle would be an added bonus. The new stove will cost upwards of $15,000 installed.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo hopes the loyal supporters of Helping Hands of St. Louis ministries will step forward with donations to underwrite the replacement.

Donations can be made online at https://catholiccharitiesnwo.org/product/donate/ – Catholic Charities secure website. Or mail a check to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. Please note donations are for “HHSL Stove.”

“We’re not opposed to a used stove, as long as it’s in good working condition,” Ms. Shrewsbery says. “If some restaurant owner or facility has one they’d like to donate to us, please let me know.” Please call her at 419.691.0613, ext.101, if you have a restaurant-grade stove you’d like to donate.

“Our guests really look forward to our food and also the fellowship,” Shrewsbery adds. “But the pandemic really changed how we could do things this year. We are so grateful volunteers are returning to help prepare and serve the meals!”

Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, has been serving the poor in East Toledo for over 40 years. On average, 225 meals are prepared in the Helping Hands Kitchen and served daily to low-income and homeless families.

Each month, our Helping Hands Food Pantry distributes groceries, hygiene products and homeless kits to nearly 400 individuals, and nearly 550 individuals receive clothing, shoes, and household items from our Helping Hands Clothing Center. Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo also provides Crisis Navigation services to guests as needed.

Helping Hands of St. Louis Hosts 8th Annual Shoe Fest July 24

TOLEDO— Helping Hands of St. Louis 8th Annual Shoe Fest was held outside this year because of COVID-19. Guests were served under a big tent in the side parking lot next to the Helping Hands of St. Louis campus, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

Upwards of 40 volunteers spent the morning at Helping Hands of St. Louis, washing nearly 300 children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. In addition to their new shoes and 2 new pair of socks, thanks to Hannah’s Socks, children also received a box or bag of school supplies and snack bags.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes and school supplies to hundreds of school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We gave away over 450 pairs of new shoes on Saturday,” Shrewsbery adds, noting some of those  shoes are being delivered to area schools to distribute. An additional 160 pairs of toddler and youth-size shoes will be available at Helping Hands Clothing Center in the coming weeks.

“Big thank yous go to Charlotte Perlaky and Theresa Bugelholl who are the drivers behind the scenes,” says Shrewsbery. “And thank you to the Zoo Teens, Students from the Y.E.S. Project and all the other volunteers who put in a lot of hard work to make the day happen!”

Various area churches, service groups and businesses volunteered and many donated new shoes and school supplies, including St. Rose of Lima Parish in Perrysburg and St. Mary Parish, in Tiffin, OH.

“Thanks to our many generous donors who donated school supplies, bags, shoes, socks, snacks and prizes,” Sue adds. “What a blessing each and every one of our supporters is! God is Good!”

Games were available for the children to play and earn prizes, while parents shopped Helping Hands Clothing Center’s Sidewalk Clothing Give-Away. Children received a smiley face cookie in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Anita’s Clothing Closet from Anita herself!

A number of community resources were represented including Humana, Aetna, Anthem, Glass City Academy, Ohio State Extension Services Nutrition Program, The Lucas County Sheriff Department and The Zepf Center.

Donations of men’s and women’s athletic shoes are needed and can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Helping Hands of St. Louis 2nd floor Office, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH. Thank You!

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

Catholic Charities First Ever "Friends for Life" Fundraiser A Success!

PERRYSBURG, OH—Many thanks to Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, all our committee members, volunteers and generous benefactors for their support of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s first ever Friends for Life fundraiser!

More than 250 members of pro-life community of Northwest Ohio gathered for an inspirational evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio, to celebrate and look forward to the work yet to be accomplished to abolish abortion in our region.

Nearly $100,000 was raised to support pro-life efforts and bring on a local coordinator through Students for Life in America, who would be “specifically and solely dedicated to the mission of recruiting, training and mobilizing” pro-life groups in local schools, according to Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Office for Life & Justice.

The evening also included remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, followed by keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America and author of “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.” 

Kristan, a Christian, wife, mother, author, speaker, and human rights advocate, was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she’s built up the organization from a few dozen student groups to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,300 Students for Life chapters in all 50 states. The group seeking to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by training, and mobilizing the pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry.

A special thank you to our generous event sponsors for your support!

Title Sponsors

  • John and Bette Gilwee
  • Interstate Commercial Glass & Door
  • Family of Kate Kelly
  • LaValley Foundation
  • Pat McNamara and Patti Savage-McNamara
  • Perrysburg Automall
  • Harvey Popovich, M.D.

Major Sponsors

  • Brady and Katie Fineske, TDC Investment Advisory
  • Paul and Joan Miller & MFC Products, LLC
  • Hal and Kelly Reed

You can support the #prolife cause in Northwest Ohio by donating online at Catholic Charities secure website noting “Friends for Life Fundraiser” at 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.

Thank you for your support!

Miriam House's 20th Anniversary Celebrated 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.

Anonymous

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!

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.

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!

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!”

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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