Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem Seeks Sponsors

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem Program offers assistance to individuals who have participated or are currently participating in our Community Emergency Services program. Individuals in our Guardianship program also benefit from Project Bethlehem. Items such as clothing, slippers, socks, robes, personal items, art supplies, etc. are always welcomed by those we serve in care facilities.

In August, staff members in Catholic Charities Mansfield office begin seeking sponsors to provide wrapped gifts, to be distributed in early to mid-December. Previous sponsors have included churches, schools, businesses, agencies and private individuals and families. For more information on our Mansfield program and how to donate please call Laurie Hamrick at 419-524-0733, ext. 226 or email her at lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

 

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—The Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give program is once again supporting Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo​’s Helping Hands of St. Louis ministry through Saturday, September 15, 2018.

When you purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards at the Oregon Meijer, located at 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, you enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

“Please help us fulfill Meijer Simply Giveour 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  pantry and hot-meal programs.

In addition to in-store donations, Meijer, for the seventh consecutive year, will donate $1 million to the 2018 Simply Give program, which will be dispersed to over 240 food pantries in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

MANY THANKS for your continued support Meijer and all of you who support this invaluable program!

 

Join Our Sept. 15 Prayer Vigil for Life!

TOLEDO, OH—On Saturday, September 15, beginning at 11 a.m., join Rev. Tim Ferris, of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Genoa, OH, and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for a prayer vigil at Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility.

The hour-long prayer vigil will be on the sidewalk of Capital Care Network, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH. 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.

Please join usPrayer Vigil as we pray and seek God’s grace that one of the 15 children scheduled to be aborted that week might be spared and given the gift of life! 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.

If you have any questions, email Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933.

Sept. 20 Mass & Memorial Service Celebrates Mercy of God

PERRYSBURG, OH—One of the greatest losses a parent can face is the death of a child. Have you or someone you love experienced a loss due to a stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, early infant death or abortion?

Join Msgr. Marvin Borger for a Mass & Memorial Service Celebrating the Mercy of God, on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Rose Parish, 215 E. Front Street, Perrysburg, OH. The Mass will be concelebrated by Rev. George Wenzinger and Rev. David Kidd. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be before the Mass from 6 – 6:30 p.m.

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Witness talks from those who have experienced infant loss and a Rose Procession will follow the Mass at 7:30 p.m. Fellowship will follow in St. Rose’s Church Cafeteria. All are welcome.

For more information, call Clarissa Lapinski, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Project Rachel Coordinator at 419-583-6817 or email clapinski@toledodiocese.org.

This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Project Rachel ministry and the St. Rose Respect Life Committee.

 

Helping Hands 5th Annual Shoe Fest August 11

TOLEDO—Upwards of 40 volunteers will spend the morning at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, washing children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. Face painting, games and children’s activities will keep the youngsters occupied as they wait their turn.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to nearly 300 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.

Shrewsbery notes children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come, first served.

Various areaIMG_6054 Closeup churches, service groups and businesses are volunteering and many have donated new shoes and socks. Toledo Zoo Teens and AK Tube LLC, Walbridge, are the two largest volunteer groups, with teams of eight.

This year, over 300 pairs of new shoes were purchased through Samaritan’s Feet, with money raised from friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, local children and a church in Illinois. One group of girls raised over $1,500.

Hannah’s Socks donated new socks. School supplies + bags were donated by Buckeye Health, Herzing University, and friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Books for Buddies” will be passing out new and gently used books for children.

Sixth Street will be blocked off, but the parking lot across the street is accessible. Individuals, churches, service groups and businesses interested in donating new shoes and socks or making financial contributions to are asked to please contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2; or email sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

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

Join Us Aug. 9 - Catholic Business Network with Jeff Barefoot

TOLEDO, OH—Join us for the next Catholic Business Network breakfast, Thursday, August 9. Jeff Barefoot, Founder/President, Ressourcement, Inc., continues our quarterly speaker series with The Power and Freedom of Embracing Your Crosses.”

This new Catholic Charities ministry invites people of all faiths to explore ways of living and promoting Catholic values in the workplace.

The free event will be held at the Sullivan Center at Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, OH. Registration, networking and free continental breakfast begins at 7 a.m., followed by hour-long program at 7:30 a.m.

Limited seating is available, so please register early online at Eventbrite Toledo: https://embracing-your-crosses-toledo.eventbrite.com

For more information, call Melissa Tonti at Catholic Charities, 419.214.4898.

Catholic Charities Hosts Free ACE Seminar August 7

MANSFIELD, OH—Employers: Are your employees having a tough time leaving their personal stuff “at the door” when they come to work? What do you do when an employee appears overwhelmed by a personal situation and it’s affecting your workforce?

JOIN us for a free, ACE Seminar to learn how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) impact the workplace on Tuesday, August 7, from 8 a.m. to Noon, at the James W. Kehoe Center Auditorium, 175 Mansfield Avenue, Shelby, OH. Doors open 7 a.m.; free breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

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Get an introduction and overview of the ACE Study. Learn what the findings mean for business and management. Identify concrete steps to improve productivity, decrease turnover, increase the bottom line, and fulfill the organization’s mission.

SEATING IS LIMITED. Registration Required by July 27. Deadline Extended. For more information or to register contact First Call – 211 Phone: 419-522-4636. Or email: rc211@mrcpl.org

This event is funded in part by The Richland County Foundation.

 

Project Rachel Sponsors 1-Year Anniversary Celebration of the Toledo-Northwest Ohio Life Runners Chapter

MAUMEE, OH—Join us for fun and fellowship for the whole family from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Family Center, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee, OH! 

See what this new Catholic Charities family-friendly ministry’s all about! The Toledo-Northwest Ohio Life Runners chapter is open to people of all ages, 1 – 101!

“We gather to share in our common prayer to end abortion and to celebrate LIFE. Our motto is ‘All in Christ, For Pro-Life!” says Clarissa Lapinksi, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Project Rachel Coordinator. “We will pray, run/walk, hear testimony, enjoy refreshments and welcome new members.” 

A 5K route to run or a 1-mile walk will start at 10:30 a.m.

Attendees are asked to bring a baby item that will be donated to The Nest, a new Christian-based, free daycare center in Bowling Green, OH.

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Please RSVP by email to nshohenbrink@gmail.com or call 419.360.0504. Check out Toledo – NW OH LIFE Runners on Facebook!

To learn more about this event or the Diocese of Toledo’s Life Runners Chapter, contact Clarissa Lapinski, Catholic Charities Project Rachel Coordinator, at 419.583.6817 or email projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

 

Creation Care Team Training Aug. 2 at St. John XXIII Church

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join Northwest Ohio environmental advocates and leaders,  Thurs., Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for Laudato Si’ Creation Care Team Training, at Saint John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH.

You will learn how to begin, sustain and grow Creation Care Teams in your parish, so we might protect our world for future generations!

For more information, or to register, call Rae Bechtel at 419.214.4915 or email rbechtel@toledodiocese.org.

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Backpack & School Supplies Drives Welcomed!

La Posada Emergency Family Shelter seeks backpacks and school supplies donations for children who are currently residing in the shelter, were La Posada house guests this past year, are currently in Permanent Supportive Housing, and families served at Helping Hands of St. Louis. Children will receive these school-year specific items at Catholic Charities 6th Annual Housing Support Picnic on Monday, August. 6.

Churches, service groups, organizations and businesses interested in participating are asked to please contact Willi Meyer, Catholic Charities Senior Residential Specialist at La Posada  Emergency Family Shelter, at 419.244.5931; or email him at wmeyer@toledodiocese.org for a complete list of needed items and make arrangements for donation pickups.

School Supply Backpack + School SuppliesWish 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.

Thank you for your support of Catholic Charities ministries!

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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