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Oct. 22 "Make A Difference Day" Food Drive Benefits HOPE Pantry!

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

 

Join Our 40 Days for Life Campaign!

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 Avenue.

“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. This year’s Fall Campaign began on Wednesday, September 22 and concludes on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Since the international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 1,000,000 volunteers in over 63 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 19,198 lives have been saved, 221 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 112 abortion facilities have shut down!

Questions? Email Peter Range, Office of Life and Justice Director, at prange@toledodiocese.org or  Veronica Leguire at vleguire@gmail.com. Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!

 

 

Join Debbie Herbeck for Dec. 2 Catholic Business Network Breakfast

MAUMEE, OH—Make plans now to join members of the Catholic Business Network for our next free-will offering program on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Our speaker will be Debbie Herbeck, Founder & Executive Director of Pine Hills Girls’ Camp and Founder & Leader of the Be Love Revolution, speaking on “I Am Not Afraid, I Was Born For This!—Courage In Challenging Times.”

The free-will offering event will be held at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, OH. Invite a friend and reserve your seats online at courage-in-challenging-times.eventbrite.com.

7 a.m. | Doors Open

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

8 a.m. | Program

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 ministry’s mission goals are to:

+ Promote spiritual growth and moral courage in the workplace;

+ Advance and serve Christ and His Church teachings through sharing personal experiences, educational materials, and inspiring speakers;

+ Share ways to live the Catholic faith through business practices, relationships with all workplace stakeholders, and community service;

+ Welcome people of all faiths, who seek to learn and advance Catholic morality, values, and ethics;

+ Facilitate opportunities for business and career networking.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Catholic Business Network event, or have questions, please contact Paula Kidney at 419.214.4898 or email pkidney@toledodiocese.org.

Helping Hands of St. Louis 10th Annual Coat Fest A Success!

TOLEDO, OH—Many thanks to all who joined us for Helping Hands of St. Louis Annual Coat Fest on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH. Volunteers assisted children and adults “shopping” for free coats, boots and winter clothing accessories. 

“We provided over 3500 winter coats to individuals, and hats, gloves and winter boots,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, noting the side parking lot was busy all day and people lined up early along the street. “Anyone in need is always welcome!”

The event was held outside under tents to assure adequate social distancing. Susie’s Coats for Kids and Bags of Love 419 worked alongside Friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo.

Various area churches, school and service groups are volunteering and many have donated winter items for the Annual Winter Coat Fest. Many social service agencies set up a tables for information sharing and giveaways.

Donations are needed throughout the fall and winter months. The Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center is looking for clean, gently-used coats and winter wear, especially children’s coats, boots, hats, gloves, and men’s tennis shoes and boots, especially sizes 10 and up. Clothing donations are accepted Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or donations can be dropped off at Helping Hands of St. Louis Mondays-Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information on donating these items, contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 101, or sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

Thank you and God Bless!

 

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give! Benefits Helping Hands Thru Jan. 1

OREGON, OH— Meijer’s Simply Gives Campaign runs through Saturday, January 1, 2022, benefiting Helping Hands of St. Louis food programs. 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

Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Celebrating Oct. 9 Mass for Life

TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas​ and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the annual Diocese of Toledo Mass for Life & Eucharistic Procession. The Mass will be held Saturday, October 9 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

Thank You for Helping Hands of St. Louis' New Stove!

TOLEDO—Helping Hands of St. Louis is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year! “We are so blessed!” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. She expresses gratitude to the loyal supporters who underwrote the purchase of a new 60-inch commercial stove for the kitchen—and for the team of volunteers from Sheet Metal Workers 33 Local Matt Cherry, Business Representative, arranged to install it.

“They made it look so easy!” Sue exclaims. “They had the old stove moved out and the new stove moved in and set up in just a few hours!”

To celebrate, Helping Hands Food Service Specialist Chef David Smith roasted turkeys and hams for the first meals prepared in the new double ovens. “We have a freezer full of meat and literally a ton of turkeys we’re eager to prepare and serve.”

When plans to re-open the Helping Hands Dining Room took shape in late June, the staff realized the kitchen’s 15-year-old stove really needed to be replaced. The burners and griddle worked, but the recalibrated ovens no longer held a temperature setting, which made so many meals impossible to prepare.

“We are humbled and extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from our community to help fund and install our new stove at Helping Hands,” says Rodney Schuster, Catholic Charities Executive Director. “What an example of coming together in a time of need to help our sisters and brothers!”

Helping Hands of St. Louis has been serving the poor in East Toledo for over 40 years. Each month, hundreds of individuals receive groceries, hygiene products and homeless kits from the Food Pantry, and clothing, shoes, and household items from our Clothing Center. Catholic Charities also provides Crisis Navigation services to guests as needed.

“The pandemic really changed how we could do things this year,” Sue says, noting take-home meals were prepared and distributed outside once COVID hit. On average, 225 meals are prepared daily in the Helping Hands Kitchen and served to low-income and homeless families.

“We are so grateful volunteers are returning to help prepare and serve our daily meals,” she adds. “Our guests really look forward to our food and also the fellowship!”

Join us! "Extending Hope Through Guardianship" Conference Sept. 22-23

MANSFIELD, OH—Volunteers and family members are invited to attend the Ohio Guardianship Association’s 16th Annual Conference to be held September 22-23, 2021 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 116 Park Avenue West, in Mansfield, OH. “Extending Hope Through Guardianship” is the theme of this year’s conference which is open to the public.

Individuals interested in becoming a Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Adult Advocacy Services Volunteer Guardian are invited. Family members of wards or adults seeking guardianship care are encouraged to attend at a reduced rate.

Lauren Southerland, MD, Director of Clinical Research and Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Dept. of Emergency Medicine, is this year’s plenary speaker, presenting “Wards on Wards: How to Communicate with Your Wards’ Hospital Teams.”

Check out the conference line-up and register today to reserve your spot at http://guardianshipohio.org/oga-conference/ Contact Ed Noftz, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Adult Advocacy Services Program Coordinator for more information at 419.668.3073, ext. 8218, or email enoftz@toledodiocese.org.

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!

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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