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.

“While volunteer help is now limited and food and clothing donations have greatly decreased, we continue without pause to serve our communities most vulnerable men, women, and children across the Diocese of ToledoAll of our services are adjusting by striving to maintain the recommended ‘social distance’ with others, while continuing to provide love and care to everyone we encounter.

“During this time of unprecedented circumstances 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, especially without the blessing of our many volunteers,” Rodney Schuster explains, noting donations can be made online.

Catholic Charities La Posada Family Emergency Shelter in Toledo and Miriam House in Norwalk, a transitional shelter for homeless women and children, remain open.

Rodney Schuster

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.

Hygiene products are being distributed from the Helping Hands Clothing Center foyer Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry is providing bagged groceries from the Clothing Center foyer Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Hope Pantry in Mansfield is providing bagged groceries from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

“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.

Individuals and families wanting to assist or needing assistance 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.

Tornado Disaster Relief Needed In Nashville, Tennessee

Our prayers go out to those who are displaced from their homes or homeless, after a series of deadly tornadoes ripped through Nashville, Tennessee recently. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo is collecting and distributing donations, dollar for dollar, to help these tornado survivors.

How Your Donation Helps Tornado Victims

Your financial support will help with long-term recovery efforts, including needed pastoral care and support, case management to assist disaster victims, and direct assistance to people unable to get insurance coverage or sufficient government support from FEMA.

As in past disasters, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is collecting and forwarding donations dollar for dollar to sister Catholic Charities agencies in affected areas.

Designate Your Online Gift During Check Out

On our secure website: www.catholiccharitiesnwo.org/donate  you may designate your Tornado Relief donation for Tennessee Tornado Relief.

Or you can mail your check, made out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, noting Tennessee Tornado Relief and send to: Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.

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

Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen Class Starts March 17

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 rschuster@toledodiocese.org.

Individuals interested in enrolling in the program are asked to contact Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, at 419.214.4950 or email bwynn@toledodiocese.org.

We invite you to take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about the impact of Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen.

 

Don't Miss "Redemption: Against All Odds" - Sunday, March 8

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 eirelan@toledodiocese.org.

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.

Catholic Charities Hosts Consumer Resource Fair March 7 in Mansfield

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.

40 Days for Life Continues Through April 5!

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!

Prayer Vigil

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 prange@toledodiocese.orgJoin the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for Feb. 27 Catholic Business Network

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join us for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast program on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas kicks off our 2020 Catholic Business Speaker series at Saint John XXIII24250 N. Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. 

7 am | Complimentary Breakfast Buffet and Networking

7:30 am | Program

Kindly register online to attend this free breakfast event at https://bishop-daniel-thomas.eventbrite.com #BringAFriend

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. 

On August 26, 2014, our Holy Father Pope Francis named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo. Bishop Thomas had served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since his Episcopal Ordination on July 26, 2006.

Bishop Thomas was born and raised in Philadelphia, attending Catholic elementary and high schools. He graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., earning both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. He also earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in 1989 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 18, 1985, Bishop Thomas was first assigned as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Joseph Parish in Aston, PA. After graduate studies at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from 1987-1990, he was assigned to serve the Holy See as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops — the Dicastery of the Roman Curia primarily charged with assisting the Holy Father in the selection of candidates for the episcopacy.

While serving 15 years at the Congregation for Bishops, Bishop Thomas also served as an Adjunct Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary in Rome. In 1995, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness (Monsignor), and in 2005, was named a Prelate of Honor, both by Pope John Paul II.

In October 2005, Bishop Thomas returned to Pennsylvania and was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford. In 2006, he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, to assist the Archbishop with pastoral responsibilities and administrative duties.

The Installation of The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as Bishop of Toledo took place on the first Memorial of Pope Saint John Paul II at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral on October 22, 2014.

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 Melissa Tonti at 419.214.4898 or mtonti@toledodiocese.org

THANK YOU For Being #ALLin #CCDoT #GivingTuesdayNWO!

Thank you to all the supporters of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s #GivingTuesday Campaign. THANK YOU for going  ALL in! We reached our goal, raising over $50,000 thanks to your support and the generous Friend of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo who matched your gift dollar-for-dollar in a $20,000 Matching Gift Challenge!

You can still like and follow Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo on Facebook and please financially support our life-saving and life-changing ministries!

How Your Donation Helps In Northwest and West Central Ohio

  • $75 feeds 10 men, women and children a day at Helping Hands of St. Louis, which serves over 250 meals a day.
  • $150 ensures one month of vital home visits and loving guardianship for your loved one.
  • $350 provides 3 days of shelter and meals for a family of four at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
  • $500 provides one week of shelter, meals and support for a mother and child living at Miriam House.

Donate to Our #GivingTuesdayNWO Campaign

Designate Your Online Gift During Check Out

You can make a designated #GivingTuesday donation online NOW through midnight, Tues., Dec. 3, 2019 on Catholic Charities secure website. Please note you are designating your online donation for Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s #GivingTuesday Campaign.

Or You Can Drop Off Or Mail Your Check!

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

Donate to Our #RichlandGives Campaign:

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s HOPE Pantry in Mansfield is participating in #RichlandGives. Help us raise needed funds for feeding our Richland County neighbors by making your donation online to Richland Gives NOW through #GivingTuesday December 3 #ThankYou #TagandShare  

Then Share the Good News!

Take a picture of yourself holding our #ImALLin poster and share our fundraising site bit.ly/donateNWO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or your favorite social media platform! #ThankYou  #SharetheLove 

Questions? 

Please contact Deb Boyce, Catholic Charities Communications and Public Relations Director at 419.214.4868 or email dboyce@toledodiocese.org. On behalf of those we serve, thank you!

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

#ImALLin #CCDoT #GivingTuesdayNWO

Oregon Meijer’s Simply Give Program Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—The Meijer Simply Gives Winter Campaign runs NOW through Saturday, Jan 4, 2020. Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo benefits from your participation! Your donations enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

DOUBLE MATCH DAYS are Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 13! Each $10 Simply Give donation card purchased at the Oregon Meijer, 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 13 becomes a $30 donation thanks to Meijer’s DOUBLE MATCH of your Simply Give donations on those days!

“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 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 over 500 men, women and children are served on any given day. #SpreadTheWord #HaltHunger

Join Us Dec. 5 for Catholic Business Network with Tim Ryan

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join us for our next Catholic Business Network breakfast Thursday, December 5, 2019. Our speaker will be Tim Ryan, Director of Client Services for the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership, speaking on “Happiness and the Journey to Excellence.” The Spitzer Center’s mission is empowering Catholic organizations to optimize the quality and delivery of pastoral and spiritual services.

This breakfast event will be held at St. John XXIII24250 N. Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. #BringAFriend

7 am | Complimentary Breakfast Buffet and        Networking

7:30 am | Program

8:30 am | Optional Mass in St. John XXIII Day Chapel

Register online to attend at Eventbrite https://journey-to-excellence.eventbrite.com.

Throughout Tim’s 30+ year Information Technology career, he unapologetically and actively engaged in efforts to encourage spirituality in business and secular workplaces. His faith journey led him to complete a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University New Orleans, with an emphasis on spirituality in the workplace and marketplace ministry.

Tim facilitates business leader round-tables exploring the need for a spirit of service in business and organizational missions. He wrote the “Worklife” column for FAITH Catholic Publishing for a number of years and reflections for the campus ministry team at the University of Detroit – Mercy.

Tim was trained as a Certified Associate of the Spitzer Center in 2008, and since then has been actively “spreading the Word.” Active in parish leadership, Tim speaks to numerous groups on the subject of faith and vocation, as well as appearing as a guest on FAITH TV in Lansing, MI, speaking on work, family, and ministry issues.

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 Melissa Tonti at 419.214.4898 or mtonti@toledodiocese.org

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