“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 Toledo. All 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.
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.
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
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Please contact Deb Boyce, Catholic Charities Communications and Public Relations Director at 419.214.4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.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
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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 our 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.
OREGON, OH—Thank you all who supported Meijer’s Spring Simply Give campaign! Helping Hands of Saint Louis received $4,730 in gift cards that will be used to purchase much needed food items for our Helping Hands Food Pantry. Last year, Meijer’s Simply Give program provided a record $8.5 million of Meijer food-only gift cards to food pantries across the Midwest.
Pictured is Denise Fox, Meijer Human Resources Director (left), Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo, and Store Director John Kowalski (right).
Thanks to the continued generosity and support of Meijer customers, team members and food pantry partners, who are committed to helping feed hungry families, the program has generated nearly $46 million since 2008, to help neighborhood food pantries keep their shelves stocked.
Check back for more information on your opportunity to get involved in Meijer’s Simply Give Program.
Posted: Deborah Boyce
Categories: 2019 Media Releases, Catholic Charities, CCHD, Charities Events, Charities in the News, Charities Stories of Hope, Charities Stories of Hope with Photos, Fundraising, Get Involved, Helping Hands of St. Louis Outreach Center, Helping Hands of St. Louis Stories of Hope, Press Releases
TOLEDO—Over 70 volunteers spent their Saturday morning, August 10, 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 kepts the youngsters occupied as they waited 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. “This year we fitted over 500 children with shoes on Saturday and another 100 children on Monday!
“We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe,” Shrewsbery adds, noting children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come, first served.
This year, over 700 pairs of new shoes were donated, many purchased through Samaritan’s Feet, with money raised from friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, local children and a donor from Illinois.
Hannah’s Socks donated 800 pairs of new socks. School supplies + bags were donated by friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis.
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 email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!
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As you fill out your United Way donation form this fall, please consider donating to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo or the Catholic Club, an educational youth and child care center in downtown Toledo.
Donation forms and designation opportunities vary by county and by company. However, all forms have a write-in option where you can designate an organization to be the recipient of your United Way donations.
Since both are 501c3 non-profits, you may write in either Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo or the Catholic Club in the space designated on the bottom of the form for the agency name.
You may also call Catholic Charities to set up an automatic monthly payment directly with Catholic Charities. Please call Sharon Marshall at 419-214-4909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year, Catholic Charities served more than 100,000 people throughout Northwest and West Central Ohio by providing crisis navigation services, food, shelter, emergency rent assistance, jail and prison ministries, adult advocacy and guardianship services to the elderly, and respect life ministries and support.
Thank you and God bless you for your generosity!
MAUMEE, OH— Join us! Catholic Charities Spring Gala: “I Served A Saint” with Mario Enzler & Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. Both men will share their experiences serving under Pope John Paul II.
Keynote speaker Mario Enzler will share how his experiences serving as a member of the Vatican’s elite military corps, the Swiss Guard, and his relationship with Pope John Paul II, transformed him personally and professionally to become a better man, executive, and leader. He is currently a professor at The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America.
Also speaking will be The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, who also served under Pope John Paul II for 15 years as an Official of the Congregation for Bishops at the Holy See, Vatican City State, and as an Adjunct Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary, Rome, Italy. On March 9, 1995, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and later named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II on March 19, 2005.
A VIP Reception for event sponsors with Mario Enzler and Bishop Thomas begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner program begins at 6:30 p.m. Purchase Dinner Tickets Online through Monday, April 9, 2018.
Attendees will choose their entree the night of the Gala from these options:
- Sautéed Boneless Chicken Breast served with Marsala
- Filet of Beef topped with Garlic Butter
- Spinach Ravioli served with Marinara
Help Catholic Charities raise funds to meet the increasing need for food, shelter, medical care and more. Our transformative ministries provide help and hope to over 45,000 individuals of all faiths, annually, in the 19-county Diocese of Toledo.
MANSFIELD, OH—“Your help is crucial to us as we move forward,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Regional Director, thanking over 250 attendees, board and community members, volunteers and staff for their generous service and support. The 75th Anniversary event raised nearly $70,000 for Catholic Charities services in Richland County. Donations are still being accepted to meet the $75,000 goal.
“Catholic Charities is not a typical social services agency,” Owens said. “We’ve touched thousands of people over the years, with housing, food and medical assistance, guardianship services, education programs and disaster relief efforts. Catholic Charities serves. We’re here to care for people and connect them with resources in the community.”
Owens noted the 3-E Project, launched in 2016 to encourage, empower and engage people on their journey to self-sufficiency, is targeted for expansion, thanks to partnerships with Mansfield Engineering Components (MEC) and the Richland County Foundation.
Steve Cummins, MEC Co-Owner and VP, shared how valuable Catholic Charities 3-E Project is in providing employee assistance at their worksite. “All we did is open the door,” he said. “Catholic Charities is doing the heavy lifting, offering not only help, but hope.” Tracy Owens, a 14-year MEC employee, shared how Catholic Charities assistance saved her from becoming homeless after she experienced serious health issues.
“The reason Catholic Charities is doing so well is because their people are so filled with God’s love and giving life to those whose lives they touch,” said Rev. Leo Patalinghug. His entertaining and inspiring keynote presentation wove together notions of faith and family, with food and fun, all while cooking the evening’s dinner entrée. “We are all called to serve!”
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas thanked all for their generous support, “I am so proud of what Catholic Charities does here in Richland County. The people who day in and day out represent the Body of Christ and bring His love, His joy, His grace, His charity, and His goodness to those who are in need. As we strive to make the love of God real for each individual, our Catholic Charities ministries bring alive the exhortation of St. Teresa of Avila: ‘Christ has no body now but yours.’”
The Very Reverend Gregory R. Hite, VF, St. Peter’s Parish, encouraged generous support of Catholic Charities ministries. Reverend Nelson G. Beaver, St. Mary of the Snows Parish, opened with prayer; Reverend Christopher M. Mileski, Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish closed with prayer.
Tony Mitchell, MIX 106.1 morning host and Operations Manager emceed the event.
Many Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!
PRESENTING SPONSOR – $10,000
- Chuck Hahn Lincoln Financial
RESPECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE – $5,000
- The Chambers Family
FEEDING THE HUNGRY – $2,500
- Cole Distributing
- Cooper Enterprises
- The Reed Family in Honor of The Very Rev. Gregory R. Hite, VF & His Service
SHELTERING THE HOMELESS – $1,000
- Richard & Connie Cronin
- DRM Productions \
- Roger & Ann Harraman
- Prospering Life Events
- Phil Renda
- Richland Bank
- John & Mary Riedl
- Terry Thornsberry
VISITING THE IMPRISONED – $500
- Baker’s Collision-Glass Service
- Cypress Hill Winery
- Directions Credit Union
- Ed Pickens’ Café on Main
- Mansfield Distributing
- Mechanics Bank
- Newman Technology, Inc.
- Rodney Schuster
- SSIP Insurance
FRIEND OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES – $250
- AVI Systems
- Craig Callen, DDS
- Don & Cristine Covert
- Dairy Queen East
- Graham Auto Mall
- Hamilton Insurance Group, Inc.
- Bill & Margie Joyce
- Bill Kyrou
- MT Business Technologies, Inc.
- Harvey Popovich, MD
Annually, Catholic Charities serves over 100,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds living in the 19 counties of the Diocese of Toledo, providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance, education, adult advocacy services, and various social justice ministries.