Want more for your trade-in car? Donate it!

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is partnering with CARS to transform your trade-in car into a donation to help thousands of men, women and children in Northwest Ohio.

How does it work? Donating your car is easy! Call 844-531-GIVE or 844-531-4483 or donate securely online at www.cardonatingiseasy.org. CARS will pick-up your vehicle and send you all of the paperwork after your vehicle is sold.

CNeverabadtimeARS is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) assisting nonprofit organizations across the country in accepting vehicle donations as a revenue stream. The CARS web-based vehicle donation program provides the ability to accept vehicle donations without having to manage the program in-house. The CARS program provides the transparency nonprofit organizations require and the security the organization and donors demand.

 

Simply Give Supports Helping Hands of St. Louis

OREGON, OH—Now, through Sat., Sept. 16, is your last chance to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards at Meijer in support of Helping Hands of St. Louis. Only cards purchased at the Meijer on 1725 S. Wheeling Street, in Oregon, OH, will support this Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo ministry.

MANY THANKS for your continued support! Donations in increments of $10 will be loaded onto gift cards which will be given to Helping Hands to purchase purchase food items for the food pantry and on-site hot meal program. Every penny goes towards food purchases for Helping Hands of St. Louis food programs! 

In addition to in store donations, Meijer will donate $1 million to the 2017 Simply Give program which will be dispersed to food pantries after the Fall 2017 campaign ends Sat., Sept. 16, 2017. Thank you Meijer and all who support this program!

 Each Meijer storeMeijer Simply Give partners with a local food pantry during campaigns to ensure that all donations generated remain within local communities.The Simply Give program runs three times a year to help fulfill the needs of our food pantry partners when they need it most: Spring, Fall and Holiday. The partnering food pantries are rotated to ensure broader outreach in our communities.

Instead of determining what food to donate to food pantry partners, the Simply Give program allows them the flexibility to choose the grocery items best suited for the families they serve in their communities, including baby food, formula, diapers and wipes.

For more information contact Sue Shrewsbery or Gabriel Skiver at Helping Hands of St. Louis at 419.691.0613. For more info on Meijer’s Simply Give Campaign go to http://meijercommunity.com/commu…/hunger-relief/simply-give/  

MANY THANKS for your continued support of Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo!

 

Helping Hands 4th Annual Shoe Fest August 5

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 Closeupa 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!

Journey Into The World of St. Teresa - A Catholic Charities Celebration

This fall, Catholic Charities invites you to a special evening with Linda Schaefer, our guest speaker for the evening of October 13th. She is the last photojournalist to be given permission, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta herself, to photograph the work of the Missionaries of Charity and witness Mother Teresa’s legacy. In addition to her personal journey with Mother Teresa, Linda attended her beautification in 2003 and her canonization at the Vatican on September 4, 2016.

Linda SchaeferLinda will take you on a pictorial and video journey of the life and work of Mother Teresa, a woman who believed in the dignity of the human condition, no matter the circumstances.Together, they visited the bedsides of extremely sick and dying patients, many afflicted with leprosy. Linda was moved to tears when she saw how well hundreds of men and women were treated and cared for, within the home Mother Teresa founded.

Much Like the mission of Catholic Charities ministries, in the words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “The work will continue because this is not my work, it is God’s work.”

Bishop ThomasBishop Daniel E. Thomas will share recollections of the personal time he spent with Mother Teresa and his reflections on her life’s work, the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and the work of Catholic Charities. Bishop Thomas endorses and promotes Catholic Charities’ mission of serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

Please join us, with your family and friends, for a wonderful evening of enlightened fellowship, as we come together to share our mission with others and make a difference in our community.

 

JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF MOTHER TERESA EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg, OH
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016

VIP Reception – 5:30 p.m.
Doors Open – 6 p.m.
Dinner and Program – 6:30 p.m.

Tickets and Sponsorships

Tickets are $50 per person and are available for purchase online or by calling Catholic Charities at (419) 244-6711.

For event sponsorship information, please go to catholiccharitiesnwo.org/st.teresa-of-calcutta-sponsorship

The Knights of Columbus Council 386 recently presented a check to La Posada for $250.  The check was donated by the Knights of Columbus Ohio State Council.

“One of the four tenants of the Knights of Columbus is charity,” says Jonathan Boyle, Knights of Columbus member. “Catholic Charities reflects a lot of what we stand for.  We are happy to serve and be a partner that helps make a difference for people in our community.”

La Posada Family Emergency Shelter provides temporary housing and supportive services for up to 10 homeless families a night in Toledo.  While there, families work with staff members to achieve self-sufficiency through programs that help them identify goals and build on their strengths to attain them.

La Posada Housing Program Coordinator Jeanelle Addie said the money will assist with the renovation of guest bedrooms and other housing needs.

“We are very appreciative of the opportunity and of the Knights’ assistance to help us continue the work that we do,” said Addie.

“Knights of Columbus is about helping our community,” said Micheal Lambert, Knights of Columbus member. “We are called to serve, especially through the Church and our faith.”

 

Oct. 31, 2012—Catholic Charities is hosting a chartered bus trip from Norwalk to Chicago with a stop in Fremont on Nov. 10 for a schedule-free day of sightseeing and holiday shopping.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Catholic Charities’ ministries including: the Miriam House transitional housing program in Norwalk for homeless women and children, adult advocacy for the elderly and community emergency services. The trip is sponsored by Domino’s Pizza and Twilight Gardens.

Tickets are $75 per person and include chartered transportation with snacks, games, movies and prizes and nine hours to explore the city. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Martha Hillman at Catholic Charities at 419-668-3073 or mhillman@toledodiocese.org by Nov. 8.

In late 2005, Tonya Brown-Munn and her daughter, Veronica, stayed for several weeks at the La Posada Family Emergency Shelter in Toledo.  Her own home had burned down, and she had nowhere to turn and no funds to tide her over.

Now, fortunately, Tonya is doing much better, but she still remembers the time she spent at the shelter as a time of healing, learning and growth.

“Being there was humbling.  It made me reflect on how tenuous our lives really are,” Mrs. Brown-Munn, now a Business student nearing graduation from the University of Toledo, said.  “Those people made us feel like we were at home when we didn’t have a home.  They were so good to us.  Now whenever I drive by, I beep the horn just to say hi, just to say thank you.”

In fact, Mrs. Brown-Munn does much more than that.  This past April, she organized a Build-a-Bear and pizza party for the 20 children who were staying at La Posada at the time.

Dogs, ponies and an alligator

The party’s sponsors – Build-a-Bear and Marco’s Pizza – were approached by Mrs. Brown-Munn, who wanted to do something for the children of La Posada.

“I was working with executives at both Build-a-Bear and Marco’s on a project for school.  In the course of that work, I happened to visit a Build-a-Bear store, and I saw the smiles on the faces of children who were enjoying building their own animals,” she recalled.  “I thought, I’d like to bring those same smiles to the faces of kids who aren’t as fortunate, who maybe can’t afford to go to Build-a-Bear.”

She approached both organizations about sponsoring a party at La Posada, and she got a green light.  So, on Good Friday evening last April, parents brought their little ones into the front room at La Posada and opened the bags of assorted stuffed Build-a-Bear animals – fluffy dogs, a huggable unicorn, an alligator, a few ponies, and – not surprisingly – several teddy bears of different sizes, textures and colors.

The smiles took place as scheduled, as wide-eyed children, excited at their sudden good fortune, clutched their furry new friends.

Good feelings

It was a party worth remembering for both parents and children, Jeanelle Addie, La Posada’s Case Manager, said.  “I don’t think any of them will forget it any time soon.”

“Doing things for people – paying it back, paying it forward, whatever you call it – just makes you feel good,” Tonya said.  “The people staying at La Posada don’t have much, and they can’t always do what they’d like to for their kids.  But they enjoy good things as much as anyone.  I just remember that the people who took us in at La Posada were able to make my daughter and me feel really good at a time when we were feeling really bad.  And I wanted to do something to make the people who are staying there now feel good.”

“A friend told me about La Posada. I came and I was surprised because it doesn’t look like a shelter. It looks just like a home. I was so glad when they told me we could stay. They’ve been so good to me. Honestly, none of this would be happening if I hadn’t been here. They’ve helped me so much.” – Marquita, La Posada resident

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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