Support Our First Ever "Friends for Life" Fundraiser May 27

Join the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the first ever Office for Life Fundraiser sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio, as we celebrate and look forward to the work yet to be accomplished to abolish abortion in our region!

The night will include remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Office for Life & Justice, and keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America. Kristan is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, and a human rights advocate.

Kristan was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she’s built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,200 Students for Life chapters in all 50 states. Under her leadership, Students for Life of America exists to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by recruiting, training, and mobilizing the pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry.

A published author, Kristan wrote “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.” She’s been interviewed by Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, CBS, ABC, and HBO. Media Matters awarded her the “One of the 4 worst anti-abortion misinformers” title, of which she is very proud. Kristan regularly speaks at pro-life conventions and events across the United States, including leading college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and UC-Berkeley.

You may reserve dinner seating at $75 a person or make your event sponsorship payment online on Catholic Charities donation web page. Please note the number of dinner reservations and/or sponsorship level purchased during the online 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.

Interested in Sponsoring Our Friends for Life Fundraiser?

$5,000+: TITLE SPONSORSHIP

  • Special Reception with Bishop Thomas one hour before the event
  • Prominent mention in event program
  • Prominent mention on website and social media
  • 8 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$2,500: MAJOR SPONSORSHIP

  • Special Reception with Bishop Thomas one hour before the event
  • Prominent mention in event program
  • Prominent mention on website and social media
  • 4 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$1,500: PARTNER SPONSORSHIP

  • Mention in event program
  • 2 tickets to event dinner
  • Call out by Bishop Thomas at event dinner

$750: SUPPORTING SPONSORSHIP

  • Mention in event program
  • 2 tickets to event dinner

$500: TABLE SPONSORSHIP

  • Buy a table of eight, invite your friends, and save $100 off individual admission prices

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing on Thursday, May 27!

Celebrate Miriam House's 20th Anniversary with Bishop Thomas April 9

NORWALK, OH— Many thanks to all who joined us in supporting Miriam House’s 20th Anniversary celebration! Over 100 people attended the dinner event and many who were unable to attend generously donated.

The Miriam House’s 20th Anniversary “Transforming Lives,” with keynote speaker Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, was held Friday, April 92021 at the Norwalk Eagles Club 771, 151 Cline Street, Norwalk, OH. Sarah, a former Miriam House resident, shared a moving testimonial as to how the support and services she received there transformed her life.

Miriam House, located in Norwalk, Ohio, is Catholic Charities transitional shelter serving homeless women and their children from across the Diocese of Toledo.

The Miriam House provides a safe, warm, clean home for children and their mothers to sleep, eat and feel welcome, while our  supportive and caring Catholic Charities staff members help them get their lives in order and the mothers learn needed skills to live independently.

Many Thanks to these Title Sponsors: 

First Energy Foundation

Fisher Titus Medical Center

The McGlinchy Family

Mr. & Mrs. David G. Orzechowski

Perrysburg AutoMall

Bob & Sue Savage

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Many Thanks to these Major Sponsors:

American Timber & Steel

Fisher’s Transmission Center

Mark & Denise Hench

Dr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Seiwert

Many Thanks to these Partner Sponsors:

Evans Funeral Home

Valerie French & St. Pauls High School Teen Leadership Corps Program

Alma R. Hakes

Gerard & Patricia Hipp

Reverend Franklin Kehres

Hal & Kelly Reed

John & Connie Schoen

Don & Tam Wisler

Vacationland Federal Credit Union

Many Thanks to these Friend Sponsors:

Gabriel Group

J & B Acoustical, Inc.

Knight Insurance Group

Daniel & Natalie Kommeth

Judy L. Moser & David Nunez

Munger Munger & Associates Architects, Inc.

Harvey Popovich, M.D.

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Special Thank You to John & Sue Riley for their dedication and support of Miriam House!

Also thanks to the Norwalk Eagles Club 771 for generously donating the use of their venue and the delicious perch and prime rib meals they served to our guests!

April 3 Oregon Meijer’s DOUBLE Match Benefits Helping Hands

OREGON, OH—The Meijer Simply Gives Campaign benefits Helping Hands of St. Louis food programs. DOUBLE MATCH DAY is Saturday,  APRIL 3! Every $10 Simply Give donation card you purchase at the Oregon Meijer, located at 1725 S. Wheeling Street, Oregon, OH, results in a $30 donation to Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo. TRIPLE your donation, thanks to Meijer’s DOUBLE MATCH of your $10 donation!

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 meal programs. Your donations enable Helping Hands of St. Louis to provide for thousands of hungry men, women and children!

Simply Give runs through Saturday, April 10, 2021. So Mark Your Calendars!

“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

Thank You For Supporting Our Catholic Charities Ministries!

Your Support of Catholic Charities Ministries is Greatly Appreciated!

We are seeing a surge of individuals needing assistance as the COVID crisis continues to unfold—calls for assistance are going up. The need for shelter, rent and utility assistance is on the rise across our 19-county service area.

During this season of giving, your prayers and generous year-end gift, will help ensure no one seeking help is turned away. Please financially support our life-saving and life-changing ministries! Every gift matters to those we serve.

How Your Donation Helps In Northwest and West Central Ohio

  • $30 provides the educational resources to train one Adult Advocacy Services volunteer.
  • $50 feeds 10 men, women, and children a day at Helping Hands of St. Louis, serving 225 meals daily.
  • $75 provides a night of safe shelter, meals and loving support for a mother and her children at Miriam House.
  • $150 ensures an elderly person receives one month of vital home visits and loving guardianship care.
  • $300 provides 10 nights of safe shelter, meals and case management support for a family of four at La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
  • $500 provides a week of safe shelter, meals and loving support for a mother and her children at Miriam House.

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

Donating is Easy!

You can make your Catholic Charities donation any number of ways:

On the Go?

Text GT to 419-314-4628

Designate Your Online Gift:

Make a designated donation online on our secure Catholic Charities website

Drop Off Or Mail Your Check:

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

Together, we are the hands and heart of Christ Jesus in the world. On behalf of those we serve #ThankYou! #GivingTuesday2020

Questions? 

For more information on giving options, contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Development Director at 419.214.4890 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org

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

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. “Especially with your continued support!”

Thanks to all our community partners, supporters, volunteers and loyal staff in these challenging times, all of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s food, shelter and elder assistance programs remain fully operational during the pandemic.

Rodney Schuster

“With volunteer help now limited and food and clothing donations greatly decreased, we continue without pause to serve our communities’ most vulnerable men, women, and children across the Diocese of Toledo,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo.

“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,” Rodney Schuster explains, noting donations can be made online. Checks also can be mailed to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604.

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

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

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.

The Helping Hands Food Pantry is providing groceries Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Hygiene products are being distributed from the Helping Hands Food Pantry Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Helping Hands Clothing Center is closed right now to process donations. We hope to hope to re-open soon to serve guests and begin accepting new donations of clothing, shoes, bedding, and small household items. Stay tuned.

“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. “Thank for you prayers and generous support!”

Individuals and families needing assistance or wanting to volunteer/assist with donation drives 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! God Bless!

Oct. 23 "Make A Difference Day" Food Drive A Success!

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry once again participated in the 15th Annual “Make a Difference Day Food Drive” Friday, October 23. People dropped off cash, checks, canned goods and non-perishable food items all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry located at 523 Park Avenue East, Mansfield #ThankYou! #LivingtheGospel #FeedingtheHungry #Matthew25 #GodBless

“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.

Over $4,000 was raised and will be divided between Catholic Charities HOPE Food Pantry and Harmony House in Mansfield. Many thanks to all the individuals and groups that donated funds, food, and volunteered, as well as the many sponsors who make this community event possible each year! #GodBless #Together #WeAretheChristsHandsandHeartIntheWorld

 

Helping Hands of St. Louis Hosts Drive-Up Walk-Up Shoe Fest Aug.1

TOLEDO—This year, Helping Hands of St. Louis is hosting their 7th Annual Shoe Fest as a Drive-Up Walk-Up event due to Covid-19 Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. – Noon at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

Guests in vehicles will line-up on Euclid, entering off of Front Street, then turn right onto Sixth Street. Sixth Street will be one-way from Euclid to Starr during this event. Walk-ups will be served in the parking lot across the street from Helping Hands of St. Louis. Masks and social distancing are required of all guests served.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to over 500 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.”

Parents should double-check their children’s shoe sizes before they come, as shoes will not be exchanged. Over 500 pairs of new shoes are available, toddler size 10 through youth size 8, as well as a limited amount of school supplies and hygiene kits. First come, first served.

Donations of NEW athletic shoes and socks, toddler sizes 10 up to youth sizes 8 are still needed. Donations of children’s backpacks and school supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue sticks, dry-erase markers, hand sanitizer, tissues and Ziploc bags are also welcomed.

Donations can be dropped off at the Helping Hands of St. Louis 2nd floor Office, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, through Friday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please clearly mark donations as “Shoe Fest.” Thank You!

Volunteers are also needed, adults and teens 16+ (must be accompanied by an adult). Everyone will have to fill out a health check form, have their temperature taken and wear masks.

Volunteers are needed Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m. until Noon and on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please contact Byron Wynn, Volunteer Coordinator, bwynn@toledodiocese.org or 419.214.4950. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities ministries! #TagandShare

Various areaIMG_6054 Closeup churches, service groups and businesses volunteered and many donated new shoes and socks.

Individuals, churches, service groups and businesses interested in donating new shoes and socks or making financial contributions are asked to please contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2; or sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

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

Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive Benefits HOPE Food Pantry

MANSFIELD, OH — For 28 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive physically stocked food pantries around the country with the non-perishable food items collected on their mail routes.

This year, the NALC is hosting the Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive instead because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Help ensure no one goes hungry by making a generous financial contribution to support Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s HOPE Pantry on our secure website: catholiccharitiesnwo.org/donate *We ask you to please note during checkout your donation is in response to the NALC Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive. Thank You!

Each month, our HOPE Pantry feeds on average 1,700 hungry women, children and men. Bagged groceries are being provided during the pandemic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. HOPE Pantry is located at Catholic Charities Mansfield Office’s lower level, 523 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio. Call 419.524.0733 for more information.

 

Catholic Charities Appreciates Your #GivingTuesdayNow Support!

TOLEDO, OH — #GivingTuesdayNOW is a global day of giving and a show of unity—an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial disruption within our families.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all of our lives,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. “Regardless of the these challenges, Catholic Charities continues to stand tall, providing food, shelter, and vital case management services to the men, women, and children we serve.

“Our staff often put themselves in harm’s way while helping and serving our brothers and sisters in need. I can’t help but think of John 15:13, ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.’ Please support our selfless servants and the vital work of Catholic Charities!”

We are seeing a surge of individuals needing assistance as the COVID crisis continues to unfold—calls for assistance are going up. The need for food, shelter, rent and utility assistance is on the rise. Will you help Catholic Charities ensure that no one seeking our help is turned away? 

You can help families bridge the during this financial crisis by making a donation today on Catholic Charities secure website. Or you can mail your #GivingTuesdayNOW check to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. Your financial support makes a difference!

Contact Tom Waniewski, Catholic Charities Development Director at 419.350.4277 or email twaniewski@toledodiocese.org for more information on giving options. On behalf of those we serve, thank you!

Catholic Charities Seeks Financial and In-Kind Donations

TOLEDO, OH — “Financial support is critically needed to keep all of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s food, shelter and elder assistance programs fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Rodney Schuster, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Executive Director.

“We greatly appreciate all of our wonderful community partners and loyal supporters in the region. With volunteer help now limited and food and clothing donations greatly decreased, our ministries are now being dramatically stretched.” 

“We also ask for your prayers to end this pandemic and to protect our staff and the people we serve,” Mr. Schuster adds. “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. All of our staff and services are adjusting by striving to maintain the recommended ‘social distance’ with others, while continuing to provide love and care to everyone we encounter.”

Our HOPE Pantry in Mansfield needs the following items:

  • Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
  • Soup
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Dry or Shelf-Stable milk
  • Canned Meat (chicken, pork or beef)
  • Drink boxes or pouches
  • Individually-packaged desserts (cookies, snack cakes etc.)
  • Individually-packaged bags of chips, pretzels, etc.
  • Individually-packaged pudding, fruit or Jello cups
  • 15 oz. or larger bottles of shampoo
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dish Soap

Please arrange a time to drop off donations at HOPE Pantry, 2 Smith Avenue, Mansfield, OH, by contacting Catholic Charities HOPE Pantry Coordinator Susan Dyson at 419-524-0733 or email sdyson@toledodiocese.org.

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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