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.

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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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meijer Awards Helping Hands of St. Louis $4,730 in Food Gift Cards

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.

 

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Training Offered May 8

TOLEDO, OH—Learn how to reach out to women who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy. Join us from 6 – 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 8, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, St. Dominic Room, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Project RachelJoin us to learn how to effectively and lovingly advocate for the lives of unborn children on the sidewalks of abortion facilities and dialog with your family, neighbors and co-workers. You’ll learn how to articulate the Gospel of Life to a culture that desperately needs it!

For more information, please contact Peter Range, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419.214.6711.

 

All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in Climate Crisis

PERRYSBURG, OH—Grounded in Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, this year’s April 26 Earth Day Program will help mobilize the Catholic community to take urgent action to protect all of God’s Creation. Join us Friday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII’s Parish Life Center Roncalli Hall, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH.

Learn about the alarming decline in the diversity and population of many plant and animal species—the gifts of God’s Creation which sustain all human life.

You’ll also learn how we can protect all life through our individual actions, through our communities, and through national and global advocacy and action.

This event is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Laudato Si’ Task Force and St. John XXIII’s OurNEST (Natural Environmental Stewardship Team).

For more information, or to reserve your seat for this event, please contact Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 or rclarkphelps@gmail.com.

 

6th Annual St. Meinrad Alumni & Friends Day of Service March 9

TOLEDO, OH—Alumni and Friends of Saint Meinrad Seminary are invited to join in on the 3rd Annual Toledo Saint Meinrad Alumni & Friends Day of Service, from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 6th Street, Toledo, OH.

helping-hands-photoVolunteers will conduct a deep kitchen cleaning and kitchen inventory, organize stockroom and closets, and sort clothing donations.

For more information, email Patrick Carroll at pcarroll@inbox.com or Timothy Carroll timothycarroll5200@gmail.com. Or call the Saint Meinrad Office of Alumni Relations at (812) 357-6501.

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join us for an evening of prayer and discussion on Monday, January 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII’s Parish Life Center Roncalli Hall, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH. Learn about the struggles faced by climate migrants—families driven from their homes by climate change—and two particularly vulnerable groups, Pacific Islanders and Guatemalan farmers in the Dry Corridor. You’ll also learn how we can help these brothers and sisters through aid, advocacy, and action.

Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World? is hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Laudato Si’ Task Force and St. John XXIII’s OurNEST (Natural Environmental Stewardship Team). Contact Bob Clark-Phelps at 419-377-1540 (rclarkphelps@gmail.com) for more information.

 

Creation Care Team Training Aug. 2 at St. John XXIII Church

PERRYSBURG, OH—Join Northwest Ohio environmental advocates and leaders,  Thurs., Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for Laudato Si’ Creation Care Team Training, at Saint John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH.

You will learn how to begin, sustain and grow Creation Care Teams in your parish, so we might protect our world for future generations!

For more information, or to register, call Rae Bechtel at 419.214.4915 or email rbechtel@toledodiocese.org.

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Wanda Dean

Wanda helping a H.O.P.E. Food Pantry client. Photo Courtesy of Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Congratulations to H.O.P.E. Food Pantry volunteer, Wanda Dean for her extraordinary work that landed her in a featured article on the Ignatian Volunteer Corps website. Wanda has been serving as a volunteer at the H.O.P.E. Food Pantry in Mansfield for four years.

Wanda says that her time as a volunteer at the pantry is “humbling” and presents her with the “opportunity to journey with folks for a short moment in time.”  She remembers one particular moment with a client that truly made an impact on her understanding of helping others:

 

“One day, an older gentleman came in. His stench was overpowering. As I was walking with him through the small loop that is our grocery store, I found the grace to see Christ in him. And then I thought, ‘There but for the grace of God go I’. My service brings home in a real sense what’s important. It’s not that I go there as a do-gooder, but I go in the spirit of being a companion to them.”

To read more about Wanda’s efforts as a H.O.P.E. Food Pantry volunteer and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, please go to: http://www.ivcusa.org/volunteer_story/finding-the-extraordinary/

Thanks to our team runners, we had a very successful year at the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon. As a team, we raised over $40,000 and counting! Through their donations, thousands of people in Northwest Ohio can rely on a hot meal, a warm bed and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Why They Ran

A few of our marathon runners gave us some feedback as to why they dedicated so much of their time and resources to helping Catholic Charities and here are a few of their answers:

I think it’s good to be in something that gives back to other people. It’s about going outside yourself to help others. ~Jeffery Smith, Diocesan Seminarian, Runner

Our school got involved for the Health and Wellness grant that will help our students  immensely. Once we explained to the students the services that are provided at Catholic Charities, they were excited to get involved. The students held penny wars and one student sold lollipops to help raise money. Why wouldn’t you want to get involved in such a great cause? ~Beth Strbik, Principal of Blessed Sacrament, Runner

It’s for reasons other than just yourself. I felt like I could raise money and I wanted to do that to help others. I knew that even if I couldn’t make it across the finish line, at least I would be helping other people in need. ~Ashleigh Pennington, Runner

I thought that it was good to run for a cause. It makes me feel better that I did it for a purpose. My family and I have nothing to complain about in life compared to the people that Catholic Charities helps. Why not help extend that hand? ~Dennis DeLapp, Runner

I saw the announcement for the Catholic Charities Marathon team in my church bulletin. I was planning to run anyways so I figured I’ll join the team. It’s for a great cause and your helping others. ~Diane Dunbar, Runner

For more information about our team or to help us reach our goal, please go to our team page at: catholiccharitiesteam.kintera.org

Our Runners in Action

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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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