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

Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center Closed for Now

TOLEDO, OHO—”We are very blessed and very grateful for the many donations we have received since Covid started,” says Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Unfortunately, keeping up with the inflow has been a challenge because we have had to limit volunteers.

“We decided to close the Clothing Center to give us time to safely process donations that have come in without jeopardizing the health of our staff, volunteers and guests,” she explains. “We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to be open for shopping and accepting clothing donations again soon.”

If you have any questions please contact Helping Hands Office at 419-691-0613. Special needs may be served on a case-by-case basis depending on availability of items, staff and volunteers.

“Helping Hands of St. Louis continues to accept food and hygiene product donations for our grab-and-go lunches, pantry and hygiene programs,” Shrewsbery adds. “Thank you for your patience while we continue to adjust during this challenging time!”

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Celebrates Mass for Life Oct. 24

TOLEDO, OH—Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas​ and the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio for the annual Diocese of Toledo ​Flyer – 2020 Mass for Life with Bishop Thomas & Eucharistic Procession. The Mass will be held Saturday, October 24 at 9 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.

Bishop Thomas Leading Procession

Following the Mass, Bishop Thomas will lead a Eucharistic Procession to Capital Care, Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility, as participants chant the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Join us for this powerful time of prayer and peaceful witness for life! Learn more by visiting www.40daysforlife.com/toledo or by contacting Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo​ at prange@toledodiocese.org.

For more information, or for your group to be recognized in attendance, please contact Director of the Office for Life and Justice, Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org or at 419-214-4933.

“Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ.” – Pope Francis

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!

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.

 

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.

 

Helping Hands of St. Louis 16th Annual Golf Outing Canceled

BEDFORD HILLS, MI—The July 27th Helping Hands of St. Louis Golf Outing at Bedford Hills Golf Club, 6400 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI, has been canceled. But keep checking back for the new date.

Our 4-pGolf_Outing_1_save_for_weberson Scramble includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, hot dog at the turn, beverage tickets, New York Strip Steak and Chicken dinner at completion of play, raffles and prizes! And the winning team’s names will be engraved on a trophy permanently displayed at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

Early bird registration is $80 per person, if received by Saturday, July 6. Regular $90 per person registration begins Sunday, July 7 and runs through Saturday, July 20.

Not a golfer? Consider becoming a sponsor! All proceeds benefit Helping Hands of St. Louis, a ministry of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo. Helping Hands Outreach Center’s ministries include a soup kitchen serving upwards of 250 meals daily. Our food pantry, clothing center, hot showers and hygiene products support low income and homeless families.

For more information on event sponsorship or to register a team, please contact Sue Shrewsbery (419) 691-0613, ext. 2, or email sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org. Thank you and God bless!

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.

Catholic Charities Offers "Serving Like Christ" Workshop

TOLEDO, OH—The “Serving like Christ” Workshop will be held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 6th Street, Toledo, OH 43605. This invitation is extended to anyone associated with Catholic Diocesan ministries and outreach.

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This free workshop, facilitated by Brian Rome, Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Family Support and Guidance Ministry, will help you identify Christ-centered direct service practices and assist faith-based service providers learn how to effectively incorporate ministry into their programs.

Brian has over 30 years of experience in social services and provides financial literacy, self-empowerment and emergency prevention/intervention education opportunities to both the disadvantaged and professionals in the 19-county Diocese of Toledo. Brian is a trained HUD Housing Counselor, Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer and Ministry Leader.

Please register by Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. RSVP to Sue Shrewsbery by email: sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org  or call (419) 214-4939, ext 101.

Volunteer for Oct. 13 Helping Hands of St. Louis Annual Coat Fest

TOLEDO, OH—Join us for Helping Hands of St. Louis Annual Coat Fest on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH. Volunteers assist children and adults “shopping” for free coats, boots and winter clothing accessories. 

Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center is looking for donations of gently used men’s tennis shoes and boots, especially sizes 10 and up; children’s boots; and warm coats, hats and gloves.

Clothing Center donations are accepted when the center is open: Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Or donations can be dropped off at Helping Hands of St. Louis Mondays-Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Volunteers are always welcomed to assist our guests. Last year over 200 winter coats were given away to men, women and children visiting our Clothing Center, as well as winter boots, hats, and gloves, when available.

For more information on donating these items, contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2, or sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org.

To volunteer, contact Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘ Volunteer Coordinator at 419.214.4950 or email bwynn@toledodiocese.org.

Thank you and God Bless!

 

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