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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals interested in enrolling in the program are asked to contact Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, at 419.214.4950 or email email@example.com.
We invite you to take a few minutes to watch this video and learn more about the impact of Catholic Charities Opportunity Kitchen.
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!
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-person 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 email@example.com. Thank you and God bless!
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 214-4939, ext 101.
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 email@example.com.
To volunteer, contact Byron Wynn, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘ Volunteer Coordinator at 419.214.4950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and God Bless!
TOLEDO, OH—With your help, Helping Hands of St. Louis will make the holidays much brighter for many who would otherwise go without. We ask all donated items be dropped off by 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19 to Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth Street, Toledo, OH, so they can be sorted and ready to go for these December events.
Upwards of 200 Christmas Food Baskets are being prepared for needy families, with enough food for three or four meals. Donated items needed include: turkeys, boneless hams, onions, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned gravy, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruit, and other side dishes, butter, eggs, oil, dessert mixes, apples, and oranges.
The Helping Hands of St. Louis Elves are also collecting candy canes, new unwrapped toys for kids 12 and under, coats, mittens, gloves, hats, boots, shoes, socks and underwear. New gift items for the kids to pick from Santa’s Workshop to give as gifts to Mom and Dad are also welcomed. These items will be handed out at the annual Children’s Christmas Party, Tues., Dec. 19.
The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, will join volunteers at Helping Hands of St. Louis in serving the festive annual Christmas Meal, Thurs., Dec. 21. Questions? Contact Sue Shrewsbery at 419.619.0613 or email email@example.com.
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!
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!