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 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.

Catholic Charities Hosts Consumer Resource Fair March 7 in Mansfield

MANSFIELD, OH—Beat the winter blues by coming to a Beach Party at the Mall! Catholic Charities is hosting the 10th Annual National Consumer Resource Fair, Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richland Mall, in Mansfield, OH.

Catholic Charities and participating organizations will provide free information on such topics as managing money and debt, protecting personal identification, wellness, and avoiding identify theft and scams.

“The purpose of National Consumer Protection Week is to educate consumers on how to make informed decisions when it comes to money and their financial affairs,” said Rebecca Owens, Regional Director for Mansfield Catholic Charities. “We continue to see many people being preyed upon by scams and identity theft while trying to meet their basic needs of food, shelter and medical needs.”

Over 20 organizations will participate in the Consumer Resource Fair, including the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Consumers Council, Ohio Department of Commerce, Directions Credit Union, Richland Bank, GROhio Community Credit Union, Civista Bank, First Call-211, Adult Protective Services, local law enforcement, Mansfield City Schools Adult Education, and other social service agencies and financial institutions.

Catholic Charities has partnered with the Ohio Attorney General’s office for 10 years to participate in the annual National Consumer Protection Week to educate and empower the community. This year National Consumer Protection Week is being celebrated March 1-7, 2020.

Tornado Disaster Relief Needed In Nashville, Tennessee

Our prayers go out to those who are displaced from their homes or homeless, after a series of deadly tornadoes ripped through Nashville, Tennessee recently. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo is collecting and distributing donations, dollar for dollar, to help these tornado survivors.

How Your Donation Helps Tornado Victims

Your financial support will help with long-term recovery efforts, including needed pastoral care and support, case management to assist disaster victims, and direct assistance to people unable to get insurance coverage or sufficient government support from FEMA.

As in past disasters, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is collecting and forwarding donations dollar for dollar to sister Catholic Charities agencies in affected areas.

Designate Your Online Gift During Check Out

On our secure website: www.catholiccharitiesnwo.org/donate  you may designate your Tornado Relief donation for Tennessee Tornado Relief.

Or you can mail your check, made out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, noting Tennessee Tornado Relief and send to: Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.

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

Catholic Charities Hosts "Poverty in Workplace" Seminar Nov. 13

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is hosting “The Effects of Poverty in the Workplace” seminar for employers to learn how to prevent the influences of poverty from affecting productivity in the workplace.

The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the James W. Kehoe Center Auditorium, 175 Mansfield Ave., Shelby, OH. Doors open at 8 a.m. SEATING IS LIMITED. Registration Required by November 9, along with a $20 registration fee.

The Effects of Poverty in the Workplace seminar will help employers understand how poverty affects people, how workplace practices influence poverty, and offer strategies to more effectively engage your employees to prevent poverty.

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Brian Rome, Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo’s Family Support and Guidance Ministry, will facilitate the seminar.

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.

For more information or to register for this seminar, please contact Diane Bemiller at 419-524-0733, x 228, or email dbemiller@toledodiocese.org.

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem Seeks Sponsors

MANSFIELD, OH—Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem Program offers assistance to individuals who have participated or are currently participating in our Community Emergency Services program. Individuals in our Guardianship program also benefit from Project Bethlehem. Items such as clothing, slippers, socks, robes, personal items, art supplies, etc. are always welcomed by those we serve in care facilities.

In August, staff members in Catholic Charities Mansfield office begin seeking sponsors to provide wrapped gifts, to be distributed in early to mid-December. Previous sponsors have included churches, schools, businesses, agencies and private individuals and families. For more information on our Mansfield program and how to donate please call Laurie Hamrick at 419-524-0733, ext. 226 or email her at lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

 

Catholic Charities Celebrates 75 Years of Service in Richland County!

MANSFIELD, OH—“Your help is crucial to us as we move forward,” said Rebecca Owens, Catholic Charities Regional Director, thanking over 250 attendees, board and community members, volunteers and staff for their generous service and support. The 75th Anniversary event raised nearly $70,000 for Catholic Charities services in Richland County. Donations are still being accepted to meet the $75,000 goal.

“Catholic Charities is not a typical social services agency,” Owens said. “We’ve touched thousands of people over the years, with housing, food and medical assistance, guardianship services, education programs and disaster relief efforts. Catholic Charities serves. We’re here to care for people and connect them with resources in the community.”

Owens noted the 3-E Project, launched in 2016 to encourage, empower and engage people on their journey to self-sufficiency, is targeted for expansion, thanks to partnerships with Mansfield Engineering Components (MEC) and the Richland County Foundation.

Steve Cummins, MEC Co-Owner and VP, shared how valuable Catholic Charities 3-E Project is in providing employee assistance at their worksite. “All we did is open the door,” he said. “Catholic Charities is doing the heavy lifting, offering not only help, but hope.” Tracy Owens, a 14-year MEC employee, shared how Catholic Charities assistance saved her from becoming homeless after she experienced serious health issues.

“The reason Catholic Charities is doing so well is because their people are so filled with God’s love and giving life to those whose lives they touch,” said Rev. Leo Patalinghug. His entertaining and inspiring keynote presentation wove together notions of faith and family, with food and fun, all while cooking the evening’s dinner entrée. “We are all called to serve!”

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas thanked all for their generous support, “I am so proud of what Catholic Charities does here in Richland County. The people who day in and day out represent the Body of Christ and bring His love, His joy, His grace, His charity, and His goodness to those who are in need. As we strive to make the love of God real for each individual, our Catholic Charities ministries bring alive the exhortation of St. Teresa of Avila: ‘Christ has no body now but yours.’”

The Very Reverend Gregory R. Hite, VF, St. Peter’s Parish, encouraged generous support of Catholic Charities ministries. Reverend Nelson G. Beaver, St. Mary of the Snows Parish, opened with prayer; Reverend Christopher M. Mileski, Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish closed with prayer.

Tony Mitchell, MIX 106.1 morning host and Operations Manager emceed the event.

Many Thanks to Our Event Sponsors!

PRESENTING SPONSOR – $10,000  

  • Chuck Hahn Lincoln Financial

RESPECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE – $5,000  

  • The Chambers Family

FEEDING THE HUNGRY – $2,500                                                                                 

  • Cole Distributing
  • Cooper Enterprises
  • The Reed Family in Honor of The Very Rev. Gregory R. Hite, VF & His Service

SHELTERING THE HOMELESS – $1,000                                                               

  • Richard & Connie Cronin                                                   
  • DRM Productions                                                                       \
  • Roger & Ann Harraman                                                               
  • Prospering Life Events                                                                         
  • Phil Renda                                                                                         
  • Richland Bank 
  •  John & Mary Riedl         
  • Terry Thornsberry

VISITING THE IMPRISONED – $500                                                                             

  • Baker’s Collision-Glass Service                                                         
  • Cypress Hill Winery   
  • Directions Credit Union 
  •  Ed Pickens’ Café on Main           
  • Mansfield Distributing         
  • Mechanics Bank       
  • Newman Technology, Inc.     
  • Rodney Schuster       
  • SSIP Insurance

FRIEND OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES – $250                                                               

  • AVI Systems
  • Craig Callen, DDS 
  • Don & Cristine Covert       
  • Dairy Queen East       
  • Graham Auto Mall                                                                                   
  • Hamilton Insurance Group, Inc.                 
  • Bill & Margie Joyce 
  • Bill Kyrou   
  • MT Business Technologies, Inc.
  • Harvey Popovich, MD

Annually, Catholic Charities serves over 100,000 people of all faiths and backgrounds living in the 19 counties of the Diocese of Toledo, providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance, education, adult advocacy services, and various social justice ministries.

Catholic Charities Celebrates 75 Years of Service in Richland County!

MANSFIELD—You’re invited to join the celebration! “Grace Before Meals,with Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Tues., Nov. 7, 2017, at James W. Kehoe Center, 175 Mansfield Ave., Shelby, OH.

Fr. LCCDT Invite Covereo, television host of Savoring Our Faith on EWTN, will demonstrate how simply creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Cash Bar. 75th Anniversary tickets can be purchased online by Oct. 24 at catholiccharitiesnwo.org/product/75anniversary.

VIP Reception for Event Sponsors with Fr. Leo and Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. To become an event sponsor, call Sue Warren at 419.524.0733, ext. 229; or email mwarren@toledodiocese.org.

Since 1942, Catholic Charities’ Christ-centered ministries provide people of all faiths strength and hope, love and support, by sharing food, shelter, clothing, and educational tools to move out of poverty. And services continually evolve to meet community needs:

  • The Adult Guardianship Program began in 1999, through the efforts of Morgan Rogers, a local social worker. Today, thanks to generous volunteer advocates who give their hearts, time, and treasure, nearly 50 individuals’ needs are given voice and attended to.
  • In 2011, HOPE Food Pantry This “choice” pantry, supported by over 25 volunteers, enables individuals to select their own food items. More than 600 households, approximately 1,500 people, are served each month.
  • Crisis Navigation Services began in 2015, in response to nearly 5,000 calls for rental assistance annually, with the help of a local foundation grant. Individuals seeking financial assistance are connected to local community resources.
  • In 2016, the 3E Pilot Project set out to Empower, Encourage, and Engage individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency, thanks to Richland County Foundation funding. This year, a Mansfield Engineered Components partnership enables 3E services to be provided weekly, on-site, at their manufacturing facility.

This is an exciting time for Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo! Please join our celebration!

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop Hosted in Ontario, OH

Catholic Charities is hosting a Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging, 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario, OH.

Bridges Out of Poverty helps social work, healthcare and legal services professionals who work with those in poverty gain a deeper understanding of their challenges – and strengths – to better partner with clients and create opportunities for their success.

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Based on the book, Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, by Dr. Ruby Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith, the workshop addresses poverty at the individual, community and structural/policy levels, with an understanding people in poverty can be planners and decision makers in the process of moving from welfare to work.

Workshop facilitator Anne Seifert is a Lifetime Certified Bridges’ Trainer. Topics covered include:

  • Eleven key resources of a customer/employee
  • Economic realities affect patterns of living
  • Mental models as effective interventions for cognitive and language barriers
  • Principles for improving outcomes with individuals from generational poverty

CEUs are available for SW, DODD and RCH. The $40 registration fee is due by November 10. For more information, contact Diane Bemiller at 419-524-0733, ext. 228 or email dbemiller@toledodiocese.org

First Friday Book Club Series - Hosted at Our Mansfield Office

Our next First Friday Brown Bag Book Club Series begins Aug. 7, 2015, and features the work of Dave Philips who will speak at Catholic Charities’ Fall Breakfast on October 6. We invite local businesses, organizations and anyone interested in helping people to help themselves to participate in this monthly book discussion. [singlepic id=887 w=320 h=240 float=right]

Why Don’t They Just Get a Job? describes the journey and incredible results of Dave and Liane Phillips’ efforts to help those in poverty find their way to self-sufficiency. Under the premise that existing job-readiness programs only focus on job placement and not retention, Dave and Liane Phillips created a poverty to economic self-sufficiency program called Cincinnati Works with an 80% one-year employment retention rate.

In the past three years, the non-profit has brought $25 million in wages to over 1,500 families in the Cincinnati area. The program offers a complete spectrum of free, lifetime employment services for the entry-level job-seeker to sustain and advance in today’s work climate. The model is a winner of the 2009 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award.

Following its success, Dave Phillips is now volunteering as a consultant for similar programs in other cities.

When: The first Friday of every month, noon to 1 p.m., August through December.
Where: Catholic Charities Mansfield Office, 2 Smith Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44905
For more information, please contact Rebecca Owens at 419-524-0733 ext. 225 or email rowens@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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