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Thank You for Helping Hands of St. Louis' New Stove!

TOLEDO—Helping Hands of St. Louis is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year! “We are so blessed!” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. She expresses gratitude to the loyal supporters who underwrote the purchase of a new 60-inch commercial stove for the kitchen—and for the team of volunteers from Sheet Metal Workers 33 Local Matt Cherry, Business Representative, arranged to install it.

“They made it look so easy!” Sue exclaims. “They had the old stove moved out and the new stove moved in and set up in just a few hours!”

To celebrate, Helping Hands Food Service Specialist Chef David Smith roasted turkeys and hams for the first meals prepared in the new double ovens. “We have a freezer full of meat and literally a ton of turkeys we’re eager to prepare and serve.”

When plans to re-open the Helping Hands Dining Room took shape in late June, the staff realized the kitchen’s 15-year-old stove really needed to be replaced. The burners and griddle worked, but the recalibrated ovens no longer held a temperature setting, which made so many meals impossible to prepare.

“We are humbled and extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from our community to help fund and install our new stove at Helping Hands,” says Rodney Schuster, Catholic Charities Executive Director. “What an example of coming together in a time of need to help our sisters and brothers!”

Helping Hands of St. Louis has been serving the poor in East Toledo for over 40 years. Each month, hundreds of individuals receive groceries, hygiene products and homeless kits from the Food Pantry, and clothing, shoes, and household items from our Clothing Center. Catholic Charities also provides Crisis Navigation services to guests as needed.

“The pandemic really changed how we could do things this year,” Sue says, noting take-home meals were prepared and distributed outside once COVID hit. On average, 225 meals are prepared daily in the Helping Hands Kitchen and served to low-income and homeless families.

“We are so grateful volunteers are returning to help prepare and serve our daily meals,” she adds. “Our guests really look forward to our food and also the fellowship!”

Join us! "Extending Hope Through Guardianship" Conference Sept. 22-23

MANSFIELD, OH—Volunteers and family members are invited to attend the Ohio Guardianship Association’s 16th Annual Conference to be held September 22-23, 2021 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 116 Park Avenue West, in Mansfield, OH. “Extending Hope Through Guardianship” is the theme of this year’s conference which is open to the public.

Individuals interested in becoming a Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo Adult Advocacy Services Volunteer Guardian are invited. Family members of wards or adults seeking guardianship care are encouraged to attend at a reduced rate.

Lauren Southerland, MD, Director of Clinical Research and Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Dept. of Emergency Medicine, is this year’s plenary speaker, presenting “Wards on Wards: How to Communicate with Your Wards’ Hospital Teams.”

Check out the conference line-up and register today to reserve your spot at http://guardianshipohio.org/oga-conference/ Contact Ed Noftz, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Adult Advocacy Services Program Coordinator for more information at 419.668.3073, ext. 8218, or email enoftz@toledodiocese.org.

Helping Hands of St. Louis Hosts 8th Annual Shoe Fest July 24

TOLEDO— Helping Hands of St. Louis 8th Annual Shoe Fest was held outside this year because of COVID-19. Guests were served under a big tent in the side parking lot next to the Helping Hands of St. Louis campus, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

Upwards of 40 volunteers spent the morning at Helping Hands of St. Louis, washing nearly 300 children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. In addition to their new shoes and 2 new pair of socks, thanks to Hannah’s Socks, children also received a box or bag of school supplies and snack bags.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes and school supplies to hundreds of school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We gave away over 450 pairs of new shoes on Saturday,” Shrewsbery adds, noting some of those  shoes are being delivered to area schools to distribute. An additional 160 pairs of toddler and youth-size shoes will be available at Helping Hands Clothing Center in the coming weeks.

“Big thank yous go to Charlotte Perlaky and Theresa Bugelholl who are the drivers behind the scenes,” says Shrewsbery. “And thank you to the Zoo Teens, Students from the Y.E.S. Project and all the other volunteers who put in a lot of hard work to make the day happen!”

Various area churches, service groups and businesses volunteered and many donated new shoes and school supplies, including St. Rose of Lima Parish in Perrysburg and St. Mary Parish, in Tiffin, OH.

“Thanks to our many generous donors who donated school supplies, bags, shoes, socks, snacks and prizes,” Sue adds. “What a blessing each and every one of our supporters is! God is Good!”

Games were available for the children to play and earn prizes, while parents shopped Helping Hands Clothing Center’s Sidewalk Clothing Give-Away. Children received a smiley face cookie in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Anita’s Clothing Closet from Anita herself!

A number of community resources were represented including Humana, Aetna, Anthem, Glass City Academy, Ohio State Extension Services Nutrition Program, The Lucas County Sheriff Department and The Zepf Center.

Donations of men’s and women’s athletic shoes are needed and can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Helping Hands of St. Louis 2nd floor Office, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH. Thank You!

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

Catholic Charities First Ever "Friends for Life" Fundraiser A Success!

PERRYSBURG, OH—Many thanks to Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, all our committee members, volunteers and generous benefactors for their support of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s first ever Friends for Life fundraiser!

More than 250 members of pro-life community of Northwest Ohio gathered for an inspirational evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio, to celebrate and look forward to the work yet to be accomplished to abolish abortion in our region.

Nearly $100,000 was raised to support pro-life efforts and bring on a local coordinator through Students for Life in America, who would be “specifically and solely dedicated to the mission of recruiting, training and mobilizing” pro-life groups in local schools, according to Peter Range, Director of Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s Office for Life & Justice.

The evening also included remarks by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, followed by keynote speaker Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America and author of “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.” 

Kristan, a Christian, wife, mother, author, speaker, and human rights advocate, was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she’s built up the organization from a few dozen student groups to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,300 Students for Life chapters in all 50 states. The group seeking to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by training, and mobilizing the pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry.

A special thank you to our generous event sponsors for your support!

Title Sponsors

  • John and Bette Gilwee
  • Interstate Commercial Glass & Door
  • Family of Kate Kelly
  • LaValley Foundation
  • Pat McNamara and Patti Savage-McNamara
  • Perrysburg Automall
  • Harvey Popovich, M.D.

Major Sponsors

  • Brady and Katie Fineske, TDC Investment Advisory
  • Paul and Joan Miller & MFC Products, LLC
  • Hal and Kelly Reed

You can support the #prolife cause in Northwest Ohio by donating online at Catholic Charities secure website noting “Friends for Life Fundraiser” at 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.

Thank you for your support!

Miriam House's 20th Anniversary Celebrated 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

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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!

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!

Feb. 12 Healing After Abortion: Virtual Clinical Training Event

A one-day virtual clinical training event: Healing After Abortion, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Diocese of Detroit and several Michigan Dioceses, will be held Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, via ZOOM from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clergy and Religious, Social Workers / Therapists / Counselors, Parish Nurses, Pregnancy Crisis Center Staff, Pastoral Care Staff, Spiritual Directors, Youth and Young Adult Ministry staff and other interested individuals also are invited to attend this virtual clinical training event. 

This training event will feature presentations addressing specific areas of healing after abortion, including trauma, shame, post-abortion stress, grief and how faith plays a role in healing. The day will also include a specific session for priests, stories from women and men who found healing through Project Rachel, and an overview of the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat model.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30 – 9 a.m. | Welcome, Introductions, Project Rachel & Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries

9 – 10:30 a.m. | Fr. Ken Schmidt – Trauma

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Deena Cantu-LaPres – Post-Abortion Stress and Shame

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. | Sister Colleen Ann Nagle | How Faith Plays a Role in Healing

12:30 – 1 p.m. | Lunch Break

1 – 1:30 p.m. | Witness talks from a post-abortive couple and an individual

1:30 – 2 p.m. | Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Overview & Project Rachel Referral Network

2 – 3 p.m. | Priest Panel Discussion (for Clergy only)

This is a free event for Clergy and Religious, but organizers are asking others to consider a suggested donation of $25 to help cover costs.

All attendees are to register at project-rachel-virtual-training.eventbrite.com

After completing registration on Eventbrite, you will be emailed an order confirmation containing a registration link for the ZOOM webinar.

For more information: email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org

Event is sponsored by: Archdiocese of Detroit, Dioceses of Lansing, Saginaw and Kalamazoo, and Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Catholic Charities West Michigan.

 

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!”

Catholic Charities Project Bethlehem Seeks Sponsors

TOLEDO, OH—Catholic Charities Project Bethlehem Program seeks sponsors to offer Christmas assistance to individuals who have participated or are currently participating in our various direct service programs. Each regional office’s Project Bethlehem Program has a different focus and different contact person as follows:

Catholic Charities Norwalk Project Bethlehem offers assistance to individuals during the Christmas season who have received services in 2020 or are currently receiving services  from Catholic Charities. Individuals, families, churches, schools, businesses and service organizations are invited to sponsor an individual by donating Christmas gifts to those we serve in the Erie and Huron County areas. For more information on Norwalk Project Bethlehem, or to become a sponsor, please contact Deb Orth, Catholic Charities Adult Advocacy Services Case Aide, 419.668.3073 or email dorth@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Mansfield Project Bethlehem offers assistance to individuals during the Christmas season who have received services in 2020 or are currently receiving services from Catholic Charities. Individuals, families, churches, schools, businesses and service organizations are invited to sponsor an individual by donating Christmas gifts to those we serve in the Richland County area. For more information on Mansfield Project Bethlehem, or to become a sponsor, please contact Laurie Hamrick, Catholic Charities Case Manager, 419.524.0733 or email lhamrick@toledodiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Toledo Metropolitan Project Bethlehem Program offers assistance to children during the Christmas season who are currently receiving services from Catholic Charities La Posada Family Emergency Shelter, Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs. Individuals, families, churches, schools, businesses and service organizations are invited to sponsor a child by donating Christmas gifts to those we serve in the Toledo metropolitan area. For more information on Toledo Metropolitan Project Bethlehem, or to become a sponsor, please contact Jen Voigt, Catholic Charities Permanent Supportive Housing Coordinator at ‪419.214.4955; or email her at jvoigt@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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