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Disaster Relief

Help After Local Disasters

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." Psalms 34:18

Catholic Charities provides outreach to communities affected by natural disasters such as flooding or tornadoes. Catholic Charities may coordinate volunteer support personnel, provide case management, solicit donations, and may assist with long-term recovery. We strive to reflect God’s mercy to the community at large. Regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic status, Catholic Charities is there to help. For more information, please contact Catholic Charities Regional Director Rebecca Owens, 419-524-0733, ext. 225 or

Catholic Charities may facilitate local collections in times of major natural disasters in other areas of the country and the world. These funds are distributed to local Catholic Charities agencies directly providing disaster response. No administrative fees are taken out by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo.

Your Response Has Been Tremendous

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo’s special collections for disaster relief are having a profound impact in areas devastated by natural disasters. All of these funds, dollar for dollar, have been directed to Catholic Charities agencies and Catholic Relief Services.

“The donations, from people across Northwest and West Central Ohio, are making a great impact in helping those whose lives have been disrupted in this country and many others,” Schuster adds. “We continue to keep our brothers and sisters devastated by these storms in our prayers as they continue to rebuild and reestablish their lives.”

Donations are first used for emergency assistance, helping to meet individuals and families' immediate needs: providing food, water, temporary shelter, clothing, medicine and medical care, hygiene and cleaning kits, crisis counseling, and transportation. Long-term recovery efforts include case management, home damage assessments, housing repair and home rebuilding in all of the affected areas.