For the second year in a row, Catholic Charities is an official charity sponsor at the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon. This opportunity has opened the door for people throughout the community to get involved with helping the thousands of clients we serve each year. With a goal of raising $50,000, our mission at this year’s marathon is more than just making it across the finish line – it’s a dedication of time, emotion and energy to those who are in need of our services throughout the northwest Ohio area.
Last year, runner John Maher participated as a member on the Catholic Charities Glass City Marathon team. Below, John shares his story about how the lives of our clients influenced his drive to succeed on race day.
Last year, I had the opportunity to join a relay team and compete in the Glass City Marathon to fundraise for Catholic Charities.
Prior to the marathon, I was invited to tour the La Posada family shelter where I was humbled by the true compassion I saw and felt. Clients who had lost jobs or homes are assisted in becoming re-employed and re-housed. Clients who have difficulty managing finances are educated and brought out of that situation. This is truly a hand up, not a hand out as the return rate is very low.
While running my relay leg, I thought about what I saw at the shelter and it was emotional for me. I was carried by those emotions and I started out too fast. Three miles into the run I was feeling the effects of the fast start and started to slow down. I knew I would be done in a few miles, but the clients had a much longer term struggle. That carried me through to the finish.
After the 2013 marathon, I wanted to help more, so I asked to be considered as a volunteer for the next year and help however I could.
Please consider donating to the good work done by Catholic Charities. Follow this link to the team page and learn more: www.catholiccharitiesteam.kintera.org
~ John Maher, 2014 team committee chair
Participants who attend a Basic Budgeting Skills workshop will be entered twice in a drawing for a gift card. The two-hour workshops are hosted by Catholic Charities in Erie and Huron Counties.
Participants will learn to take control of their finances by learning how to budget, save for the future and pay off debt.
“Research has shown that at least 50 percent of the population does not know what or how to budget,” said Roxanne Sandles, Catholic Charities Housing Program Coordinator. “When you have the skills and knowledge to make wise choices with your money, you reduce stress and gain control of your situation. The comment we hear the most is, ‘I didn’t know it was that easy.’ Others attendees have said they have made significant changes in their household budget based on what they learned.”
For workshop dates, times, locations and to register, please contact Catholic Charities at 419-668-3073, ext. 103 or email@example.com. Funding for the workshops is provided by Norwalk Area United Fund and GeoTrac Foundation.