Catholic Charities - Where We are Today

For a century, Catholic Charities has been the love of Christ to others – not just by giving food or shelter but by having heartfelt concern for everyone who comes to us.  As Pope Francis and Pope Benedict have stated, the charitable organizations of the Catholic Church are not just non-governmental organizations, only meeting material needs but nothing more.  We are different because we are people of faith bringing the love of Christ to those in need.

We also fulfill the command of Christ by challenging our clients to realize their own ability to be self-sufficient and help them develop the skills to accomplish their goals.  We want each client to know their dignity and discover God’s plan for his or her life.

Bonita After moving her children from place to place after losing everything, Bonita found a home for her family at Miriam House, Catholic Charities’ transitional home in Norwalk for women with children.  “I’m just so, so grateful to everyone here.  They made the transition so easy for us.  They were so welcoming.  This isn’t like a shelter, it’s a home.  I have peace of mind now.  God is in this place.”
~ Bonita, former Miriam House guest

Michael and Mikeyleh“We were in a bad way … I had nowhere to turn.  I really didn’t know what I was going to do.  I have these girls to take care of.  Then, thank God, somebody told me about La Posada … This has given us a chance to breathe, to get organized.  It’s like a new beginning – stability when there was none.  We’re all very grateful.  You can’t even imagine.”
~ Michael, former La Posada guest and father of two

Since 1914, our organization has grown tremendously.  Last year alone, we served more than 50,000 people.  We have several services dedicated to helping people of all faiths in 19 counties of northwest Ohio.  Listed below are our current programs and services:

Feeding the Hungry
Helping Hands of St. Louis
H.O.P.E. Food Pantry

Sheltering the Homeless
La Posada Family Emergency Shelter
Miriam House
Supportive Housing

Financial Assistance Programs
Community Emergency Services
Financial Education Workshops

Adoption Services
Support for Unplanned Pregnancies
Domestic and International Adoption Services
Post-Adoption Search and Reunion

Adult Advocacy Services for the Elderly
Guardianship Services
Payee Services

Jail and Prison Ministry
Support for Catholic retreat team volunteers who minister within facilities, for family members of the imprisoned, and for re-entry into society

Respect Life
Support for Parish Respect Life Groups, Education and Advocacy

Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing
Confidential Help for Women and Men

Support for Parish Ministries
Bereavement Ministry

Disaster Relief
Help after Local Disasters

Social Justice Education and Advocacy
Catholic Social Teaching
CCHD: Annual Grants for Fighting Poverty
CCHD: National Youth Art Competition

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Our Mission

Catholic Charities makes real the love that God has for each individual person regardless of their 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.