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.
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
“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:
Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing
Confidential Help for Women and Men
Support for Parish Ministries
Help after Local Disasters