TOLEDO—Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo served 25 percent more people in 2011 compared with 2010, according to recently compiled statistics.
The number of clients increased from 31,000 to 41,000 throughout the 19 counties Catholic Charities serves in northwest Ohio, which include Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot counties.
Significant increases in 2011 included:
• The number of clients provided with pregnancy support, adoption and post-adoption services doubled, with 304 people receiving services.
• Jail and Prison Ministry served 816 individuals, an increase of 35 percent.
• Prescription assistance tripled in Richland, Huron and Erie Counties, serving a total of 2,683 clients.
• Mansfield HOPE Pantry expanded hours of operation and the number of visits to the pantry doubled, with clients visiting the pantry 9,342 times.
• Catholic Charities served a total of 90,435 meals at three locations: Helping Hands of St. Louis in Toledo, La Posada Family Shelter in Toledo and the Miriam House transitional housing program in Norwalk. Helping Hands became a ministry of Catholic Charities in 2011, serving 68,700 meals.