For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has served the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Our programs have changed over the years, but our commitment to serve the poor, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger has not wavered.
These are unprecedented times due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently advised against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. Cincinnati Public Schools closed all schools March 16 – April 5 as was mandated by Ohio Governor Mike Dewine.
Catholic Charities will continue to serve local families with critical services while taking precautions to minimize risk to all staff, volunteers and clients. We are reassessing key services to continue while suspending services that are non-critical at this time. Our team will continue to serve and empower clients, but adaptations are being made in order to reduce in-person contact.
Catholic Charities will continue to provide services as remotely as possible, some on a case-by-case basis, and these include our Su Casa Hispanic Center, immigration legal services, refugee resettlement services, senior and caregiver support, early childhood mental health consultations, parenting support, mental health counseling and selected food pantries. All programs that will continue have been evaluated to provide improved safety for clients and staff. Some programs have been modified. For example, our Senior Companions program, which provides support to low income seniors, will now be calling to check-in and maintain social interaction.
As this moment in time, programs that are temporarily suspended through April 6 are:
- Health Fairs/Health Days
- Buckle Up Classes
- Madres Classes
- Safe Sleep Classes
- ESOL Classes
- Job Placement Classes
- Computer and Financial Literacy Classes
- In-Person Caregiver Support Groups
- Fitness Classes
Catholic Charities will be monitoring this closely and plans to resume all services in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health’s recommendations. We will continue to maintain staff over the next 3 weeks, although many staff will be working from home. For all questions about services, please call (513) 241-7745.
Catholic Charities’ services and staff rely on the continued prayers and donations from the public to continue. Our request in these trying times is that donors and funders maintain their regular donations and payments. We will be responsive and accountable for how resources are allocated and for any adjustments that are made to our services. For questions about services, please contact Patrick Reynolds-Berry, Family Programs Director, at 513-672-3712. For questions about donations and grants, please contact Dan Sarell, Director of Mission Advancement, at 513-672- 3710.
Through faith and prudent action, Catholic Charities calls for continued solidarity to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and to also ensure that those who rely on social services, like food assistance, mental health counseling, and emergency assistance continue to be connected to the resources they need daily. Please monitor our social platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, and Twitter) to get our latest updates.
Ted Bergh, CEO of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
Tony Stieritz, CEO-Elect of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio