A message from
The Most Reverend Richard Gerard Lennon,
Bishop of Cleveland
The love of Jesus truly powers our mission at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Cleveland. Through your generosity and God’s graces, we are able to provide assistance to people in Northeast Ohio who struggle with unemployment and underemployment, illness and disabilities, addiction, loneliness, hunger and despair.
I am personally inviting you to again offer your support and make a gift to the 2016 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal, and in doing so would like to introduce you to a very special young man who has benefited from your love and generosity.
David is 29 years old and has Down’s syndrome. Nearly every week he helps his mother feed the homeless people at a soup kitchen in Akron. The men and women served there can’t help but notice David because he loves to make them smile, sometimes by dressing up in football gear and talking sports, and at other times telling them how much he loves the Lord.
Yet, David has the same needs as many young adults – the need for friends and independence.
Those needs are being filled by Catholic Charities Respite, a weekend gathering at Camp Christopher for young adults with disabilities. Now, David is able to have an “adventure” that he can call his own; while his mother marvels at “the wonderful people” of Catholic Charities that serve this special group of people.
To David, your generosity is priceless, affording him a life of dignity and potential. Please consider making your Annual Appeal gift today which will allow us to help more people like David who truly need your assistance.
Just as Pope Francis embraces the sick and infirmed and reaches out to everyone he meets with love and affection, you can embrace your brothers and sisters in need with love by supporting the 2016 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Every gift, no matter the amount, will make a difference!
Your financial support will reach people throughout Northeast Ohio who suffer in many ways – personal loss, disabilities, violence, hunger and poverty. You are reaching them by continuing the work of Jesus on earth. Thank you! May God bless you abundantly as you answer His call to love others.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Richard Gerard Lennon
Bishop of Cleveland