CINCINNATI – Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio served 91,056 people across 11 counties last year according the 2015 Annual Report released recently. This is an 11 percent increase in the number of people served in 2014.
“We’re continuously looking for ways to better meet the needs of the most vulnerable in the community and are increasingly finding ways to serve where the need is greatest,” said Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio CEO Ted Bergh. “Mental health counselors were placed in 15 schools last year, and this year our Food for All Pantry is visiting food deserts in rural communities.”
Since its inception with the appointment of its first director 100 years ago, Catholic Charities has focused its efforts on serving the poor, protecting the vulnerable and welcoming immigrants and refugees. The agency will mark its milestone anniversary with a Centennial Celebration and Awards Dinner on Oct. 1 at the Cintas Center. One hundred Champions of Mercy from across the community will be recognized for being God’s mercy in serving the poor.
The 2015 Annual Report highlights results such as:
• 4,718,297 meals served through the Second Harvest Food Bank and mobile pantries.
• 1,719 clients provided mental health counseling services, a 25 percent increase.
• 1,767 children and 1,160 adults served through Early Childhood Mental Health consultations, a 32 percent and 53 percent increase.
• 1,363 immigrant households welcomed with guidance on becoming self-sustaining community members.
• 228 refugees resettled in Greater Cincinnati, a 70 percent increase.
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio is an United Way Agency Partner. Its programs serve the poor, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger regardless of religious background or country of origin. Visit www.ccswoh.org to learn more.