Areas of Need
Help Bridge the Gap
Bridge the Gap offers the Catholic community an opportunity to connect with local, non-profit organizations that need additional financial resources to help with a project or program. These funds come from individuals like you – every dollar helps these ministries Bridge the Gap to meet their goals.
The Catholic Foundation takes care to ensure all organizations and requests listed below are in alignment with our Catholic teachings and beliefs. A contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated.
Guardian Angel ProgramWho
Pregnancy Decision Health CentersGoal
$18,540DescriptionGive to this Need
The Guardian Angel Program is an 18 month program for women who are desirous and highly motivated to radically change their lives for the better. At the end of the 18 month program, enrollees in the program will be transformed into independently strong mothers who have character, sound decision making and relationship management skills, are highly employable, have educational goals, and have a significant relationship with God. One of the steps in this transformation is the removal of the mother from an environment which is counter-productive to her growth. Since the enrollee will be emulating real life by paying 30% of their income (the central Ohio average for housing) and encouraging independence over dependence. An additional effect of the housing assistance program will be the opportunities for collaboration with organizations that would not normally entertain such collaboration further impacts the community now and in the future. Collaborative partners may include colleges and universities, grocery store chains, big box retail, hotel chains, churches, schools, hospitals, etc.
Burial for the NeedyWho
Back In His Arms AgainGoal
$17,500DescriptionGIve to this Need
Back In His Arms Again’s mission is to honor each life with a dignified and proper burial. We currently serve between 100-120 families each month in the Central Ohio area which is a sizable increase over last year. Franklin county has the highest infant mortality rate in the state of Ohio, in fact, it is the highest infant mortality rate experienced in the past 50 years. In the first half of 2015 our area infant death rate for full term losses was 7.7 per 1,000 births with a disproportionately high rate of African Americans in predominately low income areas, and this has remained unchanged for 2016. This explains why many of our families are from low income areas. Additionally, we serve an equally high number of losses under 20 weeks gestation. As the families contacting us with financial needs continues to increase, our financial resources to assist them with a simple dignified burial is continually strained. This strain has the ministry humbly searching for additional funding resources to provide these families the opportunity to bury their infant with love and dignity in accordance with our most basic Catholic value of respecting all life from conception to natural death.
Due to our current infant death rate in Central Ohio we are experiencing an increase of requests for financial assistance. For 2016 we have allocated $17,500 for family financial assistance. We have projected the actual ministry needs will exceed $50,000. Between our current funding, this generous grant, and anticipated 2017 funding from our annual fundraiser and generous supporters we are confident Back In His Arms Again can meet the increased demand for services.
St. Joseph Chapel Worship NeedsWho
Mother Angeline McCrory ManorGoal
$5,500DescriptionGive to this Need
All specialty items which include altar cloths, trays/sets, cruets, holy water pot with sprinkler, credence table, pall, censers and boats as well as our daily Mass prayer and hymnal books are replacements. These items play an essential role in the worship experience in a most profound way. It is through our sacraments that we learn to find nourishment for our lives and strength to continue on our journey of faith. Our current items are “hand me downs” from St. Rita and St. Raphael, items from our homes which were established in 1948/1949. These specialty items need to be replaced in order to enhance our liturgy in all aspects of our Catholic Mass. We must provide the best items available for this important work we call worship.
With this grant assistance we can enable our Mother Angeline McCrory Manor congregation, residents and residents’ family members, to continue to worship and pray to the Lord in a more glorified manner with reverence and with a joyful heart. We are grateful for your consideration to helping us fulfill our obligations to our elderly residents at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor.
Transportation for Inner-City YouthWho
Run the Race ClubGoal
$20,000DescriptionGive to this Need
Many of our “Racers” live too far to walk to the Center and if they can walk, they are walking in dangerous neighborhoods. Most of their parents do not have cars, etc. We transport children in the inner city to The Run The Race Center so they can be in a safe, loving environment that encourages them in their academic, spiritual, emotional and physical development. We hope to raise enough money to cover the expense of a 12 passenger van. The expected result is that more and more children in the inner city will get homework help, food, meals, clothes, art, music, sports and love from the many volunteers of The Run The Race Club. The fundraisers and mailing solicitations throughout the year will cover other costs: insurance, repairs, gas and hourly wage for our driver.