Bridge the Gap
Bridge the Gap offers the Catholic community an opportunity to connect with local groups, organizations, schools, and parishes 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.
Facility maintenance and repair needsWho
Our Lady of Bethlehem School and Childcare (OLB)Goal
$50,000DescriptionGive to this Need
Since its founding by The Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus in 1956, Our Lady of Bethlehem School and Childcare (OLB) has served thousands of children from birth through Kindergarten and their families. Expert care and exemplary early childhood education are built on a foundation of faith and community.
Each year, OLB serves approximately 125 students and their families who come from 15 cities in the central Ohio area and more than 14 parishes throughout the Diocese of Columbus. Compared to 2017-18, we have 80 families who are Catholic (+7) and 23 families who are non-Catholic (+4). While students enrolled for the 2018-19 school year are predominantly White/Caucasian (85%), we have increased minority representation in our racial composite to include more African American (+1:%), Hispanic (+3%), Asian (+1%) and Indian (+1%) students than in years past.
OLB’s beautiful campus creates a welcoming yet safe backdrop, and the historic facility a nurturing environment for its students to succeed. OLB is that comfortable atmosphere that every parent wants for their child, but the age of the building can present financial and operational challenges. Student tuition and support from the community at large through private donations are the source of almost all funding for our mission. Facility maintenance that requires significant attention such as electrical and plumbing upgrades, central air conditioning installation, new roofing and flooring and continued upkeep can overshadow our attention to the many other facets of care and education.
Such extensive and frequent maintenance often disrupts day-to-day operations. Although student safety and well-being is always maintained, the disruption and adjustments to routines and schedules expends time that could be focused on learning and instruction. The ability to address maintenance more preventative and more thoroughly would allow us to serve students, families, staff and the community more adeptly and efficiently.
Bridge The Gap: St. Vincent Family Center Boiler Matching ProgramWho
St. Vincent Family CenterGoal
$20,000DescriptionGive to this Need
On February 2, 1875, the original St. Vincent Orphanage opened its doors to 8 young children, displaced from their families with no place to call home. A small group of kindhearted nuns managed this special place, dedicated to taking in and taking care of destitute children. 143 years later, St. Vincent Family Center still serves as a special place devoted to caring for children and families in desperate need of hope and support. Only now, they provide care to over 5,000 children every year – in their building and throughout our community.
As the community needs have evolved over the years, so has St. Vincent Family Center – but the building hasn’t always kept up. The winter months are now in full force, and the Orphanage turned Family Center is in need of a desperate upgrade – a new boiler.
The ADAMH Board of Franklin County will match all contributions 50:50 to defray the cost of this urgent capital need. The Catholic Foundation has agreed to grant $20,000 which leaves an additional $20,000 to be raised.
Bridge The Gap: Cristo Rey Professional Work Study ProgramWho
Cristo Rey Columbus High SchoolGoal
$29,500DescriptionGive to this Need
Cristo Rey Columbus High School employs an innovative Professional Work Study Program (PWSP) in which students work five full days a month in the professional offices of our business sponsors to fund a significant portion of the cost of their education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence and realize the relevance of their education.
Central Ohio organizations that want to support both education and future workforce development play a pivotal role in Cristo Rey Columbus’ proven success. Our business sponsors strengthen our efforts to ensure our students are discovering hope for a promising future in a career that will enable them to bring prosperity to themselves, their families, and their communities.
For more information on how this program works click HERE.
Bridge the Gap: St. Michael SchoolWho
St. Michael SchoolGoal
$35,358DescriptionGive to this Need
Established with the support of St. Michael parish in 1954, St. Michael is a Catholic community committed to academic and moral excellence.
Jesus Christ is the source and summit of all we do at St. Michael School, where teachers use best practices to ensure high academic achievement for all learners. School testing and scholarships earned give evidence that St. Michael students out-perform their peers locally and nationally.
Project Description: To put a vertical platform lift into St. Michael School so that we can create handicap access from the parking lot level of the parish grounds into the gym (and ground level of the school building). This meets an existing need for parish, inter-parochial sports and school.
For more information please click HERE.
Bridge The Gap: St. Vincent HavenWho
St. Vincent De Paul Housing FacilitiesGoal
50,000DescriptionGive to this Need
St. Vincent Haven’s mission states that with respect and compassion, motivated by gospel values and following the mission of the Society of St Vincent De Paul, the St. Vincent Haven will provide emergency housing to those men that are homeless with the goal of building the individual’s life skills as a foundation for housing security.
Men enter the shelter with various barriers ranging from mental health, developmental disability, and to addiction. Often they face a combination of the above. Though, it has been exposed that resident’s true poverty is not merely a poverty of goods. This poverty stems more so, out of a lack of recognition for their intrinsic self-worth, self-image, their human dignity, the reality that they are God’s chosen people and the pinnacle of His creation. They frequently come out of a lifetime of degradation, trauma, a lack of education and fatherless homes, which has all led to a myriad of impediments resulting in addictions, as well as, mental and behavioral health issues. This project aims to focus on overcoming all of the above barriers by identifying each individual’s unique needs, then implementation of an individualized action plan.
For more information about St. Vincent Haven please click here.
Bridge The Gap: The Turban ProjectWho
The Turban ProjectGoal
10000.00DescriptionGive to this Need
The Turban Project began in Ohio and has turned out over 2,000 turbans since June of 2012. Kim, and her husband Eric, are both cancer survivors and work tirelessly raising money for support of cancer patients and to find a cure.
A card is placed with each turban indentifying the names of those who have made them and that they are blessed by a priest. Priests from St. Edward, St. Francis, Blessed Sacrament, St. Leonard, or Our Lady of Mount Carmel bless the turbans and then they are distributed to the oncology/radiation centers in Licking County. The turbans are free to the patients. We have also mailed turbans, per request, to patients in Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Maine. We have made home visits and workplace visits for the convenience of patients.
This project has been a blessing that has come to a full circle. Not only do the patients know they are loved and being prayed for, the women who sew, embellish and package, the employees/medical team, and the patients have all felt the love and healing of God’s presence in this ministry. “Joyous” was a beautiful word that a receptionist at one of the offices said describes how people react when either wearing or knowing that someone cares enough to do this for them. It also lifts the spirits of those who work with the patients because it is something positive for them to share with their patients. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt can be given for tax purposes. Soft stretchy knit material, fancy pins, buttons, small butterfly and flower pins, etc., are utilized. Some have made donations “in memory of a loved one.”
Individual turbans are placed in baggies, blessed by a priest from St. Edward, St. Francis, Blessed Sacrament, St. Leonard or Our Lady of Mount Carmel and then taken to the chemotherapy sites.
Bridge The Gap: Back In His Arms Again - 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. 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. We have projected the actual ministry needs will exceed $50,000 and between our current funding, generous grants, and anticipated funding from our annual fundraiser and generous supporters we are confident Back In His Arms Again can meet the increased demand for services.