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Catholic Charities helps faith, friendships flourish at Camp Christopher

News of the Diocese

May 15, 2019

Meet Nate. He loves his weekends at the Community Respite camp at Camp Christopher so much that it has become a second home for him. The camp serves persons with disabilities.

For Nate, Camp Christopher’s Community Respite weekends are the highlight of his month. As a nonverbal adult with special needs, Nate’s parents were hesitant to send him away for an entire weekend at first. But three years later, Camp Christopher has become a second home to him.
Catholic Charities helps faith, friendships flourish at Camp Christopher
“The staff treats Nate like a real person, not a disability,” said Jeannine, Nate’s mom. “With Camp Christopher, we felt we finally found Nate’s world and everything that he needs, especially friends and wonderful staff that are more like family.”

You can help Catholic Charities create a camp without limits for campers with disabilities to experience God in nature. Click HERE to donate.

Imagine a camp where all are welcome regardless of abilities or disabilities. Catholic Charities’ Camp Christopher has been serving youth and adults from across the Diocese of Cleveland for 95 years. Unique to Camp Christopher are the camp opportunities available to persons with disabilities. Here, campers with disabilities can enjoy the same camp experiences as other campers their age. They can play, craft, swim, canoe, make friendships and best of all, they can pray and experience God in the natural beauty of their surroundings.

The parish appeal to benefit Camp Christopher will be May 18-19. Funds raised during that weekend will be used to open the door to camp for more youth and adults with disabilities through camperships, cabin construction and renovation and adaptive programs.

All new, increased and additional gifts will be doubled, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor through a $100,000 challenge grant. The challenge grant applies to gifts that are returned in envelopes available at all Mass the weekend of May 18-19, for those who donate online at, or text CAMP to the number 41444.

Contact Karen Joyce for more information.

Click HERE for details on the May 18-19 Catholic Charities parish appeal.

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