Day 98: History Lesson (60’s and 70’s)

Our timeline continues…

Catholic Charities sponsors acquisition of 15 acres of land in Warrensville Heights for Little Sisters of the Poor home for the aged


  • Fr. Michael Ivanko appointed Director of Catholic Charities
  • Catholic Counseling Center is formed through a merger of the Catholic Child Guidance Clinic and the Catholic Youth Service Bureau, serving children and adolescents from preschool to age 21, and their parents. Richard Kelly is its first Executive Director.


  • Catholic Counseling Center adds a School Social Work Section.
  • Matt Talbot Inn is founded by Fr. Bernard Scarborough, O.F. M. as a halfway house to provide residential care for men recovering from alcohol and other drug addiction. It is named after the Venerable Matt Talbot, an 18th century Irishman who overcame the affliction of addiction by submitting to God, his Higher Power. [Matt Talbot Inn is currently a 27-bed primary residential treatment center for men recovering from addiction].


  • Rose-Mary Center changed its mission to serve children with developmental disabilities
  • CYO of Summit County incorporated to encourage, promote and conduct activities toward the betterment of community, especially its youth


  • Bishop Clarence G. Issenmann (Bishop of Cleveland from 1966 – 1974) appoints Fr. Casimir Ciolek as Director of Catholic CharitiesCatholic Charities Bureau is renamed Catholic Family and Children’s Services.

St. Augustine Manor incorporated at 7818 Detroit Avenue to provide services not limited to but primarily for elderly persons

30 autonomous social service agencies affiliated with the Diocese and recipients of Catholic Charities funding formed voluntary alliance, Federation of Catholic Community Services which becomes a centralized programming, planning and administrative body. Its first Executive Director is Frank Catliotta from 1972 – 1983.

Catholic Counseling Center adds the Youth Outreach Program on Near West Side which developed into the Hispanic Services Office.


  • First women elected to Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities Corporation
  • St. Anthony Home for Boys merges with Parmadale and children from its original site of 8301 Detroit Avenue move into cottages 4, 18 and 20. There is a name chage to “Parmadale Family Services” as a result of the union of Parmadale Children’s Village of St. Vincent DePaul and the St. Anthony Home for Boys and Young Men.


  • Fr. Edward J. Camille develops diocesan Secretariat management system.
  • Bishop James A. Hickey (Bishop of Cleveland from 1974 – 1980) appoints Fr. Camille as the first Secretary for Social Concerns, which includes the director of Catholic Charities.

Catholic Social Services of Cuyahoga County is formed through a merger of Catholic Family and Children’s Services, Catholic Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the DePaul Maternity and Infant Home.