Day 99: History Lesson (80’s to present)

Bishop Anthony M. Pilla (Bishop of Cleveland from 1980 – 2006) appoints Fr. Walter H. Jenne as Secretary for Social Concerns.

Institutional orphaned population dwindles at Parmadale and more special needs children are accepted for treatment from the Cuyahoga County Department of Children Services, the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability; children also accepted from similar systems outside of Cuyahoga County.


  • Catholic Counseling Center establishes the first outpatient chemical dependency treatment program under contract with Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
  • Ground-breaking for Rose-Mary Center Children’s wings

Fr. Jenne recruits J. Thomas Mullen as consultant to restructure members of the Federation of Catholic Community Services


  • The first Intensive Treatment Facility built at Parmadale opens.
  • Matt Talbot Inn’s Board of Trustees founds Scarborough House, a three-quarter way house for recovering women. [Scarborough House spins off and becomes its own 501(C)3 organization; receives support from the Franciscans].

Rose-Mary Center’s first group home for adults, Euclid House, was opened.

August 1991
Creation of Catholic Charities Services Corporation for the purpose of planning, coordinating and assisting with the development, maintenance, operation and management of Catholic social programs and services for individuals, families, youth and young adults, elderly, disabled, poor and underprivileged. J. Thomas Mullen is President/CEO. [Two subsidiaries were subsequently formed in 1992: Catholic Social Services Corp of N.E. Ohio; Catholic Youth and Community Services Corp.]

March 19, 1992
Catholic Social Services Corporation of N.E. Ohio is formed under the parent company Catholic Charities Services Corporation and includes:

  • Catholic Counseling Center
  • Catholic Social Services of Cuyahoga County
  • Catholic Social Services of Lorain County
  • Catholic Social Services of Lake County
  • Catholic Social Services of Geauga County
  • Catholic Social Services of Medina, Ashland and Wayne Counties

July 1, 1993
Catholic Social Services and Counseling of Cuyahoga County is formed upon the merger of Catholic Social Services of Cuyahoga County and Catholic Counseling Center – at this point the services include Christ Child DePaul Day Care, Big Brothers and Sisters, DePaul Young Parent Program for pregnant or unwed teen mothers, Adoption/Birth Parent Services, Volunteer Services, Migration and Refugee Services, Outpatient Mental Health for youth and adults, Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment and Prevention for youth and Hispanic adults, Employment Services, Senior Nutrition Center Programs, Hispanic AIDS Education, Family Life Education and others. The agency has 15 service locations in Cuyahoga County. Anthony DeBaggis, Jr. is Executive Director. The merger was recommended by United Way and mandated by the new corporation.


  • Bishop Pilla appoints J. Thomas Mullen as the first layperson as Secretary for Social Concerns.
  • Catholic Charities Facilities Services, Inc. is established and is responsible for buildings and asset management for the properties within the Catholic Charities system of services. In the following years, Catholic Charities Housing was created for the purpose of developing affordable housing throughout the diocese. [To date, 14 housing projects have been completed, totaling over 1,100 living units. No Catholic Charities funds are utilized for these developments]
  • Some programs of Catholic Social Services of Cuyahoga County are “moved” to other entities: Volunteer Services becomes part of CCSC, Migration and Refugee Services become part of Parish Social Ministry, Adoption and Birth Parent Counseling is transferred to Catholic Social Services of Lorain County. DePaul Center is closed and sold to Cuyahoga Community College.
  • The last Humilty of Mary Executive Director of Rose-Mary Center, Sr. Rosemary Hammer, retired; and the first lay Executive Director patricia A. Colombo was hired.
  • The second Intensive Treatment Facility built at Parmadale opens, along with the Multi Purpose Center.


  • Catholic Social Services Corporation of N. E. Ohio is merged into Catholic Charities Services Corporation. Anthony DeBaggis, Jr. retires as Executive Director of Catholic Social Services of Cuyahoga County and the position is eliminated. [Some entities under Catholic Youth and Community Services are eventually also merged into Catholic Charities Services Corporation, e.g. Matt Talbot Inn, St. Martin De Porres, Fatima Family Center, etc.]
  • St. Anthony Adult Day Center, a social day program for seniors with developmental and or physical disabilities, was opened.

Bishop Anthony J. Pilla dedicates the Ellen Bonnie Mandel Sensory Garden and Sensory Room at Rose-Mary Center, one of the first of its kind in Ohio, providing sensory stimulation and activities for the children.

Establishment of Catholic Community Care, an alliance of Catholic hospitals and nursing homes within the diocese


  • Catholic Charities Health and Human Services incorporated for the purpose of overseeing the management and operations of the supporting organizations – [Catholic Charities Corporation, Catholic Charities Services Corporation, Catholic Charities Facilities and Housing Corporation, Rose-Mary Center, St. Augustine Health Campus, Catholic Charities Parish and Community Services, Diocesan Social Action, Catholic Social Services of Summit County, CYO and Community Services of Summit County – and with links to Catholic Community Care and Caritas Connection]. J. Thomas Mullen named President and CEO.
  • Parmadale Family Services merges with Catholic Charities Services of Cuyahoga County.

Catholic Charities Services Corporation establishes Matt Talbot for Women, a residential treatment center for women who are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs, and their children. This is in direct response to a need identified by the Cuyahoga County Dept. of Children and Family Services. This is a “sister” organization to Matt Talbot Inn.

Establishment of Caritas Connection, a formal partnership between Catholic Charities Health and Human Services, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, and the CSA Health System

Merger of Catholic Community Care and Caritas Connection to form Catholic Community Connection

Catholic Charities Community Services incorporated to oversee the management of employment and training, family centers and day care programs within Catholic Charities Health and Human Services


  • Merger of Catholic Social Services of Summit County into CYO & Community Services
  • Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland (as of 2006) dedicates the new Parmadale Institute, a state-of-the-art secure residential treatment facility for youth between the ages of 11 and 21 years old. Located on the campus of Parmadale Family Services in Parma, Ohio, the Parmadale Institute is licensed for up to 80 children able to be housed in 5 distinct living units for 16 children each, by the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH). Also accredited by the Joint Commission. The Parmadale Institute includes over 100,000 square feet of secure residential and therapeutic facilities, and features a 50,000 square feet secure outdoor courtyard to promote therapeutic activities and recreation within the complex. The Parmadale Institute is designed to provide services for youth with the most intensive and high frequency behavioral health needs, including youth with a history of mental illness; intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); issues of drug abuse and chemical dependency; and a significant history of aggression and/or self-injury.


  • Summit County organization, CYO & Community Services, joins Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Patrick Gareau appointed President and CEO for Catholic Charities Health and Human Services


  • Rose-Mary Center celebrates its 90th anniversary—of service to community as a member of Catholic Charities
  • Catholic Charities celebrates its 100th anniversary