In October 2006, the Diocese of Toledo began Padua Center. It is a membership-based organization located in the rectory of the former Saint Anthony of Padua Church on Nebraska Avenue. It is a visible presence in the neighborhood.
The mission of Padua Center is to be a Christian community-based presence empowering people at all stages of life to achieve their maximum potential through education, counseling, support and community involvement.
Principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba):
- Unity (umoja)
- Self-determination (kujichagulia)
- Collective work (ujima)
- Cooperative economics (ujamaa)
- Purpose (nia)
- Creativity (kuumba)
- Faith (imani)
These are the basis for all programs of Padua Center.
Donations and grants fund Padua Center. Recent grants are from Center for Non-Profit Resources, Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Lynch Family Foundation, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Anastasia Fund, D’Youville Foundation and private and corporate donations.