Dear Editor:

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Catholic Charities Tri-County District Office is committed to helping our neighbors throughout Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties who are struggling to make ends meet or are facing challenges impacting their health and well-being.

Our Emergency Financial Assistance staff continues to conduct assessments and provide information and referrals to other available community resources helping with access to food, household items and personal care items. We are also assisting where we can with housing, rent, utilities and other related basic living needs.

We understand the effect self-isolation can have on both our aging population and on one’s mental health. Our Friendly Phones program in Orleans County is operating and accepting referrals. Our Home Visitation program serving Genesee County is operating as well, but they have adapted by using phone calls. In addition, Ashlee Nowak, LMSW, has joined our team as a mental health counselor. Ashlee is accepting referrals and conducting sessions via phone.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at (585) 343-0614 and leave a message. You will receive a call back from a blocked or private number and we will immediately identify ourselves as a Catholic Charities staff member.

These programs can continue both during this crucial time and into the future, thanks to our generous supporters. If you are able to help, please visit ccwny.org/donation for more information.

Be well!

Kelly Y. Grimaldi

Catholic Charities

Kelly Y. Grimaldi is director of the Tri-County District of Catholic Charities. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Psychotherapy “R” Privilege:

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