Editor:

Over the past year, 2,563 neighbors in need of all ages throughout Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties were served by the six programs Catholic Charities offers here.

We provided basic emergency assistance, including support for food and finding housing resources. Our licensed counselors offered counseling services for all ages. Our Friendly Phones program brought a sense of connectivity and enhanced quality of life to dozens of homebound seniors in Genesee and Orleans counties.

We worked with more than 100 domestic violence offenders for systemic social change in a coordinated community response.

We are committed to staying at the forefront in providing basic assistance and crucial programs, which serve as a beacon of HOPE for our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet, or who are facing new challenges with their mental health and well-being.

However, we can’t continue to be that beacon without your generous support. Appeal 2021, which benefits Catholic Charities’ programs and services, recently launched with a goal of $10 million to address the critical need for the tens of thousands through not only Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, but all eight counties of Western New York.

If you or someone you know needs assistance — even if you have never needed it before — in Genesee, Orleans or Wyoming counties, call us directly at (585) 343-0614. We have offices located in Batavia, Albion and Perry.

It is a challenging time for all of us, but thanks to our generous supporters, these crucial Catholic Charities programs continue now when they are needed most. If you can help, please visit ccwny.org/donation. Appeal 2021 runs through June 30.

Kelly Grimaldi

Tri-County District Director, Catholic Charities

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