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Catholic Charities Thanks Its Supporters

To The Reader’s Forum:

Over the past year, 14,522 neighbors in need of all ages throughout Chautauqua County were served by the seven programs Catholic Charities offers here. We provided basic emergency assistance, including support for food and resources for housing. Our licensed counselors offered counseling services for all ages. We worked with more than 60 domestic violence offenders for systemic social change in a coordinated community response. WIC, which aims to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk, served thousands.

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 hope 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 Chautauqua County, 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 Chautauqua County, call us directly at (716) 366-3533. We have offices located in Dunkirk, Jamestown, Sherman and Westfield.

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.

Maria Perez-Cruz

Chautauqua County District Director, Catholic Charities

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