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Western New York Catholic Charities assistance programs.

A number of centers and churches are part of the Catholic Charities of western New York organization. Resources are available to the needy in the counties of Wyoming, Genesee, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County. Programs may also be available for some of the surrounding towns and cities as well.

Contact a center to look into any Emergency Assistance programs. Applicants will need to go through a free, quick assessment. If you are found to be qualified and if Catholic Charities can meet your need they will assist. Or some individuals may receive a referral to an appropriate non-profit community resource in Genesee County or other regions. The staff is aware of services that are available within the agency and the community at large. Get help with meeting basic needs such as financial assistance food, prescription medications, housing and heating expenses.

Often combined with any financial aid is appointments for personal, credit and family counseling. Or maybe attend budgeting and financial management classes. All of this is offered by the intake staff in an effort to address the root cause of the hardship.

During the cold New York winter, look into the Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund which is offered for National Fuel customers. Catholic Charities process applications for this resource. The program is focused on helping elderly, low income, handicapped, disabled, or others who are struggling. Funds for paying heating bills may be offered to residents facing medical emergencies. All grants are paid out on a first come, first serve basis to qualified residents. (716) 896-6388

Food pantries are maintained by Catholic Charities and many local churches. Generally the locations will offer emergency food and also offer information and referrals. Trained volunteers work at many of the pantries. Fund raisers and donations are always needed to help keep the pantries filled.

Some of the centers may from time to time have other basic goods and household items, such as clothing. This can include book bags and school supplies for students. Children and others may receive free winter clothes. Some locations provides basic clothing needs for newborns and new moms in need who reside in Cattaraugus and nearby counties.





The Christmas Toy Program will attempt to ensure that children, infants, and young teenagers receive toys, food, and needed clothes around the holidays. A number of items may be offered to the less fortunate.

Immigration and Refugee Assistance Programs are a specialty of Catholic Charities. They have supported people in Western New York for years. Some of the programs provided may include resettlement services such as assistance with food, housing, clothing, employment, as well as immigration assistance. Individuals are welcome in the region and are accepted into Catholic Charity programs regardless of their religious background, age, and other factors. Help with Green Card and naturalization applications are provided. Also learn about all programs for newcomers that are available in Wyoming and Genesee County.

Outreach to the Aging is offered in Chautauqua County. Case managers will offer services such as referral and advocacy for the elderly in the region. Catholic Charities and its staff can also assist in linking seniors with desired spiritual/religious services.

Another program for senior citizens is the Comprehensive Care Program. This is an intensive case management program focused on providing options, solutions and supports within the community to empower seniors 60 years of age and older. It will allow them to remain living in their homes and thrive as well. Specifically, get assistance with obtaining available entitlements, access individualized care planning, and sign up for consultation to discuss your needs.





Catholic Charity churches in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and nearby counties

Albion Office is at 243 S. Main St.. Call (585) 589-7477
417 West Main Street, SS. Peter & Paul R.C. Church, Arcade, New York 14009. Main telephone number is (585) 492-0407.
Batavia Office, 25 Liberty St. Suite 7, Batavia, New York 14020. Call (585) 343-0614
Cheektowaga Office, 3719 Union Rd., (716) 681-7394
425 Main St., Dunkirk,  NY 14048, call (716) 366-3533 for information
Jamestown Office is located at 560 West Third St.. The main phone number is (716) 484-9188
Kenmore Catholic Charity center is 3370 Delaware Ave.. The office can be reached at (716) 877-8822
Lackawanna Office, 33 Wilkesbarre Ave., Lackawanna, NY 14218, main phone is (716) 822-6877
Bewley Bldg. Suite 450, Lockport, New York 14094, call (716) 433-0246 for information on assistance programs.
Main/Bryant Office, 1298 Main St., Buffalo,  NY 14209, dial (716) 882-9193
North Tonawanda Office, 1465 Payne Ave., call (716) 282-2351
Catholic Charities - Olean Office. Address is 2636 West State St. (Suite 301), Olean, NY 14760, call (716) 372-0101
40 Main St., Hamburg,  NY 14075, dial (716) 648-6515
Warsaw Office, 4 W. Buffalo St. Suite B, dial (585) 786-3440
Wellsville Office is at 67 E. Pearl St.. Main phone (585) 593-2015
839 Mill Road, West Seneca, New York 14224, dial (716) 681-7394




By Jon McNamara

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