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Schuyler County and Chemung Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Basic and emergency needs can be addressed by Catholic Charities for residents of Chemung County and Schuyler. They administer a wide range of services for the poor, unemployed, and individuals who are faced with a crisis that was not caused by them. The agency also works to establish long-term solutions for poverty relief.

Many of the programs are run from the Samaritan Center and a place known as Second Place East Homeless Services. This allows Catholic Charities to offer a one stop location to run their programs from and allows the churches and the organization to more efficiently and effectively provide financial and other assistance to individuals and families in crisis situations.

Generally each person requesting assistance from the organization will need to meet with a social worker or Case Manager to complete an assessment of needs. They will receives free guidance, referrals and support. Qualified clients may receive assistance within the Chemung County Emergency Services Center. Or they may be directed to other resources, services or government programs in the community. All of this should lead to long-term solutions for clients.

Some of the emergency aid is for the following. Food, Clothing, and other Personal Care type items. Some medical assistance may be offered, including Prescription Drug Assistance as well as Health Insurance. Emergency Shelter and HEAP Applications can be processed by Catholic Charities.

Homeless prevention services are offered to people facing eviction. This can include Emergency Housing or Rent Assistance as well as Referrals for Financial Planning, Credit Counseling and Budgeting. The main office for the Samaritan Center is located at 380 S. Main St. in Elmira, New York. A similar service is for other nearby counties as well. For example, the Catholic Charity Schuyler Outreach Emergency Services is available and it offers many of the same resources.

A key service is the Housing Solutions Program. This offers free or low cost case management, housing and other more general support services to families and individuals who are either currently homeless or who are at-risk of becoming homeless. The Case Management Services include information on Affordable Housing as well as Budget Counseling. Some of the rent and housing programs are funds for Utility Bill Assistance, Rent and even Security Deposits.




Catholic Charities provides general support and advice as well. This can include, but is not limited to, Community Referrals For Employment, Assistance with Access to Additional Eligible Benefits, and Physical/Mental Health Services.

Food pantries are available. The Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry is a regional network of almost 10 different food banks and pantries located throughout Chemung and Schuyler County. The locations provide individuals and families with a 3 day supply of free groceries or food each and every month. The addresses of the centers are below.

Catherine Court, 408 W Main St, Montour Falls (residents only)
Cayuta Town Hall, St Rt 224
Schuyler Outreach, 112 10th St, Watkins Glen
Hector Presbyterian Church, 5511 St Rt 414
Jefferson Village, 222 E 2nd St, Watkins Glen (residents only)
Romeo Village, 118 W Broadway, Montour Falls (residents only)
Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, Rte 227
Monterey Fire Department, Cty Rd 16

Other regional programs include the Schuyler County After-School Programs. This is available in partnership with Catholic Charities and it runs in Bradford, Watkins Glen, and Odessa-Montour. It provides students a safe place to stay after school and participate in a number of activities, including homework assistance.




The Runaway and Homeless Program is for anyone who is age 21 or younger. It provides them with intervention and assistance. The program is aimed at those who are currently homeless or if the youngster is at risk of running away from home. Receive emergency aid including Food, Clothing, Shelter as well as Conflict Resolution/Mediation.

The main Catholic Charity centers and churches are as follows.

215 E Church St #100, Elmira, New York, call (607) 734-9784

307 Hoffman St is also located in Elmira. Call this location at (607) 734-4263

607 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Telephone - (607) 535-2050





By Jon McNamara


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