Cardinal Dolan Blesses Orange County Expansion

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Honors New Hope & Services for Those Most in Need

Cardinal Dolan ushered in spring yesterday, March 31, along with the season’s redemption, recovery, rebirth, when he joined dignitaries, staff and those served to bless Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County at its new site in Monticello.

Catholic Charities’ expansion from Orange County into Sullivan County began over a year ago when it was selected to take over and turn around services at the full-spectrum chemical dependency program, now named Catholic Charities Monticello, located there. 

But clearly in Sullivan County, the poorest county in New York State where two out of three residents qualify for public assistance, there was need for intervention before those facing so many challenges turn to drugs.  So the newly formed Catholic Charities dual-county organization is expanding case management and immigration services it offers there.

Joyce, 55, who struggled with addiction for 35 years, knows the value of this support from hard experience.  An inpatient at the rehab program, she confronted poverty, homelessness and abuse before coming to Catholic Charities for help.

“It’s an honor that they teach me how to live today,” she told all who would listen at the Sullivan County event.

Case management provides emergency relief services to individuals and families coping with homelessness, hunger and destitution.  Immigration Services provides legal and case management services for those newly arrived from other nations.  Meanwhile, a Resource Exchange, new to Sullivan County, helps those in need access donated furniture, household items and other basic necessities to help improve their quality of life.

“While Sullivan County is an area of great scenic beauty, it is also one of the most impoverished counties in New York State and with that comes related issues, including addiction, hunger and homelessness,” said Sullivan County Division of Health and Family Services Commissioner Joseph Todora who attended the ceremony. “Catholic Charities is a great community partner and shares our commitment to helping Sullivan County residents enjoy healthier lives.”

Contact Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County for help.

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