Nearly 2 million dollars contributed to making the lives of New Yorkers better.
Concern for the well-being of our New York neighbors, from Staten Island to the Lower Hudson Valley, is galvanizing. From the working family struggling to put enough food on the table, the child needing afterschool programming to help them excel in school and stay safe in their neighborhoods, to mental health, eviction prevention, and affordable housing, Catholic Charities of New York is there every day for over 400,000 people in any given year.
Addressing the human need in New York is unifying and bipartisan. It transcends political ideologies, race, religious differences, and ideological beliefs. Our elected representatives recognize the mosaic of our people, the needs of thousands of New Yorkers, and the work Catholic Charities of New York does every day through our 90 agencies. This year, under the leadership of US Senator Chuck Schumer (D), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) and Congresspersons Nicole Malliotakis (R) and Ritchie Torres (D), have secured resources to help Catholic Charities New York provide help and create hope for so many.
Catholic Charities of Staten Island, founded in 1871, is one of our oldest agencies serving the needs of thousands of people on Staten Island. Representative Nicole Malliotakis and Senator Gillibrand, recognized the services provided there and were able to secure $1.5 million to help the Mount Loretto campus on Hylan Boulevard renovate their client-choice pantry and food hub. In addition, Catholic Charities Staten Island will be able to purchase two mobile pantry vans, expanding their delivery to underserved areas. The renovation will also allow the Mount Loretto campus to provide a centralized programming space for their adult Day Habilitation, Supported Employment, and Supplemental Day Habilitation after-school programs for those with special needs.
Catholic Charities Community Services’ South Bronx Food Hub serves thousands of people each year, by providing case management services, financial literacy programs, and nutritious pantry options. With the assistance of Representative Ritchie Torres, $204,281 is being provided to double the space and renovate our receiving facilities to accommodate larger trucks and more frequent deliveries. Representative Torres is also providing an additional $250,000 to the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice to fully activate the Morrison Public Plaza and Open Market. Permanent kiosks and portable vendor stalls will be installed, creating a bustling community gathering and event space. There will be an open Market featuring a Farm Stand featuring fresh & affordable produce, as well as pop-up opportunities for existing merchants and new entrepreneurs.