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Senior Citizens to Receive Assistance Through a Generous Grant to Catholic Charities NY

By Jim Sliney Jr 

The Field Hall Foundation has deep roots in caring for people with incurable diseases. In 1879 an Episcopal nun named Louise Gardner Hall opened the “House of the Holy Comforter” – a place where the physical and spiritual needs of the incurably ill could be met. In 1887, Cortlandt de Peyster Field founded the “Catharine Field Home” in honor of his mother – a home for the care of elderly women. Many years and many changes later, the heart of this mission evolved into the Field Hall Foundation, dedicated to providing grants that will improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties, NY.

Now, in July of 2019, the Field Hall Foundation has honored Catholic Charities Community Services of Putnam and Northern Westchester (CCCS - a division of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York) with a generous $50,000 grant. The check was handed over by the program officer of the Field Hall Foundation, Patti Lavan Horvath.

The Putnam County Courier reported that, the regional director of CCCS of Putnam and Northern Westchester, Frank Kortright, said, “Many seniors in Putnam are living on a fixed income with limited resources. When an emergency arises, a majority of the elderly find themselves in difficult straits. By offering advocacy the person in need discovers many wonderful resources that exist locally and regionally that can provide assistance. Most of the time, the person in need is unaware of these services and how to make connections and bridge gaps.”

Beatriz Diaz Taveras, director of the Catholic Charities Community Services of New York proclaimed, “We will now be able to provide many more services for our senior citizen population – a group of men and women who have served us over the years. Now it is our time to give back. With this generosity, Catholic Charities will be able to assist those in need since our work is grounded in the belief in that each person as made in the image of God and the building of a just and compassionate society especially for the most vulnerable.”

The generous support by Field Hall Foundation will go a very long way to providing those vital services and to making local seniors and elderly aware that they have that safety net in times of trouble. Supporting the needs of the mentally and physically challenged and feeding and housing New Yorkers in need is part of the core mission of Catholic Charities.