August Greetings from CCFCS
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CCFCS Launches “Ukraine Project - See Their Stories”

Public Service Announcement Campaign

Watch "What is Home?", our Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring Ukrainian refugees, currently airing in the Rochester, NY television market. This 30-second PSA is part of a major new addition to See Their Stories, our award-winning video and web-based program about refugee resettlement. Over the past year and a half, CCFCS has helped resettle more than 1,000 Ukrainian men, women, and children who fled the war in Ukraine. The Ukraine Project: See Their Stories was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Sundance Marketing and other community partners. 

CCFCS Awarded Nearly $2M to Support

People Living with HIV/AIDS

CCFCS has been awarded nearly $2M to provide housing services and emergency financial assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. We are the only agency in the Finger Lakes Region to be awarded the grant, which totals $375,000 annually over 5 years and is funded by the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute. To learn more about our services for people with HIV/AIDS, click here.
Lori VanAuken

YouthBuild Holds Open House

Sixteen students in the current cohort for the CCFCS YouthBuild program proudly showed off YouthBuild's new training facility at an Open House in June. Rochester Mayor Malik Evans and State Assemblyman Demond Meeks were among those who attended.  The move to a larger training facility was made possible with $2.4M from the City of Rochester under the American Rescue Plan Act. As part of their education in the construction trades, YouthBuild students pictured here are now helping Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing in Rochester.
Lori VanAuken

Lori VanAuken named to RBJ’s Power 30 Health Care List

Congratulations to CCFCS CEO Lori VanAuken, who once again has been named one of Rochester's most influential leaders in healthcare.  For her efforts to improve the health of the Rochester community, VanAuken was named to the Rochester Business Journal's Power 30 Health Care List. This is the third year in a row VanAuken has been selected for the Power 30.

Project Golden Door

CCFCS will soon launch a new program for immigrants in need of mental health services. Project Golden Door is a program of the NYS Office for New Americans. It has awarded CCFCS a $200,000 grant to offer group mental health and wellness sessions to clients in our Refugee and Immigration Services Department (RIS). The new service will be run by RIS and our Behavioral Health Clinic

Save the Date!

Join us for one of our most cherished fundraisers! 
This year’s Empty Bowls event will be held December 7th from 5-8 pm at the Kodak Center in Rochester. In addition to wonderful handmade bowls and a dinner of delicious soups from local restaurants, this year’s event includes an online auction. We’ll see you then!

CCFCS Helping Asylum Seekers from NYC

CCFCS Helping Asylum Seekers from NYC

At a press conference by Monroe County on August 8th, CCFCS stood with officials from the county, city, and agencies ranging from IBERO and Foodlink to the WNY Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agencies, Inc. to communicate the planful response to the arrival of asylum seekers from New York City. CCFCS is supporting the effort by filling in gaps in services and providing case management, legal services, behavioral health, and language services.

Thank You for Taking the Time to Catch Up With Us!

Summer may be winding down, but the staff at CCFCS is busier than ever - from the Children, Youth and Family Services team pictured at the top of this newsletter, to Development Project Manager Allison Ewing, pictured here! Thanks to Allison, our School Supplies Drive is in full swing.  I am amazed by the generous donors who've dropped off everything from backpacks and notebooks to pens, pencils and so much more.  Because of you, our school-aged clients will head to school this fall with the supplies they need to be ready to learn.  If you'd like to support our School Supplies Drive, you can shop via our Amazon Wish List by clicking on this link.  Thank you for supporting our mission, our programs, and our staff as we walk with our clients on their journey to independence and dignity.
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