Fall in Love, stay in Love and it will decide everything
Fall in Love, stay in Love and it will decide everything
Love & Joy to You from CFC!

A message from Marlene…
Dear friends,
This is my last newsletter to you, having spent the last 10 years or so of my career leading this wonderful organization, Catholic Family Center. During this time, we have weathered many storms, but loyal supporters like you, and my wonderful staff, never cease to inspire me to find new and enduring ways to solve the challenges our clients face as they walk their paths towards safety, health, and independence. 

But, the good work of this agency will continue! What a joy to see our mission in the Rochester community evolve to Catholic Charities Family and Community Services. My team is even now creating new ways to communicate with you, and easy ways for you to make the transition with us as we join together with our sister agency, Catholic Charities Community Services. 

Over the years, I have fallen in Love with our mission to embrace those struggling with poverty, and those who need us the most. It has been a privilege to serve in this role and to see the lasting and positive impact Catholic Family Center has had in our community.

For now, I would like to leave you all with a Christmas wish from one of my favorite prayers. It is often referred to as the “Arrupe” prayer, attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ: Fall in Love

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

May you always find the opportunity to fall in Love and stay in Love.

In gratitude for all you have done,
President & CEO
Special Thank you

Refugee Resettlement 

Since August, Catholic Family Center has helped welcome nearly 200 refugees from Afghanistan with the help of our community and volunteers. With the support from your donations and our partner, Saint’s Place, we have had the opportunity to help our new neighbors settle comfortably in their homes as they build their new future here in Rochester. 

Share the Joy 2021 - Thank you

Thank you to all of the donors who supported our community, clients and families this holiday season. With over 250 families and countless individuals chosen through our Share the Joy program, you, and donors alike have made this season brighter for our clients. Follow Catholic Family Center on social media to see pictures of your donations, our social workers, and the elves delivering those gifts.
Program Spotlight - Shelters

Spotlight on a Program: Our Shelters

Thanks to a $4.2M grant from HHAP (Homeless Housing and Assistance Program) and a $250K operational grant from ESSHI (Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative,) Catholic Family Center celebrated the opening of Joseph Avenue Apartments, 9 incremental Permanent Supportive Housing apartments in the City of Rochester. We are also celebrating the significant renovation of our Francis Center shelter for men, which re-opened earlier this year. CFC is a leader in providing emergency and permanent supportive housing in the City of Rochester, and has a holistic approach to ensuring our residents have the resources and care options they need to live independently and with self-sufficiency. Take a virtual tour today! 

Empty Bowls 2021 -
Thank you
We were so excited to see everyone in person for Empty Bowls 2021. What a fantastic and successful night we had heloing bring an end to hunger in our community. Thank you to all of our sponsors and those who donated soup, handmade bowls, and time to this event. We truly could not have done this without you and we can’t wait to see you again next year at Empty Bowls 2022! 

National Health Service Corps Certification 
Our mental health and addiction treatment programs are certified by the National Health Service Corps as a healthy place to work! NHSC offers loan repayment and scholarship programs to clinicians on our team. Find out how to grow your career with us! 

Help is Here.
In our clinic or on the phone.
You don’t have to do this alone.
Our Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Use treatment clinics are here, where you need us. Visit us during walk-in hours, or schedule a safe and secure telemedicine appointment with us. 

Individuals interested in an evaluation for treatment of mental health issues, a substance use or co-occurring mental health and substance use problem may contact our Intake Office at (585) 262-7000. Our Walk-In Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 12:00pm or call for an appointment.

Level Up Rochester

We are grateful to be a part of our community’s Level Up Champions. Through this program inspired by RMAPI, thousands of employees across the Greater Rochester region have moved to $15 per hour or more this year.
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Volunteers Needed

CFC is always in need of volunteers to support our programs! Click here to check out all of our current volunteer opportunities! 
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Catholic Family Center
87 North Clinton Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-7220
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