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A message from Marlene…
We Give Thanks for You
Dear friends,
As we enter into the season of thanks and giving, we remember those who will be cold and hungry, seeking shelter and grace, and reflect upon how thankful and blessed we are for all you do to help in giving others hope. 
From the bottom of my heart, I personally want to thank the countless individuals and volunteers who contributed to the success of our Covid-19 Impact Fund campaign. Because of your generous support, we will be able to serve our neighbors who will walk through our doors in the coming months and offer them the chance for the fresh start they deserve. This is a challenging time for both our agency and our clients, but with your enduring support, we will continue to offer hope and healing to our neighbors in need of care. 
In this issue, we share opportunities on how you can make a difference this season. I am thrilled to announce that we will be able to offer our Empty Bowls event and Rochester’s favorite Adopt a Family program in a new Covid-safe format.  
I wish you and your family a safe and blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you for all that you do to support the hungry and most vulnerable in our community. 
In gratitude,
President & CEO
COVID-19 Impact Fund

Our COVID-19 Impact Fund Campaign raised more than $230,000 to support our staff and programs!

Your generosity has enabled our staff to continue our work, and our agency to find new ways to serve effectively during this time of crisis. Thank you!

From a small gift from 12-year-old Antonio that touched all of our hearts to two amazing lead gifts from the John Purcell Family Fund and the Charles and Mary Crossed Foundation that helped us to exceed our goal– every gift has propelled our mission forward and touched the thousands of people who we serve. Let us take a minute to celebrate all of you and the lives you will touch because you answered our call for help. Thank you. 

We would also like to take a moment to recognize Patty Gaffney Lovallo and the Palumbos Family. These special supporters were scheduled to be recognized and celebrated as Honorees at our 2020 Gala and when that couldn’t happen, they rallied their friends and family to keep supporting CFC anyway.  Your dedication and loyalty have meant so much. Thank you!

Thank you for your generosity

Adopt a Family

Once again, Christmas comes to our city through the spirit and kindness of the people in our community. CFC’s Adopt-a-Family program will open on Monday, November 2nd, bringing opportunities to support an entire family, those often forgotten who reside in our shelters this holiday season, a couple who cannot afford a holiday meal, and even the opportunity to provide one child’s gift for those unable to “adopt” an entire family this Season. More details will be sent to you soon. Thank you!
2020 Empty Bowls
Save the (virtual) Date! Empty Bowls 2020
Host or attend a small, safe party, either in person or online!

From November 30 - December 6, you can support us to end hunger in our community. Host a small, safe party, either in your home or online, and we will provide a selection of handmade, one of a kind bowls created by local artists. This year, more than ever, they wish to remind us that you can make a difference for someone whose bowl this season is empty.

Please contact Jessica Regan,, if you are interested in hosting a small gathering. More information is coming soon. 
Fostering an Unaccompanied Refugee Minor is a Special Calling
Read CFC leader - and foster parent - Cheryl Moeller’s story on becoming a foster parent to several unaccompanied refugee children.

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Our own Alex Turner, Director of Community Resource Services, joined local leaders to announce a new system that will streamline landlord/tenant cases and link people facing eviction with legal and housing support services. The initiative will help provide emergency rent assistance to prevent people from being evicted from their homes due to COVID-19-related hardship. 

Learn more about CFC’s Eviction Prevention program.

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87 North Clinton Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604
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