Thank you for your enduring support of Catholic Family Center & our clients
Thank you for your enduring support of Catholic Family Center & our clients

Thank you for your support

A message from Marlene…

Dear Friends,

First and foremost, a sincere thank you for all that you do to support us in helping the most vulnerable members of our Rochester family. The generosity shown to Catholic Family Center throughout the holidays reminds me how very blessed CFC is to be part of such a caring community, and I can only hope we can continue to spread that generosity and love around.

We have been making many big steps with this aim in mind recently, from the grand re-opening of our Sanctuary House for women and children who have nowhere and nothing else to fall back on, to our #SeeTheirStories video project. This project has allowed us to share refugee stories in such a way that you, their neighbors, might engage in a dialogue of the great gifts, love, and hope these families bring to Rochester. You can read more about all of these developments in this newsletter!

I sincerely invite you to join us on March 10th for our Gala fundraiser, kicking off our next 100 years of bringing hope to those who need it most!

In love and gratitude,
Marlene Bessette
CFC News

Rochester Business Journal Features 100 Years of Service 

Reporter Velvet Spicer held an in-depth interview with our CEO, Marlene Bessette, chronicling CFC's Centennial and Marlene's priorities and aspirations as we look ahead to our next 100 Years of Service. Read the complete article

Sanctuary House Re-Opens!

Sanctuary House Re-Opens!

In January, we held a grand re-opening of our shelter dedicated to helping women and children. CFC has operated Sanctuary House since 2002. Our staff serves about 900 people per year - nearly 500 of those are children. Watch news coverage on re-opening


Some came alone. Some escaped with their families. Some were forced to leave their parents and children behind. All now have the opportunity of living in peace.

You may have seen a Public Service Announcement lovingly prepared and donated by professional production artists from Sundance Marketing and their partners. It is our hope, and indeed, our dream, that these will make a positive impact in understanding what, and who, a refugee is and how we can engage with them. Find out more
When no one else would

Thank you for your enduring support!

Thanks to you, our Year-End holiday appeal collected nearly $40,000 to support services and programs to the most vulnerable in our community. Thank you for allowing us to be your hands in this sacred work.

Catholic Family Center’s New Century Gala

Our Next 100 Years Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The event is designed to raise awareness and support - in a unique and fun setting - for the work that we do together bringing hope to the poor and most vulnerable in our community. Our Gala is guaranteed to be a memorable evening for all who attend! 
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87 N. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-7220
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