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"Our purpose is to maintain the dignity and improve the quality of life of families and individuals in Herkimer County through empowerment of those in need, advocacy for a just society and collaboration with women and men of good will. By our actions and visible presence, we seek to influence others to become more aware of and responsive to human needs."

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Catholic Charities was founded in 1917 based on the belief that people have a right and a duty to participate in society and to seek the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. For 83 years, Catholic Charities has been proud to welcome people of all faiths, races, and lifestyles. Through the 1950’s, Catholic Charities primarily operated in the urban areas of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy where volunteers and religious women worked with orphaned children, foster and adoptive families, and hospitals.

Today, Catholic Charities, with 1,500 staff members of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, operates in the 14 counties of the Roman Catholic Diocese, comprising Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties. Catholic Charities runs homes for victims of domestic violence, mentoring programs for troubled teens, daycare programs for working families, food pantries and shelters for the homeless, emergency services for families who have come upon hard times, and many other services. With a constant eye on how the most vulnerable members of our society are faring, Catholic Charities is committed to developing diverse responses to local community needs.

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The Domestic Violence Program offers crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Services include; safe, temporary shelter for battered women and children, supportive counseling; support, accompaniment and advocacy through legal, medical, housing and social services systems. We provide support group activities as well as information and referral. Community education and professional training programs are also offered. DV's 24 hour hotline number is 315-866-0458.

The Health and Program Director assists in coordinating activities for emergency feeding programs in Herkimer County. Area food pantries assist households and individuals with both emergency and supplemental food packages. The Food Sense Program offers families the opportunity to purchase groceries through a food co-op program with guaranteed savings over local retail prices. Food Sense packages are delivered directly to seniors residing at the local hi-rise apartments.

Catholic Charities responds to the unmet needs of individuals and families with emergency assistance, providing for needs such as medication, infant formula, shelter, gas, clothing -- either through direct assistance and/or referral.

Provides comprehensive substance abuse prevention education services as defined by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services targeting individuals, families, schools and communities in Herkimer County. The service approaches used by the HCPC include; classroom education (K-12), student assistance counseling, information dissemination and referral & community education and training.

HIICAP is a federally-funded program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). HIICAP is administered by the New York State Office for the Aging, The Herkmier County Office for the Aging and sponsored by Catholic Chairities. HIICAP provides you and your loved ones with information, education and counseling about Medicare and other health insurances. Trained staff and volunteers will answer your questions. The services provided by HIICAP are both free, unbiased, and confidential.

Kateri's provides quality used clothing and household items at very affordable prices, and at no cost to consumers with referrals. It is located on the ground level of the Little Falls Community Center, 45 Furnace Street in Little Falls. The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Donations are welcomed and can be dropped off during regular store hours.

Offers free confidential pre-screenings for Food Stamp eligibility, as well as individual assistance with the Food Stamp application process.

RHY works with runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth up to the age of 21. Services include: 24-hour crisis hotline; emergency housing; crisis and on-going counseling for youth and families; transportation; independent living skills; referrals; academic tutoring; and advocacy. Services are provided within an asset-based framework that identifies and supports the youth's strengths. RHY's 24 hour hotline number is 315-866-1112.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program works to offer seniors, 55 years and older, the opportunity to share their talents, interests, and compassion through service to their communities. RSVP volunteers work as
transporters, tutors, crisis volunteers, clerical assistants, meal servers, library aides, crafters, fundraisers, hotline volunteers and more.

A specialized program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, volunteers provide transportation and escort services for seniors to health related appointments at facilities in Herkimer, Oneida, and Otsego Counties.

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