Our 25th Annual Sister Rachel Campaign “Caring Beyond Belief”, is now underway.


The last year and a half have been especially difficult for everyone in our community.  Many of our neighbors have experienced the loss of employment and income. No one is immune.   We have seen significant increases in requests to access our Food Pantry and Food Sense Programs, as well as our Emergency Assistance Programs for heat, utilities, clothing, transportation and shelter.  Here at Catholic Charities, we have had to constantly change and recreate our programs finding the best way to meet the ever-growing and constantly changing needs of our neighbors.  This assistance could not happen without your generous support!

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is now open and taking applications. To apply or for more information visit otda.ny.gov/ERAP or call 844-NY1RENT (844-691-7368


Our Office remains open but services will be coordinated over the phone. Clients should call ahead in at 315 894-9917. 


  • NOEP/SNAP Food Stamps Please call our office at 315 894-9917
  • Food Sense Program operating normally.  Monthly menus with sign up and pick up information will be posted on Facebook posted or available by calling 315-894-9917.
  • Ilion/Frankfort Food Pantry - (for Ilion /Frankfort Residents) Remains open. Guests should call ahead at (315) 894-9917 for an appointment
  • Kateri Thrift Store - Open Tues-Fri 11am-2pm.  Donations of gently used items accepted at store.
  • Domestic Violence Support - Hotline available 24 hours at 315 866-0458
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Hotline - available 24 hours at 315 894-1112
  • Emergency Assistance Program - please call 315 894-9917 ext. 248
  • HIICAP counselors available by calling 315-894-9917


Meet Brennen Thompson

The Mission

Over the next 12 months, the goal is to raise $6,000. This will be split evenly in the amount of $3,000 between Herkimer High School sports programs and The Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. HHS intends on using the funds in ways that will directly impact our athletes and bring our community together in their support. CCHC also intends to put the funds to good use by providing basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter to those in our community that need it most.

To raise awareness, I will be climbing twelve of the highest peaks in California over the next twelve months, ending the journey by conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa in June of 2021.


When large global issues take hold of the world, oftentimes, small communities get pushed aside and forgotten. Despite this, the resilience and tight-knit nature of these small towns allow them to get through the most difficult times. Our community is a prime example of this.

It was with this thought that the idea of ‘Valley Tough’ came alive. Not only did it give me the chance to achieve the life-long goal of climbing one of the worlds tallest peaks, but it also allowed me to pledge my commitment to a cause that is close to my heart. More importantly, it was an idea that gave our community the chance to showcase its kindhearted nature during a time that it is needed the most.

The goal: 12 months and 12 of the highest peaks in California, ending the journey at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in June of 2021. All in an effort to raise $6,000 for our town.

On a month to month basis, the funds will go directly back into the community; split evenly between Herkimer High School sports programs and The Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. As a whole, the funds will help put our young people in a position to succeed, provide aid to those that need it most, and hopefully unite each of us in an effort to back a worthy cause.

In a community where everyone knows everyone, the  troubles of any one individual become the troubles of us all. Whether it be a neighbor, a friend we haven’t seen since high school, or someone that has recently moved to the area, there is always someone close by that could use a helping hand.

Follow Brennen's Journey at Valleytough.com, Facebook, or Youtube. Click here to donate to his Go Fund Me page.


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private, social service agencies in the region, helping more than 84,000 people each year in the fourteen counties of the Albany Diocese. Our motive is simple: to address basic human need at all stages of life regardless of race, religious belief, ethnicity, or lifestyle with special emphasis on the poor and vulnerable in our society.

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