Catholic Charities Responds to COVID-19, Offers Reminders
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:00 am
As Catholic Charities of Buffalo responds to the ongoing
COVID-19 public health crisis by following the guidelines of the Centers for
Disease Control and local health officials, some program changes and closings
are in place and other reminders are being shared.
Catholic Charities is committed to keeping its clients, volunteers
and employees safe at all times. To that end, Catholic Charities reminds
clients that if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses,
they need to stay home and seek treatment via the recommendations of local
"During these especially challenging times, we also want to be clear
that Catholic Charities is committed to continuing to serve those most in need
in Western New York, particularly those seeking mental health services and
basic emergency assistance through our food pantries for example," said Deacon
Steve Schumer, Catholic Charities president and chief executive officer. "These
services, and most other services, are available and we are ready to help."
As of Monday, March 16, these are the most significant adjustments
to our programs and services:
Charities' WIC in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties are asking clients
to NOT come into their local WIC office. WIC staff will contact clients by
phone regarding their benefits and Nutrition Education services.
today (Tuesday, March 17), Catholic Charities Workforce and Education
Services' will suspend on-site service and classes at all of its sites
(including Catholic Charities' ECC Pathways sites) until further notice.
Classes will be available online via email or through distance learning
(DL). Hard-copy packets for accessing the DL system have been mailed to
current students. Students who did not receive the DL packets but need one
will be able to access the information by visiting ccwny.org/TASC. Anyone
wishing to enroll in online or DL programming will be able to do so via
Gathering Place, our senior adult day program, is closed this week (March
15-March 21). The decision to open or keep the program closed will be made
on a weekly basis.
Wellsville Outreach Thrift Store (67 E. Pearl St., Wellsville) and Lots of
Clothes Thrift Store (1122 Broadway, Buffalo) are both closed this week
Nutrition~Simply Said trainings have been canceled through the end of the
Updates will be shared as they are available. Catholic Charities
appreciates the understanding and cooperation of our community as we all
navigate this together.