Thomasena Newton, as told to Karina Hotchkiss, CFC Intern

Thomasena Newton is who many would call a saint, but even more would call a personal friend. Throughout her life, she has provided over 100 children with a home, fostering children from where she grew up in Monroe County, South Carolina…


What to expect on the initial journey to getting clean

a story from Kristie Elias, LCSW, Vice President of Behavioral Heath at Catholic Family Center, as told to D-D Flannery

Alcohol and substance use, overdoses and the demand for addiction treatment continue to rise. The stress, financial hardships and isolation…


A story from Lisa Lewis, Vice President of Housing and Stabilization Services for Catholic Family Center, and Katrina, one of her clients.

Stay Home! Two words everyone is saying these days. But, where do you go if you don’t have a home? This is the voice of so many who…


A story from Cheryl Moeller

Thousands of American families want to foster unaccompanied refugee children living in undesirable and often life-threatening conditions. That number continues to grow as news about the alarming conditions inside refugee camps are exposed.

Before the Center for Disease Control’s virus order took effect in late…


A story from Kristie Elias and Kelly Murrell

Four months into the Covid-19 pandemic and our nation is on the verge of another health crisis, a mental-health one. Tens of thousands of people dead, millions facing economic devastation, and continued isolation from the lockdown are taking a psychological toll on…


…a story from Kristie Elias, CFC’s Vice President for Behavioral Health Services

Although opioid and other drug addictions receive far more attention than alcoholism lately, all addictions are harmful to the family’s well‑being.

For families and friends who have found the blessings of recovery, the holidays can be a time of joyfulness and gratitude. …


a story to the editors from The Monroe County Aging Alliance

The Rochester Business Journal provided an important resource (subscription required) to the #ROC Rochester, NY community with the recently published Senior Living and Long-Term Care Servic­es Directory (Nov. 8, 2019). …


a story from Michele Saccente, Placement Services Youth Mentor at CFC

… What we saw at the border — a collective story from CFC as we encounter families seeking asylum at the US Southern Border — Part 6

Continued from Part 5 https://medium.com/@CatholicFamCtr/catholic-charities-at-the-us-border-two-weeks-of-witnessing-fear-illness-desperation-and-hope-7d54bdc94591

To read from the beginning https://medium.com/@CatholicFamCtr/https-medium-com-catholicfamctr-what-we-saw-at-the-border-part-1-8f3c051d9e04

I call my story, “ HOPE”. Hope is something we all carry with us, it’s something that we share with others and others share with us. I believe…


a story from Rae Glaser, Co-Director of NYS Kinship Navigator and staff writer D-D Flannery

Opioid overdoses have been on the rise since the late 1990’s, becoming the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. There were over 47,000 opioid overdose deaths in the United States in 2017 from heroin…


Part 2 of a continuing story by Susan LeDoux

read Part 1 here

This blog continues the discussion about elder services provided by Catholic Family Center in Rochester, NY. Again, I am indebted to Virginia Clark, Associate Director, Aging and Adult Services, and for the photos provided by CFC’s Katherine Grant for their help.

STAR PROGRAM (Support To Aging…

Catholic Family Center

Catholic Family Center is the largest provider of family services in #ROC, addressing issues of need across all stages of life. See more: www.cfcrochester.org

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