Letter to the Editor: Catholic Charities

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Dear Editor:

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Charities is continuing to serve the Chautauqua County community. While we have had to make some modifications to comply with social distancing and other new safety policies, we continue to remotely operate our two offices – 425 Main St., Dunkirk and 42 Dunham Ave., Jamestown – to help those in need. Since mid-March, we have provided services more than 309 times to more than 181 individuals and families in Chautauqua County.

Catholic Charities is helping to provide emergency assistance to thosewh o may have nowhere to turn for basic needs such as food, prescriptions, heat and financial assistance. We also understand how a crisis like this can bring a fear of the unknown especially when coupled with anxiety and depression, which is why our mental health counselors are available to provide sessions via phone and other electronic technology.

If you or someone you know needs assistance in Chautauqua County, please call us directly at 716-484-9188 (Jamestown) and leave a message, or
716-366-3533 (Dunkirk). Or you can reach the Catholic Charities COVID-19 helpline at 716-218-1419.

Thanks to our generous supporters, these crucial programs have been able to continue during this difficult time. If you are able to help, please visit ccwny.org/donation for more information. We are in this together for the safety and well-being of our community.

Maria Perez-Cruz
Chautauqua County District Director
Catholic Charities