Tri-County Services



Mailing address: PO Box 28, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Office Address:
50 Herrick St., Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: 518-512-3577  Fax: 518-621-7845

This agency coordinates an array of essential basic needs and youth services in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties.

Programs include: 

Basic Needs/Utility Assistance
Residents of Albany County - Contact this program at 518-486-8020 and leave a detailed message with your contact information. A caseworker will call you back to discuss assistance options.

Resident of Rensselaer County - Contact the Roarke Center at 518-273-8351.

Resident of Schenectady County - Catholic Charities is part of the Community Crisis Network, a collaboration to address emergency assistance needs (including utility assistance) in Schenectady. Contact the Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) at 518 374-9181 for more information.

Camp Scully
Camp Scully is a residential summer camp for children 7-17 years of age and a day camp for children 5-10 years of age, located on Snyder’s Lake in Rensselaer County. Camp provides recreation and socialization to children throughout the Capital Region during the summer months and during school spring and mid-winter breaks. It is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).
Program Director: Colin Stewart | Camp Registrar: Jackie Scholten

Mailing Address: PO Box 28, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: 518-512-3577  |  Fax: 518-621-7845 

Services include a food pantry, information and referral service, advocacy, clothing, back-to-school, emergency assistance (including utility assistance), and holiday gift and food distributions. Casework services are also provided to individuals and families throughout rural Rensselaer County.
Program Coordinator: Colleen Pidgeon

Address: 50 Herrick St Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: 518-463-8571 

Hilltowns Community Resource Center
Services provided include a food pantry, information and referral, advocacy, casework services and special projects, such as back-to-school and holiday assistance.
Program Coordinator: Marybeth Petersen

Address: P.O. Box 147, Westerlo, NY 12193
Phone: 518-966-7380 

Sister Maureen Joyce Center
Services provided include a soup kitchen, food pantry, information and referral and special projects, such as back-to-school and holiday assistance.

SMJ Food Pantry – open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Address: 315 Sheridan Ave., Albany, NY 12206 
Phone: 518-465-8262  |   Fax: 518-486-8326

SMJ Soup Kitchen - open Mondays & Thursdays; and Sundays operated by Temple Beth Emeth.
Address: 369 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY 12206 
Phone: 518-462-9885

St. John's / St. Ann's Outreach Center
St John’s St Ann’s Outreach Center serves the community of South Albany. The Outreach Center provides food services through a “Welcome Table” soup kitchen as well as a food pantry. The Outreach Center assists with providing clothing and furniture to individuals as needed. Additional seasonal programs are offered to include holiday and back to school programs.
Program Coordinator: Barbara Quinn

  • Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10-12 and 1-3
  • Welcome Table (Soup Kitchen): Tuesdays and Saturdays 11:30-1:00

Address: 88 Fourth Avenue, Albany, NY 12202
Phone: 518-472-9091 Fax: 518-427-5983

Food Farmacy Program- Catholic Charities Tri-County Services, in partnership with Ellis Hospital, offers the Food Farmacy as a resource for Ellis patients being discharged from the hospital or emergency department who are food insecure and/or nutritionally at risk. The program addresses both hunger and nutrition by offering clients assistance in accessing the Food Pharmacy to acquire short term nutritious foods, as well as nutrition education and referrals to other community resources needed to aid the client in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Food Farmacy Coordinator: Hana Chehade
Ellis McClellan Health Center, 600 McClellan Street, Schenectady, NY 12304

WIC Outreach Program – This program targets residents of Albany and Schenectady Counties who may be eligible for WIC Benefits. The WIC Help Specialist works with potential participants to identify and address any barriers to WIC enrollment and participation, and coordinates with WIC offices to assist with smooth WIC Program enrollment. Outreach is designed to meet the target population of prenatal women and parents of infants and children up to age five. 

WIC Help Specialist: Vanessa Gee
Serving Albany & Schenectady Counties, 88 Fourth Ave, Albany, NY 12202
Phone: 518-281-8771

Roarke Center
Services provided include: emergency assistance; food pantry, The Roarke Connection Reentry program for women and men with legal issues or leaving incarceration; creative arts, creative writing, digital photography, sewing and weaving. The program provides services to those in need in Troy.
Program Coordinator: Sally Zgolinski
Program Coordinator: Sister Loretta Hoag, Creative Hearts

Address: 107 Fourth St., Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-273-8351  |   Fax: 518-270-0579

Sunnyside Child Development Center
Services at Sunnyside Center are located in North Central Troy and include a day care program serving children 6 weeks to 5 years old; an after-school program for children grades K-6, which runs school-days from 2:30-5:30pm; and a summer day camp program for children 5-12.
Program Director: Kim Piser

Address: 9th St. at Ingalls Ave.
Address: PO Box 1410, Troy, NY 12181
Phone: 518-274-5986  |  Fax: 518-273-3926

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
Offers free tax preparation services in Albany from IRS-certified volunteer preparers. The program is available to eligible lower-income individuals from February until April. 
Dial 211 for appointment – For information call 518-512-3577

Phone: 518-512-3577
Mailing address: PO Box 28, Rensselaer, NY 12144


Nutrition Outreach and Education Program
Provides family nutrition education and assistance with Food Stamp applications for individuals and families in Schenectady County.

Phone: 518-374-2427
Fax: 518-372-5686