Catholic Charities Adapts in Face of Pandemic

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany Adapts Services in Face of Pandemic Seniors, homeless individuals, the immunocompromised, those without health insurance – in short, the vulnerable – are feeling the disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. People living paycheck to paycheck have been laid off, while seniors are ordered to remain home, without the promise of outside communication or socialization. “Quarantine, layoffs – these are things that directly [...]

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 Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services temporarily closes senior dining centers – known as “Friendship Cafés” – amid coronavirus concerns. In response to potential risks associated with COVID-19, Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services is closing its senior dining centers, also known as “Friendship Cafés” for 30 days, beginning March 16.  The Cafés provide midday meals, wellness programs and [...]

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March 13, 2020

Regarding COVID-19

A Word from the CEOVincent W. Colonno At Catholic Charities, we seek first and foremost to help the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities and we remain committed to our mission of providing critical services to those most in need. I recognize that many of the individuals we serve have an increased vulnerability when dealing with illnesses, especially in the case of the new coronavirus. We are following the guidelines provided by the CDC across our Catholic Charities system, and are [...]

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March 12, 2020

VITA Program Temporarily Suspended

  The CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region to temporarily suspend VITA in-person tax preparation services, including at the site run by Catholic Charities in Albany. After assessing the potential risks associated with COVID-19 to our volunteers and clients, the CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region is suspending in-person tax preparation services at all VITA sites effective close of business Friday, March 13 through March 27. The Coalition will reassess the situation and [...]

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January 31, 2020

Meet Shanell

Shanell, 24, has a combination of intellectual disability with physical and mental health issues. Her mom had been her primary caregiver all her life. With little resources, they were living on the city streets. Together, they panhandled for money to buy food. When Shanell's mom became suddenly ill, she was placed in a nursing home and Shanell was left homeless, alone and suddenly without a caregiver.  Shanell came to Catholic Charities, where we arranged for her to live at one of our [...]

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