January 3, 2024

Our 2023 in Review

Our 2023 in Review

As we jump into the new year, we want to thank you for supporting our neighbors in need. The work that we do all year is because of you and we couldn't do this without you. We are excited to see what the new year will bring and are happy to have you along for the journey! Take a look below at just a glimpse of what our 2023 looked like.

2023 in Review

National Grid Foundation Commits $300,000 to Energy Assistance

Extending a huge THANK YOU to National Grid US and the National Grid Foundation for partnering with us to support people struggling with their home energy costs. Now in its fifteenth year, this $300,000 grant from National Grid Foundation will serve families across our region by paying their heating and electric bills through the Catholic Charities Emergency Energy Assistance Fund. This generosity has allowed an estimated 21,000 people to heat their homes and provide for basic needs over the years. We are so grateful to continue this tradition. Learn More

Over 12,000 Rolls of Toilet Paper 

This year we collected over 12,000 rolls of toilet paper,to distribute toilet paper to five food pantries for families in need. "We're seeing an increase of 15 to 20 percent in the number of individuals we served last year," said Jenn Hyde, executive director of Tri-County Services. "That's because people are just not able to make ends meet with inflation."

Staying Warm

Harsh winters are particularly dangerous for our neighbors who are unhoused and without safe and reliable shelter. Thanks to our team at Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties with the Oneonta Warming Center, and our newly reopened Schoharie Warming Center we can bring shelter, safety, and warmth to neighbors in need. 

Thank you to our Employees!

Every day the work we do and the services we provide touch hearts within our communities. This is all made possible through your dedication and commitment to our mission. Thank you for continuously bringing love, care, and hope to our Catholic Charities team as we work together to help those who need it most.

CC MOVE - Fraud and Scam Prevention Event

Our CCMOVE team held their first event in Philmont, NY, at the Philmont Public Library discussing Fraud and Scam Prevention. The presentation focused on empowering older adults and community members on recognizing scams, safety tips, and ways to be proactive. Thank you to everyone who joined us and to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties , NY Connects for Greene and Columbia County The Healthcare Consortium - New York , and Columbia County Office for the Aging for your support!

The 9th Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

"We raised over $24,000 for the 9th Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert! By we, we're talking about thousands of friends, family, musicians, volunteers, community businesses, sponsors, donors, and everyone who attended this year’s Memorial Concert event! This year’s event was attended by a record-breaking 550 attendees; family, friends, and community members who came together to honor Dustin, to share music, love, support, and to make a difference in bringing awareness of, and support for suicide prevention and mental health assistance programs in our community. 

The Hilltowns Community resource Center Ribbon Cutting

In may we cut the Ribbon on the new Hilltowns Community Resource Center through the help of Community Partners like CDPHP and Hannay Reels. The expanded Hilltowns Community Resource Center features multiple private meeting spaces for casework services, including advocacy and referral information as well as a full furnished kitchen to be used in programs in the future. The new space will also be utilized for small group gatherings and will allow us to bring more of our neighbors together. Watch the full ceremony: here 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany has been named a Top Workplace for 2023! 

We could not be more excited to announce that Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany has been named a Top Workplace for 2023! We are just one of 63 to receive this honor this year. Thank you to our entire staff, you deserve this! This has only been made possible through the dedication and commitment of our entire team, your work is making a difference and you deserve to celebrate! 

We honored the Dake Family/Stewarts Shops at Night at the Museum

On Thursday, June 15, 2023, we held our eleventh annual signature event: Night at the Museum back at the New York State Museum in Albany for the first time since 2019. We honored Stewart's Shops Corp for the continued generosity of their time, talent, and support of our efforts to uplift neighbors in their time of need. Watch the program here!

Happy 1st Anniversary to CEO Sister Betsy

We cannot believe it's already been a full year since you became CEO of Catholic Charities. We are incredibly grateful for your exceptional leadership, dedication, and passion in making a difference in our community.

Congressman Paul D. Tonko Visits Care Coordination Site

We were honored to have Congressman Paul D. Tonko visit our Catholic Charities Care Coordination Services and learning about our Project Safe Point program amidst the growing opiod crisis. 


CoNCeRNS-UAs of September 1st, this Food Pantry is now located at 201 Academy St. Rensselaer, NY 12144. The mailing address: ( PO Box 28 Rensselaer NY 12144) and phone number remained the same. 

We honor our Employees of the Year!

We have the greatest staff, and to honor them we brought everyone together to celebrate. read more about our Employees of the Year here 

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 Thank You for Supporting Your Neighbors in Need,
 Because of You, It's the Good We Do!