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"Our purpose is to maintain the dignity and improve the quality of life of families and individuals in Herkimer County through empowerment of those in need, advocacy for a just society and collaboration with women and men of good will. By our actions and visible presence, we seek to influence others to become more aware of and responsive to human needs."

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private, social service agencies in the region, helping more than 84,000 people each year in the fourteen counties of the Albany Diocese. Our motive is simple: to address basic human need at all stages of life regardless of race, religious belief, ethnicity, or lifestyle with special emphasis on the poor and vulnerable in our society. 

Catholic Charities offers a wide spectrum of services, from addressing basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter; to more specialized needs such as mental health counseling, prison support services, programs for low-income families, and disaster assistance. We focus on helping the most vulnerable in our communities, including people with developmental disabilities, pregnant and parenting teens, immigrants and refugees, the unemployed, victims of domestic violence, and the homeless.  Catholic Charities advocates on behalf of the poor and vulnerable and collaborates with others to build a more just society. 

Catholic Charities of Herkimer County opened its doors in 1980 under the name Catholic Family and Community Services, with two programs: Services for the Elderly, under the direction of Sister Rachel Ricciardelli CSJ, and Community Maternity Services, under the local leadership of Louise Leonard and Sister Stella Valerio. The agency was located in Herkimer, NY for many years. The agency moved to its current address in Ilion in 1995 and in 1997, the agency changed its name to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. There have been many changes in services offered throughout the past three decades. We currently serve over 9,000 residents of Herkimer County by offering a wide variety of programs with the intention of improving the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the county.

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The Domestic Violence Program offers crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Services include; safe, temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence, supportive counseling; support, accompaniment and advocacy through legal, medical, housing and social services systems. We provide support group activities as well as information and referral. Community education and professional training programs are also offered. DV's 24 hour hotline number is 315-866-0458.

The Health and Program Director assists in coordinating activities for emergency feeding programs in Herkimer County. Area food pantries assist households and individuals with both emergency and supplemental food packages. The Food Sense Program offers families the opportunity to purchase groceries through a food co-op program with guaranteed savings over local retail prices. Food Sense packages are delivered directly to seniors residing at the local hi-rise apartments.

Catholic Charities responds to the unmet needs of individuals and families with emergency assistance, providing for needs such as medication, infant formula, shelter, gas, clothing -- either through direct assistance and/or referral.

Provides comprehensive substance abuse prevention education services as defined by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services targeting individuals, families, schools and communities in Herkimer County. The service approaches used by the HCPC include; classroom education (K-12), student assistance counseling, information dissemination and referral & community education and training.

HIICAP is a federally-funded program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). HIICAP is administered by the New York State Office for the Aging, The Herkmier County Office for the Aging and sponsored by Catholic Chairities. HIICAP provides you and your loved ones with information, education and counseling about Medicare and other health insurances. Trained staff and volunteers will answer your questions. The services provided by HIICAP are both free, unbiased, and confidential.

Kateri's Thrift Store provides quality used clothing and household items at low pricing to families and individuals, regardless of income or geographic location.  Kateri’s is located on the ground level of the Little Falls Community Center, 45 Furnace Street in Little Falls. The store operates Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Clothing and household donations are welcome and can be dropped off during regular store hours.

Offers free confidential pre-screenings for Food Stamp eligibility, as well as individual assistance with the Food Stamp application process.

RHY works with runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth up to the age of 21. Services include: 24-hour crisis hotline; emergency housing; crisis and on-going counseling for youth and families; transportation; independent living skills; referrals; academic tutoring; and advocacy. Services are provided within an asset-based framework that identifies and supports the youth's strengths. RHY's 24 hour hotline number is 315-866-1112.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program works to offer seniors, 55 years and older, the opportunity to share their talents, interests, and compassion through service to their communities. RSVP volunteers work as
transporters, tutors, crisis volunteers, clerical assistants, meal servers, library aides, crafters, fundraisers, hotline volunteers and more.

A specialized program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, volunteers provide transportation and escort services for seniors to health related appointments at facilities in Herkimer, Oneida, and Otsego Counties.

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