MOUNT MORRIS – To help serve more people Catholic Charities of Livingston is considering adding a second location in Dansville.

“We are looking to possibly have a location in Dansville that we would be at possibly once or twice a week to help with outreach there,” said Development Manager Nicole Ricker.

Since 1995, Catholic Charities has been serving individuals and families across Livingston County. The non-profit provides direct assistance, advocacy, and promotes self-sufficiency through education and support to people.

Ricker said for some people near Dansville it can be difficult to make the trip to Mount Morris.

“We are looking at locations now for that. One of the things that we did notice was that we obviously had an increase in the need for food, so having a secondary location and especially where we do not have a lot of face-to-face presence is going to be a big help,” said Ricker.

A grant of just under $4,000 from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Rochester will help with that effort. Ricker said the money will be spent on the Help*Works program, which provides emergency services to people living in poverty. Those services include utility help, rent assistance, infant needs such as diapers and formula, furniture, food, gasoline voucher for employment needs.

“Like we could help with gas to help get to work or if they have an interview. Especially with the unknown right now and I am sure a lot of people out there will be job hunting,” said Ricker.

Ricker says the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone and now more than ever she says it is important to help those in need.

“We feel like these are our neighbors that we are helping. Every person that we can assist and maybe ease the burden a little bit for them, it means the world to us,” said Ricker.

Anyone wanting more information about the services offered by Catholic Charities of Livingston County can visit its website at https://www.aboutcclc.org/ or call (585) 658-4466.

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