Catholic Charities branches to merge

GENESEO - Catholic Charities of Steuben and Livingston counties will merge into one organization effective Jan. 1. It will be called Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston and will be run by the current CEO, Tabitha Brewster.

“The new agency will be able increase the stability of our government funding,” said Brewster. “As a community organization, we focus all our efforts and decisions on how we can better serve the community.”

By combining resources, the move will allow Catholic Charities to serve more than 30,000 people per year.

Brewster said the services currently being offered to people in both counties will continue. Some of the programs offered by Catholic Charities include financial assistance to avoid homelessness, food pantries, healthcare counseling, employment training, healthy family functioning, healthy child development and freedom from substance use.

“Now, we will have the ability to support our communities and provide them with the best possible services, while increasing our capacity and expertise,” Brewster said. “We have already begun to achieve financial efficiencies through a joint CEO and by streamlining expenses.”

In a press release, Brewster said no one will lose employment with Catholic Charities as a result of the mergerand that their goal is to invest in people equally.

“By integrating our two organizations we can deliver better outcomes for our clients and staff,” she said.

From now through December, Brewster said the organization will be working to develop the systems and policies to support the combined operations as of January 1, 2021.

For more information and a complete list of services that they offer, go online to CatholicCharitiesSteuben.org and AboutCCLC.org.

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