During this Holiday season, we are all experiencing much more stress and pressure than we are accustomed to. Individuals and families are seeking help and comfort, and having to weed through so many sources of information. So, where do we turn and how do we know what is best for us and our family? Catholic Charities is one of many organizations that can help meet your needs, whatever they are. Offices in Wellsville and Olean are open to serve families in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties.
Families may be struggling financially, maybe because parents are missing work due to kids being quarantined, or maybe because offices or workplaces have had to close. Catholic Charities can help to cover your past due rent and utility bills. We have gas cards to get you to your appointments and grocery gift cards to get those last items on your list that your paycheck just didn’t cover. The Joyce Family Food Pantry is open Monday, Thursday and Friday, and will provide you with a food box to feed your family for several days, to help stretch your grocery budget. Household cleaning supplies and personal care items are available as well. The thrift store at 67 East Pearl Street in Wellsville is open Tuesday and Wednesday, where you can find clothing for the whole family, household goods and more.
For those seeking connection with others, due to the isolation of staying at home to feel safe, working from home, or spending more time at home because kids are attending school virtually, Catholic Charities offers multiple options. Coping with COVID groups and Grief support groups are offered virtually through Zoom to provide a safe way of talking with others with similar experiences and to learn how to cope together. We have support and case management services for grandparents or others caring for a non-biological child in their home through our Kinship Caregiver program. Support groups for the adults and the kids are offered in person and virtually, and there are monthly family activities as well.
Catholic Charities can offer individual help when the stress, anxiety and isolation become too overwhelming. Our licensed counselors are able to meet individuals aged 5 up to older adults in person at our offices in Wellsville and Olean, or by secure video or phone as well. Counselors can help to build new and healthy ways of coping with the overwhelming emotions, work with parents to learn how to best support their children, or even just provide a safe and private place to talk about what you’re experiencing.
One of the lessons learned since the beginning of this Pandemic is the importance of reaching out to our neighbors for support, and to recognize all of the great resources in our region. Know that there is help for whatever you are experiencing, and that you are not alone.
Call us at Catholic Charities in Wellsville at 585-593-2015 or in Olean at 716-372-0101 to find out how we can help you. Catholic Charities is member of Family Matters a subcommittee of PPAC to get information on events, activities, and resources follow Family Matters on Facebook.
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Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Remember Prevention Works!