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"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
(Joseph Campbell)

Thanks to you, Catholic Family Center has reached an extraordinary milestone – a Century of service. 100 years ago people of strong faith, love, and compassion founded our organization to help individuals and families struggling with life’s most challenging issues. We celebrate the success of every client and are so grateful that we can be there for them when they need us. This summer we celebrated three outstanding young refugees who have worked incredibly hard since they arrived in Rochester. Each was recently awarded a scholarship from Catholic Family Center to continue their education and work toward their dreams in their new country. I wanted you to know a bit about each of these extraordinary young men.

Rohullah Ghulami came to Rochester just two years ago as a refugee from Afghanistan. Since coming to CFC two years ago as an unaccompanied refugee minor, he has graduated high school, received his driver’s license, purchased a car, and currently works two part-time jobs. Rohullah plans to attend Monroe Community College in the fall to study computer science. He is a great role model for the younger youth in CFC’s program and uses the very little free time he does have to help newcomers.

Murtaza Alizadeh is an Afghan youth who arrived in the United States from Pakistan in April 2013 to be reunited with his older brother. He has already completed his first semester at Monroe Community College pursuing a career in the medical field. Murtaza also works part-time, obtained his driver’s license, was able to purchase a car on his own, and continues to grow more independent and successful.

Jeison Munguia Murillo arrived in Rochester from Honduras in 2014. Jeison graduated from Edison Career and Technology High School in June. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Skills USA. Jeison uses his own experiences to assist newly arrived CFC program youth, offering encouragement, support, and advice. Jeison is employed at Wegmans and recently passed his driver’s test and purchased his first car. He will start RIT’s highly competitive Graphic Design program this fall as well as the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

We are so proud of all that these fine young people have accomplished in the short time they have been in Rochester. All of them are giving back to their communities, and working with the younger youth in programs at CFC. They know the incredible opportunity they have been given, and with your help, we can continue help many more young people make new and productive starts in their adopted home, Rochester.

We are so grateful for the support you have shown us over the last 100 years, and ask for your help to make our second century of service just as successful. We are committed to our work and hope that you will join us once again in our efforts.


Marlene Bessette
President and CEO