Puerto Rico Crisis

CFC stands ready to aid after the
devastation experienced from Hurricane Maria.

CFC's Response

Catholic Family Center (CFC) offers a wide range of services available to Greater Rochester residents who are facing crises and obstacles that stand in the way of family stability and personal advancement.

CFC stands ready to aid Puerto Ricans seeking shelter and support in Rochester after the devastation experienced from Hurricane Maria. CFC’s programs are open to Puerto Ricans per regular eligibility standards that are specific to each program. Specific to the issues that may be faced by Puerto Ricans seeking support in Rochester, CFC underscores the following service areas:

Community Resource Services (CRS)

CRS provides crisis intervention/basic needs services, including a food pantry, housing and financial assistance, advocacy, and case management for families in economic crisis, as well as information and linkage to other needed services in the greater Rochester area to enable stabilization.

Location: 539 Joseph Ave.
Tel: (585) 232-2050
CRS Website


CFC offers transportation assistance for community elders (60 + years of age) through its STAR program. Call Estella Velez-Upegui for eligibility assessment or more information at (585) 546-7220 ext. 4027

STAR's Website


CFC’s Refugee Resettlement Program includes a housing coordinator with listing of available rental dwellings from landlords associated with the program. Call Mark Hoyt at (585) 546-7220 ext. 4616 for leads on available rentals in the city of Rochester.

Refugee and Immigration Services Website

Emergency Shelter

CFC operates three shelters for persons in need of emergency housing. Our shelters offer case management and assistance finding permanent housing.

  • For families: Place of Hope – tel. (585) 232-2050
  • For women and children: Sanctuary House – tel. (585) 232-2050
  • For single men: Francis Center – at 547 Joseph Ave. tel. (585) 423-9590

Housing & Emergency Services Website

Mental Health Services

CFC operates two mental health clinics that are open to walk-in clients. New clients are asked to come to walk in hours Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 9 and 11 AM. at 87 N. Clinton Ave.

Mental Health Services Website