Local, State, and National Advocacy Working locally and at the state and federal level to promote social justice

Contact Information:

  • Contact:

    Marcus Ebenhoe

  • Address:

    87 N Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604

  • Phone:

    (585) 546-7220 x6202

  • Email:

    mebenhoe@cfcrochester.org

What the Program Offers

The Office of Social Policy distributes legislative alerts on topics of concern to Catholics through the weekly e-mail newsletter, Salt & Light. Contact Marcus Ebenhoe at mebenhoe@cfcrochester.org to sign up or visit our archive to read the most recent editions.

Other opportunities to become involved in advocating for change to the systems and structures of our society that prevent individuals from enjoying full dignity and freedom include:

Learn more about Catholic Advocacy Organizations

Catholic Family Center Advocacy Persistent advocacy for the poor and vulnerable

Contact Information:

  • Contact:

    Marcus Ebenhoe

  • Address:

    87 N Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604

  • Phone:

    (585) 546-7220 x6202

  • Email:

    mebenhoe@cfcrochester.org

About the Program

The CFC mission statement calls CFC to "persistent advocacy for the poor and vulnerable." In addition to providing high quality services and programs, the agency is committed to also working to address the root causes of poverty. Our administrative and departmental leaders are responsible for keeping a balance between services and advocacy in the work of CFC.

Key Issues

Each department addresses issues relating to the population of clients they serve, often in collaboration with other agencies and coalitions. CFC also develops and puts in place a strategy each year to advocate for agency-wide issues impacting our clients and programs.

Issues on the current CFC Advocacy Agenda include

  • NY State Budget Priorities
    • Address the chronic underfunding of mental health and substance use disorder programs, especially with their increased acuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Protect programs that save money and assist our clients, e.g. Kinship Care, Preventive Care, Supportive Housing, EISEP and STAR programs for older adults, etc.
    • Support the inclusion of a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for employees in the budget for state funded programs.
  • Monroe County Department of Human Services
    • Increase funding for subsidies for quality childcare for low-income working families

Some other agency-wide issues that are often the focus of advocacy include increasing the number of refugees that can be resettled in the US; developing safe and affordable housing; addressing the "benefits cliff," which can be a barrier to sustained employment; and continued funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

State & National Partners Thinking globally, acting locally

Contact Information:

  • Contact:

    Marcus Ebenhoe

  • Address:

    87 N Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604

  • Phone:

    (585) 546-7220 x6202

  • Email:

    mebenhoe@cfcrochester.org

About the Program

We provide local support for the work of Catholic Charities USA, The New York State Catholic Conference and the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops, especially in the areas of advocacy, collections for Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Rice Bowl and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

What the Program Offers

Who is CFC

A quick overview of Catholic Family Center

500+
Employees & Volunteers
60+
Programs
19
Locations
1
Mission
Providing the most vulnerable with hope