Together we will get through this difficult time

A Message from Marlene In the face of confusion and concern Impart to us the calm of Your presence. Be with those who serve the sick and give them Your caring hands. Be with those who lead and give them Your Spirit of wisdom. Be with those who have fallen ill and give them Your comforting heart. Wrap Your arms around our world and hold us in Your love. Allow us at this time of trial to then serve as instruments of that love to all we meet. We ask this in your name. Amen.

Dear Friends,

I shared the prayer above during a recent “virtual” staff meeting at Catholic Family Center to reaffirm our mission to serve the most vulnerable. And I am proud to tell you that our staff has found new ways to continue our important work in these unprecedented times, and they have not hesitated to put the needs of the individuals and families who we serve ahead of their own. We know that for our vulnerable clients, who often have no safety net, it has never been more important to be a consistent resource and partner for change in their lives. For clients such as Ann, a local senior living alone and suffering from anxiety, we are a lifeline during this stressful time. Ann receives services through our STAR (Support to Aging Residents) program. Our STAR team has been checking in on Ann regularly and recently realized that she did not have enough food. Ann was so grateful that she was in tears when we were able to drop off the food and medicine that she desperately needed.

As a provider of essential shelter, behavioral health, transportation, emergency support and home visitation services across all the populations we serve, I want our CFC supporters to rest assured knowing that we continue to carry out the mission you have entrusted to us. We have been serving the Rochester community for more than 100 years and we will not stop when we are needed more than ever.

It is during times of chaos and uncertainty when we need to rely on each other the most. Knowing that this is a hard time for many but that support is crucial, two very generous anonymous donors have agreed to match all gifts in response to this letter up to $15,000. Help us unlock this match with a gift today – no amount is too small and every gift is appreciated.

Together we will get through this difficult time and be a beacon of hope for our neighbors who need the most support.


Marlene Bessette
President and CEO

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