A History of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester:
Direct Services, Advocacy, and Parish Social Ministry

The previous volume in this series of histories “A Brand New World: The Evolution of Diocesan Catholic Charities Activities 2013-2016” detailed the many new challenges faced by the overall organization in this time period and the wonderful collaborative initiatives undertaken by the overall organization in response to these challenges.

This work has described the activities of the individual components of the organization (the “heart and soul of Catholic Charities”) from July 1, 2013 – December 31, 2016.

As written here, key to the success of the organization, as it continues to touch the lives of 250,000 annually, has been the outstanding leadership and continuity of the chief executives of each organization. (There was only one leadership transition – at Providence Housing – in this time period.)

Once again the activities undertaken by our strong Boards and leadership staff have proved that “change is in our DNA”, as the agencies have adroitly responded to changes in regulations, and new funding patterns, especially in Medicaid.

The individual agencies have remained faithful to our three-fold mission:

  • Provision of quality direct service that empowers families and individuals
  • Advocacy for public policies which enable families and individuals to work toward achieving their full potential
  • Collaboration with Catholic parishes and faith communities of all denominations to address local issues and concerns

In this time period, particularly in Monroe County, but also more generally throughout New York State, there has been a new awareness of poverty and attention to addressing this significant societal problem. Catholic Charities in the Diocese has been serving poor and vulnerable persons for over 100 years and will continue to do so. This time period has seen a subtle shift in our focus with more emphasis on specific, targeted measures to help families move toward self-sufficiency. These efforts will continue as we move forward.


Jack Balinsky
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