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By Craig Braack

Assemblywoman Marjorie Burns visits new Catholic Charities location

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See slideshow of the visit to the “old court house”

Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston received a visit from State Assemblywoman Marjorie Burns in their new location at 12 Allen St, Hornell, NY. The assemblywoman was greeted by Catholic Charities staff and was given a tour of their new building in “the old court house”.

During her tour, the Assemblywoman was told that the new location will be the hub of all Catholic Charities services for the Hornell and surrounding areas. These services include Emergency Services, Food Pantry, Healthy Families, Supportive Home and Parent Enrichment (SHAPE), Therapeutic Foster Care, Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment Services (CORE), along with referrals to partnering agencies to assist anyone in need.

The Assemblywoman was shown the layout of the new food pantry which is a choice model. Steve Olix, Business Relations Specialist, said “The purpose of establishing a pantry that looks like a grocery store is to help lower the stigma associated with individuals seeking services”.

The need for assistance has increased across the county. Statistics show that 60% of Steuben County school aged children qualify for free or reduced lunches. “The need is not just in the pantry, but in all services offered here, there has been a 100% increase in the need for Foster Parents across multiple counties” Olix added.

Throughout the tour, all of the services that Catholic Charities provides were discussed. With the history of the building came many stories of how each room was used in the past and how they will be utilized now. A grand opening for this new location is planned for the spring with the hope to reach many more individuals in need throughout the community.

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