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Older refugees in Buffalo face challenges that younger refugees circumvent. Although services are prolific for this community, they are not always as accessible due to certain barriers. Those barriers make it sometimes impossible for them to utilize the available resources.

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A new reentry program called Project Blue is a first-of-its-kind partnership to help formerly incarcerated individuals in Erie County transition back into society.

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Catholic Charities officials acknowledged challenges awaiting them as they hosted the official launch Tuesday of their 2019 Appeal. Those challenges include seeking continued support from the public following a controversial decision to end its longtime foster and adoption services. But there is also good news for the organization: on day one of its drive, it already has $1.4 million pledged toward its overall goal.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, asking the State Department to maintain refugee resettlement sites in Buffalo.

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Protesters gathered Tuesday morning outside the Buffalo headquarters of Catholic Charities, speaking out against the organization's August decision to phase out its foster care and adoption services. Saying the decision was an act against the LGBT community, the activists urged Erie County and New York State to rethink its public funding of the organization.

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New York State requires same-sex couple have the same right as heterosexual couples to adopt children. Catholic doctrine defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. Citing the irreconcilable difference, Catholic Charities has decided to end its long-running foster care and adoption services.

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Just four days before its deadline, the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal has surpassed its goal.

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Catholic Charities hosted representatives of more than a dozen local businesses Tuesday. It was the not-for-profit agency's opportunity to say "thank you" for the willingness of those companies to provide jobs for some of Buffalo's resettled refugee population.

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The 94th Catholic Charities Appeal in the Diocese of Buffalo is officially underway. This year's drive was formally launched inside the offices of one of its many diverse services. This year's Appeal has a familiar goal, while this year's theme recognizes what the bishop recognized as an increasingly polarized society and volatile world.

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A new relief effort is underway to help Hurricane Maria survivors now living in Buffalo.

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Health care for refugees and immigrants on the West Side is expanding, with the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center.

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Community, public, labor and religious leaders are uniting to launch a pre-apprenticeship program that seeks to increase diversity in the Niagara Falls and Niagara County workforce.

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Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone joined leaders of Catholic Charities Tuesday in announcing the results of Appeal Week 2016. Malone say just over $8 million has been raised, so far.

The first day of the annual Catholic Charities went by Sunday with drive officials saying they are seeing signs the local economic resurgence is also showing up in gifts to the drive.

Catholic Charities honored with BBB Torch Award

Feb 7, 2016
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Catholic Charities is being recognized for its work in philanthropy. The Better Business Bureau has presented its Torch Award to the Buffalo-based not-for-profit for 2015.

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Find the Good Within. That's the theme of this year's Catholic Charities Appeal.

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Among the individuals and families strolling through Delaware Park in Buffalo today were some who were there to raise awareness of breastfeeding and its benefits for both baby and mother.

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The 91st Annual Appeal for Catholic Charities has exceeded its goal. As of Tuesday, the final day of the Appeal, just over $11.15 million had been received.

Local WIC office celebrates completed expansion

Apr 14, 2015

Completion of a two-year expansion project was celebrated Tuesday on the campus of Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, the home of the busiest WIC office among 15 in Erie and Niagara Counties.

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo is asking for the community's continued support. The 91st annual Appeal is running slightly behind, compared to last year's campaign.

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Social service agencies across the region are stepping up their efforts to protect the most vulnerable from the bone chilling cold of recent days.  WBFO's Mark Scott visited a program on Buffalo's East Side that caters to the needs of older adults.

Catholic Charities exceeds 2014 Appeal goal

Jun 30, 2014
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The Diocese of Buffalo announced Monday the results of its 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal. The organization exceeded its $10.8 million goal by collecting cash and donations of just over $11 million.

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The Diocese of Buffalo's 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal has collected over $7.9 million of its $10.8 million goal, officials said Tuesday.

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Students at a South Buffalo school received a lesson in "kindness".  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the Catholic Charities in-school Social Work program delivered the Rachel's Challenge program to Notre Dame Academy on Abbott Road.

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo has launched its 90th annual Appeal campaign.

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The push is on to help Catholic Charities raise funding. So far, the annual Appeal has raised about 68 percent of its $10.7 million goal.

Catholic Charities drive ends surpassing goal

Jun 27, 2012


BUFFALO, N.Y., June 27, 2012 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials announced the 2012 Appeal exceeded its $10.6 million goal today, with cash and pledges received to date totaling $10,728,316.69.

Catholic Charities gears up for 88th Annual Appeal

Jan 12, 2012
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo is gearing up for its 88th annual Appeal drive. 

Bishop Edward Kmiec announced a $10.6 million goal for the 2012 Appeal at the South Buffalo Food Pantry Wednesday.

Sister Mary  McCarrick is the diocesan director of Catholic Charities.  She noted that through food pantries and numerous other services, Catholic Charities is meeting needs every day.

"We want to provide the basic of food. We also wants to do other things that enhance and improve the lives of some of  our needy residents in Western New York," said McCarrick.