Fidelis Care awards grant for Catholic Charities program

Sat, Jul 9th 2016 08:00 am

This is the 12th consecutive year Fidelis Care has supported the Catholic Charities of Buffalo In-School Social Work Program, recently awarding Catholic Charities a $403,850 grant to continue its commitment to make a difference in the lives of youth, their families and educators.

The grant reflects part of the funds Fidelis Care made available through its 2015 Community Grant Fund, which are distributed in the eight Roman Catholic Dioceses across New York State, including The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, to nonprofit organizations with similar missions and values of service to low-income, vulnerable individuals.

"Year after year, the Catholic Charities In-School Social Work program has proven to be a proactive and effective method in addressing non-academic barriers that impede the academic success of students," said Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities chief executive officer. "We are grateful for the long-standing, strong investment by Fidelis Care as we work toward our long-term goal of continuing to respond to the social and emotional needs of students of our Catholic schools and their families."

The ISSWP works to enhance student success by providing counseling and comprehensive character development skill building activities for students through short-term individual sessions, small groups and classroom presentations. Consultation services are also available for parents, teachers and principals, as well as staff development for teachers and principals to expand strategies and interventions for strengthening student character.

Based on the assessment of other student or parent needs, linkages to other Catholic Charities' programs are available, including mental health counseling, emergency financial assistance, food assistance and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.                                  

"Our commitment to serve children, families and their local communities reach far beyond health coverage," said Father Patrick J. Frawley, Fidelis Care president and chief executive officer. "We are proud to support the In-School Social Work Program for another year as it continues to positively impact the lives of young people."

Approximately 897 students and their families were directly assisted by the program during the 2015-2016 service year, which runs from April to March.

For more information about the ISSW program call 716-218-1400, ext. 2012 or visit       

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