Catholic Charities Responds to COVID-19, Offers Reminders

Tue, Mar 17th 2020 10:00 am

As Catholic Charities of Buffalo responds to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis by following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials, some program changes and closings are in place and other reminders are being shared.

Catholic Charities is committed to keeping its clients, volunteers and employees safe at all times. To that end, Catholic Charities reminds clients that if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses, they need to stay home and seek treatment via the recommendations of local health authorities.

"During these especially challenging times, we also want to be clear that Catholic Charities is committed to continuing to serve those most in need in Western New York, particularly those seeking mental health services and basic emergency assistance through our food pantries for example," said Deacon Steve Schumer, Catholic Charities president and chief executive officer. "These services, and most other services, are available and we are ready to help."

As of Monday, March 16, these are the most significant adjustments to our programs and services: 

  • Catholic Charities' WIC in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties are asking clients to NOT come into their local WIC office. WIC staff will contact clients by phone regarding their benefits and Nutrition Education services.
  • Effective today (Tuesday, March 17), Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Services' will suspend on-site service and classes at all of its sites (including Catholic Charities' ECC Pathways sites) until further notice. Classes will be available online via email or through distance learning (DL). Hard-copy packets for accessing the DL system have been mailed to current students. Students who did not receive the DL packets but need one will be able to access the information by visiting Anyone wishing to enroll in online or DL programming will be able to do so via
  • A Gathering Place, our senior adult day program, is closed this week (March 15-March 21). The decision to open or keep the program closed will be made on a weekly basis. 
  • Our Wellsville Outreach Thrift Store (67 E. Pearl St., Wellsville) and Lots of Clothes Thrift Store (1122 Broadway, Buffalo) are both closed this week (March 15-21).
  • All Nutrition~Simply Said trainings have been canceled through the end of the month.

Updates will be shared as they are available. Catholic Charities appreciates the understanding and cooperation of our community as we all navigate this together.


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