Catholic Charities Community Services receives emergency relief funds from Yates Community Endowment

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS) is pleased to announce they are the recipients of a $5,000 grant from the Yates Emergency Relief Fund of the Yates Community Endowment to be used to upgrade and replace necessary appliances and equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yates Community Endowment’s Yates Emergency Relief Fund, launched in early May, supports Yates County residents, businesses and nonprofits providing critical services that are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Relief Fund is focusing on supporting immediate and urgent needs, recovery for nonprofits as they return to normal operations, and resiliency relief to help nonprofits most crucial to the community’s ability to thrive.

“We are so delighted and grateful to the Yates Community Endowment and the Emergency Fund for their critical support in these unprecedented times. Our staff are working very hard to take the best possible care of our residents, and this gift will go a long way in supporting their work,” remarked Executive Director, Lori VanAuken. “We want to thank the Yates Community Endowment for their support of the work we do in Penn Yan.”

Catholic Charities Community Services has four residential homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Yates County. A part of Penn Yan for over 25 years, CCCS residents are integrated into the community; they have relationships with business owners, and neighbors, they are club members (Moose, Elks) and work in local businesses. At Keuka Business Park, CCCS also has a Regional Office with care management and employment related services for those who live with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Overall, CCCS employs 47 people in Yates County.

The Yates Community Endowment is under the guidance of an all-volunteer, all-local Advisory Board. Since its beginning in 2011, Yates Community Endowment has distributed more than $600,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving Yates County. 

Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS) began in 1980 with a group home for 12 persons with developmental disabilities in Lyons, NY. CCCS now serves the 12 counties of the Greater Rochester area with 13 certified residential sites, which are home to over 75 people. Thousands of individuals receive services through our Care Coordination, Developmental Disabilities, Supportive Services and Clinical departments. For more information, please visit or call Tracy Kroft at 585-339-9800 x305. You can find Catholic Charities Community Services on Facebook, as well.

“Catholic Charities Community Services is deeply committed to enhancing and strengthening the independence, inclusion, and individuality of persons with disabilities and those who are living with significant health challenges. We provide services that support, coordinate, advocate, and educate in order to foster individual and community empowerment. We strive to build a just and compassionate society for all individuals to live with dignity as people of God.”