ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties is in the middle of a few capital improvement projects. Thanks to a handful of local foundations, the organization has been awarded over $94,000.  

The contributors include the Anderson Foundation, Anderson-Evans Foundation, the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, the Corning Incorporated Foundation, Hilliard Foundation, JM McDonald Foundation and Wegmans Foundation.

"It's a blessing first of all," says Chuck Nocera, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Chemung & Schuyler Counties. "I [also] think it's a testament that people, organizations, foundations in particular, are realizing or recognizing the issue and have a shared interest in addressing basic needs."

The money will be used to support the non-profit's Second Place East Homeless Shelter on College Ave. The space is in need of cosmetic and structural renovations to keep it functional.
It will also be used to continue and improve the organization's Samaritan Center. The facility helps about 5,000-6,000 people each year, with everything from food and financial assistance to program enrollment. 

"It's a range of people who are vulnerable," says Nocera. "There's no other way to put that. They're income vulnerable, they're housing vulnerable, and the services are really there to provide assistance and support to get them over that hump."

Catholic Charities is also reminding residents of their ongoing efforts to prevent homelessness in our area.

If you, or someone you know needs assistance, you can reach Catholic Charities at 607-734-9784.