Our Mission

Catholic Charities Community Services, in conjunction with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester and those we serve, 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.


**CCCS Mission has recently been updated to reflect the commitment of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. The rationale for the updated mission is to demonstrate unity and the common purpose of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester.  (June 2013)

Our History

Catholic Charities has a long and rich history of service to those in greatest need in the United States. Catholic Charities Community Services is no exception.


1917 The bishops of New York State establish the legal structure of Catholic Charities in the state.

1975 A New York State Court agreement, The Willowbrook Decree, set about improving the placement of residents of state residential institutions for the disabled. Smaller homes, run by the state and private agencies, were established.

1978 The US Bishops issue a Pastoral Statement concerning persons with disabilities.

1979 Matthew H. Clark, the newly appointed bishop of Rochester, NY, identifies persons with disabilities as a group underserved in the Diocese of Rochester.


The precursor to Catholic Charities Community Services is established. The Catholic Charities Residential Program is established in the Diocese of Rochester with the opening of a group home for twelve persons with disabilities in Lyons, NY. It now has eleven certified residential sites housing 87 people and serves an additional 270+ living independently in the community. (2010)

1992 The AIDS Services Program begins with the blessing of Bishop Clark who, in his letter, "The Lord Himself Has Taught Me to Have Compassion", told his flock to care for those in greatest need. AIDS Services begins with a residence for women with AIDS and has evolved into a program supporting 230 persons with HIV/AIDS disease and their families. (2010)

1997 Catholic Charities Community Services, called Catholic Charities Community and Residential Services at the time, is asked by New York State to establish a program for persons living with traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic Brain Injury Services now serves 83 persons with brain injuries living independently in the community. (2010)

2009 Catholic Charities Community Services begins offering support services under the New York State Department of Health Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver to persons with disabilities who are seeking an alternative to nursing home living. It currently serves 9 people. (2010)


The AIDS Services Department changed their name to Health Coordination Support Services (HCSS). HCSS will be expanding their services to include chronic illnesses - hypertension, asthma, heart disease, diabetes as well as HIV/AIDS. (February 2013)

Paul T. Pickering, long-time Executive Director of CCCS, retired on March 31, 2013.  Catholic Charities Community Services appointed Lori VanAuken as Executive Director effective March 18, 2013. 

A new Mission Statement was Board approved.  (June 2013)

Catholic Charities Community Services moved to a new location - Water Tower Office Park, 1099 Jay Street, Building J, Rochester, NY  14611.  (July 2013)


All services are provided to all people without regard to race, religion,
ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ability, gender or ability to pay.