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Breakfast with Friends 2018
Lori VanAuken

New York’s Safety Net for 100 Years

Every organization reaches milestones. In 2015, Catholic Charities Community Services celebrated its 35th year of service to our 12 County catchment area, serving annually, over 3,000 people who live with special needs and significant health challenges. In 2017 we are excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Catholic Charities across New York State. But looking at the fiscal implications of the 2018 proposed federal budget raises concerns about continuing this legacy of services.  MORE>

Lori VanAuken
Executive Director

Elizabeth Vargas Registration is Now Open!  7th Annual Breakfast with Friends set for March 2, 2018 featuring Elizabeth Vargas!  Award-Winning Television Correspondent, Co-Anchor of ABC's 20/20!  Click here for more information.

Featured Service Areas

Developmental Disabilities

Delivering residential, vocational, and community services that foster the inclusion and independence of people living with developmental disabilities.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Supporting people with TBI and their families as they adapt to living safely and independently.

Chronic Illnesses

Coordinating and managing care for people with mental illness, substance abuse, asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.


Helping people with HIV and their families adhere to their medical treatments, access housing and emergency services, pursue vocational and employment services, provide support for their families, and instill hope in times of despair.

7th Annual Breakfast With Friends set for March 2, 2018

This year’s Breakfast With Friends to be held on Friday, March 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.  Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Vargas, Award-Winning Television Correspondent and Co-Anchor of ABC's 20/20. 

Tickets on Sale NOW for Emerging Epidemics presented by Trillium Health! 

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Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Vargas

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Elizabeth VargasAward-Winning Television Correspondent, Co-Anchor of ABC's 20/20

Elizabeth Vargas is an award-winning anchor and correspondent who has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, practicing in-depth investigative journalism and conducting newsmaker interviews.

Currently the co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 with David Muir. Elizabeth is also the author of Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction struggle with anxiety and alcohol.

We invite you to support Catholic Charities Community Services in helping us bring Elizabeth’s story of coping and healing to the more than 500 “friends” expected to attend. Elizabeth will bravely discuss how alcoholism has affected her life and career and why she chose to go public with intimate details of her personal journey.


 Immediately following Breakfast with Friends:

Emerging Epidemics graphicThe areas of the United States hardest hit by the opioid epidemic are also seeing increases in hepatitis C and HIV transmission. Western New York State has seen a 47 percent increase in new cases of hepatitis C infections since 2012. Oxycodone use has grown in Rochester by 24 percent from 2007 to 2015. Heroin overdose deaths in our region have jumped from 11 to 2,016 within six years.
Trillium Health’s community-based model of care addresses the interconnected status of the opioid epidemic, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and other diseases spread by intravenous drug use. Our outreach and testing services include behavioral risk assessment and risk reduction counseling, rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, and opioid harm reduction efforts.
Learn more at this informative discussion hosted by Trillium Health. Presenters will include Dr. Robert Biernbaum, Dr. Michael Mancenido, Dr. William Valenti, Julie Ritzler-Shelling, Ashley Zuppelli and Thomas DeBlase.


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7th Annual Breakfast With Friends set for March 2, 2018

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