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Celebrating 35 Years … Rooted In a Commitment to Caring and Compassion

  • Setting The Stage … 1972-1979

    • TV program exposes conditions at Willowbrook State School, a New York State institution for persons with developmental disabilities.
    • Willowbrook Consent Decree is signed, making a State commitment to a program of community placement of persons with developmental disabilities.
    • U.S. Bishops issue “Pastoral Statement of U.S. Bishops on Handicapped People” ( reissued in 1989 to be called “People with Disabilities”).
    • Bishop Matthew Clark of the Diocese of Rochester commissions a task force to determine the unmet needs of persons with disabilities within the Diocese.
    • The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities asks Catholic Charities to become a provider of residential services for persons with developmental disabilities.

      … and the rest is OUR history!
  • 1980

    • Catholic Charities Residential Program (now Catholic Charities Community Services) responds to Bishop Clark and the State of New York by opening the Lyons Community Residence – home to 12 persons recently de-institutionalized under the Willowbrook Decree.
  • 1981

    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens PennYan Community Residence.
  • 1984

    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens Cloverdale Community Residence.
  • 1985

    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens Westerloe Community Residence.
  • 1987

    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens Newcastle Community Residence.
  • 1988

    • Bishop Clark’s instruction – “The Lord Has Taught Me Compassion” – formulates a local response and call to care about and for persons with HIV/AIDS disease. Bishop Clark calls on Catholic Charities to serve.
    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens Holt Road Community Residence.
  • 1990

    • AIDS Services obtains the first state grant to provide case management to Medicaid eligible persons with AIDS.
    • AIDS Services opens Mary’s House, offering housing for women with HIV/AIDS and their children. The facility closed in 1994.
  • 1991

    • Developmental Disabilities Services offers assistance to persons in the agency’s supportive apartment.
  • 1992

    • Diocesan Director and Diocesan Board of Directors of Catholic Charities create a separate regional entity for services to those with disabilities and name it Catholic Charities Community and Residential Services (now Catholic Charities Community Services).
  • 1993

    • Project Support becomes a part of Catholic Charities Community and Residential Services, offering case management and other supports to persons with disabilities who choose to live independently in the community. This program also includes services for children.
    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens Tryon Park Individualized Residential Alternative.
  • 1994

    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens Cramer House Individualized Residential Alternative in PennYan.
    • Developmental Disabilities Services Family Care Services offers services to persons with developmental disabilities who live in a family atmosphere in certified homes.
    • AIDS Services contracts to provide rent subsidies to persons with AIDS through a grant from state funds, now administered by contract with the City of Rochester.
  • 1997

    • AIDS Services becomes the lead agency in the S.O.A.R. Project, an experiential recreation and summer camp program for children whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS Disease. The camp program blended into Camp Good Days and Special Times in 2005.
    • Traumatic Brain Injury Services begins offering Living Skills Training Services to persons with traumatic brain injuries.
  • 1998

    • AIDS Services receives funding to offer Transition Case Management, helping stabilize children in transition whose primary caregiver has died of AIDS.
    • Traumatic Brain Injury Services offers Service Coordination and Home and Community Support Services to person with traumatic brain injuries.
  • 1999

    • Traumatic Brain Injury Services offers Intensive Behavioral Programming and Community Integration Counseling services.
  • 2000

    • Name of agency is changed to Catholic Charities Community Services to focus on the variety of programs offered in the community.
  • 2002

    • AIDS Services receives funding for a new program, A Place for Every Child, providing permanency planning, foster care placement and on-going support for children whose primary caregiver has died of AIDS. This very valuable program ended in March 2003 because Federal funding was re-directed to Tennessee, where a high incidence of AIDS was verified.
  • 2003

    • AIDS Services receives new funding from the Federal Strengthening Families program that is called Families in Transition, a future planning program for families whose primary caregiver is infected with AIDS disease.
    • Developmental Disabilities Services receives a $500,000 in grant from US Department of Housing and Urban Development to build a residence for six residential clients, thus allowing the agency to downsize one of the 13 residential houses. The house was built through a collaboration with Providence Housing Development Corporation. The house is named Benton House and opened in 2005.
  • 2004

    • Developmental Disabilities Services received $500,000 to construct a new, fully-accessible residential facility for six residents on Lyons, NY. Crowley House officially opened in 2007.
  • 2005

    • AIDS Services begins offering housing services and non-COBRA case management to persons with HIV/AIDS with emphasis on the rural areas within the Finger Lakes AIDS region.
  • 2009

    • The agency is certified to provide services under the newly created NYS Department of Health’s Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver program, a series of support services offered to keep persons with disabilities over the age of 18 living independently in the community.
  • 2010

    • AIDS Services begins providing case management, health education, healthcare-related transportation in all of the Finger Lakes AIDS catchment counties.
  • 2012

    • Catholic Charities Community Services becomes one of just seven agencies nationwide awarded Foundations for Living Federal funds, setting the stage to offer employment development services.
  • 2013

    • After more than 30 years of service to Catholic Charities Community Services, Executive Director Paul Pickering steps down and Lori VanAuken is named his successor.
  • 2014

    • The transition to new agency offices at 1099 Jay Street, Building J is complete. Penn Yan offices are expanded. Health Home Care Management Services are now offered to those living with chronic illnesses.
  • 2015

    • Developmental Disabilities Services opens Pickering House, a Supportive Individualized Residential Alternative in Penn Yan. 
      Catholic Charities Community Services now operates 13 residential homes, we employ over 260 staff and serve more than 2,000 consumers.
  • 2016

    • Medicaid Service Coordination moved from the Developmental Disabilities Department to the Care Coordination Department to allow for more cross functional service to individuals.

    • The on-boarding process for new employees was revised as part of our retention effort strategy for first year employees.

      We were approved by state regulatory agencies to offer new services:
      SEMP for individuals with I/DD;
      Care management for children under 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid and who have two or more complex health conditions or who has a diagnosed condition of HIV, complex trauma, SMI or emotional disturbance .
      Home and Community Based services in the areas of employment support, habilitation, peer supports and pycho social rehabilitation.
      All services to begin in 2017.