Monday, September 25, 2023

Local Catholic Charities Receives $450K to Combat Substance Abuse

Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster has been awarded $450,000 in federal funding to combat substance abuse, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced.

The not-for-profit organization, based out of Goshen, will receive $150,000 for the next three years. Funding was provided to New York State through the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.

The local organization was one of ten to receive a total of $4.5 million overall to establish substance use and prevention coalitions. The organizations receiving funding must focus on the priority populations.

Prevention coalitions are designed to better engage vulnerable and isolated communities in developing and implementing environmental change prevention strategies. This funding will help them to develop culturally appropriate and tailored prevention initiatives for under-served communities and populations.

“Addiction can affect anyone, and helping those who have been impacted, as well as their families, is personal to me,” Hochul explained. “Like far too many New Yorkers, my family has lost a loved one battling with addiction.”

For individuals suffering with addiction, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster provides a continuum of recovery assistance regardless of religious affiliations. This includes medically monitored and supervised detox for community residents, day rehab, and outpatient programs. Catholic Charities operates one of the largest and most comprehensive addiction treatment programs in the Hudson Valley. They commit to maintaining the highest quality of clinical care.

Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster is a human service agency under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York. They serve the homeless, hungry, emotionally challenged, physically challenged, immigrants, marginalized people, and vulnerable people of the community. Their volunteers collaborate with parishes, regardless of their faiths, to assist people of all religions.

The organization offers a wide array of assistance to those in need.

First, they offer treatment and recovery programs to help with drug, alcohol, and gambling additions. They also provide prevention and education services for these battles.

Second, they provide anti-poverty assistance, such as emergency food and shelter. Part of this includes offering case management for those facing eviction or struggling with homelessness or hunger. They also coordinate obtaining assistance through Resource Exchange which distributes donations of gently-used furniture, household items, and other basic necessities.

Third, they provide immigration assistance for those journeying along the path to citizenship.

Last year, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties helped more than 42,000 individuals and families, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.

Anyone struggling with alcohol, substance or gambling addiction can call Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster at (845) 294-5124.

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