Center offers food, shelter - Catholic Courier

Center offers food, shelter

The Emergency Services program has been an integral part of the work of Catholic Charities in Elmira since the program’s inception in 1980. The program is a wonderful example of a partnership between Catholic Charities and parishes. It utilizes parish resources and volunteers to provide basic needs — food, clothing and financial assistance — for those in need. Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services Center — which comprises the Samaritan Center and Second Place East Homeless Services — provides emergency assistance related to food, clothing, shelter, prescriptions, rent and utilities.

The Samaritan Center has been assisting individuals and families in need with emergency food, clothing, personal-care items and prescription-drug assistance for more than 25 years. Second Place East Homeless Services provides emergency shelter for the homeless of Chemung County and has a well-established system to prevent displacement of individuals and families. Prevention services include assistance in paying mortgages, rent and utility bills, and also incorporate essential support ranging from financial planning and budgeting to aid in locating and securing housing.

For the last nine years, the Samaritan Center has been located at 380 S. Main St. in Elmira. In 2009, Second Place East Homeless Services also moved to this location. This new Emergency Services Center has created one convenient location where individuals and families can receive assistance on multiple levels and establish long-term solutions.

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