MALONE — Catholic Charities has a new home at 6 Cedar Street in the Village of Malone.

"We are open for business and providing services to the community," a press release said.

St. Andre Bessette Parish is now providing the day-to-day operation of the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.

Catholic Charities offers numerous programs, including one that offers a parent education program that includes prenatal education and post-birth education to young moms and dads.

"This program encompasses the care and nutrition of infants and children together with life skills needed to provide responsible parenting," the release said.

Fifty-three children and parents attended the agency's Halloween Party, and plans were in the works for a Christmas party at the time of the press release, with Santa making an appearance, of course.

"This program has been one of our core programs for many years and continues to expand annually," the release said.

 

COATS AND MITTENS

A recent $2,000 grant from the Adirondack Foundation/Adirondack For Kids will be put toward Catholic Charities' Baby World Program and purchase furniture, equipment and educational toys for the new playroom.

Baby World has been expanded to include teenagers, with sizes newborn to 18 and winter coats, mittens and hats available.

"Anyone with good, clean children’s clothing is encouraged to donate it to Catholic Charities," the release said.

"We see the success of this program in the return of some of this clothing when the child has outgrown it, and the clothing is clean and in good condition."

The agency also provides hygiene products on a regular basis and distributes used furniture and household items for those in need.

In conjunction with Salvation Army, Catholic Charities is putting together senior Christmas baskets again this year.

"In 2017, we provided 50 individuals throughout the community with food and sundry items geared for seniors," the release said.

"The students at Holy Family School had a food drive and also assisted in packing the baskets for seniors."

 

ADVOCACY PROGRAM

Catholic Charities provides services to anyone in need, from newborns through senior citizens.

"Our advocacy program provides support to navigate the legal system and complexities of insurances," the release said.

The agency, an institution of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, also assists with referrals to other agencies in the community.

"Catholic Charities welcomes you to come and check out our new offices on the corner of Cedar and Raymond streets," the release said.

"We will continue to provide services to those in need quietly with respect and dignity."

The office, formerly located on Rennie Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.