Success Stories

A picture of the community you have helped us to build

Everyone has a story Sometimes prayers are answered

Often, a charity and its donors focus on giving and receiving. We'd like to share some stories with you that may help us focus on the remarkable strength of our clients and the incredible caring of the community that supports them.

Thank you for being a part of inspiring such hope.

Our CEO, Lori and a member of our I/DD community, Cindy, share a happy moment together.

Yomary's Story Breaking the cycle of poverty

Everyone knows the expression that history repeats itself. Read this brave, empowered young mother's story:

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Obaida's Story A story of hope and unimaginable dreams come true

As a former refugee, resettling in the US from Afghanistan, Obaida knows better than many of us the struggles her clients go through. Utilizing her unique perspective, she forms close ties with each of her clients as they face the thrilling yet challenging transition of new life and opportunity in the United States.

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Marques' & Brian's Story We are included

Congratulations to Marques and Brian, residents of one of our homes in Penn Yan, on their graduation from Keuka College

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Jackie's Story Beyond addiction to independence and rejoining family

Jackie explains to us that the hardest part of his journey was first admitting that he had a problem because he felt mainly he had lost himself.

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Chris' Story Living My Best Life

“Hello. My name is Chris Votraw and it is a miracle that I am standing here before you…”

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Edwin's Story The will to persevere after prison is key to success

Family and Community Services staff help Edwin to navigate through court systems, cross-state paperwork and appeal processes to achieve his goal.

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Francy's Story My Early Years Were Hard Ones

A part of our first Bridges to Success cohort, Francy discovered new ways to help her children achieve their dreams.

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Michael's Story For me, recovery meant surrendering to God’s will

The support network Michael found in the Restart program helped him to understand that he was not alone in his quest to kick addiction.

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Allyson's Story Providing support to those who are struggling and alone

As the single mom of a six-month-old baby, Allyson was experiencing economic hardship. She sought help from Catholic Charities Family and Community Services’s (CCFCS) Community Resource Services (CRS) where she met Margy Shavick, CRS Clinical Supervisor.

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Katelyn's Story Empowering those facing their own battles

Katelyn began using at the age of 18 and continued to use until age 22. As she says…solemnly, “It wasn’t long, but it was long enough to lose everything.”

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Cheryl's Story My life as a case manager and as a foster parent

Cheryl Moeller is a Supervisor in CFC’s Children, Youth and Family team, responsible for the department's Kinship program, and is one of two team leaders in our Preventive program.

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