A Greeting from Our Leadership

Welcome to the Catholic Charities of Buffalo website! On behalf of everyone connected with us, we are pleased to have the opportunity to tell you who we are and what we do. Our Mission statement says it all: “We strive to empower individuals, children and families to achieve and maintain meaningful and healthy lives … we believe all persons are created by God … we are a primary advocate for those in need,
particularly the most vulnerable.”

Operating from 61 sites in Western New York, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide a wide array of human services in a quality, efficient and outcome-driven manner. With a four star rating at Charity Navigator and accreditation from the Council on Accreditation, we strive to provide cost-effective, quality human services every day.

Catholic Charities is hope for people through all seasons of life – ensuring safety and nurturing for children who are neglected or at risk of harm, reaching out to children and teens with Sister Mary McCarrickintensive family therapy, getting young adults back on an education and career track, assisting an unemployed father with food for his family, and keeping seniors independent in the community. We strive to bring strength and stability to the communities of Western New York.

Thanks for visiting us! Please take a moment to browse through our site. You will find information about services that you, or someone you know, may need, as well as many opportunities to join us in our work.

We are grateful for your interest and support.

Dennis C. Walczyk
Chief Executive Officer

Sister Mary McCarrick
Diocesan Director


Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF

Diocesan Director

Dennis C. Walczyk, MPSSc
Chief Executive Officer

Tish Brady, LCSW, CASAC
Chief Operating Officer

Rose C. Caldwell
Director Communications
and Public Relations

Beverly Eagan
Director, Human Resources

Keith Hamm
Director, IT/Statistics

Brian O’Herron, MEd, MBA
Department Director
Clinical and Aging Services

Karen Mecozzi,


Eileen Nowak
Department Director
Parish Outreach and Advocacy

James J. Nowak, MS
Assistant Department Director
Clinical and Aging Services

Rosa Rojas
Executive Assistant

Michael Venezia, LCSW-R, ASQ-CQM, CLSSGB
Director, Performance Quality Improvement


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