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To help residents of Allegany and Cattaraugus counties who may be feeling lost or sad, isolated, or experiencing anxiousness and need encouragement during this difficult time, Catholic Charities today announced the launch of a “Coping with COVID” virtual support group. The group will meet monthly and be moderated by a Catholic Charities mental health counselor. For more information or to register, call 716-372-0101.

“Catholic Charities’ professional and highly trained counseling experts offer counseling services for all ages at any time, virtually or in-person,” said Anne Miles, Allegany and Cattaraugus counties district director, Catholic Charities. “We understand the impact these very different times are having on all of us, including those with serious mental health concerns, which is why we have designed a new support group dedicated to the challenges of dealing with the pandemic.”

Since the start of the pandemic in March, Catholic Charities has continued to provide services to individuals and families in need through all of its programs, including food pantries, basic emergency assistance, mental health counseling, and domestic violence programs.

Other services available in the southern tier include emergency financial assistance, food pantries in Franklinville and Wellsville, a thrift store in Wellsville, along with such programs as Kinship Caregiver Program for relative caregivers and their families, Multisystemic Therapy Program for at risk youth, Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness program for divorced/separating parents, the court-ordered Domestic Violence Program for Men, and the Health Home Care Management to help youth and their families navigate the network of health providers. Additional information about Catholic Charities’ services can be found at Call 716-372-0101 for more information or assistance.