by Kaitlin Jackson
Pantry Renaming Ceremony to be held during event
Catholic Charities’ Wellsville office will hold a Holiday Open House from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the counseling office, 67 East Pearl St., Wellsville.
The Holiday Open House will offer information on Catholic Charities’ services in Allegany County, as well as free food, games, and new and gently used winter coats and boots for those in need. A Wellness Fair featuring local community agencies will run in conjunction with the open house.
The open house will highlight the expansion of Catholic Charities services in Allegany County. In addition to counseling, basic needs assistance and a food pantry and thrift store, services in the county now include Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program, and a Kinship Caregiver Support Group as an expansion of the Kinship Caregiver Program in Cattaraugus County, which has been supporting families for more than a decade. The food pantry and thrift store will be open extended hours that day.
Also during the event at 1 p.m., the Catholic Charities Wellsville Food Pantry and Outreach, which is onsite, will officially be renamed to the Joyce Family Food Pantry and Outreach to recognize local businessman Charlie Joyce’s significant, ongoing support of Catholic Charities. Joyce, chairman of the board of Otis Eastern Service LLC, gave $450,000 in total to the 2019 Appeal, the largest personal and corporate donation in the Appeal’s 95-year history.
At the close of the 2019 Appeal, Catholic Charities made the announcement that it would rename the pantry in the Joyce Family’s honor.
Last year, Catholic Charities impacted the lives of more than 1,500 individuals in Allegany County.