Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


Catholic Family Center (CFC)

87 N. Clinton Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-262-7044
Contact: Claudia Gill

Catholic family Center helps more than 22,000 people each year become more independent. Our programs include support to seniors and families, refugee resettlement, foster care and adoption, chemical dependency treatment, emergency housing, mental health services, crisis counseling, and an emergency food pantry.

100 Years! Catholic Family Center (CFC) was founded in 1917 "to assist immigrants, find employment for men released from prison, serve unmarried mothers and their infants, and provide material goods for the poor." Over the past 100 years we have continued this work, and have added and evolved many additional programs to meet the changing needs of our community. Join us as we celebrate our Centennial and look forward to the next 100 years. Together, we can transform our city. Together, we can provide help that works and hope that lasts for another 100 years.

Wish List:
  • arts & crafts supplies
  • backpacks, new or gently used
  • bed pillows (new)
  • board games
  • cash donations
  • diapers (all sizes), Pull-Ups (all sizes)
  • exercise equipment
  • gift cards
  • hand tools, new or gently used
  • holiday gifts and food baskets (November & December)
  • linens, gently used
  • non-perishable food items (peanut butter, jelly, canned goods, rice, beans, pasta, cereal, baby food, etc.)
  • personal care items for men and women: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner and feminine hygiene products, adult diapers/Depends
  • school supplies 
  • socks and underwear (new), all genders, all sizes
  • tickets to sporting events, theater shows, movies, museums and local attractions
  • towels, washcloths, blankets (new or gently used)
  • winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, boots (new or gently used), all genders, all sizes

Volunteers Needed:
  • Evening or morning child care. (Moms on site, no  diaper changing!)
  • Clerical help.
  • Enrichment program providers. Life skills instructors for parenting workshops, arts and crafts, GED prep, and computer literacy.  One time or ongoing.
  • Share a hobby with refugee women's group.
  • Help refugees with online job searches and basic computer skills.
  • ESL tutoring.
  • Friendly callers and visitors.
  • Yard workers.
  • Simple home maintenance.
  • Translators.
  • Adopt a Family for Christmas
  • Details of volunteer opportunities including times, locations and skills needed are available on our website 


Information reviewed by agency 8/6/18. (Wish List and Volunteers Needed updated.)

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