Paul’s 4th Annual Winter Coat Drive Benefits Clients Served By Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland

Public’s Generosity Aids Effort To Keep Our Neighbors Warm

New City, NY (Jan. 10, 2019) – Public generosity has contributed to the success of Legislator Aney Paul’s 4th Annual Winter Coat Drive, with dozens of donations slated to benefit our homeless neighbors.

“These coats will help keep our neighbors warm while also demonstrating that we have not forgotten them,” Legislator Paul said. “I want to express my sincerest gratitude to all who donated, including the employees of Daiken America, Inc. in Orangeburg, and to Catholic Charities Community Services, our partners in this effort.”

The donations will go to those staying at the Rockland County Warming Center, which Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland County now operates. Donations were dropped off today and graciously accepted by CCCSR’s Executive Director, Jerome Kilbane.

CCCSR is an affiliate of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and has a long history of providing the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter and other emergency assistance for those in need.

Services are available for individuals and families of all ages, from every race, religion and ethnic group from throughout Rockland County. Programs include information and referral, general case management, homelessness and eviction prevention, emergency financial assistance, Nutritional Outreach and Education, a food pantry, Money Management Workshops, and immigration legal services.

The agency has also taken on the job of operating Rockland’s warming center on the grounds of the Yeager Health Complex in Pomona. Known as Safe Haven, it is open to any person who needs a warm place to sleep. Hot meals, a place to shower and laundry facilities are available.

Clients can also meet with staff from the county Department of Social Services, which works closely with CCCSR, to see if they qualify for permanent housing, job training and other services.

During the drop-off today, cots were seen neatly arranged throughout the shelter, some with bags resting atop them, filled with the clients’ belongings. According to CCCSR Executive Director Kilbane, about 60 people stay at the shelter nightly.

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