More than $9 million raised for Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal 2021  

Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced today that Appeal 2021 in support of Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith achieved a total of $9,037,185.95, in cash and pledges, representing 90.3% of its $10 million goal.  

“While the last year and a half has taken a physical, mental and financial toll on many in our community, the generosity of Western New Yorkers is unwavering,” said Deacon Steve Schumer, president and CEO, Catholic Charities. “Thank you for your gracious support of Appeal 2021. We anticipate that there will continue to be some difficult times in the weeks and months ahead and as always Catholic Charities stands ready to serve, encourage, and most importantly provide hope to our neighbors who need it most.” 

The annual appeal helps fund 57 programs and services administered by Catholic Charities at dozens of sites across all eight counties of Western New York, along with several ministries that benefit all parishes through the Diocese of Buffalo’s Fund for the Faith. Catholic Charities’ programs and services helped more than 149,000 individuals of all faiths, ages and ethnicities in 2020. These included basic emergency assistance, food pantries, mental health and substance use treatment, educational and vocational advancement services, family safety and stabilization services, immigration and refugee assistance, and youth and family support services.  

The theme of Appeal 2021 was “HOPE” and the patron saint was St. Ignatius of Loyola. In 2020, more than $8.4 million was raised during the annual appeal that also carried a $10 million goal. Donors can continue to support the work of Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith at ccwny.org/donation.  

Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey appoints Angela Di Novella as new executive director

The Most Reverend Daniel Garcia, bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, and the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities announced that Angela Di Novella will be appointed to the position of executive director Sept. 1, 2021. “It is with excitement that I welcome Angela Di Novella as our new executive director,” said Bishop Garcia. “Angela has faithfully served Catholic Charities, Diocese of Monterey as our Family Support Services director and Development director and now we look forward to the gifts and talents that she will bring to the executive director position.”

Ana Ventura Phares

Di Novella was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to the U.S. with a suitcase packed with dreams. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and from San Jose State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Di Novella also completed graduate courses in Strategic Planning and Fundraising from Harvard Extension. Di Novella has worked in the fields of mental health, asset development, restorative justice, food access, public health, and fundraising, serving in leadership positions for nine years at Catholic Charities. 

“I’m honored and blessed to serve our community in this new role and I’m looking forward to growing our partnerships with all who support our mission to provide service to people in need, to advocate for social justice, and to call other people of good will to do the same,” said Di Novella.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is helping COVID-impacted Missouri renters
with applications for rental and utilities assistance and housing stability plans

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) is helping renters apply to the SAFHR (State Assistance for Housing Relief) for Renters program in 38 of the counties where it operates. CCSOMO is helping Greene County residents access these same funds through the Greene County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. Area renters are encouraged to contact CCSOMO for help with both the SAFHR for Renters and Greene County ERA programs.

SAFHR for Renters is a federal pandemic relief and stimulus program intended to prevent homelessness and housing instability. The U.S. Treasury is distributing $25 billion to 50 states for rent and utility assistance. The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) is administering the state share of Missouri’s allocation (approximately $323 million).

The SAFHR for Renters program pays up to 12 total months of rent and utility arrears (per service); and up to three months of forward rent, incurred since April 2020. Utilities include gas, electric, water, sewage or waste water, trash, and fuel (propane, wood, etc.). People can apply only for utility assistance but must still be renters. Payments are made directly to a landlord or utility company, usually two to four weeks after submission of a complete application. MHDC expects to accept applications through at least September 2022.

MHDC has contracted CCSOMO to help renters successfully navigate the SAFHR for Renters online application process. As an additional service, MHDC contracted CCSOMO to provide each applicant with housing case management services resulting in a housing stability plan that promotes long-term permanent housing. MHDC is encouraging interested or qualifying individuals to contact CCOMO to expedite the online application process.

The SAFHR for Renters program has three requirements: (1) Applicants must be a resident of Missouri, and a renter at their current or a previous address in Missouri; (2) Someone in the household must have experienced, either directly or indirectly, a financial hardship related to the pandemic; (3) The applicant’s income must be less than 80% of the median income in the area. This amount varies by county and household size. Detailed AMI information is available at: MoHousingResources.com/SAFHR-renters-eligibility/ Interested or qualifying individuals should visit CCSOMO.ORG to find their local CCSOMO office, or call 417.268.9998 in Springfield, to schedule an appointment.