From Catholic Charities of Broome County:
July 20, 2018
Catholic Charities of Broome County receives Binghamton-Broome Anti-Poverty Funding for Community Mentors
Catholic Charities is pleased to announce its newest initiative to help people move out of poverty. Through conversion of its Binghamton pantry into a Community Empowerment Center (CEC), Catholic Charities will enhance its Economic Independence Program by adding Community Mentors. This is part of the recent Governor’s initiative to relieve poverty in 16 communities across our state.
Two part-time mentors will be offering guidance and encouragement to participants based on their own lived experiences with overcoming the challenges of poverty. Mentors are needed to offer extra support when helping patrons determine the underlying reason they are facing food insecurities. Mentors can uniquely understand the barriers and hardships of poverty to help others improve their financial stability.
They can help support individuals to follow through on suggestions and referrals to additional services. Mentors can encourage patrons to attend healthy cooking demonstrations and educational programming classes on budgeting, opening checking/savings accounts, and educational mini-sessions for additional financial supports, all offered at our CEC.
For more information, please call Sandra Ohlsen at 607-584-7800 or 607-729-9166.