Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, announced that Helen Hoefer has been named director of the agency’s Community Services programs. Hoefer, who joined Catholic Charities in 2001 as a parent educator, has been serving as director of the agency’s Emergency Services program since 2009. In her new position Hoefer will be responsible for both the Emergency Services and the CYO program.
“We are happy to have Helen in this position,” said Pezzella-Pekow. “Helen has been excellent as the director of our Emergency Services program. Under her guidance the program has undergone a number of positive changes, including the remodeling of our thrift shop and a complete makeover for our food pantry, and the establishment of a client choice system.”
Recently, Hoefer oversaw yet another upgrade to the Catholic Charities’ food pantry. In September the food pantry moved to a new location inside Catholic Charities’ main office. The new space provides even easier access and more privacy its consumers.
Additionally, Catholic Charities’ CYO program has also seen significant improvements. CYO now offers an expanded game room featuring, billiards, fooseball, ping-pong, air hockey and Wii and X-Box games.
There is also a teen lounge with computer access.
“There is tremendous potential for our CYO program. As we move forward there are plenty of opportunities for growth. We are looking to broaden the scope of our mentoring program, and expand the popularity of our teen lounge with the formation of a teen club. We want to empower those who participate in the CYO program and engage them to share their ideas as to what activities they would like to see at CYO. This program is for our youth and we want them to know that their voice is important,” said Hoefer.
As for the food pantry and the other services offered through Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services program, Hoefer is well aware of the challenges she will face. “These are definitely trying times. The demand on our food pantry and other services is increasing almost daily. The need for food subsidy, as well as assistance with heating bills, rent and prescription medication is putting a real strain on our resources and with the holiday season fast approaching, this year more than ever we will be relying on the generosity of area business, and corporations to help us care for those in need in Oswego County,” said Hoefer.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO program are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau; the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.