About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of Catholic Charities is to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Inviting the involvement of the Church and the community, Catholic Charities fulfills this mission by empowering people through direct aid, counseling, community programs, outreach and advocacy. Our mission is based on Gospel values of respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life, charity and justice, according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.


Catholic Charities was established in Northern New York in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in 1917. Since then, it has grown from a small agency dedicated to the care of the elderly, unmarried parents, and infants into a multi-service agency. It has added services for couples, family, children, youth, and communities.

In response to the needs of people, Catholic Charities has developed offices in each area of the North Country. Regional offices adapt services to the needs of their area. Our services help people to build bridges to healthier lives.

Our services support the sanctity and dignity of human life, the value and integrity of the person, the value of people's social relationships to one another and to community, and the central role of the family in human life and society. Catholic Charities historically has maintained a partnership with the parishes and other community stakeholders

Board of Directors

Members of the Corporation


Members of the Board of Trustees

Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley
Rev. Joseph Morgan, VG
Mr. John Whalen
Mr. David Bence
Rev. Arthur LaBaff

Gayle Frank, President
Charles Storrin, Vice President
Rev. Martin Cline, Treasurer
Lucy Ann Main, Secretary

Rev. John Yonkovig
Mary C. Spilman
Dwight Doane
Mary Beth McKee
Sr. Ellen Rose Coughlin
Patrick Maguire
Diane Rutherford
Deacon Thomas Kilian

Rev. Scott Seymour
Deacon Jack Lukasiewicz
Joseph Tracy
Rev. Steven Murray
Deacon Thomas Yousey
Deacon James Crowley
Lucy Ann Main
Janice Shoen

Deacon Patrick Donahue, Exec. Vice President, Ex. Officio