The mission of Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga (CCTT) is to support all people in need and advocate for social justice and human dignity in partnership with the Diocese of Rochester and the greater community.
CCTT holds a unique status in the community, as a resource of last resort that serves low and moderate income families and individuals. We have the ability to provide a coordinated network of human services dedicated to expediting assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community, those who fall through the cracks of a very inadequate social support system. The families who walk through our doors have already visited the multitude of other agencies that serve people from specific populations and have turned them away. We are able to work with all people and are not restricted to a specific segment of the population. Essential services are provided as part of a comprehensive approach to solving presenting problems and underlying barriers to self-sufficiency.
CCTT works in partnership with local human service agencies, community coalitions, local faith communities and interfaith groups, addressing gaps in service in a collaborative fashion, to respond to urgent needs of individuals, families and the community. We have a history of helping all those in need with great empathy and compassion. We find that offering support with a caring, individualized approach helps vulnerable people feel safe and able to open up to us about their challenges. This time- and staff-intensive approach is something other agencies are unable to offer.
Catholic Charities employs and serves all people without regard to religious affiliation or spiritual identity. Our work is guided by two main objectives: to address the needs of the community’s most vulnerable people and to challenge conditions that cause poverty and despair. Remaining focused on our mission of service and advocacy, we mobilize public and private resources, and join with government, business, and community groups to effectively serve the lowest income families in Tompkins and Tioga Counties.