Your December issue of the monthly newsletter highlighting the work we are doing in the community through Turning Point, Kinship Family & Youth and Substance Free Living services.


Welcoming Tabitha Brewster, new CEO of Catholic Charities of Steuben County

Dear Friends of Catholic Charities, I am privileged and thrilled to have the opportunity to follow in Laura Opelt’s footsteps and serve as your new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The first time I came to Catholic Charities of Steuben (CCS), I immediately knew that it was an exceptional place, and I wanted to become a part of it. For over 10 years, I have worked with the Catholic Charities family, serving the last several years as Executive Director in Livingston County, and continuing. My dual role as CEO for Livingston, and now Steuben, will afford me the ability to continue to implement positive social change throughout our communities. As a career in human services, I passionately believe in the importance of providing high-quality programs for all people in need regardless of socioeconomic standing, race, religion, ethnicity, or gender. I consider it my privilege and honor to support the remarkable team of Catholic Charities so that they are able to provide your communities with excellence in human service programming. During the past several years, many advances and changes have taken place at CCS, especially in our ability to carry out work related to value-based care. These are exciting times that offer new opportunities for collaboration, networking, and support. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to provide exceptional services, and to continue to implement cost-effective strategies and programs that maximize our ability to help communities, and accomplish our mission. We appreciate the confidence that you have placed in us and in our work. We will strive to be better each day and look forward to continuing our efforts. Many thanks for your encouragement, support, and help. Sincerely, Tabitha Brewster.


You are invited to our Annual Toastings & Tastings Fundraiser at the Radisson, Corning NY on February 7th. Enjoy wines and local craft brews and bid on great auction items from local businesses.

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In Kinship Family & Youth, our Child Development Services work to promote healthy births, protect the safety of children and nurture their development. Family Preservation Services support parents’ desire to improve their knowledge and skills of parenting, helping them develop closer, more nurturing relationships, and learn how to connect with supports to address any barriers to their family’s success. Learn More


Therapeutic Foster Care We specialize in the care of children and youth with significant psychological, social, emotional, or behavioral needs who can respond to close relationships within a family setting, and whose special needs require more intense or therapeutic services than are found in traditional foster care. Kinship serves to strengthen and enrich the quality of life for family members.  Furthermore, we honor the dignity and worth of every human person.  We believe there is no substitute for the family unit.  We recognize family to be the relationship between persons that fosters each individual’s mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth.  We foster kinship and interdependence as the highest form of personal development. Services provided by our staff include case planning, permanency planning, and coordination of medical care and educational plans for each child in our program. In addition, we provide ongoing support and care for foster parents, including weekly contact with a Child and Family Support Worker and planned respite.  Emergency assistance is available 24/7 by foster care staff who provide after-hours on call coverage. Kinship staff work closely with the referring departments and the birth families to effectively and safely plan for the future of each child, which may include returning the child to his or her parents or another family member, or preparing the child to live independently. We work diligently to promote permanency for each child in our care.


Avery Adoption — Our foster parents open their homes and their hearts to children and families, providing love, support, supervision, encouragement, discipline, structure, and stability, while promoting permanency for them as well. Foster parents work with service providers and the birth family with the intention of reunification of the children with their family. However, in some rare cases, the children are freed for adoption, and this year we were fortunate to have a sibling group of 3 be adopted by the Kinship foster parents that they had been living with. The adoption occurred in Steuben County in September. Shynowah, Tyiquiel, and Oxzayvion have been in foster care since 2017 and have been living with the Avery’s for a total of a little over 2 years. The children were originally placed with the Avery’s for a little over a year when they were discharged to a pre-adoptive placement. After they left Stephanie and Keith realized how much they missed them and when they were approached 3 months later, they decided to not only take them back, they decided to adopt them. It took a year to finalize everything and they were adopted at the end of Spetember.


Healthy Families Steuben is a program of Healthy Families New York, an affiliate of Healthy Families America – one of the leading family support and evidence-based home visiting programs in the United States.  Locally, Healthy Families Steuben is a partner of Southern Tier Kids on Track which is a collaboration of community organizations and resources to ensure children have the best chance for life-long success. Healthy Families Steuben is designed to provide services to families that begin prenatally; or within three months after birth, through age five by partnering with parents throughout Steuben County to strengthen families and communities. HFS services are relationship-based, culturally sensitive, family centered, strength-based (building on parental competencies) and grounded in the parallel process: the relationships we build with parents and families serve as a model for the supporting, positive relationship we help parents cultivate with their children. Once a family becomes interested in receiving services, HFS staff will reach out to learn more about their current needs, and also explore their strengths.  After learning more about each family’s unique situation, HFS staff will recommend services for families based on their needs—from home visiting to additional community connections. Regardless of the recommendations our staff offer, HFS services are always free and voluntary. To learn more about Healthy Families Steuben, please contact one of our three offices: Addison – 607-359-2259, Bath – 607-776-6621, Hornell – 607-324-6027.


Turning Point equips neighbors in financial crisis to turn a corner in their lives through Basic Needs Services, Support Services, and Development Services in a welcoming, comforting atmosphere. Services are delivered throughout Steuben County from offices in Bath, Canisteo, Corning, Ira Davenport Hospital, Hornell, and Painted Post. Learn More


Welcome Brandy to the Turning Point Team!

Brandy Swain is a huge asset to the Catholic Charities family and we are so glad she has joined the Catholic Charities of Steuben County team. Brandy is a licensed master social worker and comes to Steuben with a significant amount of skill from the positions she held at Catholic Charities Livingston including work with the jail population, grant writing, Health Home Care Manager, HOPE Youth Mentoring Program Director, and various supervisory roles for Medicaid Managed Care services. While Brandy’s main role is now at Catholic Charities of Steuben, she continues to do some shared work in Livingston. We are excited to share Brandy between the two agencies. She always gives 100% to every job and we are sure she will do the same with her newest role as Director of the Turning Point service team. We brought her on board to continue to elevate the great work of Turning Point and so she can provide her endless support, courage, and motivation to this team!



Congratulations to Matt Dixon, our Bath Turning Point November Volunteer Of The Month! Matt has only been with us for a few months but he has been a great addition. He’s always willing to come in to help with our reception desk whenever asked, including several days/time he is not scheduled but we have a call out. We greatly appreciate his desire to help our great families that we serve. Our Bath TP VOTM award goes to a Volunteer nominated by Bath TP staff each month. Our award winners receive a certificate for a free lunch buffet at Bath Pizza Hut. Thank you to Pizza Hut for donating these vouchers.


Substance Free Living Prevention Services builds public awareness and knowledge about substance abuse and its consequences, while working directly with youth and adults to engage in substance free activities for productive living. Through school-based counseling, community events, and referrals, we are able to help people of all ages gain healthy lifestyles. Our Residential Services reduce homelessness while building skills among participants to maintain substance free living. Learn More


Substance Free Living’s Prevention Services educate and counsel individuals and groups about substance abuse and its consequences, while also raising awareness in the broader community of these issues. As a participant in the Steuben Prevention Coalition, Catholic Charities of Steuben’s Substance Free Living surveys the community about knowledge and attitudes concerning substance use and other factors, and helps to formulate community-wide responses. Programs include Steube Council on Addictions, Bath Area Hope for Youth, Impaired Drive Program, John Southard Youth Recreation Porgram,


Residential Services works to reduce the prevalence of substance abuse and its consequences throughout our community in Steuben County. Through a Residential Reintegration Program we help people maintain a substance free lifestyle through housing, support and education in both a community residence setting and a supportive living setting in Bath, NY. Catholic Charities of Steuben also offers Peer and Family Supports services from finding a home to connecting with community resources, from transporting you to meetings to helping you develop personal skills, we’ll walk with you to establish a recovery path for health and hope. With Peer Empowerment Support we work one-to-one, coaching and supporting those and their family during transition from home to the community. If you would like to learn more, call or email Trinity Cowburn, Director at 607-968-4717 and


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