Catholic Charities receives grant to strengthen counseling program

Livingston County Catholic Charities (LCCC) received special grant funding of $25,000 from the Raskob Foundation to help strengthen its mental health counseling program, and its organizational ability to serve low-income and under-served individuals and families in Livingston County.

LCCC places a high priority on responding to local needs and serving all residents of the county with a focus on the indigent and at-risk. In addition to accepting most major insurances, LCCC maintains a sliding fee scale for counseling services for the unemployed, uninsured and under-insured.

This special grant funding is important as LCCC is seeing a dramatic increase in need for counseling services since the onset of COVID-19. Physical distancing, death, isolation, nationwide turmoil and fear vastly increased the number of people struggling with mental health and substance abuse.

The Raskob Foundation is an independent, private family foundation founded in 1945 with a history of grant making and philanthropic activity in service to the Catholic Church and institutions and organizations identified with it. LCCC, as a branch of the Catholic Church’s social mission, provides services to community residents regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability and financial ability.

Over 56% of the people served through LCCC share through the intake process that they live at or below 150% of the poverty level, with many more who reside just above that level and are un- or under-insured. The Raskob Foundation grant funding will support LCCC’s general operations to close the gap in cost to provide counseling services vs. LCCC’s sliding fee scale or decrease in insurance reimbursements.

As the need for counseling services continues to greatly rise, LCCC is also looking to hire additional therapists.  For more information on LCCC’s counseling programs or to explore a position with LCCC, contact Clinical Director John Furey at


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