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Catholic Charities receives $1 million grant to help renovate Niagara Falls school

NIAGARA FALLS – Catholic Charities announced Wednesday that it has received a $1 million grant toward its plan to renovate a closed Catholic elementary school into a family services center.

The work at the long-closed Holy Family School on Tronolone Place in Niagara Falls will be funded in part by the State Dormitory Authority through its Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program. The organization, however, still needs more than $1 million more to complete the project, spokeswoman Rose Caldwell said.

Dennis C. Walczyk, CEO of Catholic Charities, said plans call for the school building to become "a multiprogram site for Catholic Charities in Niagara County."

Caldwell said the programs expected to move to the former school include counseling, emergency assistance, a program for domestic violence offenders, assistance for separated or divorced parents and workforce education. They are currently scattered at four different sites in the Falls.

Holy Family would be the 19th closed school, rectory, convent or church in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that Catholic Charities has been able to repurpose.


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