by Andrew Henderson
Four months after vacating its bat-infested home, Catholic Charities of Oswego County is returning back to its 365 W. First St. location.
Since September, Catholic Charities was able to provide its services remotely from the former St. Michael’s Church building at 301 Beech St., Fulton.
Beginning tomorrow, Dec. 20, the agency will start moving its administrative offices and services back home.
“We are excited to be moving back,” said Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow. “The staff did a remarkable job these past few months as we continued to offer services and programs to those in need.”
The director added that through the efforts of Emergency Services Supervisor Helen Hoefer, the agency’s volunteers, and the generosity of the community, Catholic Charities’ food pantry remained accessible throughout the relocation.
“We were able to provide a record number of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals,” she said. “Our CYO program continued to offer recreational activities for area youth, and thanks to Tracy Doyle, we even had basketball!”
During the move back, Catholic Charities’ food pantry will be closed Dec. 21-27. The food pantry will re-open Dec. 28.
The Thrift Store will reopen Jan. 3.
The CYO program will also be closed Dec. 24-27 and will reopen Friday, Dec. 28. All other services and programs will be operating as usual and will be in place at the 365 W. First St. location Dec. 28.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County temporarily vacated its historic building because of an infiltration of a large colony of bats thought to be caused by the start of the $12 million reconstruction project over the nearby Oswego River.