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New Rochelle Parish Collects Cleaning Materials To Support Families In Need

The Holy Name Parish in New Rochelle collected laundry detergent for families-in-need at the Guidance Center of Westchester in Mount Vernon.
The Holy Name Parish in New Rochelle collected laundry detergent for families-in-need at the Guidance Center of Westchester in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Several New Rochelle Good Samaritans spread holiday cheer in Mount Vernon this week, donating bottles of laundry detergent in a show of solidarity to support the housing clients at the Guidance Center of Westchester.

Students, families and members of the Holy Name Parish in New Rochelle donated more than 50 bottles of laundry detergent that will improve the quality of living for the clients assisted through the Guidance Center of Westchester in Mount Vernon.

Catherine Francese, the religious education coordinator at Holy Name Parish, said that it was a no-brainer to assist the Guidance Center of Westchester, which is “dedicated to helping clients of all ages overcome psychological, social and cultural barriers as they strive to develop brighter futures.”

In total, the Guidance Center of Westchester helps nearly 300 people in the community each year.

“When we learned that something as simple as a donation of laundry detergent could make things a little easier for people and help promote self-sufficiency,” she said. “We wanted to help.”

Camille Webb, director of housing services for the Guidance Center of Westchester said that, while a seemingly minor act, the donations will help ease the minds of some of southern Westchester’s most needy families.

“This act of kindness will be very much appreciated by the housing clients, who are on limited incomes. Our housing clients have a lot of expenses that they cannot use EBT cards for, laundry detergent and cleaning items are among them,” she said. “Yet having clean clothes and a clean apartment are vital parts of their self-image and recovery.”

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