Debbie MacDonald began as Catholic Charities director in Schuyler County on Oct. 23. She has 26 years of experience working in human service organizations in Chemung and Schuyler counties, and for the past six years was executive director of the Schuyler County Child Care Coordinating Council.
MacDonald earned an associate’s degree from Corning Community College in 1986. After raising her children, she returned to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in human services management from Empire State College in 2010.
“I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Catholic Charities: to help build communities that care for all people by reducing poverty, promoting healthy individual and family life, collaborating with faith communities and advocating for justice and peace,” MacDonald says in a news release.
“Every person has the potential to succeed when given the right tools. Catholic Charities assists individuals with meeting some of their most basic needs such as shelter, food and emergency financial assistance and provides ongoing support through case management.”
MacDonald lives in Chemung County, but said she believes it is imperative to be a part of the Schuyler County community.
“It is my goal to know not only what people need, but where to find the resources to meet those needs,” she said.