Welcome to Catholic Charities
Welcome to Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities Disabilities Services (CCDS), an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany began serving people with developmental disabilities in 1984. We are one of the Greater Capital Region's leading providers of services to people with developmental disabilities.Read more...
Catholic Charities Disabilities Services serves a young man, we’ll call him Michael, who is diagnosed with autism and a rare and fatal type of muscular dystrophy. However his family lives a life similar to that of any family and their goal is to give Michael as many experiences as they can. Michael has a community habilitation staff person Tina, whose job is to accompany him on outing and to help him work on some specific goals, which Michael has chosen. Because Michael requires a motorized wheelchair, this is a unique opportunity (outside of school) that he has to go out without his parents.Read more...
Holiday Giving Program
The Holiday Giving Program provides support to individuals we serve through our Service Coordination and Community Supports Departments. Among the many individuals we serve, there are a number of parents who will be financially unable to make this holiday season special for their children. We also serve individuals who live alone and may not receive any gifts this holiday.
Our Holiday Giving Program enables us to help as many individuals and families as possible to have a happy holiday season. Last year, thanks to the generosity of so many in the community, we were able to help over 100 families!Read more...
We're Joining the Movement
Lawyers have the American Bar Association. Physicians have the American Medical Association. Direct Support Professionals have the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). Catholic Charities Disabilities Services is joining the movement to professionalize the position of direct support. Over the next few months Catholic Charities Disabilities Services will be rolling out a program to inculcate their direct support workforce on the NADSP Code of Ethics and the 15 Core Competencies of the NADSP.Read more...
Kathleen Picotte 2013 Award
Congratulations to the CCDS Service Coordination Department for your nomination for the KATHLEEN PICOTTE 2013 AWARDRead more...
It’s not just the fact that they have had two consecutive deficiency-free state audits. It’s not just the fact that their consumer satisfaction surveys are overwhelmingly positive. It’s not just the fact that the program continues to grow and we are the program of choice in the Capital District. It’s not just the fact that they serve almost 600 individuals (that we get paid for, the actual number of folks whose lives we touch is probably two or three times that) who live in 11 counties, half of whom are children. And it’s not just the fact that they are on-call 24-7. So, we are proud to nominate our Service Coordination Department for the Kathleen Picotte Award for the extra things that they do.
Staff Member of the Year
Congratulation to Pamela Irish, LPN, CCDS Staff Member of the Year!Read more...
A nurse for more than forty years, Pam Irish has been an employee of Catholic Charities since 1991. After spending seven years at Community Maternity Services, Pam joined the staff at Disabilities Services in 1998. Pam has spent these last fifteen years caring for the most medically frail residents of both Serena House and Warren House. She is thorough and meticulous in her approach to providing care, and is well known as a team player.
Individual and Family Survey Results
A total of 703 surveys were sent to individuals served and family members of individuals served by Catholic Charities Disabilities Services. Individuals and families could respond via paper copy or submit their responses electronically through Survey Monkey. Additionally, the link to the electronic Survey Monkey was added to the agency website and Facebook page. A total of 121 responses (or 17%) were received. This is an increase of 36% from the number of responses from the 2011 annual survey.Download the 2012 Annual Survey Summary (PDF)Download the 2012 Annual Survey Results (PDF)