Seniors and others who are practicing social distancing should know that there are resources available to help ease the emotional burden of isolation.  Catholic Charities offers a Telephone Assurance program to residents of Erie County, and a Friendly Phones program to residents of Orleans County.  People can call (716) 218-1400 (Erie) or (585) 786-3440 (Orleans) and leave a message if they would like someone to call them occasionally to check in on them.

Additionally, Compeer offers a service that will connect isolated individuals with someone who will call and check in on them.  To access Compeer’s services by county, call:

  • Erie - (716) 883-3331 x.314.
  • Niagara – (716) 443-3780
  • Chautauqua – (716) 487-2956
  • Cattaraugus – (716) 373-4602
  • Allegany – (585) 593-6344
  • Monroe – (585) 546-8280
  • Livingston – (585) 226-8220
  • Steuben – (607) 664-2045