Catholic Family Center recently honored Annmarie House for her 40 years of service during a special presentation at its annual meeting at Rochester Riverside Hotel.
House joined CFC in 1979 as a full-time supervisor of protective services, which serves families with children at risk of foster care placement or in need of being re-unified.She was involved with refugee resettlement. Specifically, she supported individuals and families from Vietnam, Nepal and Sudan find housing, English as a second language classes, clothing, financial assistance, proper government documentation and citizenship status, a place of worship and health care, so that they could become self-sufficient residents of the community. House was a member of the CFC team that launched the STAR program initiative to help older adults remain independent in their homes.
In 1992, House became a CFC volunteer, and served two three-year terms on the board of directors. In her current volunteer role as chairperson of the aging and elderly advisory committee, she continues to support vulnerable aging adults in Monroe County.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Annmarie all these years,” said Jennifer McDermott, director of adult and aging services. “Her compassion for others, intelligence, inquisitive nature and kindness are so appreciated. I personally know I can trust her and look to her for reassurance and advice.”
“When you are affiliated with an agency and see firsthand the level of devotion and passion of the staff, you want be involved in the same way,” House said. “I am grateful that I have been able to help contribute to the well-being of CFC, first as an employee and today as a volunteer and advisory board member.”
CFC relies on over 400 employees and volunteers to support nearly 30,000 clients in 19 locations each year.