Catholic Charities celebrates 75 years with new building

By Matt Porter

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 11:41 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jim Anthos lived a good life.

He had his own home and traveled across the world for his job as a railroad consultant.

But in 2010, then economy crashed and so did Anthos.

"I hit bottom, it was difficult, very difficult for me," Anthos said.

He lost his Binghamton home of 15-years and didn't know where it would end.

"It's not easy," Anthos said. "It's very difficult to lose everything you've worked for in your life."

But a career counselor at Catholic Charities of Broome County helped Anthos find a job and more.

"My job coach was MaryAnn Dorner and she was very dedicated and professional," he said. "She went beyond her scope to help me find a job."

The 57-year-old Anthos now works at Catholic Charities helping deliver household items to families and individuals in need.

"Having the opportunity to get back on my feet working for Catholic Charities is the best thing to happen to me," he said.

And now Catholic Charities can continue their mission with a new 10,000-square-foot facility doubling the size of their original 1960's center.

Lori Accardi, executive director for Catholic Charities of Broome County, said the center will open up new opportunities to care for those needing help.

"Our mission is to serve the poor and vulnerable," Accardi said, "For advocating and speaking on behalf of those who can't speak for themselves."

The facility will house programs and services including counseling, elderly volunteers and youth services.

It will also include space for the residential assistance program where Anthos works.

"When I help these people," Anthos said, "It gives me a good feeling."

The renovations and construction of the new facility cost $4 million.

Catholic Charities has raised $3.1 million since it began the campaign in 2006.