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The Hilltowns Community Resource Center, a program of Catholic Charities Tri-County Services is located in the town of Westerlo, NY and has served the communities of Berne, Knox, Westerlo, and Rensselaerville since 1981. We currently serve over 600 individuals in the Hilltowns.

The Hilltowns Community Resource Center provides assistance to low-income individuals with a variety of programs and special projects:

  • Information, referral and advocacy
  • Food Pantry, including a mobile pantry
  • Holiday Assistance: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Back-to-School Project: School clothing and supplies
  • Emergency assistance to individuals and families experiencing a crisis
  • Satellite office for Albany County Food Stamps in-take

Amidst the challenges our world is facing today, Catholic Charities meets people where they are. Their struggles are very real and hunger is most often a symptom of a larger issue in their life such as, no transportation to get to work, a past due heating bill, or needing back-to-school clothes for growing children. Our goal is to see that no person goes hungry with a larger hope to strengthen their lives and our communities.

Hilltowns Community Resource Center
566 State Route 143, PO Box 147, Westerlo, NY 12193
Program Coordinator: Marybeth Peterson (518) 966-7380 or

Mission Statement: Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, is committed to active witness on behalf of the Scriptural values of mercy and justice. Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed, or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities serves and empowers persons in need, advocates for a just society, calls forth and collaborates with women and men of good will in fulfillment of its mission.

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***Update 5/25***: At this time the Town has determined that there was no unauthorized access to the water supply. The advisory to not drink water has been lifted

Please be assured that your safety is our #1 concern.

Any further updates will be posted on the Town’s Facebook page, Town of Westerlo Government News, as well as on the website.