December 28, 2012


Temporary and longer-term housing listings for women’s, children’s and family shelters in Rochester. Resources for food and pantry supplies and clothing for those in need.

Bethany House             

Bethany House is a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality sheltering homeless women with their children. They shelter, feed, clothe, and comfort women with experiences of eviction, rape, abuse, imprisonment, abandonment, and illness of both mind and body. This service also provides financial assistance with rental security deposits, transportation costs, and camp fees for children.

Phone: (585) 454-4197
Fax:  (585) 730-8042

Cameron Community Ministries 

Cameron Community Ministries is an urban ecumenical outreach ministry based in Northwest Rochester that strives to meet the needs of families living in poverty, to be responsive and proactive, and to recognize the dignity of each person.  Services include a Kids Café, hot lunch program, after school tutoring program, produce distribution, and clothing house.

Phone:  (585) 254-2697
Fax:  (585) 254-5582

Coffee Connection                   

The Coffee Connection is a retail shop and non-profit corporation that serves as a pre-employment training center for women in recovery from substance abuse. It has become part of the solution to the chronic unemployment, poverty, abuse and displacement that women in recovery suffer. Individual who receive services at this agency include women in recovery from substance abuse with the need to move from ‘welfare to work,’ but who may have many difficulties in doing so including lack of training, being in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, child care problems, domestic violence issues, lack of transportation, and homelessness. The women at Coffee Connection learn skills such as customer service, cash balancing, and coffee making, as well as soft skills conflict resolution, establishing boundaries with coworkers, and better forms of communication.

Phone: (585) 442-2180
Fax: (585) 697-0919


Foodlink is a non-profit clearinghouse which rescues and redistributes over 7.5 million pounds of food annually to area agencies. Foodlink distributes food and good donated by manufacturers and retailers to over 550 human service agencies in a 10-county area.  Services include food and good redistribution, Kids Café Program, Summer meals for children, famers market, community garden, food stamp outreach, and workshops and training on food preparation and sanitation.

Phone:   (585) 328-3380 x 159
Fax:  (585) 328-9951

Grace Community Village, Inc.

The mission of Grace Community Village, Inc. (GCV) is to offer the means to economic, intellectual, physical, and creative wellness to residents in Northwest Rochester.  Services include a Youth Empowerment Production Program for youth ages 12 – 16 which teaches teens how to create, design, and market information to their peers about issues that affect their lives as teens, a large thrift shop, a free breakfast every Saturday morning to neighborhood residents, and a Kids Café program which includes homework assistance.

Phone:  (585) 458-5927 x102

Jennifer House             

The Jennifer House is a residential facility created under the Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach Women’s Program. The Jennifer House provides shelter and a structured residential program for women and their children upon their release from prison, jail, impatient and the streets. In addition to the residential program, this service provides visitation in jail, support groups, case management, a men’s support program, and legislative reform.

Phone:  (585) 288-1074
Fax:   (585) 288-0479

Unity Hospital of Rochester Health Reach Health Care for the Homeless Program (HCHP)

Health Reach HCHP provides comprehensive medical and dental care to homeless individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness in the Rochester City and Monroe County area. Services are provided at area homeless shelters, our Mobile Medical Unit and our clinic located at 819 West Main Street.

819 West Main Street
Rochester, NY 14611
Main Office
89 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611


Nielsen House                         

The Nielsen House is a residential facility under the Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach Program. The Nielsen House provides shelter and a structured residential program for men upon their release from prison, jail, inpatient and the streets in addition to jail visitation, support groups, and case management.

Phone:  (585) 328-0801


Volunteers of America     

VOA strives to enable people in the Rochester community to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential.   Volunteers of America of Western New York partners with local agencies and work independently to provide the services needed most in our communities by providing residential services, childcare services, and community outreach programs.

Phone:  (585) 647-1150
Fax:   (585) 647-2177

Wilson Commencement Park

Wilson Commencement Park’s mission is “to provide comprehensive resources and services to low-income single parents and their children so they can develop assets to improve their family stability, increase their economic independence, and strengthen the community.”  WCP provides transitional housing for single parents and their families.  Residents of the housing program also receive comprehensive case management services and the agency’s Communiversity: Life Skills Academy™ providing a wide range of skills-building evening programming and classes that enhance proficiency in a variety of areas.   The agency also provides services to non-residents such as assistance in resolving a crisis such as an eviction, safe housing, and case management.

Phone: (585) 263-7930

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is a supplemental food and nutrition education program funded by the federal government.  WIC identifies and serves low income, pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children up to five years old.

Phone:  (585) 753-5637
Fax:  (585) 753-5272

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) is a not-for-profit, interfaith, culturally-competent organization that assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence by supporting them with tailored services including shelter, food, personalized case management, and a diverse network of caring volunteers. RAIHN is an emergency shelter for families including single mothers with children, single fathers with children, expectant mothers or couples who that are 8+ months pregnant, two-parent families, grandparents or legal guardians with custody of minor children, same sex couples with children.

Phone: 585-506-9050

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