Resources for refugee health, social, training and counseling programs in Rochester
Westside Health Services Refugee Health Program is a program at Brown Square Health Center focusing on providing assessments by experience family physicians of new refugees to the Rochester area, as well as continuing comprehensive refugee family health care. Refugees, asylees, and parolees of all ages who have been in the country 90 days or less are eligible for a health assessment at a contracted provider’s office. Services include health assessment screens for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and stool ova and parasites (and lead screening in children). The health assessment includes a physical assessment and initiation of age-appropriate vaccines. The Refugee Health Program also provides dental, pharmacy, social work, financial counseling and assistance through “discount program,” HIV program, prenatal and immunization care. The health center also offers interdisciplinary services to help patients with their health related needs in one location and provide medical documents required for Green Card, disability, and citizenship applications.
Address: 322 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM and Tuesday and Thursday, 8 AM to 8:30 PM.
Bus numbers 10, 4 and 7 serve this neighborhood.
Phone: (585) 254-6480 x1722
Fax: (585) 254-1092
RCORR is an alliance of professionals from a broad array of organizations concerned about refugee resettlement and well being in Rochester. RCORR does not directly provide services, but works with the agencies that provide direct medical, educational, and social work services. The mission of RCORR is to bring agencies and individuals who provide assistance to refugees and their families together for development of organized and systematic process for helping refugees with their needs.
CFC’s Refugee Resettlement Program equips newly-arrived refugees with services, resources, training and other support that allow them to rebuild hopeful lives and pursue enriching opportunities in their adopted homeland. Working in close coordination with local service providers, ethnic organizations, faith communities and volunteers, our services address the needs of refugees in a holistic and culturally appropriate manner, supporting their successful integration, fostering their independence and promoting their earliest possible self-sufficiency.
Address: 87 N Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: (585) 546-7220 x4601
Fax: (585) 546-4856
The Center for Refugee Health provides primary care and specialty services to refugee patients. The Center runs the Refugee Healthcare Program, which facilitates the initial screening and subsequent entrance into primary care for newly-arriving refugees. The Center also addresses the multiple barriers refugees face upon arriving in Rochester and helps newcomers navigate the western healthcare system.
The RHR seeks to foster the growth, self-determination and self-reliance of the Somali community by making them agents of their own advancement. It seeks to become a comprehensive community center providing a full range of services to its own community while welcoming people from all cultures and ethnicities.
Refugees Helping Refugees operates a range of programs with an all-volunteer staff five days a week, Monday-Friday:
- ESOL classes: Focused on everyday living, adaptation to a new culture and functional skills. Preparation for the U.S. Citizenship exam is also stressed.
- Case management: Translators, medical counseling, navigation service, home and hospital visits, and transportation.
- WEP training: Training in data processing, food service, sewing, and healthcare topics in a culturally-friendly environment. Emphasis is placed on job understanding and job readiness skills.
- Refugee Summer Program: Emphasis on refugee culture and language, with afternoon sports, including soccer, basketball and tennis. Free lunch and snacks provided. Paid youth interns assist.
- Senior services: Activities include sewing, cooking and exercise.
- Youth sports program: Young adult soccer team plays year-round against other local college teams.
- After-school program: They are currently testing a pilot program for Rochester schools, 3:30-5:30PM.
Mary’s Place is a non-profit refugee outreach center in Northwest Rochester, NY. Our mission is to reach out in love, hope, and service to refugees of all faiths and nationalities, particularly those in the Maplewood/Edgerton neighborhood.
Mary’s Place feeds, clothes, offers English tutoring for children and adults, holds pre-K classes, tutors K-12 students, supplies students with school materials, leads field trips, and provides a safe community atmosphere. They also offer one-on-one casework counseling, assistance with Green Cards, driving permits/tests, and housing. “Above all, we are a family.”
Address: 414 Lexington Avenue, Rochester, NY 14613
Hours: Monday to Friday, Noon to 5:00 PM – They follow the Rochester City School District schedule and are closed whenever RCSD is closed.
Phone: (585) 270-8626
Saint’s Place is a volunteer organization based on Christian values that provides household goods, clothing and education to legal refugees of all races and creeds who settle in the Rochester, New York area to escape violence, discrimination and poverty.
- Tuesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Good Shepard School
- Thursday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit
Volunteers work one-on-one with refugee children and teens to help them be successful in our schools. For adult tutoring, the emphasis is not only learning the language, but also instruction on how to pay bills, learn to use transportation, make appointments and other areas of concern.
Clothing Closet Hours
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Saints Place operates a clothing closet at St. John of Rochester. It is the largest clothing closet in Rochester operating solely on donations. The Clothing Closet is open four days a week, and provides a vast array of clothing for men, women and children. School supplies and backpacks are given to the children along with toys.