Refugee Ministry

 

 

Our mission is to enlighten our diocese to the presence and needs of refugees and disseminate information about opportunities available for:

 

  • ministry,
  • outreach, and
  • assistance to refugees.

Below are resources for ministry with refugees collaborating with parishes and community organizations that serve this increasing population.

 

For more information, please contact Lynette Saenz at LSaenz@dor.org

 


 

Click below for resources for refugees, or the map for resource locations...

 

 

Clothing

 

Community Outreach / Social Networking

 

Comprehensive Resettlement Services / Cultural Orientation

 

Food

 

Healthcare

 

Job Training & Placement

 

Language & Educational Services / Case Management

 

Legal Services

 

Transportation Services

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also download the listing.  

 

 

 


 

Clothing

 

Angels of Mercy Butterfly Boutique
(585) 730-4556
http://www.angelsofmercyny.org

692 N. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14609

Free clothing to women attempting to enter work force and need professional clothing.  Visit Angels of Mercy website to learn about volunteer opportunities, Dress A Girl, and additional events that help prevent human trafficking.

Mary’s Place
(585) 270-8626
http://www.marysplaceoutreach.org/mpo/
414 Lexington Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

Provides tutoring, case management, counseling, health-outreach opportunities, Wednesday After-School Program as well as distribution of donations.

Northwest Neighborhood Outreach Center
(585) 458-7296
http://www.graceurbanministries.com/index.php?pr=00
858 Dewey Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

An outreach center contributing to the health of the Maplewood and Edgerton neighborhoods.  Available services include clothing, meals, ID restoration, referrals for other services, companionship, and job training.

Saint’s Place
(585) 385-6860
http://www.saintsplace.org/services.htm
46 S. Main St.
Pittsford, NY 14534

Provides household goods, clothing and tutoring to refugee families.  Accepts donations and volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Community Outreach / Social Networking

 

Burma Refugee Mission Coordinating Team
(585) 458-5765
http://www.lakeavebaptist.org
72 Ambrose St.
Rochester, NY 14608

Operating with a focus on post-6-month case management services, education, community development, and presentations to provide background on the situation in Burma, the refugee process, and personal stories. 
Contact: Hkadin Lee at (585) 314-3065 or volunteer, Liz Ewell at (585) 261-2187 to make an appointment.

 

Mary’s Place
(585) 270-8626
http://www.marysplaceoutreach.org/mpo/
414 Lexington Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

Provides tutoring, case management, counseling, health-outreach opportunities, Wednesday After-School Program as well as distribution of donations.

 

Nazareth College Forced Migration Studies Program
(585) 389-2768
http://www.naz.edu/sociology-anthropology/forced-migration-program
fmsp@mail.naz.edu
4245 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618

The Forced Migration Studies Program increases curricular and co-curricular engagement with refugee outreach efforts and other displaced populations by facilitating opportunities for resource sharing between Nazareth College, the local, and global refugee community.  Otieno Kisiara is FMSP Director.

 

Northwest Neighborhood Outreach Center
(585) 458-7296
http://www.graceurbanministries.com/index.php?pr=00
858 Dewey Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

An outreach center contributing to the health of the Maplewood and Edgerton neighborhoods.  Available services include clothing, meals, ID restoration, referrals for other services, companionship, and job training.

 

Refugee Student Alliance at the University of Rochester
(585) 287-2358
https://ccc.rochester.edu/organization/refugeestudentalliance
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14627

Offers tutoring & mentoring to refugees, on-campus events for former refugee students in local schools, organizing fundraising and charity events to help raise needed items for local refugees, and inviting guest speakers and former refugees to deliver talks on campus.

 

Rochester International Academy Interact Club
(585) 324-5250
http://www.rcsdk12.org/Page/29831
1 Edgerton Park
Rochester, NY 14608

Provides leadership growth and service opportunities at the Rochester International Academy (RIA). Club members are from all around the world, including students from Nepal, Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan and Vietnam.

 

Rochester Refugee Women’s Network
https://www.facebook.com/RRWNetwork
rrwninfo@gmail.com
414 Lexington Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

Brings together women from the global refugee community in Rochester for the purpose of education and empowerment. The Network includes health care professionals, representatives from the resettlement agency, a county legislator, college and graduate school students and interns, and volunteers.

 

Somali Community Center of Western NY (SCWNY)
(585) 563-7747
http://www.scwnyroc.org
scwny2001@yahoo.com
71 Parkway
Rochester, NY 14608

SCWNY is a community agency serving the Rochester Somali community and refugees. Activities include case management, ESOL and computer classes, a senior lunch program, citizenship training, job training, and a summer intergenerational program.

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Resettlement Services / Cultural Orientation

 

Catholic Family Center (CFC)
(585) 546-7220
http://www.cfcrochester.org/pg/resettlement-program
87 N. Clinton Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604

CFC’s Refugee Resettlement Program provides a broad spectrum of services to newly arrived refugees including appropriate services, resources, training and other support.

 

Saint’s Place
(585) 385-6860
http://www.saintsplace.org/services.htm
46 S. Main St.
Pittsford, NY 14534

Provides household goods, clothing and tutoring to refugee families.  Accepts donations and volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Food

 

Northwest Neighborhood Outreach Center
(585) 458-7296
http://www.graceurbanministries.com/index.php?pr=00
858 Dewey Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

An outreach center contributing to the health of the Maplewood and Edgerton neighborhoods.  Available services include clothing, meals, ID restoration, referrals for other services, companionship, and job training.

 

Somali Community Center of Western NY (SCWNY)
(585) 563-7747
http://www.scwnyroc.org
scwny2001@yahoo.com
71 Parkway
Rochester, NY 14608

SCWNY is a community agency serving the Rochester Somali community and refugees. Activities include case management, ESOL and computer classes, a senior lunch program, citizenship training, job training, and a summer intergenerational program.

 

 

 

 

Healthcare

 

Jordan’s Comprehensive Health Services @ Brown Square Health Center
(585) 254-6480
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
322 Lake Ave.
Rochester, NY 14608

Jordan offers comprehensive primary care including: adult, adolescent, and pediatric services, obstetric and gynecology, dental care, mental health, HIV and Hepatitis C evaluation and treatment, optometry and podiatry. Lab and pharmacy services available at many locations.

 

Jordan’s Comprehensive Health Services @ Health Center & Urgent Care Center
(585) 423-5800 or 426-7425
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
82 Holland St.
Rochester, NY 14605

For Urgent Care, call 426-7425 (IAM – SICK) for minor injuries and illness like cold and flu, headache, upset stomach, back pain and more. Jordan offers comprehensive primary care including: adult, adolescent, and pediatric services, obstetric and gynecology, dental care, mental health, HIV and Hepatitis C evaluation and treatment, optometry and podiatry. Lab and pharmacy services available at many locations.

 

Jordan’s Comprehensive Health Services @ School Based Health Center
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
Rm. 241
950 Norton St.
Rochester, NY 14621

Exclusively for students enrolled at the Franklin Educational Campus- Jordan offers comprehensive primary care including: adult, adolescent, and pediatric services, obstetric and gynecology, dental care, mental health, HIV and Hepatitis C evaluation and treatment, optometry and podiatry. Lab and pharmacy services available at many locations.

 

Jordan’s Comprehensive Health Services @ Woodward Health Center
(585) 436-3040
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
480 Genesee St.
Rochester, NY 14611

Jordan offers comprehensive primary care including: adult, adolescent, and pediatric services, obstetric and gynecology, dental care, mental health, HIV and Hepatitis C evaluation and treatment, optometry and podiatry. Lab and pharmacy services available at many locations.

 

Jordan’s Medical and Dental Services @ Andrews Terrace
(585) 423-5834
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
125 St. Paul St.
Rochester, NY 14604

Contact HealthLink to set up your WIC appointment and same day medical/dental visit for non-emergent medical and dental services. Bus #7 stops at at Tops Plaza which is next to this Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition program office.

 

Jordan’s Medical and Dental Services @ CCIA
(585) 396-0222
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
Suite 11
120 N. Main St.
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Contact HealthLink to set up your WIC appointment and same day medical/dental visit for non-emergent medical and dental services. Bus #7 stops at at Tops Plaza which is next to this Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition program office.

 

Jordan’s Medical and Dental Services @ Glenwood Garden
(585) 423-5837
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
41 Kestrel St.
Rochester, NY 14613

Contact HealthLink to set up your WIC appointment and same day medical/dental visit for non-emergent medical and dental services. Bus #7 stops at at Tops Plaza which is next to this Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition program office.

 

Jordan’s Medical and Dental Services @ Health Link / WIC
(585) 454-2630
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
273 Upper Falls Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14605

Contact HealthLink to set up your WIC appointment and same day medical/dental visit for non-emergent medical and dental services. Bus #7 stops at at Tops Plaza which is next to this Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition program office.

 

Jordan’s Medical and Dental Services @ Kennedy Towers
(585) 423-5836
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
666 S. Plymouth Ave.
Rochester, NY 14608

Contact HealthLink to set up your WIC appointment and same day medical/dental visit for non-emergent medical and dental services. Bus #7 stops at at Tops Plaza which is next to this Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition program office.

 

Jordan’s Medical and Dental Services @ Threshold
(585) 454-7530 ext. 158
http://www.jordanhealth.org/jordanwpcms/?page_id=250
151 Parsells Ave.
Rochester, NY 14609

Contact HealthLink to set up your WIC appointment and same day medical/dental visit for non-emergent medical and dental services. Bus #7 stops at at Tops Plaza which is next to this Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition program office.

 

Office of Community Medicine at General Hospital
(585) 922-0216
http://www.rochestergeneral.org/centers-and-services/refugee-healthcare/
1425 Portland Ave.
Rochester, NY 14621

Visit Web Site for information regarding refugee populations, and patient handouts in multiple languages.

 

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Inc.

(585) 325-5260
www.sjncenter.org
417 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620

Comprehensive primary health care provided, mental health care, social services, advocacy and health care access.  Established patients have access to dental care. Literacy and GED tutoring available.  Services are by appointment only and offered to individuals who do not have health insurance coverage.

 

 

 

Job Training & Placement

 

Northwest Neighborhood Outreach Center
(585) 458-7296
http://www.graceurbanministries.com/index.php?pr=00
858 Dewey Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

An outreach center contributing to the health of the Maplewood and Edgerton neighborhoods.  Available services include clothing, meals, ID restoration, referrals for other services, companionship, and job training.

 

Office of Adult and Career Education Services (OACES)
(585) 467-7683
http://oaces.net
30 Hart St.
Rochester, NY 14605

Offers adult training in a wide range of programs at multiple locations in the greater Rochester area. Most programs are free to community members and schedules are flexible.

 

Refugee Employment Services/Employment Connection of RRC (Rochester Rehabilitation Center)
(585) 263-2690
http://www.rochesterrehab.org/services/employment-connection/refugee-employment-services/
Door 6
1000 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620

Assists individuals with case management, employment, Department of Social Services, citizenship paperwork, and driver instruction.

 

Somali Community Center of Western NY (SCWNY)
(585) 563-7747
http://www.scwnyroc.org
scwny2001@yahoo.com
71 Parkway
Rochester, NY 14608

SCWNY is a community agency serving the Rochester Somali community and refugees. Activities include case management, ESOL and computer classes, a senior lunch program, citizenship training, job training, and a summer intergenerational program.

 

 

 

Language & Educational Services / Case Management

 

Burma Refugee Mission Coordinating Team
(585) 458-5765
http://www.lakeavebaptist.org
72 Ambrose St.
Rochester, NY 14608

Operating with a focus on post-6-month case management services, education, community development, and presentations to provide background on the situation in Burma, the refugee process, and personal stories.
Contact: Hkadin Lee at (585) 314-3065 or volunteer, Liz Ewell at (585) 261-2187 to make an appointment.

 

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc.
(585) 473-3030
http://www.literacyrochester.org
Suite 100
1600 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620

Volunteer organization providing tutoring services to adults learning English as a second language.  Trained volunteers teach basic reading and writing English language skills to adults in the form of two main programs: Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  Services free of charge.

 

Maplewood Community Library
(585) 428-8220
http://www3.libraryweb.org/subpage.aspx?id=348
1111 Dewey Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

Saturday morning English language classes offered from 10 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers are available to work with children, adolescents, and adults with all levels of English language proficiency.  Computer classes offered on a regular basis; call to pre-register.

 

Mary’s Place
(585) 270-8626
http://www.marysplaceoutreach.org/mpo/
414 Lexington Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

Provides tutoring, case management, counseling, health-outreach opportunities, Wednesday After-School Program as well as distribution of donations.

 

Mercy Bridges
(585) 288-2710
http://www.mercybridges.org
1437 Blossom Rd.
Rochester, NY 14610

Trained volunteers provide basic reading, writing, and English language tutoring for adults.  Services free of charge.

 

Refugee Student Alliance at the University of Rochester
(585) 287-2358
https://ccc.rochester.edu/organization/refugeestudentalliance
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14627

Offers tutoring & mentoring to refugees, on-campus events for former refugee students in local schools, organizing fundraising and charity events to help raise needed items for local refugees, and inviting guest speakers and former refugees to deliver talks on campus.

 

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Inc.
(585) 325-5260
www.sjncenter.org
417 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620

Comprehensive primary health care provided, mental health care, social services, advocacy and health care access.  Established patients have access to dental care. Literacy and GED tutoring available.  Services are by appointment only and offered to individuals who do not have health insurance coverage.

 

Somali Community Center of Western NY (SCWNY)
(585) 563-7747
http://www.scwnyroc.org
scwny2001@yahoo.com
71 Parkway
Rochester, NY 14608

SCWNY is a community agency serving the Rochester Somali community and refugees. Activities include case management, ESOL and computer classes, a senior lunch program, citizenship training, job training, and a summer intergenerational program.

 

 

 

Legal Services

 

Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.
(585) 232-3051
http://www.vlsprochester.org
1 West Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614

VLSP provides free legal help to low-income residents of Monroe County, NY who are facing non-criminal legal problems. VLSP's services are provided by 1,600 pro bono volunteers who donate their time and talent to ensure that low-income people have access to the justice system when faced with serious legal problems.

 

 

Transportation Services

 

“R” Community Bikes
(585) 234-2008
http://www.rcommunitybikes.net/index.html
226 Hudson Ave.
Rochester, NY 14605

Volunteers work with a focus on meeting basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bicycles for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions.  Bike give-aways take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Bike repairs available on a daily basis, free of charge.

 

Regional Transit Service, Inc.
(585) 288-1700
http://www.rgrta.com/MapsSchedules/RegionalTransitService(RTS).aspx
1372 E. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14609

Public transportation system provides bus service to several locations throughout Rochester and surrounding suburbs.  Visit website for information on bus routes, schedules, and fare options.