It all starts locally. Why would we give money to others halfway around the world if we aren't willing to invest right where God has put us?
Below you’ll find a list of some of the local initiatives where we are strategically investing. Our passion is to meet people right where they are, often by meeting their physical needs. We don’t want to stay there. We want to meet their most important need: their need for Jesus Christ.
441 Ministries is bringing hope, healing, and holistic development to the Beechwood neighborhood through programs for children, mentorships for teens, and New City Cafe, a coffee shop creating jobs and a community space.
Cameron Community Ministries is an Urban Outreach Community Center in the distressed Lyell-Otis Neighborhood of Rochester, NY. Cameron offers many programs including, Youth After-School and Summer programs, a free hot meal program that serves lunch daily, an emergency food pantry, Kids Cafe nightly dinner and a clothing house that serves community members in need of clothing and housewares.
Parenting can be a difficult journey under any circumstances, but it’s especially challenging for those who provide full-time care to children with special needs. David's Refuge reminds these parents of three things: you are not alone, what you do matters, and God and your community loves you.
With a vision to become a community nationally recognized for empowering caregivers to lead their families with strength and grace, David's Refuge encourages parents to pour into themselves and their marriages through the respite, resources and support they provide.
Genesis House provides shelter and services to Rochester's homeless and runaway youth.
Volunteers can serve directly with teens at the shelter in the evenings. Most volunteers bring snacks or games and enjoy an evening of great conversations.
The Good News Jail & Prison Ministry is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to prisoners.
Volunteers can help work directly with inmates in the jail by building relationships, listening, and offering to pray. The ministry also needs volunteers willing to help grade homework from inmates working through Bible study plans.
Open Door Mission is restoring hope and changing lives through their emergency shelter, addiction recovery services, and community programs.
Volunteers can serve breakfast or dinner to those staying at the mission, lead Bible studies or worship, do administrative or maintenance tasks, or coordinate seasonal/holiday/fundraising events.
Guided by the gospel of Jesus Christ, The Potter's Hands Foundation assists women who have been trapped by the oppression of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation to find hope and healing in a safe and secure environment in the year-long residential program. Scheduled on-site volunteer opportunities include mentoring and daytime and overnight volunteer positions. Rahab's Rebels™ is a monthly group with independent fundraising and program support opportunities. Other opportunities include seasonal short-term commitments to support events, facilities maintenance or other short-term projects. Help us win the fight against sex trafficking one life at a time.
Supports on the Streets is meeting the immediate physical needs of the homeless in Rochester.
Volunteers can build care and hygiene packages to be distributed on the streets to build relationships. You can also join the team on the streets to personally distribute the packs and meet those in need.