Who we are and why we do what we do

Rochester Hope is a not for profit that was born in October 2022 to bring caring hands to the heart of our city. We are convinced that every human being has a dignity that nothing and no one can take away and that if we encounter one another as sisters and brothers we will discover this dignity that unites us and find ways to tear down the imaginary walls that divide us. We all grow and are affirmed in our worth and dignity when we allow ourselves to encounter one another and serve one another. No human being should lack what they need to lead a dignified life and grow into their full potential  and all human beings should be offered opportunities to serve others and in this way discover their true self and true joy and it is our responsibility and our privilege to come together as a community to make sure both of these needs are met for all (inclusion) independent of their zip code, race, gender, etc. 

What we do

Every Saturday between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm we provide services at 869 N Clinton Avenue.As part of our services we provide a Community Breakfast served between 9:30 am and 10:30 am, a Community Lunch served between 11 am and 1 pm. We hold a Service Festival between 10 am and 1 pm in which we have over 50 agencies that come in a rotation of about 12 each Saturday to provide free services in healthcare, education, housing, employment, youth services, addiction recovery, legal aid, etc.
We also have a Food Pantry, open to all zip codes and requiring no id or any other documents from those we serve in which people go through a small grocery store and take what they need assisted by a volunteer with no limits placed upon them.
We also have a Clothing Service, with clothing distribution every first Saturday of the month and a Furniture Service fulfilling requests for gently used furniture every week.

Welcoming ALL to serve and be served

Anyone in need is welcome to visit our services any Saturday between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm at 869 N Clinton Avenue, all are welcome, all are served no IDs, no other documents, no appointments required.

Everyone is invited, encouraged and welcomed to come and experience the joy of service and the healing of encounter.
Volunteers of all ages are needed. Minors should come with their parents or guardians. We have all kinds of jobs for all kinds of personalities and skills from serving food to assisting people in getting clothing and food, to restocking groceries and sorting clothing. If you want to sign up to volunteer for a 3 hour shift please click here.
Or simply come to 869 N Clinton Ave on a Saturday between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm, come to the door off the parking lot with the green awning ring the door bell and ask for Norah, Dawn or Daniel and we will show you around and put you to work.


We accept donations of food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, diapers, baby food, adult diapers, and gently used and clean clothing and shoes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm at 869 N Clinton Avenue,  come to the door off the parking lot with the green awning and ring the door bell.  You can make a financial donation online by clicking here
Or you can send a check payable to: Rochester Hope Inc to 80 Prince St Rochester NY 14605.

What have we done so far...

In our 18 moths of existence we have been able to: We are currently serving an average of 650 adults, 400 children and 50 seniors each week, for a total of people served over 12 months of 57,200. Our service includes the following: clothing and coats distribution: 600 coats and 9349 items of clothing in the last 4 months, community breakfast and lunch served every Saturday for all people served, 20,000 pounds of food distributed every week along with 1200 warm meals. Our service also includes access on site to free services from the following agencies among others:The Salvation Army
UR Medicine Cardiac Care – Blood Pressure Screening
Department of Pharmacy at URMC
Flaum Eye Institute at URMC
Wilmot Cancer Center
URMC Stroke Unit
The UR Medicine’s Mobile Crisis Team
Narcotics Anonymous
ROCovery Fitness
Rochester Prep Charter Schools
Latino Youth Development Center
Exploration Charter School
Huther Doyle (1st of 2 Saturdays)
Catholic Charities Family & Community Services
Nazareth University Public Health
Cancer Support Community
Neighborhood Service Centers (City of Rochester)
Adult Workforce Development
Worker Justice Center
Development and Grants Specialist
Worker Justice Center
Trillium Health
RG&E, An Avangrid Company
Monroe County:
Dept. of Human Services
Office of Mental Health
Board of Elections
Dept. of Public Safety
Conflict Defenders Office
STOP-DWI / Traffic Safety
Office of Emergency Management
Addiction Services
Monroe County Clerk
In providing all these services we work in partnership with several community organizations: we offer the opportunity to work as part of the Father Tracy Advocacy Center Fellows Program job training  to 7 individuals in reentry/recovery, we offer volunteering opportunities to over 100 individuals from Nazareth University, Saint John Fisher University, Aquinas High School, McQuaid Jesuit Highschool, Penfield Hope, Transfiguration Church, Holy Trinity Webster, South East Rochester Catholic Community, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Peace of Christ, Knights of Columbus, SUNY Geneseo, University of Rochester, Wegmans Scholars, Wegmans Employees, and Ibero Supported Employment Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, among others.