Community Outreach Center

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Better Together: Community Outreach Center

When we purchased 1010 East Avenue in 1943, we thought we were going to tear it down to make room for the new church building. But, the needs of the larger community changed, and the importance of our Outreach Center has grown. Over the last seventy-five years, the city of Rochester has experienced unprecedented growth in poverty.

The child poverty rate has grown to 51.9%.

The extreme poverty rate has increased to 16.8%.

We now rank 3rd in overall poverty among the nation’s seventy-five largest metropolitan areas.

The pandemic has shown the increased need for the services we provide, and thanks to your generosity, we can make sure that 1010 East Avenue continues to be a home for our community.

Support the Launch of the Community Outreach Center

PLEDGE TO COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER 
Learn about current outreach ministries

Serve with us

At Asbury First, we’re committed to reaching out directly with those in need. Powered by more than 200 volunteers and generous donations, our Outreach Center is constantly growing and evolving.

Services include hot meals, medical care, personal hygiene, hair care, and laundry assistance, help with bicycles and baking, job searches and computer access, a storehouse full of clothes and home goods, even help to apply for SNAP benefits. Here’s how you can do more good today.

Donate to outreach ministries Donate to COVID-19 Relief Fund 
Learn about the strategic plan "A Way Forward for Outreach"

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DINING & CARING CENTER

The Asbury First Dining & Caring Center (D&CC), is on the lower level of 1010 East Avenue location. We serve hot, nutritious meals and provide other assistance in a respectful, welcoming environment to those in need. And we’re always looking for volunteers.

NEW LOCATION BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER

The Dining Center will reopen on September 7th with the following schedule:
Breakfast served Wednesday–Friday, 7-9 am at Covenant United Methodist Church (1124 Culver Road) — Bus Number 41 (Culver/Goodman Crosstown)
Sunday Lunch served 1–2 pm at Asbury First United Methodist Church (main church building) 

VOLUNTEER

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List of Needs

  • Masks
  • Coffee cups with lids
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Coffee (beans or ground)
  • Sugar
  • Non-dairy creamer
  • Granola bars
  • Single-serve yogurt
  • Single-serve snacks
  • Sandwhich bags
  • Napkins
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Hand sanitizer

Storehouse

For anyone struggling to create a living space with essential household items and clothing, the Storehouse is here to help. We distribute clothing plus all kinds of durable home goods—kitchenware, linens, children's books, games, and toys (please note that we do not accept furniture). Your high-quality donations are welcome throughout the year.

Donation Drop-Off

The Storehouse volunteers have been very busy. Under a new COVID-19 plan, agencies fill out referral requests which our volunteers fill and they are picked up in a contactless manner.

We are not able to accept most donations at this time while we are transitioning from our current location to our new Outreach Center. The only exceptions are size 1X and larger men's and women's winter coats, large pots and frying pans, spatulas, large spoons and washable bed size blankets (especially queen size). We hope to be able to receive donations later in the Fall. Thank you for your continued support.

We are beyond blessed and are grateful for your continued support of the Asbury Storehouse. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us at asburystorehouse@asburyfirst.org or call 585-271-1050 x137.

VOLUNTEER

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List of needs:

  • Size 1X and larger men's and women's winter coats,
  • Large pots and frying pans
  • Spatulas
  • Large spoons
  • Washable bed size blankets (especially queen size)

UR Well Clinic

A collaborative outreach program with University of Rochester School of Medicine, the clinic is staffed by medical students working with a doctor preceptor. Open by appointment only for a variety of free non-emergency services, we rely on the funding from donors like you.

Hours

The UR Well Clinic is currently open for scheduled appointments only on Thursday evenings. The clinic offers work physicals and acute care, providing care to 4-6 patients per clinic evening. For more information, please contact Holly Temming at htemming@asburyfirst.org

Schedule Now

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Grocery Bag Ministry

We deliver 80 bags of much-needed groceries each month to one or two of our partner inner-city churches, where they are distributed to needy congregations members, and to the Keeping Our Promise (KOP) Refugees, a support program to assist recent family arrivals. Food is donated by Asbury First members. Volunteers organize and bag the groceries, and facilitate delivery. It’s a collaboration that tackles food uncertainty in our community head-on.

Volunteer

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List of needs

  • Paper grocery bags (for use in delivering the food)
  • Jams
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni ’n’ cheese
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Soups
  • Tuna fish
  • Any donations

Community Garden

The Community Garden at Asbury First provides fresh produce for the Dining & Caring Center meals and guests, and for the Grocery Bag Ministry partner churches and Keeping Our Promise Rochester refugee program. Through our efforts we also build relationships, provide education, hands-on learning experiences, meaningful service opportunities, and bring life and purpose to a previously unused and neglected portion of the campus.

Click here for more information about current planting, tending, harvesting needs, or other updates on our Facebook page.

Volunteer

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For more information about any of our outreach programs, please contact Rev. Patrick Dupont at pdupont@asburyfirst.org or by calling 585-271-1050 x136.