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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 currently accepting men, women and children's Fall and Winter clothing and household items until Sept. 1, 2022. Following that, we will be preparing for our move into the new Outreach Centerand expect to be able to accept donations once again later this Fall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-271-1050 x137.
As warmer weather arrives, the Storehouse is currently accepting spring/summer clothing:
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.