Outreach Center

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 Hours

To schedule an appointment for drop-off, please call Joan at 585-385-3596 on weekdays from 10 am–4:30 pm. Appointment times will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:45–11:15 am and 12:45–2:30 pm.

VOLUNTEER

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List of needs

At this time, the Storehouse requests ONLY the following as we move into cooler weather:

  • Children's fall/winter clothing especially jeans, sweatpants, leggings, sweatshirts, jackets, pj's.
    • Special need: boys' and girls' clothing sizes 12 and larger. New socks and underwear.
  • Women's fall/winter casual clothing including leggings, sweatpants, jeans, jackets.
    • Special need: women's sizes 1X and larger. New socks and underwear.
  • Men's fall/winter clothing especially jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts/hoodies, jackets.
    • Special need: Any men's clothing sizes 1X and larger. New socks and underwear.
  • Essential household items: sheets, blankets, dishes (microwaveable), silverware, glassware, cookware.  Please no decorative items.

We appreciate your generosity, but we ask that you kindly hold other donations as shelves and racks are full with no place to store items.

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 reopened for scheduled appointments only. The clinic will only be open on Thursday evenings, and 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

Volunteer

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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 Keepin 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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Better Together: New 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.

With a mission grounded in the love of Christ and a vision to Do More Good, Asbury First is responding. With your help, we can make sure that 1010 continues to be a home for community during the next 75 years—a visceral reminder that we are better together.

PLEDGE TO NEW OUTREACH CENTER LEARN ABOUT NEW OUTREACH CENTER

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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.