Our 2019-20 low-barrier emergency temporary wintertime shelter is at 720 West Main St., in a busy central urban neighborhood. Volunteers are needed now for interior cleaning, furniture moving, re-stocking shelter supplies and updating plumbing / electrical systems; when the shelter opens in late November more volunteers will be needed to provide meals and services to our guests. Information about how to volunteer is found here; opportunities for in-kind donations are described here.
This will be our fifth winter shelter. Over the previous four years we have been able to feed, clothe, and shelter over 150 people per season. The temporary shelters have been positive experiences for the guests, volunteers, social workers, and everyone else involved. An atmosphere of dignity and respect has created an amazing environment for people to learn, grow, and – most importantly – stay warm in the Rochester Winter. Read more about our earlier shelters – and how REACH Advocacy came about – at Our Story.