Volunteer Opportunities

REACH has openings for two new Board members, ideally people who have gifts in the areas of fundraising and publicity. If you know of someone who would like to join our young organization please contact us at reachrochester@gmail.com.

Winter Shelter

REACH Home 2019-20
Our 2020-21 REACH Home will again be in the former Coptic monastery at 720 West Main St. Volunteers are needed to assist with building preparation; please contact John Curran at jecurran@rochester.rr.com for more information.

As we look toward the winter of 2020-21 we need to strengthen our REACH Home Committee with additional volunteers, especially those who are younger. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity please consider joining this team of people. As a volunteer you will:

  • Engage with others to help transform the lives of men and women who find
    themselves housing deprived.
  • Get first hand knowledge of what it is like to be housing deprived.
  • Help to shape the operational mission of REACH Home 2020-2021.

If you are interested, please contact either Andy Carey at mccollaborative1@gmail.com or Deb Peiffer at debbiejp116@yahoo.com.

Tiny Home Village

Opportunities will be posted when available. You can see some of our more recent volunteer activity at the site on our Tiny Homes page.

Meet Some Of Our More Recent Volunteers

Cleaning and Preparation for 2019-20

In a major effort on October 16, students from McQuaid Jesuit high school and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps members from local colleges, with transportation help from Jon Saulsgiver and the House of Mercy, moved much of the equipment and supplies from the 2017-19 winter REACH Home at Dimitri House to the new 2019-20 shelter. A final push on November 9 and 10 closed out the work at the Union Street site.

Preparation work in October included an intergenerational group of thirty helpers from the local chapter of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the third large-scale effort from CJCLDS volunteers over the past year) as well as others.


On Veterans Day 2019, sixteen dental hygienist volunteers from Monroe Community College assisted the opening preparations for REACH Home at 720 West Main Street. Tasks ranged from cleaning leaded glass windows, disassembling desks, storing bedding, moving furniture, organizing a clothing room and sorting personal hygiene supplies.


Sunday, November 17th was an opportunity to begin the “last rush” of jobs needing completion before the shelter opens around Thanksgiving. Code Blue emergency bedding got cleaned; mattresses got moved into position; a privacy wall constructed; laundry machines prepared; a new shower installation and other tasks filled the productive day.

PO Box 10845, Rochester, NY 14610 – reachrochester@gmail.com