REACH Home 2019-20REACH Home, our low-barrier emergency shelter, has operated during Rochester winters since 2015 (see Our Story), most recently in 2019-20 in the former Coptic monastery at 720 West Main Street.

Once the risk of COVID spread rendered such shared housing unacceptably dangerous, we worked in collaboration with other agencies to support a hotel-based model through the winter of 2020-21. For 2021-22 we have established several smaller shelters, in each of which guests will have individual rooms – safest in the age of COVID.

Since closing our shelter in April 2020, we continue to work with the Coptic Christian Community to prepare their former monastery to serve as a community resource center, the administrative hub for our current scattered shelter sites, and a winter shelter again when circumstances permit.