REACH Home 2019-20REACH has operated a low barrier, emergency shelter during five Rochester winters (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 will be operating a number of 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 have continued to work with the Coptic Christian Community to prepare their former monastery to serve as a community resource center, the administrative hub for scattered shelter sites in 2021-22, and a winter shelter again when circumstances permit.