Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


Dimitri House

102 N. Union St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585-325-1796
Contact: Laurie Jones-Prizel

Dimitri House is an outreach to the poor and homeless in the Rochester community, with an emphasis on the belief that ALL persons deserve dignity and respect, along with food, clothing, and shelter.

Programs include a food cupboard that supports more than 2,900 community members per year; a hot lunch program (5,000 people/year); emergency men's shelter; and The Dimitri Affordable Safe Housing Program, which has placed 40+ formerly homeless people into safe, long-term housing.

Wish List:
  • clothing items: men's briefs, T-shirts, thermal underwear
    WINTER APPAREL: hats, coats, gloves, and boots
  • monetary donations for operating costs; OR contribute to Dimitri's Affordable Safe House project  (DASH) 
  • non-perishable food items
  • personal care items: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razors, shaving cream

Volunteers Needed:
Dimitri House Needs YOU!

Dimitri House is in desperate need for shelter volunteers for our 2018-2019 winter season. 
Call 585-325-1796 or email Heidi Markham at to inquire about volunteering in the shelter this winter.
To serve our neighbors in need with love and acceptance, joining them on their journey toward self sufficiency.
In an effort to keep our programs running and our doors open we are in URGENT need of VOLUNTEERS. With only a couple staff, we rely heavily on our community to assist with providing all of our services. Feel like cooking on Tuesdays? Answering phones on Mondays? How about helping out in our shelter this winter?  Without the generosity and dedication of volunteers we simply couldn't do what we do. Please consider lending a hand, we sure would appreciate the help! Projects for groups and solo volunteers, seniors, college students and youth groups.
If you or a friend might like to help out this winter, call us at 585-325-1796 or email:

"Adopt" a family to feed at Thanksgiving. Matches donors with families to customize a food basket and be creative with its presentation. Deliver the basket to the family or to Dimitri House.

Work in the emergency food cupboard interviewing clients, bagging food, shelving food, etc. Open year-round Mondays from 9:30 am to 11:15 am and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm; open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30 am to 11:15 am by appointment. Clients can use our food cupboard once every 30 days.

Work the drop-in program. Prepare a meal, serve a meal, kitchen work, cleanup. Open year-round on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.

Work the 7-bed men's emergency winter shelter from November to April. Two volunteers stay the night and prepare and serve a hearty breakfast in the morning.

Office work: answering phone, filing, typing, and light laundry. Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Information reviewed by agency 8/1/18. (Volunteers Needed updated.)

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