Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


House of Mercy

285 Ormond St.
Rochester, New York 14605
Phone: 585-546-2580 x106
Contact: Stephanie Buchbinder

The House of Mercy provides a wide range of valuable services to more than 4,000 people a month.  Operating around the clock on a shoestring budget with a very small team, the House of Mercy continues to be a beacon of hope for the poorest of the poor.  We never give up on the people we serve.  We just took one of the biggest steps in our 30 year history, thanks to the support of generous donors and volunteers and opened a brand new facility on Ormond Street, tripling the size and allowing us to shelter and feed more people than ever before.  

Wish List:
Immediate Needs:        

blankets; flip flops/shower shoes; hygiene kits; hand towels; toilet paper; latex gloves

General Needs:
  • cleaning products, paper products
  • socks (everyday socks and wool socks for winter), adult underwear and sweat pants
  • men's and women's shoes, boots, sneakers, especially larger sizes (12-14)
  • food: canned vegetables, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sugar, cream, nonperishable food items
  • hand warmers
  • personal care items: razors, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, tampons, sanitary napkins 
  • snow blower, shovels, salt
  • twin bed sheets

Volunteers Needed:
  • Kitchen: serve meals; organize kitchen and pantry; dining room assistance.
  • Housekeeping: cleaning shelter, bathrooms, dining area; cleaning mattresses; laundry.
  • Administrative/reception: answer phones, front desk help (lots of contact with men and women experiencing homelessness).
  • Fundraising administration: clerical work, data entry, special event support, etc.
  • Office management: filing, ordering supplies, etc.

Information reviewed by agency 8/21/18.

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