Emergency Family Shelter

Family Shelter Photo Collection CRISIS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Homelessness and poverty in the Rochester area continues to be a large and growing problem. Compounding the challenges faced by homeless families is the shortage of safe affordable housing in Rochester.

  • 38% of Rochester’s children under 12 years of age live in poverty.
  • More than 600 people are homeless in Rochester on a daily basis.
  • More than 300 of our daily homeless population are mothers and children younger than 18 years old.
  • When the existing emergency shelters are filled, the back up is an unsuitable location without any support services, including low-end hotels often frequented by drug addicts, pedophiles, and other dangerous individuals.

Volunteers of America's new Emergency Family Shelter is a place of healing for families in need. In addition to shelter VOA provides families with:

  • Support to address the problems they are facing through strong case management
  • Basic needs of daily living, and
  • Linkages to community resources

The shelter has ten private guest rooms, offering a safe and comfortable place to stay for a parent/guardian and up to four children. Several large common areas including a children’s activity area, community room, kitchen, dining area, and bath facilities are also on site.

How You Can Help

With your support, we can provide families who are experiencing crises with an environment that is warm, welcoming, and adequately furnished and allocate more of our resources to counseling and other direct services. Your gift in any amount will help us meet that goal. Please consider making a gift online or visiting our Financial Gifts page for other giving options.