RAIHN HOSTING AT ASSUMPTION
RAIHN is the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network. RAIHN provides food and shelter to families with children who would otherwise be homeless. Several area churches around Rochester provide sleeping quarters for up to five families. Each host church provides this help for one week.
Currently, the rotation period is about 13 weeks. The families are served dinner at the host church and spend their days at the RAIHN day center (or at school or work). St. Luke’s is a “support parish” for our local host, Church of the Assumption in the village of Fairport. We serve dinner and provide other volunteer tasks on the Tuesday and Wednesday during the rotation. Food is usually provided by the volunteers and prepared at home, and there are some resources for additional food or supplies. Usually, six or eight volunteers spend the evening at CotA, and one volunteer spends the night. A few more volunteers drop off food. The families sleep in private rooms (classrooms and meeting
rooms) on the lower level. CotA has a nice kitchen, and the gym is usually available for playtime after dinner.
If you’re interested in volunteering or providing part of a meal, please contact Gary Gocek at 585-747-1588 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RAIHN is a non-profit organization that accepts tax-deductible
donations, see raihn.org.