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. Our next rotation
is May 23-24. RAIHN is a non-profit organization that accepts tax-deductible
donations, see raihn.org.