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Cameron Community Ministries


Cameron Community Ministries (CCM) was founded in 1984 as a joint effort by the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region and the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. The two denominations utilized the former Lyell Avenue Baptist Church facility to provide outreach services to a neighborhood in need. The first programs were hospitality and food for seniors, which grew to a daily free hot lunch program. Children's programs after school and in the summer have been offered for many years. In 1994, CCM became the first Kids Café (a Foodlink sponsored program) site in Rochester. CCM took over the Clothing Closet from Lake Avenue Baptist Church in 1984

Cameron Community Ministries, Inc. is an ecumenical urban community center located in the Rochester, New York, Lyell-Otis Neighborhood, which is an area of high poverty. Cameron provides programs for neighborhood residents through volunteers and staff that give:

  • school-age children and their families educational and recreational experiences to build life-skills and positive values in a structured, safe and nurturing environment

  • meals to the hungry

  • clothing to those in need.

Cameron's service to the neighborhood demonstrates respect for the dignity of all persons. We are faith based, but do not proselytize. All are served.

Visit Cameron Community Ministries for more Information.


Rochester Family Mission


Rochester Family Mission provides support services in several key areas. In addition to the Rochester In for Christian Eduction (RICE), the missions objective is to meet the spiritual and materials needs of the families in Rochester, through the following ministries:

  • Food Distribution for Families

  • Children's Clothing Distribution and Personal Items

  • Youth Programs (Flower City Work Camp, Summer Camp, Southwest Fest)

  • Bible Study * Women's Ministry

  • Women's Jail & Prison Ministry * Licensed Family Counselor

  • Educational Training (G.E.D Classes and Eductional Tutoring, Computer Training)

Visit Rochester Family Mission for more Information


The Dimitri House


Dimitri House welcomes the stranger, feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless. Dimitri Mamczur was the inspiration for Dimitri House. Dimitri owned no house, drove no car, held no bank account, and yet Dimitri was rich ...... rich in the eyes of God. Dimitri House provides the following services:

  • Food Cubboard

  • Drop-In Program

  • Men's Emergency Winter Shelter

  • Holiday Program

Visit Dimitri House for more information.


Open Door Mission


The Open Door Mission, Inc. of Rochester, New York is a not-for-profit ministry, founded in prayer, to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the last, the least, and the lost of our community prompted through the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is supported by the continuing prayer and contributions of others.

The following programs are offered by the Open Door Mission:

  • Food & Emergency Housing

  • Long Term Residency Program

  • "Christian Life" Residency Program

  • Clothing Distribution Program

  • Medical Assisitance

  • Representative Payee Program

Visit Open Door Mission for more information


The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf


The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS), located in the basement of the First Baptist Church of Penfield celebrated its twelfth anniversary in 2009.  The Food Shelf serves the emergency and weekly fresh food needs of residents in the zip codes 14526 and 14625.  The Penfield community, groups of individuals, churches schools, clubs, scouts, mail carriers, Wegmans, Tops and many other support the PEFS with generous contributions of food, money and volunteer time.

The program has three basic kinds of food distribution:

  1. Groceries include sufficient perishable and nonperishable staples to meet the needs of the family for a week to ten days.  A recipient of groceries is eligible for groceries by appointment every two monts.

  2. Distribution of fresh foods: fruit, vegitables, baked goods and dairy products are distributed Wednesday afternoons to previously verified guests.

  3. Holiday food baskets are available to all guests of the Food Shelf at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  All Penfield children are eligible for gifts at Christmas time in the Penfield Cares and Shares program sponsored jointly with the Eastside YMCA and the Penfield Parks and Recreation Department.