RRRS Mission Statement

Collaborating to provide services and opportunities to ensure assimilation of refugees into our society by providing assistance as they strive to be self-sustaining neighbors while still maintaining their own cultural heritage.

All of the organizations listed on this site are in great need of volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, there are links for contacting each organization on their respective pages.

Special Recognition

photo of Pah Bo Day

Special thanks to our farmer/gardener Pah Bo Day who has put in two weeks of work preparing the community garden at Dewey and Lexington Avenues. He spent two days clearing the land of stones and rubble, then another two spreading the compost supplied by the City.

He also participated in the planting of the garden with Cornell Extension and other refugee volunteers. Pah Bo day will continue to maintain the garden with weeding and dressing of our flowers. See Pah Bo Day's full story in "The People of RRRS"

About RRRS

Rochester Refugee
Resettlement Services

759 Dewey Avenue

Rochester, NY 14613

585-319-3134

Hours

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Donations

RRRS greatly appreciates financial contributions, which will support our annual Drivers' Education, Basic Machine Tool Operators and Certified Nursing Assistant classes.

Your gift is tax-deductible! If you are interested in helping refugees through financial gift, please mail your check payable to Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services to this address:

Attn: Michael Coniff

Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services

Post Office Box 15733

Rochester, NY 14615

If you have any questions about making financial contributions, please contact Michael Coniff at 585-732-5803 or by email.

Rotary Interact Club

photo of Rotary Interact Club members visiting Niagara Falls

Rochester Northwest Rotary Club sponsors a middle/high school Interact Club at the City School District’s Rochester International Academy. There are 15 members in the club, all of whom are from refugee families representing 7 different countries.

As their local community service, the Club raises vegetable seedlings for the refugee garden on Lexington Avenue (more than 3000 seedlings) and raises and sells dwarf sunflowers at the Public Market and at the Maplewood Rose Festival, with proceeds going to charities in third world countries (International Service). This year more than $1000 was raised, and the proceeds benefitted a school in Africa and Operation Smile.

As a reward for their hard efforts, the Club got to spend a day at Niagara Falls. None of the students had yet been to the Falls, so the trip was quite an adventure. The weather was perfect. High point of the experience was a ride on the Maid of the Mist. Congratulations to the Club on a job well done, and a reward well earned!

We Are Moving Again

We are in the process of moving down the street from 1442 Dewey Avenue to 759 Dewey Avenue, on the corner of Lexington and Dewey. The new location is close to Mary's Place Refugee Outreach Center, located at 414 Lexington Avenue. This will allow us to better serve the refugee community. It is our hope that this will be our permanent location.

Our Vehicles

The 12 passenger Dodge van is working well. We recently acquired a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. This is an older Chevy sedan with a tons of miles on it, but it has cleaned up well and runs. We need the van and the sedan to transport the refugees to work, appointments, and to transport goods. So, keep an eye out for us on the road.

Our Temp Agency

We have had a great three years with our temp agency, having had more than 30 refugees working at one time in 4 different locations. It is great to see the satisfaction that these folks get in being able to work to support themselves. It is equally pleasing to hear the compliments from employers who appreciate the great work ethic, dependability and commitment that refugees bring to the job.

As we go into year four of the program we plan on holding annual vocational classes to guide the refugees to more permanent occupations. For example, this Spring we successfully held a basic machine tool class and graduated 13 refugees who we are now helping find work. We also plan on holding a Certified Nursing Assistant class this Fall.

Drivers Education

We also notice how the refugees’ inability to drive has denied them many opportunities especially when it comes to finding and maintaining work. Hence we plan on holding an annual drivers’ education class starting this summer, so they can pass the tests for the learner’s permits, and provide them the instruction to pass their road tests and get their driver’s licenses. We believe this will greatly enhance the refugees' chances of a holding a job and further taking advange of the opportunities the city offers. We need volunteer drivers to ride along and instruct. Professional guidance will be provided. If you would like to help, please contact us at 585-319-3134.