Local Mission

The Mission and Peacemaking Committee studies mission opportunities, disburses the mission budget dollars and coordinates many of the mission activities along with other ministries and groups of the church.

In addition to our International Partnerships, the following represents a majority of our local mission. Where possible the organization name is a URL to their website.

Donations for our SWEM Lenten Wall of Food

Donations for our SWEM Lenten Wall of Food

Our Long-standing Local Mission Relationships

St Joseph’s House of Hospitality
Provides shelter, clothing, food and spiritual-centered care to its guests since 1935.
GPC volunteers prepare & serve a lunch meal four times a year.
Also, provide clothing & monetary donations.

Southwest Ecumenical Ministries (SWEM)
Provides food to families in the Southwest quadrant.
Congregation members package and donate Christmas Dinners in December.
Two food drives to gather donations of non-perishable food items: Lenten Wall of Food and Summer SWEMMING Pool

SWEM Spring 2020 Newsletter

Cameron St Ministries
Provides families in Rochester’s northwest neighborhoods with meals, clothing and educational experiences. After school and summer youth programs provide school-aged children with recreation experiences in a structured, safe and nurturing environment.
GPC provides Christmas Gifts; children’s underwear (Undie Sundays in the summer) and monetary donations.

Our Continuing Local Missions

Aurora House
A two-bed comfort care home for the dying in Spencerport, NY. Caregivers, with the support and guidance of nurses, provide loving and compassionate care based on the model of families caring for loved ones at home.
GPC highlights donation of wish list items for a month.

Grace House (Saving Grace Ministries)
A highly structure transitional residence to provide a smooth transition to community life for men recently released from a correctional facility.
The congregation donates wish list items and monetary donations.

Women's Build Volunteers

Women’s Build Volunteers

Flower City Habitat For Humanity
Brings people together to build houses, communities, and hope. Since 1984 over 200 homes have been built or renovated in Rochester, helping low income families achieve their dreams of home ownership and strengthening local neighborhoods.
For the past 2 years, a Women’s Build team made primarily of GPC women has done fundraising and building days for a home for a single mother and her children.

Just Friends Program of Genesee-Orleans Ministry
A rural ministry of matching adult mentors with children.
GPC provides funds for a special event each year.

Urban Churches
Among them People’s Ministry in Christ; Laurelton, and Urban Presbyterians Together.

Rochester Presbyterian Home
An Eden Alternative Community providing assisted living residences, assistance with early- to mid-stage dementia (such as Alzheimer’s Disease) and temporary / short-term respite care.
GPC provides monetary donations.

Souper Bowl Sunday
A national youth effort that began over 20 years ago to raise funds for local charities across the country that serve the hungry.
GPC Junior High youth facilitate the collection of dollars and cans of soup on Super Bowl Sunday to benefit a local GPC hunger mission.

Willow Center
Provides counseling, education, support, and advocacy for victims of & those at risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
Attendees of the Women’s Christmas Candlelight Dinner donate personal care items.

DePaul Mental Health Programs
Founded in Rochester, NY in 1958, DePaul is a not-for-profit organization that provides senior living residential services; mental health residential and treatment programs; addiction prevention and support programs; vocational programs and affordable housing.
During Advent, the congregation adorns the Mitten Tree with mittens, hats and scarves that are donated to the Gates location.

Some More Recent Emerging Missions

RMM Rural and Migrant Ministries in New York State
Works for the creation of a just rural New York State through nurturing leadership; standing with the disenfranchised, especially farm workers and rural workers; and changing unjust systems and structures.
GPC supports with monetary donations. After gathering with Jamaican farm workers for annual dinners, we are further exploring ways to extend hospitality to the local Jamaican farm workers.

Salem UCC Nutrition Center Soup Kitchen
Providing meals and hospitality to the hungry in the City of Rochester
A group of GPCers help prepare and serve lunch on the first Monday of the month.

Coffee Connection
Provides employment training and job creation for women in recovery from addiction and as a not-for-profit business sells fair trade, organic coffee to retail and wholesale customers. In partnership with Project Empower, provides comprehensive, continuous support for women on their journey toward sustainable recovery.
Donations and coffee sales at our Advent Market.

Project Homeless Connect
A one-day, “one-stop shop” event serving people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with the goal to provide information and a connection to essential, ongoing services.
The congregation has donated coats.