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

FoodLink Mobile Food Pantry
Foodlink mobilizes a diverse network of community partners to address both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity. The mobile pantry program travels to locations in underserved areas of Foodlink’s 10-county service area to supplement the work done by existing pantries in those regions.
GPC provides a host site at the church and organizes volunteers for set up & distribution of food to clients on predetermined dates.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
The American Red Cross works to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
GPC provides a host location for blood drives.

Protestant Chapel Community at University of Rochester
The Protestant Chapel Community (PCC), a ministry of Genesee Area Campus Ministries, is a gathering of Christians from many spiritual backgrounds working together to serve God in the University and beyond.
Several times a year, a group from GPC joins the students for worship at the interfaith chapel and provides a meal for fellowship time afterwards.

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.

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.

SouperBowl of Caring
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 Services
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.

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 and is exploring ways to extend hospitality to local 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.

Some More Recent Emerging Missions

Pathstone & Rochester YWCA Apartment Project
Pathstone is a private non-profit community development corporation and the Rochester YWCA will partner with them to provide supportive services at a new apartment building.
GPC will explore opportunities with the Rochester YWCA for relationship with residents of the apartment community being built behind the GPC building.

ROC SALT Center (located in Rochester’s South Wedge)
Provides Mission Immersion Experiences, Food Programs, and Community Events and Gatherings.
GPC congregation provides food donations for the food cupboard.