Mary’s Place: A welcoming community for refugee empowerment
Our Mission Statement
To reach out in love, hope, and service to refugees of all faiths and nationalities, particularly those in the Maplewood/Edgerton neighborhood.
Only Mary’s Place empowers refugees of all faiths and nationalities through long-term, neighborhood-based services. By collaborating with diverse community partners and dedicated volunteers, we help families to navigate their new lives, and Rochester to embrace its human rights legacy.
We are Safe, Compassionate, Resourceful, Collaborative, Helpful.
Mary’s Place is a refugee outreach center that has been serving refugee families living in the City of Rochester since 2009. Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach, Inc. was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation on March 27, 2019.
We are joined by refugees from 10 nations, and we assist these individuals as they work to adjust to American culture, learn English, find employment, gain permanent residency, and ultimately, citizenship. Everyday we work to provide a safe community atmosphere for our families to come together and thrive. Our programs and services run Monday-Friday from 11:00-4:00.
Adult English Language classes 5 days per week
Case Management 5 days per week
Immigration Services 3 days per week
Job Skills Class 2 days per week (Suspended for COVID)
Weekly Food Distribution
Summer Children’s Day Camp (Suspended for COVID) – 6-week camp in which children receive education, exercise, lunch and snacks, weekly swim lessons and field trips
Mary’s Place in the Media
RIT Student’s Photos of Mary’s Place from Fall 2018
Mary’s Place by Nicholas Cornish
A Post Magazine Long Form on Mary’s Place and Refugee Life in Rochester
Starting Over by Carlie Fishgold and photographed by Aleen Thaler
RIT Student’s Photojournalism Piece of the origins of Mary’s Place
Mary’s Reach by Sarah Ann Jump
Nazareth Student’s Video on the origins of Mary’s Place
Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach Center from Gregory Horton on Vimeo.
Mark Hare (President)
Kristina Owens (Vice-President)
Richard F. Schauseil
Mary Kay Polston
Nuala Hetzler Boyle