Location and Hours

Mary's Place is a Refugee Outreach Center located in the Northwest Maplewood area of Rochester, NY.

  • Mary's Place is open Mondays and Fridays from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are open Noon ’til 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays we are open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • WE ARE CLOSED WEDNESDAYS and SUNDAYS.

Donations are always welcome and accepted weekdays during our regular hours. Saturday donations are accepted from 10am to noon.

Monetary donations (tax-exempt) may be made payable to Mary's Place LLC and mailed to Mary's Place, 414 Lexington Ave., Rochester, NY 14613 or thru PayPal on this website.

About Mary's Place

Mary's Place is a non-profit refugee outreach center in Northwest Rochester, NY. Our mission is to reach out in love, hope, and service to refugees of all faiths and nationalities, especially those in the Maplewood/Edgerton neighborhood.

We feed, clothe, offer English tutoring for children and adults, hold pre-K classes, tutor K-12 students, supply students with school materials, lead field trips, and provide a safe community atmosphere. We also offer one-on-one casework counseling, assistance with Green Cards, driving permits/tests, and housing. Above all, we are a family.

Mary's Place LLC

414 Lexington Avenue, Bldg. A

Rochester, NY 14613

Kathy LaBue, Director

Contact us here by email

or call 585-270-8626

INTERNSHIPS - NEW!

Mary's Place offers unpaid, competitive internship opportunities for students pursuing degrees in Social Work, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Health and other disciplines. Students report directly to the Director of Mary’s Place and work closely with staff and other volunteers in running the Center’s programs for refugee clients.

Download our student internship guide.

Who We Are, 2014

Photo by Sarah Ann Jump

Hello all! Our New Year has been filled with so many activities already and we are very excited for what the rest of the year will for us! Here is a brief snapshot of what we’ve been up to since Christmas, as well as some upcoming events you can be a part of.

First, a huge thank you goes out to all involved in our annual Christmas Party! With your help, we were able to put together over 200 gift bags for refugee children. Daniel has had a great time learning how to use his skateboard, Salome (literally) cried over her One Direction paraphernalia, Jackie cradled her baby doll all night, Celestin drooled over his remote control car, Awal gawked at all the colors of eye-shadow she received, and Deu kicked around his new soccer ball. We had not one disappointed child in the building! On top of this, we handed out over 300 bags with toiletries, socks, winter wear (hat, gloves, scarves) and each family was given a food basket.

After our party on December 20th, Mary’s Place hosted an annual Winter Festival coordinated by Hussain Bawany and run by University of Rochester students on December 28th. They enjoyed Olympic-style games outside in the snow, made color dyed snow angels, created snowflakes, played musical chairs and were entertained by a balloon artist and face painter. The kids were STILL talking about it a month later, so they most certainly had a blast!

Our students were visited by Roberts Wesleyan College on January 18th for the King For A Day event sponsored by Rochester Cares and University of Rocheste, held to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. The college students gave up a Saturday morning to run temporary tattoo, bowling, puppet making, dress up race, and science experiment stations. We ended the morning with a giant game of musical chairs, which Freddy won!

Just recently, Mary’s Place celebrated its fifth year anniversary at Sacred Heart Cathedral on January 31st. There was an African dance performance, songs from the kids, and testimonials from refugees and volunteers, among other things. We were so pleased to see so many familiar and unfamiliar faces, which contributed to a wonderful night.

Last, save the date of May 15, 2014! Mary’s Place has begun selling tickets for our first Annual Wine Tasting being held from 6 to 9 pm at Studio 180. It will be a splendid night with mingling, wineries and food, and a silent auction at Studio 180. Contact us for further details and tickets! Please remember we open at noon.

Thank you again to all of our supporters and volunteers.

We are so grateful for your continual generosity!

God Bless,  - Kathy

 

Prayer for Women Refugees

By: Jane Deren

On the road, seeking safe shelter;

In makeshift tents, feeding children;

In resettlement centers, rebuilding community;

In strange neighborhoods, looking for a compassionate face:

Long lines of women refugees,

Thousands, millions, all searching for that grace called home.

Grant them healing and wholeness, God of the vulnerable.

As you cherished Mary, cherish these women.

Grant us eyes to see them and the will to reach out,

So they may know they are not forgotten

But are welcomed in the global community, Sisters to us all.

Education for Justice Website, Center of Concern

Refugees

  • 1.4 million people have become refugees outside their own countries.
  • 26 million people have been displaced within their own countries.

May we realize that, in our interconnected world, we are linked with all displaced persons by our common humanity.