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

Meg Burkhard, Director

Contact us here by email

or call 585-270-8626


Mary's Place is currently recruiting volunteers with a teaching background to help with our new English for new learners program. Retired teachers, stay at home mom and dads with teaching backgrounds and students currently enrolled in an Education program are all encouraged to apply! Must be available afternoons from 12-2, and to make a long term commitment.

Our first orientation is Wednesday, April 8, 2015. If interested, please contact Cara Breslin by email here or call us at 270-8626.

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.

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.

Retirement - Kathy LaBue, February, 2015

On February 28, we hosted a very special celebration at Mary’s Place. Kathy LaBue, our founder and director, retired and turned 75 on the same day, so a celebration was in order! A party at Mary’s Place is collaboration at it’s best.

We put the word out, and everyone cooperates. College student volunteers dedicate their time and talents to decorate the space. Refugee families take pride in cooking dishes from their native countries. Volunteers, old and new, cook, clean, donate, and come back in droves to celebrate. Youth groups come complete with a guitar and a sing a long. Board members chip in for gifts and other small expenses.

Parties are thrown often at Mary’s Place, and our budget is always the same-$0. But somehow it always comes together, mostly because of the love we all have for Mary’s Place, and for each other. And Kathy’s celebration was no different! Over 150 people stopped by to wish her well. Kathy will still always be a part of our Mary’s Place family, and will continue to volunteer with us!

photo of Kathy LaBue and staff at her retirement party, 2015