Hope Ministry emergency assistance and support services.

Financial support and ongoing economic self-sufficiency from Hope Ministry can help address a crisis, and also offer clients the possibility of long term stability. The goal of the programs is to empower low-income families with the education and job skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency. However, throughout this process, in some situations there may be money raised from the greater Monroe County community for paying certain living expenses.

When is comes to self-sufficiency, case managers will offer short term help and partner with clients to get them off of cash welfare subsidies. This will involve identifying, and then tacking, the cause that keeps low-income people in poverty. Another goal is to end the cycle, and try to ensure future generations live a stable life.

Staff from Hope Ministry help participants acquire the skills to permanently leave poverty as opposed to merely cope in it. Economic Self-Sufficiency will help enroll people into school for a GED or maybe a new skill. This can help them obtain a family-sustaining wage. Transportation is also important to get to a job, so Hope Ministry will explore programs for cars. Also, learn how to balance a household budget or improve credit. All of this will help people achieve freedom from all welfare subsidies including food stamps, cash assistance and subsidized housing.

Self-sufficiency will involve creating a strengths-based goal plan, based on a thorough personal assessment. Applicants will be able to enroll into coaching or counseling sessions. Every plan created has a goal of attaining the education needed to secure employment in a high-demand sector of the local economy that pays a family-sustaining wage.

The Hope Ministry Food Pantry is a free service to help needy families. The assistance is for households that are struggling in Rochester New York, and the charity will help them put free or affordable food on the table. The service provides applicants with a three day supply of groceries including vegetables, meats, milk, and fruits. Each household is eligible only a limited number of times per year, however some exceptions can be made for seniors.

All too many families struggle every winter to pay for their natural gas or other forms of heating bills. Using government grants, Hope Ministry provides assistance to eligible households in an effort to help pay these bills. The amount of funds paid out will be determined by different factors, including household income, federal government funding levels, the number of people that live in the household, and the primary fuel used to heat the home.




Homeless prevention funds are available, based on proposals sent to the federal government or local agencies such as the Continuum of Care. Hope Ministry may have funds for a small portion of past due rent or mortgage payments. There may be money for utility bills, such as water or electric. Other support will be mandatory case management. In most cases, the client is given a cash grant for this, but in some instances loans are used for expenses such as rent.

The shelter will provide quality lodging and other services to families in the aftermath of financial disruption in their lives. Or there may be housing for victims of domestic violence or veterans as well. The center will provide them with the resources necessary to become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

Not only will an individual has a place to live in the shelter, but they can also enroll into Self-Sufficiency Planning. Staff will work with them on Job Search Assistance, Budgeting, and of course help in locating and paying the security deposit on permanent housing in Monroe County.

Other support from the charity can include help in applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the nation's main hunger fighting service. This is run in partnership with the the Department of Human services, and working poor families can get information on food stamp services and advice in enrolling on benefits. Other hunger prevention services include the distribution of surplus USDA government food to the working poor and children.




When applying for any support, applicants should bring Picture ID, preferably a driver’s license, proof of all income, information on any government benefits, and copies of bills. While they will try to meet as many requests as possible, many people will need to be referred to other local agencies.

All programs from Hope Ministry will stress education and employment. Every plan addresses financial literacy, childcare, access to free health-care, transportation, budgeting, and establishing healthy supportive relationships within the community. Private funding as well as government grants are strategically invested in areas of need identified in each participant’s customized goal plan to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

The outreach ministry is based at 1450 Ridge Road in Webster, NY. For information on services, the phone number to call is 585-265-6694.




By Jon McNamara

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