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Beyond the Sanctuary

Serving the Rochester, NY Community

Our Goal, Vision, & Guiding Principles

How We Can Help You

How You Can Help Us

Thank you, 
ROC the Day donors!
We are grateful for your support!  

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You're Invited!
Community Service Sunday on Dec. 4

The first Sunday of December is our annual Community Service Sunday, the day that we invite community service organizations, friends and family to join members of Memorial AME Zion Church in service. We will celebrate our partners who strive with us to improve lives of our brothers and sisters in the community and pray collectively for those who need us. This year, this special service will be led by Rev. Paula Blue.

Beyond the Sanctuary is proud to be a community organization highlighted by “Sharing the Warmth” on WRMM-FM 101.3.


The weekly feature shines a light on some of Rochester’s most caring organizations.


Listen to Rochester radio personality Tony Infantino speak with Beyond the Sanctuary President & Executive Director Carmen Allen about our organization’s history, mission, and programs.  

Click the microphone to the right to listen to the radio spot!

Beyond the Sanctuary is powered by the dedication, energy, talents, and love our volunteers give to our community every day.  

We are continuously seeking volunteers to join our team! 

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Beyond the Sanctuary is located in the historic Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which is the oldest African American church in Monroe County.


Established over 190 years ago in 1827, Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church’s legacy of community service and social justice dates back to Frederick Douglass printing his abolitionist newsletter, the North Star in the basement of the Church and Susan B. Anthony’s frequent speeches from the pulpit, to Congressman John Lewis’ final visit to Rochester in 2016 and the opening of Beyond the Sanctuary in 2017.

Beyond the Sanctuary

is located in the 

Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

549 Clarissa Street

Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 512-8911

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"...thank you for all that you do for our community.

Grateful to be in a partnership with you."

- Julia Tedesco, CEO of Foodlink

Everyone is Welcome

"What do I need to bring in order to get food? Do I need to bring ID?"

The answer is "just bring yourself".

"I have a doctor's appointment. Can my sister pick up my food for me?"

The answer is always "Yes and she is welcome to pick up a

box of food for her family as well."