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About Us

Beyond the Sanctuary envisions a community of healthy, empowered and self-sustaining constituents.

Our Mission

Beyond the Sanctuary addresses the physical and emotional challenges of poverty and hunger in a collaborative, compassionate and dignified manner and helps community members move from assistance to become self-sustaining.

Our Story

Beyond the Sanctuary is a community service organization, actively involved in the Rochester community.

We serve hundreds of residents every month through our various programs and services, including our food pantry, clothing closet, rental assistance program, job readiness success program, our client management team, and social workers.

By operating out of the historic Memorial A.M.E Zion Church, BTS is centrally located, which helps us provide aid to a wide-range of Rochester residents.

Our Principles

Our success derives from our many commitments. This includes ​meeting people where they are, not where we think they should be, understanding and treating the symptoms, and addressing the root causes.

We are guided by the following principles:


  • Compassion and Respect

  • Family and Community

  • Success Through Partnership

  • Integrity

  • Focus on Stewardship

  • Continuous Improvement

  • Cleanliness and Organization

  • Diversity

  • Collaboration

We pledge to treat everyone with compassion and dignity.

Learn more about Beyond the Sanctuary

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