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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,

and our client management team including social workers.


What contributes to the success of Beyond the Sanctuary (BTS)? 

Our success derives from our  commitment to “addressing the root causes, and not just the symptoms,” that our clients confront every day, in a compassionate and dignified manner.

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 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 Vision

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

Guiding Principles

  • Compassion and Respect

  • Family and Community

  • Success Through Partnership

  • Integrity

  • Focus on Stewardship

  • Continuous Improvement

  • Cleanliness and Organization

  • Diversity

  • Collaboration


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