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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

We are a community-based organization that addresses the physical and emotional challenges of poverty, low income, and hunger for individuals in need in our community by providing them with:

  • food

  • clothing

  • access to social workers

  • care management

  • education

  • job readiness

  • rental assistance

  • other services in a compassionate and dignified manner


Our Vision

To remove the needs, where possible, of those who come to us for help by addressing the root causes, not just the symptoms, of their current situation.


At the same time, we will continue to provide free food, clothing, access to social workers, and other services to improve the lives of those who cannot live a full life without such assistance.


We will collaborate with other community service nonprofit organizations to have a more powerful impact on our community.

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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