Holy Thursday Washing of the Feet

After washing the Disciples’ feet, Jesus explained what He did and why. “You should wash one another’s feet,” He told them. “I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:1-17)   Thank you to our amazing photography volunteer Julie who helps us share moments like this with all of our supporters! Photo Credit: Julie...

Our Easter Wish List

  Every day at the House of Mercy is a busy day but Holidays are even busier. With Easter less than two weeks away everyone is working around the clock to prepare. Our celebration starts on Holy Thursday with a spiritual washing of the feet, followed by the stations of the cross around Rochester on Good Friday, Saturday we will be holding an Easter vigil. On Easter Sunday we will be cooking a hearty meal for over 300 guests. On top of that we hand out boxes of food to members of our community and make 125 Easter baskets for children who would normally go without. Easter is a time meant to spend with family and loved ones. For many of the people we serve we are their only family due to many years of burnt bridges and lost connections that go hand in hand with extreme poverty. We do our best to make this a joyous occasion for all. If you are interested in helping below are the items we need for Easter. Our Easter Wish List – 125 Easter baskets and candy/ small toys to fill them  – Easter Lilies for the vigil (needed by 3/26) – 40 chickens (needed by 3/25) – 40 pork loins (needed by 3/25) – 40 hams (needed by 3/25) Easter donations can be brought to the House of Mercy at 725 Hudson Ave. There is always someone at the House ready to take donations. Online donations can be made from our Amazon Wish List. We never close our doors on people in need. It is our mission to provide the love and assistance...

The House of Mercy Board Serves a Meal at Reach

The House of Mercy’s Board of Directors served dinner to the homeless at REACH on Saturday January 16th. The board along with their spouses cooked a large meal of chicken, salad, veggies, stew, pasta, and desserts. Everyone enjoyed spending time with the people we work so hard to serve. REACH is a new community formed group that came together to help the House of Mercy serve the chronically homeless. Last winter the House of Mercy opened up and ran Sanctuary Village to help house Rochester’s hardest to place homeless. This year while working hard towards our goal of a new & larger building for the House of Mercy REACH came forward to help. Operating out of an old church rectory on Prince street, REACH set up a temporary shelter for men and women. If you’re interested in cooking and serving a meal at REACH check their website here for more information on available nights. There is a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave but no oven. We found that crock pots work great to keep meals hot for...