House of Mercy Capital Campaign

Sister Grace Miller, RSM founded the House of Mercy over 30 years ago. It all started on a cold Rochester night when Sister Grace saw a few homeless men outside who appeared to be frightened. She picked them up and drove them to a local homeless shelter and they were refused entry. At that moment Sister Grace knew she needed to create a refuge for people who have nowhere to go.

Since then with the help of a few committed staff members and volunteers the House of Mercy has been dedicated to serving the homeless and poverty stricken in Rochester.

“The Poor Need Help Today. Not Next Week.” Catherine McAuley founder of the Sisters of Mercy.

Our Plan for the Future

We are about to take on one of the biggest steps in the history of the House of Mercy. At the end of the year we hope to move from Hudson Avenue into our new home at 285 Ormond Street. Our goal is to raise $5 Million to renovate our new building, to best fit the needs of our mission. Nearly $3 Million has already been pledged but we need your support to fully fund this venture.

This new facility will more than triple the size of our current building, allowing us to help more people than ever before. In a city with one of the highest rates of extreme poverty, that’s an important goal for everyone who believes in our mission.

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With your support we’ll be able to:

  • Move more people from homelessness into independent living
  • Provide more food, clothing, and assistance to people suffering from extreme poverty
  • Facilitate coordination with partner agencies throughout the community
  • Operate more efficiently and effectively, because we will have the space, staffing and resources we need so desperately need

Not only will we be able to better serve our residents, but the impact will positively affect the entire Rochester community in the following ways:

  • Reduce the number of emergency room visits
  • Reduce the strain on the police department and justice system
  • Reduce the number of homeless people who seek shelter in public places
  • Improve public safety for our residents and all of Rochester’s citizens
  • Improve the ability to promote downtown development and tourism

With your help we will be able to build a new House of Mercy that will give hope to the thousands of people in our community who struggle to survive every day.

We Need Your Help

In a city with one of the highest rates of extreme poverty in the country, the House of Mercy is the only organization that will always help anyone in need. Your donation now will help us do more for the thousands of people in our community who suffer from poverty, homelessness, severe mental illness and other disabling problems. To discuss a pledge or explore major donor giving options please contact our Capital Campaign Director, Tom D’Agostino at 585-626-5642 or

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Special Giving Opportunity: Provide a Safe Bed to Someone Who’s Homeless


Think of what it must be like to be homeless, sleeping on the hard, cold ground. For many of us that is difficult to imagine. At the House of Mercy we have been providing shelter to Rochester’s most venerable citizens for over thirty years. But up until now we have never had the proper space or funds to purchase beds for our residents to sleep in. We’ve gotten by with the use of donated couches in our small common area that also serves as the chapel on Sundays. Now as we prepare to move into our new larger building we want to ensure that everyone that comes to the House of Mercy seeking shelter will have a proper bed to sleep in. For a donation of $1,000 you can help us purchase a bed and in turn we will name the bed in honor of you or a loved one.

For more information on this special naming opportunity contact our Capital Campaign Director Tom D’Agostino at 585-626-5642 or