Grace House

Grace HouseGrace House Rochester
Mission Statement

Grace House Rochester provides a smooth transition to community life for men recently released from a correctional facility, who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to change, by providing a highly structured program based on Christian principles.

New Testament Christian Church is the cornerstone church of which the Rochester ministry was born. Grace House is a separate Non –For- Profit Corporation with a 501 C 3 status and all donations are tax deductable. The ministry is an ecumenical outreach supported by local churches, businesses, NYS Parole and individuals.  There are currently 4 Grace House Rochester locations: Amherst St (long term care), Jones Ave (congregate care), Baird St (long term care) and Norton St. (primary care / corporate headquarters).

Primary Goals and Objectives

The  Norton St. location is the entry point of all residents and is staffed 24 hours a day. The program is designed to bring accountability and responsibility into the residents lives, through their parole release conditions, Grace House rules, policies and guidelines, and case management.

The Grace House Rochester program is a leader in its field having created a unique partnership and linkage agreement with the New York State Division of Parole. The success of Grace House Rochester is due to the unique partnerships with the religious community, local businesses, addiction treatment programs, the Monroe County Department of Social Services, various job training programs (ACCESS), literacy volunteers and local employers working together to provide an opportunity and a clear direction of accountability for program participants to become productive members of society and gain the life skills necessary to live independently.

Through the experienced agency staff, daily contact with the New York State Division of Parole and numerous community agency collaborations and churches the Grace House Rochester residents are provided with food, clothing , hygiene products, transportation, medical needs, including full physicals and prescriptions as well as the ability to receive spiritual and mental health counseling at no personal cost.

During program commitment, which is 60 to 120 days, the primary goals are resident stabilization and community safety. Through case management and involvement with collaborative community partners each participant is screened, assessed and then a transitional program is designed to meet each residents required level of care. Staff encourages clients to become self-supportive, and connect with care providers that will assist the individual to live independent and free.

How you can get involved with Grace House Rochester

  1. Volunteer- Volunteers are needed to serve, become mentors, lead bible studies, do painting or yard work etc. All hands are needed, skilled and unskilled. Volunteers who work one-on-one with mentoring or in a Bible study setting will need a Pastor’s letter of reference and a background check. Women and teenagers may serve in a controlled environment. Day and Evening work schedules are available.
  2. Prayer
  3. Create Fundraisers: Marathons, Cycle Runs, Walks, and Garage sales, Bake sales, Dinners, Auctions, etc.
  4. Financial support
  5. Donations

Here is a list of materials needed at Grace House Rochester (Please keep in mind all items must be in good working order.)


Remodeling Materials

· Double insulated Windows (call for sizes), Drywall, Building Materials, Bathtubs, Shower Enclosure, Toilets, Vanity Plumbing Supplies

Household Items

· Dressers, Sofas, Chairs, Lamps, Night Stands

· Washers & Dryers

· Pillows & pillow cases, Blankets, Single Fitted Bed Sheets (78” by 36”)

· Shower Curtains, Towels & Wash cloths

· Paper towels, Dish Soap, Landry Soap

· Light Bulbs, (60 / 75 Wyatt)

· Toothpaste & Toothbrushes, Razors, Shaving Cream

· Deodorant (Men’s only), Bar Soap, Toilet Paper (single ply)

· Cooking utensils, Silverware, Frying Pans & Pots, 8oz. Styrofoam cups

· Microwave Ovens, Coffee Makers, TV’s, and DVD Players

· Deep Fryer, cooking oil

· Men’s Socks & Underwear, Coats & Jackets, Sneakers

· Sugar, Coffee, Sweet & Low, Hot Choc mix, Spices, Garlic, Frank’s Red hot Etc.

· Meat / Chicken / Cold Cuts

· Food items, soups, microwave meals, canned or frozen food

· We accept fresh fruit, vegetables and all edible items

· Wegman gift cards to purchase food

Office Equipment

· Intel Core Duo Processor Laptop Computer with DVD –RW (4 gig wireless)

· Server / software / security programs

· Security Cameras (Exterior / Infra-red)

· Ink cartridges: for HP 920 & 940

· Reams of Paper

· Electric Pencil sharpener

· Paper shredder


· Snow plowing service, snow shovels, lawn mowers, rakes, pointed shovels, power tools, hand tools, saws, portable drills, table saw, etc.

To volunteer or donate please contact Pastor Don Buongiorne, 585-473-9070 or email him at

Our Address

349 North Avenue
Rochester, NY 14626
Map and Directions

(585) 723-1400

Service Times

Sundays 10AM – Main service & Kids Church
Mondays 6:30PM – INSIDEOUT Youth Group
Mondays 11AM- Intercessory Prayer
Saturdays 7AM – Men’s Prayer