Mary’s Place is a non-profit refugee outreach center in Northwest Rochester, NY. Our mission is to reach out in love, hope, and service to refugees of all faiths and nationalities, particularly those in the Maplewood/Edgerton neighborhood.
Mary’s Place was founded in 2009 as an enrichment center for refugees to find independence and gain citizenship. When the Outreach Committee of the Cathedral Community saw refugees walking around the Maplewood and Edgerton neighborhoods with flip-flops on and no coats in the winter, they decided to start a simple coat distributor. As a lighthouse project of the Cathedral Community, Mary’s Place found its first home in the rectory of the former Holy Rosary church, using only the first two rooms of the building. As the co-founders saw the needs of the refugee community rise, they expanded their programs to food donation, English Classes, after school tutoring, and case work . Since 2009, Mary’s Place has assisted hundreds of refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan.
Today, we provide a multitude of services for local refugees. We offer free English as a Second Language classes, case management services, and translation for immigration forms. We also offer weekly food distribution and daily clothing distribution through our clothing closet. Above all, we are a family.