Pre & Post Release Services

Compeer Rochester

259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 ☎: 585-546-8280      

1:1 Mentoring program for youth, adults and veterans with a Mental health diagnoses.  Person must be referred to the program by a mental health provider.


Center For Community Alternatives’ (CCA) CORE Center

803 West Avenue, Suite 196 Rochester, NY 14611 ☎: 585-328-8230 Fax: 585-328-8232

CCA is a non-profit, community based organization that fosters individual transformation,reduces reliance on incarceration and advocates for a more responsive juvenile and criminal justice system in order to help youth and adults live more productive safe lives. The Community Outreach and Recovery Enhancement (CORE) Center is an OASAS funded Peer-led, Peer-driven program offering support groups to those in recovery, guidance for families in recovery, aid in gaining access to treatment, civic restoration(Certificate of Relief and Rehabilitation, Expungement), job readiness training, leadership development & community-based referrals. All services are FREE.


Embrace Recovery & Rehabilitation Services, LLC.

649 Jefferson Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611  ☎: 585-478-9056

Recovery Coach services including Education Support Services/Family Support and Training, Habilitation Specialist –  Peer Support Specialist, Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Judicial Process Commission

1921 Norton St. Rochester, NY 14609 ☎:585- 325-7727 585 Fax: 585 325-2165

Grassroots non-profit organization that works to create a just, nonviolent community. JPC supports the rights of all people affected by the criminal justice system and promotes changes to that system that help them achieve their fullest potential. Some of this is achieved through Civic Restoration Services including assistance with the expungement process, accessing one’s Rapsheet, connecting women with Shelter Plus Care upon release from jail and educating the public while advocating for systemic change. JPC’s Faith Community Adult Mentoring Project recruits, trains, assigns, and supports mentors for incarcerated and reentering persons.


New Life Ministries Prison Ministry

330 Wellington Ave Rochester NY 14619 ☎:585-436-0085 Fax: 585-436- 9142

Monthly visits and on-site Bible classes to encourage all to reach their full potential in Christ. New LIfe Ministries  endeavors to share hope, peace and God’s promises to Men, Women and Youth who are incarcerated. Spiritual counseling is also offered for persons released from jails and prison.

Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PIRI)

111 Hillside Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610 ☎: 585-473-0970       

Supportive Services for Youth and Adults with the mission of Building Relationships, Repairing Harm, and Strengthening Communities. Services Provided: Training in Restorative Practices, Facilitating Peace Circles, Facilitating Reentry Circles.

Peaceprints TM of WNY/CEPHAS Support Groups

660 Smith Street, Buffalo, NY 14210 ☎: (716) 856-6131   

Support Services for Men & Women in Prison and at local area correctional facilities; Participants help each other foster self-worth and embrace the worth of others. Group-focused with open dialogue about attitudes, beliefs and behaviors to help reintegration.

Cephas Community Support Group in Rochester, NY Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Church of the Ascension 2 Riverside Street, Rochester 14613;

Cephas Community Support Group in Buffalo on Wednesdays at 660 Smith Street, Buffalo 14210.

Prison Ministry Advisory Board for the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY

The Prison Ministry Advisory Board promotes volunteering and involvement of churches within our diocese in helping prisoners and their families.   Through collaborative meetings, we occasionally instigate new ministries / projects. Recently, through our efforts, the Rochester Storybook Project operating at the Monroe Correctional Facility in Brighton NY and serving prisoners and their children was begun.  We publish an e-newsletter several times each year that can be accessed from our website. For more information about collaborative projects, our e-newsletter archive, and also about the Rochester Storybook Project, contact us at our website,

Prison Reentry Aftercare Ministry (PRAM)

2000 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 ☎: 585-218-4005

Support Services for Men and Women

Listening, housing, emotional support, clothing, financial literacy, mentoring, transportation

PRAM needs Volunteers with a variety of skills such as facilitators, construction, cooking, educators, financial and listeners. We also need Food, clothing and transportation.

Rochester Housing Authority

675 West Main St. Rochester, NY 14611 ☎: 585-697-3600

Provides services only to residents of public housing and persons participating in section 8 housing.  Call the Housing Council for other housing concerns. : 585-546-3700

Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry StoryBook Project

2 Riverside Street, Rochester, NY 14613 ☎:585-458-5423   

Welcomes Volunteers : Program invites parents incarcerated in the Monroe Correctional Facility, Veterans in Monroe County Jail and parents with children attend ABC Head Start preschool, to make recordings of bedtime stories that are sent back home to their children along with a new copy of the storybook.   The children get to hear their parents’ voice reading a story that they can follow along in their new book. This promotes the joy of reading to young children, and helps to maintain a loving contact between parent and child during this time of separation. Volunteers on the inside of the facility must be 18 years of age, submit to a background check, and attend one 45-minute orientation session.  For volunteering outside the facility, age is not a factor, and ideas for new ways people can participate are always welcome.

For more information about volunteering or donating to the Rochester Storybook Project, visit the website:  Click on the “Contact” link and fill out the form.  Be sure to indicate that you are interested in the Rochester Storybook Project.

Saint Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

417 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 ☎:585-325-5260 Fax:585-325-3017

Provides comprehensive  health care including the following services for individuals and families:  Primary Health Care,
Physical Examinations, Work Physicals, School Physicals, Specialist Consultations, Lab Work, Eye and Hearing Screenings,
Nutrition Education, Diabetes Education, Smoking Cessation Counseling, Gynecology,Chiropractic, physical therapy, and therapeutic massage, Dental Care, Preventative care, Restorative care, Mental Health Care, Individual, family, and group counseling, Psychiatry, Social Services Advocacy, Legal and Financial Counseling, Healthcare Access: insurance eligibility screening, application assistance, Medicaid and NYS Exchange Enrollment. Call ahead, as services are by appointment only.

Samaritan Center of Excellence

232 South Plymouth Ave., upper level, Rochester, NY 14608 ☎: 585- 232-1990   Fax: 585-232-1994

Provides a safe place to understand, connect and support vulnerable families, particularly those affected by substance use disorders and incarceration. Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Provider* & Recovery Coach Trainer        

Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach & Mental Health Center

Prison Outreach:   Women’s Group ☎: 585-288-1074 Men’s Group ☎: 585-328-0801

Although SCPO is affiliated with the church, the outreach program is non-religious in nature and welcomes anyone regardless of religious affiliation. As a faith-based community, there is a strong base of volunteers who are committed to offering resources to incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders. The mission of the Prison Outreach program is to visit people who are incarcerated and journey with them as they re-enter the community. Visitation is accomplished through weekly groups in jail and prison. Once an individual is released, housing, case management, and community outreach are offered in an effort to provide a model of effective re-entry to the community.

Mental Health Center: 121 N. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, NY 14614 ☎: 585-325-1180, ext. 114

Provides free mental health care and support for those who have no insurance or who are unable to afford the cost of co-payments. A staff of three employees and over 20 licensed volunteers (therapists, psychiatrists, social workers and advocates) provide counseling, medication monitoring, case management and other supports free of charge to those in need. Information and support are exchanged at this weekly meeting of mothers whose children are incarcerated. Meets Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Peer Support – The Living Room:  

Wednesdays, 1:00 – 6:00 pm: Every Wednesday, our volunteers offer coffee, tea, and a safe place to heal and grow. In The Living Room, peers create a nonjudgmental space in which to share their struggles, offer encouragement and exchange coping strategies. Folks bring problems ranging from parenting dilemmas to pain from past abuse, to living with a diagnosable mental illness. In the Living Room, relationships are built on mutuality and respect. Come when you can; stay as long as you want. Located at the Mental Health Center.

The Housing Council at PathStone

75 College Ave, 4th Floor, Rochester, NY 14607 ☎: 585-546-3700

The Housing Council provides landlord education, foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase counseling, and fair housing education.  The Housing Council provides property management tools and strategies to landlords to enhance their business skills and familiarize them with their rights and responsibilities.


Turning Points

St. Stephen’s Church, 350 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611 ☎: 585-328-0856

Information on issues related to NYS and MC Corrections facilities, including transportation, visitations and criminal justice issues.  Information is also shared about Rehabilitative Programs and Pre and Post Incarceration Services
Facilitate community information seminars.  Workshop is open to anyone interested Saturdays (except 1st Saturday of the month) 1-3pm

Veterans Outreach Center

447 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14620 ☎: 585- 546-1081 CALL Toll free ☎: 1-866-906-VETS (8387)

No appointment necessary.  Assistance with developing a plan for Veterans to search for and sustain permanent housing stability; job placement, financial counseling,  and referral assistance services are also available.

Volunteers of America (VOA)

214 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608 ☎: 585-647-1150

Wide Range of Reentry Support Services including housing and employment assistance.

Women’s Initiative Supporting Health (WISH)

2612 West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 ☎: 585-353-9490       

Primary medical healthcare and care management for women coming out of incarceration. WISH links with women prior to release as well as through ongoing walk-ins.  WISH works with women 18 yrs. old and up who have been released from incarceration within the past 6-9 months with the goal of improving health outcomes.