UR Well Clinic Fundraising
Thanks to an incredible partnership between Asbury First and the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine & Dentistry, we have been able to offer free health care to uninsured and underserved adults throughout the Rochester area for over 10 years. As you may know, this clinic is staffed by UR medical students working with a doctor preceptor, fulfilling clinic hour requirements and providing care to those in need. The UR Well Clinic at Asbury First is accessible by several bus lines, and is open, on average, two nights a week throughout the year. Each year we treat 600 patients, sometimes multiple visits per patient.
Learn more about the UR Well Clinic update in the brochure here.
Remembering that we are Better Together
With a mission grounded in love, and a vision to Do More Good, Asbury First embraces outreach to the community as one of our core values. For over 50 years, we have responded to the needs in our community by offering warm meals, clothing, household supplies, laundry facilities, medical care, social work counsel, and more. We’ve done this in inaccessible spaces, spread across our three-building campus. As the demand grows, and more guests need more services, our current facilities are no longer adequate. We need one accessible and inviting place, where our guests can access all our services. We need an Outreach Center.
1010 East Ave, a historic building we have owned since 1943, will be the site of our future Outreach Center, a fully integrated and accessible space.
Outreach at Asbury First is as much about access as it is providing services. We have spent the last few years evaluating the effectiveness of our outreach programs through surveys with our guests, conversations with our volunteers, and explorations of best practices. We have learned that our current design and structure creates a barrier for many guests, as they end up having to choose between food, clothing, or health care on any given visit when their needs often encompass all three. This is not unique to us. The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), with which we have been in conversation, has named access to basic needs as one of its core foci and suggested the need for integrated services. This new space will mark a shift in our focus to a more holistic approach to caring for the needs of our guests. By centralizing our outreach programs into one dedicated and accessible space, we remove barriers to fullness of life for our guests.
Our goal is to break ground in 2020, our 200th year anniversary as a church. With your help, we can make sure that 1010 East Avenue continues to be a home for community.