A Home for Sanctuary Village

$91,042 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 497 people in 38 months


As you likely know, on Saturday, December 20 -- just five days before Christmas -- the City of Rochester destroyed Sanctuary Village, the homeless tent city. This destruction was complete: residents’ tents, sleeping bags, and personal items like ID and photos were bulldozed and thrown into dumpsters. Nothing was left. With these actions, it became clear that our region’s homeless citizens’ basic rights to safe shelter and care are not being met.

There are no words for how sad and disappointed and even angry we are. This level of loss inflicted upon those who already have so very little is heartbreaking. To have it happen at this traditional time of love and generosity, and in the face of what is projected to be a difficult and cold winter, is particularly troubling. We know you feel the same. But we are not helpless. There is something we -- all of us, together -- can do.

The House of Mercy has started the “A Home for the Holidays” emergency fundraising campaign, with the goal of raising $60K to purchase a house within the Rochester city limits. This house will be staffed by the House of Mercy and serve, short-term, as a residence for a number of homeless formerly living at Sanctuary Village. Ultimately, the space will become long-term transitional housing for homeless Rochesterians in need of safe shelter.

The House of Mercy asks that, in this season of giving, you join us in saying that ALL of Rochester’s citizens deserve “A Home for the Holidays”: donate via gofundme.com/SanctuaryVillage to help us reach our goal.

All donations are tax deductible, are gratefully received, and make a real difference for a real person here in the ROC.

Thank you for your support of all of Rochester’s citizens in this holiday season. Our wish for us all remains one of peace, safety & a home for each of us to call our own.



The House of Mercy, under the leadership of Sister Grace Miller,  has been serving homeless of Rochester for 29 years. Our efforts continue to serve the poorest of the poor.




Pictures and Video Credit of Ted Forsyth rochester.indymedia.org. For more pictures of the destruction visit the House of Mercy's Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/houseofmercyrochester
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Due to the generosity of the community and Rochester's deadly winter conditions the House of Mercy has decided that we needed to be able to house the entire population of Sanctuary Village. Purchasing a house would not have fulfilled this need. With the generosity of Buckingham properties we now have a space to house up to 50 homeless people through the end of April. We are continuing to work on a long term plan to house these homeless individuals. We made this decision in an effort to save the lives of people living outside in our frigid Rochester winter. The money donated is being used to run the new shelter. We are proud to say we have been able to hire a full time social worker to run the shelter! With the temporary shelter and help from volunteers we have been able to put a few of the homeless into apartments.
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I have added the $60,000 donation that was made offline to show up here so that everyone knows how much we have raised. There are a few other donations that have been pledged. They will be added when the donation is received. We are still continuing to fundraise to help pay for the additional expenses a new facility will incur.
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UPDATE DEC. 23, 2014 – With the support of hundreds of caring people throughout the Rochester community and across the county, we have reached our goal of $60,000 (with offline donations) and are moving forward immediately to purchase a new house -- “A Home for the Holidays” (and beyond!) to shelter our area’s homeless!

Now we’re working to raise operating funds for items like food, supplies, staffing and ongoing maintenance to ensure a successful future of this new shelter. We hope you’ll continue to support and donate here on gofundme.com/SanctuaryVillage to the “A Home for the Holidays” fund as we move forward to make this new shelter a reality. All donations are tax deductible.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all those caring people who have given support through money, goods, and spreading the word. You embody the true spirit of the season and have made this Christmas miracle possible.
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Amanda Kissinger
5 months ago

Please go help Amanda Kissinger to please

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Bill Wischmeyer
38 months ago

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/01/01/without-home-now-helping-homeless/21150511/

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Ali Rettew
38 months ago

Where and when can we drop off donations of clothing, blankets,shoes,etc?

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Cheryl Steck
38 months ago

WOW!! watching this on x-mas morning, how sad. I feel for all these people as I am just the other side of homeless. If it weren't for the kindness of an senior I would be there also. Why do we continue to build for the wealthy and turn our backs on the less fortunate????? I live near Boca Raton, FL and all I see are multiple buildings going up all around town but NONE are for the poor!! WHY???? Those in charge of this destruction need to watch the movie Pay it Forward !! Better yet let them be homeless for a week, live the life for one week and see how it feels. (just my 2cents)

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Katherine Doell
38 months ago

My husband and I, along with an outreach program from our church serving the less fortunate in the city of Rochester, had visited and served hot meals to these individuals just a week before their homes and belongings were ungraciously taken from them. This is so sickening and sad. These people and the Mayor need our prayers.

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Rich Grover
38 months ago

my prayers are with those less fortunate i will continue to support them in any way i can for mitakue oyasin ( we are all related )

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Lauren Azzano
38 months ago

I also coupon! Can someone please post a list of needed supplies and a drop off address...thank you

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Dee Fenestrate
38 months ago

@linda thep: sample soap accepts donations of personal care items and distributes them to those in need http://www.samplesoap.org/

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Linda Thep
38 months ago

I have a lot of personal care items for females and males to donate. I do extreme couponing and I'm more than willing to give to those who need esp during this time. Any support is beter than no support. Whoever is in charge of all this please email me at lindaphiethep@gmail.com so we can make arrangnents to give these items away.

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Renee Greeneyez
38 months ago

Im ready to protest this is horrible this made me cry so sad

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Marie Gibson
38 months ago

I'd like to clarify what I heard regarding the City of Rochester -- The County of Monroe was in the lead to remove the people from this land. Regardless... all the local officials who work for the residents of Greater Rochester and Monroe County should be held accountable to care for everyone in our community. This is deplorable conduct.

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Audrey Dezen
38 months ago

I Gave What We Could Afford, We Also Care For Our Granddaughter That Is Disabled, But If Just 60,000 People Donated $1.00, The Goal Could Be Met, Think Of That!, THEN Let's Get Rid Of Our Rochester, NY Mayor & Her Crew! Let's Get This DONE Before Christmas Or The New Year!

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Sandra Carstairs-Cannon
38 months ago

As you many of you know I have supported a shelter for families w children. R.A.I.H.N can only handle 20 people at a time but its 20 that arent w/o a warm safe place, give give time, prayer and if you can help fund the House of Mercy. We all struggle but when was the last time you were cold, hungry or forgotten...step up spread the word. Peace to all

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Kurt Larson
38 months ago

This is ridiculous and heartless who approved the funding for this removal of these items why isnt or useless mayor commenting on this or maggie crooks where is she

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Amanda Kissinger
5 months ago

Please go help Amanda Kissinger to please

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Bill Wischmeyer
38 months ago

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/01/01/without-home-now-helping-homeless/21150511/

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Ali Rettew
38 months ago

Where and when can we drop off donations of clothing, blankets,shoes,etc?

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Cheryl Steck
38 months ago

WOW!! watching this on x-mas morning, how sad. I feel for all these people as I am just the other side of homeless. If it weren't for the kindness of an senior I would be there also. Why do we continue to build for the wealthy and turn our backs on the less fortunate????? I live near Boca Raton, FL and all I see are multiple buildings going up all around town but NONE are for the poor!! WHY???? Those in charge of this destruction need to watch the movie Pay it Forward !! Better yet let them be homeless for a week, live the life for one week and see how it feels. (just my 2cents)

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Katherine Doell
38 months ago

My husband and I, along with an outreach program from our church serving the less fortunate in the city of Rochester, had visited and served hot meals to these individuals just a week before their homes and belongings were ungraciously taken from them. This is so sickening and sad. These people and the Mayor need our prayers.

+ Read More
Rich Grover
38 months ago

my prayers are with those less fortunate i will continue to support them in any way i can for mitakue oyasin ( we are all related )

+ Read More
Lauren Azzano
38 months ago

I also coupon! Can someone please post a list of needed supplies and a drop off address...thank you

+ Read More
Dee Fenestrate
38 months ago

@linda thep: sample soap accepts donations of personal care items and distributes them to those in need http://www.samplesoap.org/

+ Read More
Linda Thep
38 months ago

I have a lot of personal care items for females and males to donate. I do extreme couponing and I'm more than willing to give to those who need esp during this time. Any support is beter than no support. Whoever is in charge of all this please email me at lindaphiethep@gmail.com so we can make arrangnents to give these items away.

+ Read More
Renee Greeneyez
38 months ago

Im ready to protest this is horrible this made me cry so sad

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Marie Gibson
38 months ago

I'd like to clarify what I heard regarding the City of Rochester -- The County of Monroe was in the lead to remove the people from this land. Regardless... all the local officials who work for the residents of Greater Rochester and Monroe County should be held accountable to care for everyone in our community. This is deplorable conduct.

+ Read More
Audrey Dezen
38 months ago

I Gave What We Could Afford, We Also Care For Our Granddaughter That Is Disabled, But If Just 60,000 People Donated $1.00, The Goal Could Be Met, Think Of That!, THEN Let's Get Rid Of Our Rochester, NY Mayor & Her Crew! Let's Get This DONE Before Christmas Or The New Year!

+ Read More
Sandra Carstairs-Cannon
38 months ago

As you many of you know I have supported a shelter for families w children. R.A.I.H.N can only handle 20 people at a time but its 20 that arent w/o a warm safe place, give give time, prayer and if you can help fund the House of Mercy. We all struggle but when was the last time you were cold, hungry or forgotten...step up spread the word. Peace to all

+ Read More
Kurt Larson
38 months ago

This is ridiculous and heartless who approved the funding for this removal of these items why isnt or useless mayor commenting on this or maggie crooks where is she

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