Partnerships with our Neighbors

Fighting Hunger

In addition to St. Stephen's Sunday Suppers, the parish seeks to reduce hunger through partnerships with Foodlink, our regional food bank, and SWEM Community Services, Inc., the local emergency food program serving SW Rochester.  Read more ...  


The CROPWalk is an annual event on the first Sunday afternoon in May.  It is one of the annual fundraising events for the SWEM Community Services and world hunger programs of Church World Services.  The 3-mile walk helps to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community and to show support for those in need.  Anyone can participate as a volunteer or a walker.

SWEM Community Services, Inc.

St. Stephen’s has supported SWEM Community Services, Inc. since its inception more than 20 years ago.  Currently, the SWEM office is located at St. Stephen’s.  The churches of SWEM contribute food and money to assist people who run out of food.  They supply food baskets to up to 50 senior households on a regular monthly basis, and provide emergency food bags to people in the western part of the city who call the cupboard when in need.  Many St. Stephen’s parishioners donate food, time and money to the SWEM food cupboard.  Monetary donations are used to buy foods that are in short supply, generally proteins.

Emergency food number:  235-4491;  Information: 235-4494

Turning Points Prison Ministry Resource Center 

The Turning Points Center provides information for families whose lives are touched by incarceration.  Information is available on a wide range of topics from visitation guidelines to rehabilitative programs as well as issues related to working with the New York State Prison System and the Monroe County Correctional Facility.  The center has offered a free series of workshops on justice issues to help break the cycle of incarceration and support justice involved families. 

12 Step Programs

St. Stephen’s is home to five 12-Step programs, both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups.  The High Nooners AA group meets at noon Monday through Saturday.  Three NA groups meet one night a week, on Sunday (Basically Speaking), Monday (Talking Heads)  and Wednesday (Just Say No).  A fourth NA literature-based group (Dawn of a New Reality) meets on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm.  We feel privileged to support neighbors in recovery. 

REACH (Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless)

St. Stephen’s is a partner of REACH, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping the chronically homeless in Rochester during the winter of 2015-16.  Many of those who will be served were residents of the Sanctaury Village that was dismantled by city workers last winter, one of the coldest winters on record.  Their focus is to fill the gap with a shelter and services while a permanent facility is being renovated for use in spring 2016.  You can follow them on Facebook too.