St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center provides comprehensive health care, counseling, and social work services to individuals and families who lack access to health insurance. Established in 1993 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center is committed to raising the health status and quality of life of individuals and families.
As the Center’s executive director, Christine Wagner, SSJ, works to establish community partnerships that will benefit those most in need.
"Inviting volunteers, patients and supporters to co-author a positive vision of the future and supporting them in making that vision come true is the most fulfilling experience there can be, and the best gift we can give the community," she says.
The Center serves approximately 2,500 individuals (15,000 visits) per year. Patients and clients come primarily from the Rochester area and surrounding counties; however, there are no geographic or other limitations to service. Any uninsured or underinsured individual is welcome.
Approximately 1000 walk-in clients are served each year with use of the Center's telephone, fax/copier and mailing address. Bread, hygiene bags, and referrals for food/clothing/shelter and apartment rentals are also provided.
The Center operates on an annual budget of $1.3 million. We receive no federal, state or local government support, so funding comes from three primary areas: