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Sixth Annual ROC-the-DAY raises $37,346 for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

ROC the Day Logo

The sixth annual Roc-the-Day proved to be the most successful one yet for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. November 29th was Giving Tuesday as well as Roc-the-Day, the annual community-wide 24-hour period of online giving, sponsored by the United Way. “Roc Star” donors who logged onto www.RoctheDay.org during this 24–hour period were able to designate their gift to a specific agency, such as St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.

By midnight, the total of online gifts designated to St. Joseph’s reached $16,115. Mail-in gifts and a lobby collection box at the Center brought in another $1558. In addition, the Center will receive $1,000 in bonuses from the site’s contests over the day. That totals $18, 673, which was matched by two generous matching gift donors, for a grand total of $37,346 in one day, by way of this one special event. And, more than $757,000 benefitted non-profit organizations throughout the community.

“We are always amazed at the generosity of our community on Roc the Day. Thanks to our donors, these gifts will be a tremendous support to the Neighborhood Center’s programs. We are pleased for all the other non-profits as well,” said Christine Wagner, SSJ, Executive Director of the Center. “Our community is very caring and generous.”

The Center, which opened in 1993, provides medical, dental and mental health services to more than 1500 uninsured and under-insured people each year, from Rochester and eight surrounding counties. The Center also helps another 1000 people each year to access appropriate health care plans. For more information, call (585) 325-5260.

JACK AND BONNIE GARNER TO CHAIR “1940’S FILM NOIR”

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

20th Annual Auction and Party for the Neighborhood Center

Dust off your pin stripes, pumps and fedora’s and come join us! The Neighborhood Center’s 20th annual auction and party, to be held June 5th, 2014, will welcome Jack and Bonnie Garner as Honorary Chairs. Jack is an author and long-time film and music critic for the Democrat and Chronicle. Since Film Noir of the 1940’s is Jack’s favorite era of films, the Center adopted this theme for the upcoming party, which is expected to gather more than 400 guests.

“I’m very excited for this event, and pleased to chair it on behalf of the Center,” said Jack. “Film Noir is typified by The Maltese Falcon, Sunset Boulevard, The Big Sleep, The Third Man, Double Indemnity, and many others, plus great modern neo-Noir films like Chinatown and LA Confidential. This unique film style uses shadows and stark visual contrast to frame a world of mystery and betrayal, of hoodlums, tough coppers, private dicks, molls and hookers. In this world, women are often strong and conniving femme fatales, men are sometimes patsies, victims or anti-heroes. Among other things, it’s the world of Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck.”

Continued Jack, “Bonnie and I support St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center because it provides comprehensive health care, counseling, adult education and social work to individuals and families who lack insurance or other means. We love the FUN ways the charity raises money. Hopefully, our event will add to the organization’s reputation for entertaining ways to raise funds.”

It all happens June 5th, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple B’rith Kodesh on Elmwood Avenue.
$40 per person includes wine and beer tasting, hearty grazing stations, desserts, silent and live auctions, music and more. Sponsors to date include Dave Guadagnino and Mary Beauchamp; Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Gallo & Iacovangelo, LLP, MVP Health Care and Rochester General Health System. All proceeds will benefit the Center’s programs in primary health care, dental care and mental health counseling for the uninsured and under-insured. To sponsor the event, register or learn more information, call (585) 325-5260.

Innovative Ways to Attend Trauma, a collaborative social justice workshop with Vikki Reynolds, Ph.D. is a sell-out

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

One hundred seventy-five people attended a full-day workshop focused on Innovative Ways to Attend to Trauma. Internationally-known presenter, Vikki Reynolds, Ph. D, presented alternative ways of thinking about trauma, and shared methods in which counselors, social workers and community service providers can work more effectively with clients and communities that have experienced hardship.

“Trauma is typically understood in a medical way,” states Dr. Reynolds. “The trauma is often considered located in the brain of the person who is the victim. Rather, we need to see this person less as a victim and more as a resister and survivor. In treating them, we need to help them make that connection.” Her social justice model changes the communication between counselor and patient and empowers the patient.

This was Dr. Reynolds first visit to Rochester, where she says,” It is nice to be here with like-minded people who desire to be change-makers…this is the home of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas, so we are continuing the area’s history of bringing about social change. I admire the collaboration among the different agencies that have come together to put on this event.”

The Workshop took place on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the College at Brockport‘s downtown location at Chestnut Street. Undergraduate and graduate students in the social services field, as well working professionals attended.
Jennifer King, LMFT of Brockport Marriage and Family Therapy, states that Dr. Reynolds workshop ” has helped me to look at trauma from a new angle; I can use many of her ideas in my practice.”

Christine Wagner, SSJ, to Receive St. John Fisher College President’s Medal

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

“Commitment to service is the heart of the St. John Fisher College educational mission,” stated Donald Bain, Ph.D, President of St. John Fisher College. “ Christine Wagner, SSJ, exemplifies this core value.”

On May 11, 2013, when more than 1,000 students receive their undergraduate degree at the Blue Cross arena, Christine Wagner will also be awarded the President’s Medal for service to the Rochester Community.

Christine Wagner, SSJ, Ph.D., is Executive Director and co-founder of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. From 1991-1993, Chris directed the establishment of the Center, including renovation, fund raising and site management. Since its opening in 1993, she has served as Administrator of (and continually expanded) this primarily volunteer agency that provides health care, dental care, mental health counseling, adult education and social services to 3,000 individuals annually. The Center provides these services to people who are uninsured and underinsured, from Rochester and eight surrounding counties. More than two hundred professional counselors, physicians and lay people volunteer at the Center, to make the services available to those in need.

Most recently, Christine collaborated with Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield and St. John Fisher College to open “Fisher Prime Care,” a primary care nursing practice at the Center, which will increase the Center’s ability to treat patients, as well as create educational opportunities for students in St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing.

Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and English from SUNY Brockport and earned her Ph. D. in Social Science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, the Rochester Interfaith Health Care Coalition, the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Project Eye Care, the University of Rochester Center for Community Health Advisory Council, The Monroe County Bar Association Foundation and the Institutional Research Review Board of the University of Rochester. She is Past President of the Judicial Process Commission of Rochester. Wagner has written several published articles and delivers many presentations and lectures on the topic of health care and the underserved for area institutions.

“We stand ready to help people access their health care options as the Affordable Care Act is enacted later this year,” states Christine. “However, we know that some people will fall through the cracks. We will be here, as always, to help those people.” For more information, call (585) 325-5260.

Fisher Prime Care Nursing Center Opens at the Center

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, St. John Fisher College and St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center have collaborated to open Fisher Prime Care at the Center. Excellus has donated $1 million to St. John Fisher over five years in an effort to grow primary health care, mental health care, social services, and adult education for Rochester’s underserved populations. At the same time, this donation will also expand educational opportunities for students in St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing.

The College is using this gift to create the Fisher Prime Care Nursing Center, which has just opened at the Neighborhood Center. When fully operational, the nursing center will provide new patient, acute, follow-up, and primary care services for up to 60 patients on a weekly basis.

“Providing access to high quality health care for people who need it is a fundamental part of our mission as a non-profit health plan,” said Christopher Booth, president and chief operating officer of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “In addition, this practice will provide valuable training for the nurses who will be caring for all of us in the future.”

As part of the grant, health outcomes will be measured and tracked, with emphasis on following diabetes, cancer screenings, and plans of care around falls, an issue for elderly patients.
“The grant will provide opportunities for research activities, evaluation of nursing practice, and hands-on training for Fisher’s nursing students as they develop their clinical skills,” said Dr. Donald Bain, president of St. John Fisher College. “We are grateful to Excellus BCBS for the grant, and we look forward to working with Sr. Christine Wagner and her staff at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.”

“We welcome this opportunity to partner with St. John Fisher and Excellus BCBS in our advocacy for the uninsured and also in support-ing young nursing professionals to reach their highest potential,” said Sr. Christine Wagner, of the Neighborhood Center. “ This is community collaboration at its best.”

In January, Ginger Krebbeks, a licensed Adult Nurse Practitioner, joined the professional staff at the Center. Ginger will oversee this new program as Medical Director. Ginger has begun to see 10-15 patients per week, and Nursing students will join her over the summer and fall of 2013.

Windsor Cottage Art Sale raises $6200 for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

“Helping a worthy organization like St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is just what my aunt would have wanted,” said Kathy Lewis, as she addressed a gathering of shoppers at Windsor Cottage on Saturday, September 15th. Lewis’ aunt, Dr. Betty Price, traveled the world for over 70 years; from the Far East to Alaska and Africa, serving refugee populations, native peoples’ and public health needs. In her travels, she collected native art with a keen eye. Over fifty pieces of her collection were on sale to benefit St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center on Saturday, at Windsor Cottage, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Price’s family.

Several pieces from the collection, entitled, “Dr. Betty Price’s Treasures: A Collection from a Lifetime of Service and Travel” were sold, including a carved wooden temple from Nepal, a clay sculpture from Kenya, a wood-carved Wild Dog mask from West Africa, a woven cloth cushion from China, a pair of embroidered cloth boots from Nepal, and many framed paintings, etchings and prints. Many of the items were acquired in the 1950’s to 1980’s, but date from much earlier periods. A timeline reflecting Dr. Price’s extraordinary life hung from the ceiling and decorated the shop, including photographs, postcards and luggage tags from her travels. More than $6,200 was raised from donations and the sale of these items. Proceeds will benefit the Center’s medical and mental health programs that serve the community’s uninsured and under-insured.


Opened in 1993, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph that provides medical and mental health care to more than 3500 individuals each year, who are uninsured or underinsured. For more information, call St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center at (585) 325-5260, or visit www.sjncenter.org.

Rochester Women’s Giving Circle Awards St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center $10,000 for Women on the Move Program

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Contact: Anne Mc Kenna, Director,
Development and Communications
(585) 325-5260, Ext. 1002

Women on the Move

On June 20th, the Rochester Women’s Giving Circle awarded St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center $10,000 to carry out the Women on the Move Program. This program helps 12-15 women improve their economic and personal self –sufficiency through an intense nine-month program of education, individual and group counseling and weekly group support. Shelia Briody, SSJ, Director of Counseling, accepted the award for the Center. The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle awarded $108,000 to nine local non-profit programs that help women achieve self-sufficiency.

The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle (RWGC) is a community of philanthropic women who combine their financial strength to support area women and girls on their journey to economic independence. Annual grants are made to programs and organizations in Monroe County that help women and girls achieve their goals and take control of their lives.

Opened in 1993, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, that provides medical and mental health care to more than 3000 individuals each year, who are uninsured or underinsured. For more information, call St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center at (585) 325-5260, or visit www.sjncenter.org.

ARR…WHAT A PARR-TY!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2012
Contact: Anne Mc Kenna, Director,
Development and Communications
(585) 325-5260, Ext. 1002

ARR…WHAT A PARR-TY!

Pirate 1Pirate 2

A Pirate’s Life, the 18th annual auction and party to benefit the work of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, was a great success and a merry good time!

Over 400 people gathered on June 6th at Temple B’rith Kodesh and helped raise a “booty” of more than $80,000 for the Center!!! Spirits were high, the food, wine and microbrews were bountiful, and festive music was provided by the Four on the Floor Jazz Quartet. More than 150 silent and live auction treasures were offered by guest auctioneer and enthusiastic pirate Dr. John Gillespie, who entertained the crowd with his persuasive style. A trip to the Bahamas and a ride to dinner for four in a 1953 Rolls Royce were among the highest-raising items. Many guests joined in the fun by arriving in pirate or wench attire, including Honorary Chairs Bryan and Susan Hetherington.

“We are grateful for so many sponsors and friends who make our work possible,” said Christine Wagner, SSJ, Executive Director, as she addressed the crowd, clad in her pirate T-shirt that read ‘Surrender the Booty.’ “This is a fun way to raise funds for the Center, but we are very serious about our work providing health care to the community’s uninsured and under- insured. We serve more than 3000 patients each year, and greatly rely on donations and volunteers to help us. We continue to receive calls from fifty new callers each week, in need of our services.”

Sponsors of the event included the Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, MVP Health care, Gallo & Iacovangelo, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester, Dave Guadagnino and Mary Beauchamp, Rochester General Health Systems, St. John Fisher College, and many more. Outstanding decorations of ship masts, treasure chests, pirate flags, skulls and palm trees were created and donated by Jill Cypher.

Pirate 3

Opened in 1993, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, that provides medical and mental health care to more than 3000 individuals each year, who are uninsured or underinsured. For more information, call St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center at (585) 325-5260, or visit www.sjncenter.org.

It’s A Pirate’s Life for the Center

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                  April 25, 2012

Contact:  Anne Mc Kenna, Director,

   Development and Communications

               (585) 325-5260, Ext. 1002   

It’s A Pirate’s Life!  for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center 

       Ahoy, Me Hearties! Hoist the Colors!  Join us for the 18th Annual Auction & Party to benefit St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. All proceeds will support health care and mental health services for people who are uninsured or under-insured.

      The merry event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue in Brighton. Festivities include live music by the Four on the Floor Jazz Quartet, grazing stations with hearty hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a variety of Finger Lakes wines and microbrews, yummy desserts, silent auction items and an energetic live auction. It’s a casual, feel-good event. Dress is business casual or show off your pirate style.

     To date, sponsors include the Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, MVP Health care, Gallo & Iacovangelo, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester, Rochester General Health Systems and St. John Fisher College. Honorary Ship Captains are Bryan and Susan Hetherington.

     Admission is $40 per person; advance reservations are recommended. For reservations, sponsorship information or to donate auction items, contact Katherine McCormick at (585) 325-5260 or mail: kmccormick@sjncenter.org.______________________________________________________________________________

Opened in 1993, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, that provides medical and mental health care to more than 3500 individuals each year, who are uninsured or underinsured. For more information, call St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center at (585) 325-5260, or visit www.sjncenter.org. 

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